If you are a devoted fan of Spider-Man, you surely realize that that isn’t the easiest title to bear. While a great superhero in his own right, he is often overlooked in the pantheon of comic characters. He isn’t cool like Iron Man, he isn’t dark or brooding like Batman, and he isn’t hip like Daredevil. In fact, Spider-Man is kind of nerdy. After all, didn’t he get his powers after an accident at a science fair? Talk about dweeb city. But that’s probably one of the reasons why you like him so much—he’s different.

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With the superhero movie craze in full effect, of course Spider-Man has been involved, with varying success. The first batch of films with Tobey Maguire as the webbed wonder were pretty entertaining and generally well received. The more recent ones staring Andrew Garfield haven’t fared as well. A third installment in the Amazing Spider-Man series was set to come out this May, but apparently due to a snubbing of the head of Sony by Mr. Garfield at a party in Rio, that’s not happening. For all the sordid details, check out this article.

But never fear, Spidey fans! A new movie with a new actor is in the works and is slated for release sometime in 2017. Here are a few reasons why it should be worth watching:

No More Origin Story

We all know how Spider-Man got his powers. Octogenarians in old age homes know it. Babies are born already knowing it. We don’t need another movie explaining it, and thankfully we won’t get one, says one report. “I think that everybody feels like, you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died,” said Johnathan Goldstein, one of the screenwriters. “We probably don’t need to revisit that.”

A Younger Peter Parker

If it feels as though the actors playing Spider-Man in the first two installments were a little old, you’re right. This is something else that will be addressed in the new film. Although the actor in the starring role, Tom Holland, is almost 20, he looks a lot younger and will probably be playing Peter around age 16 or 17. This also means that we’ll get to see new versions of some of his cohorts like Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Mary Jane Watson.

If seeing a high school-aged Peter Parker/Spider-Man gets you excited, there’s an upcoming mobile game you’ll really like. Although you can learn about it more on this site, Marvel Avengers Academy will let you guide young superheroes not only through the development of their powers, but also with dating, cliques, and other high school rites of passage. If you’re looking for a little more grown-up fun, head on over here for a title with a more mature Spidey. He appears in a game called Marvel Roulette that boasts some of your other favorite characters from the comic book giant, also further proving how the web-slinger has remained popular despite those aforementioned recent, weaker films.

The Right Spidey for the Job

This post says that Holland was the absolute best choice for the role. He is a very good actor and can convey the right amount of emotion, which is an important trait for someone embodying Peter and Spidey. For those unfamiliar with Holland, there’s a good reason for that—he hasn’t really appeared in that many films just yet. However, if you have watched, say, In The Heart Of The Sea or Impossible then you’re quite familiar with just how much he can bring to the role. If nothing else, he’ll hopefully be a bit less corny than Maguire. Sure, he was fine playing Parker/Spidey, but it’s about time they get some a little more serious, particularly if Holland’s take on the character is made to last.

So there you have it, some reasons to get pumped about the new Spider-Man flick. Are you excited yet?