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For the last decade, comic book adaptations have ruled the box office, with one superhero movie after another piling up massive returns. And much of that can be traced back to the success of Sony's 'Spider-man' trilogy, which took in nearly $2.5 billion worldwide, so it's no surprise that the biggest news of the day is the revelation that Sony has finally found a new Spider-man to replace Tobey Maguire.

Maybe.

According to the Associated Press, Josh Hutcherson may or may not have been officially selected to play Peter Parker in the highly anticipated franchise reboot of Marvel's premiere superhero. Reports over the last few days have been strongly suggesting that Hutcherson has been given the gig, but when pressed for details, the actor refused to answer, saying that he doesn't "want to get in trouble with anybody." For the last decade, comic book adaptations have ruled the box office, with one superhero movie after another piling up massive returns. And much of that can be traced back to the success of Sony's 'Spider-man' trilogy, which took in nearly $2.5 billion worldwide, so it's no surprise that the biggest news of the day is the revelation that Sony has finally found a new Spider-man to replace Toby Maguire.

Maybe.

According to the Associated Press, Josh Hutcherson may or may not have been officially selected to play Peter Parker in the highly anticipated franchise reboot of Marvel's premiere superhero. Reports over the last few days have been strongly suggesting that Hutcherson has been given the gig, but when pressed for details, the actor refused to answer, saying that he doesn't "want to get in trouble with anybody."

It's no wonder that Hutcherson is playing it coy, because it's fair to say that Sony doesn't want to get in trouble with fans either, not with so much riding on the success of the new 'Spider-man' franchise, which will send Peter back to high school with original stars Maguire and Kirsten Dunst nowhere to be found. Also missing will be director Sam Raimi, who passed on the chance to work on 'Spider-man 4,' setting in motion the studio's plans to start the whole thing over.

That, of course, is a huge gamble given how popular the original cast and aesthetic was with audiences. So is Hutcherson, who has previously starred in kid-friendly fare like 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' and 'Bridge to Terabithia' the right choice to strap on the web-slingers? Signs point to yes, but for now, all Hutcherson will say is that it sounds cool to him.

"I think a lot of people are auditioning and talking about it, so it's an honor to be considered on the same list with some of these actors that I'm up against," he told Coming Soon. "It would be an honor to play that role, it's a big thing, it's a total game changer. I really want to play a comic book hero."

Whether or not that hero will be your friendly neighborhood wall crawler remains to be seen.