At various points, we’ve heard rumors, hoped, wished, speculated, and dreamed that Sony’s planned animated Spider-Man film would star Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker. We even recently got fairly close to a confirmation with a casting call, but Sony has finally put us out of our misery and confirmed that Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Spider-Man movie will, indeed, be about Morales.
Sony pulled back the curtain on the movie during a presentation today on their upcoming films, which also featured some early footage from the movie—with Spidey taking on a villain—though no voice cast was announced at the event. Sadly, that’s because we’ll have to wait until December 21, 2018 to see the movie, which won’t connect to the live action Marvel Cinematic Universe that has Tom Holland playing the current screen incarnation of Peter Parker.
Still, it’s great to see the character get more exposure, and Lord and Miller’s work on the LEGO Movie leaves us excited to see how the Spider-Man movie benefits from their roles as executive producers. (The movie will be directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey.) According to a series of tweets Sony sent out during the presentation, they say the movie “has a lot of heart, a lot of action, and a lot of laughs.”
Morales was introduced in Ultimate Spider-Man and took up the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker’s death, and he eventually crossed over into the main Marvel universe. A lot of fans were hoping that, with Sony and Marvel moving to put a fresh face on Spider-Man at the movies after the Amazing Spider-Man films, Morales would take over there, as well, but it seems we’re still left hoping on that front.
Still, Marvel likes to have its different universes, even when they don’t connect, help each other out commercially when possible. Maybe this animated version can boost the character’s profile a bit and convince those on the MCU side of things that he belongs in the live action movies.
(via Collider, image via Marvel Comics)
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