Lots of Spider-Man related news pouring in within the last 24 hours. Firstly, TheWrap reports that Marvel/Sony have a shortlist of 5 actors for the highly coveted role of Spider-Man (seriously, the future of Marvel films is likely revolving around this character and they’re seeking out a teenager to hand the keys to the kingdom. Lucky guy). The names include Nat Wolff (The fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam james (The Killing).
Each of the previous iterations of the character basically used Peter’s high school years as a framing tool for him to get his powers. If Marvel president of production Kevin Feige is to be believed, this version of Spidey will remain in high school and his age will become a major component of his character on the big screen. Imagine superpowers going to an awkward kid still trying to figure himself out, and suddenly he’s thrown into the mix with the big boys. It should be fun to see this aspect of the webhead explored a bit more on the silver screen.
I previously wrote a detailed post outlining how Spider-Man can be featured in a Marvel Universe film and what that means for Marvel and Sony. That can be found here. In short, the two studios are sharing the character and Sony has final creative control (which basically means Sony gets the money and the right to say “yup Marvel, that’s better than we could’ve done”). Sony still retained the rights to Spider-Man and other Spider-Man related characters and could potentially still develop films (outside of the Marvel Universe) based on Spidey. There were rumors for a Sinister Six film (and I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten more traction with all the buzz around Suicide Squad) and a female fatale film with the ladies of the spideyverse (if that’s not a word, it should be).
At CinemaCon Sony broke the news that they will be coming out with another Spider-Man film and it’s going in a much different direction than expected. LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be writing and producing (no word yet on whether they will also be directing) an animated Spider-Man film to be released on July 20, 2018. Here’s the official press release:
“Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.”
This animated feature will be separate from the Marvel Universe (which has its own standalone Spidey flick coming out July 28, 2017) and therefore gives Sony the creative freedom to do whatever they want with the character. That could include presenting Miles Morales as Spider-Man for the first time or other people who have worn the mask. What is also interesting is that Miller and Lord have been named as screenwriters (and possibly directors) for The Flash movie being developed for Warner Bros., which means they will be in charge of films coming out for both Marvel and DC in the next few years. What do you think of the announcement? What version of Spider-Man or what Spidey stories would you like to see on the big screen in the animated format? Does this open the door to LEGO Spider-Man? Sound off below.