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The Spider-Verse Is Expanding to TV as Phil Lord & Chris Miller Sign Massive Deal With Sony

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The Oscar-winning duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller has signed a massive five-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, according to Deadline.

Of course, the reason for this eagerness from the studio is that the pair is coming off of winning an Oscar for Sony’s Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse—a movie many would consider one of the best to come out last year, and to some, the best Spider-Man movie period. It’s no surprise that Sony wants to keep that kind of creativity in-house.

Deadline explains that, under the agreement, “the duo will develop live-action comedy and drama series as well as animated shows through their Lord Miller Productions company, including a suite of TV series based on Sony’s Universe of Marvel characters, referred to as Spider-verse.”

Lord and Miller released a statement saying, “We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio. Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and earholes, wherever you may be.”

As someone who loved Spider-verse, I’m excited to see these two getting an opportunity to expand. The fact that they decided to helm a movie focusing on Miles Morales, and also took the time to bring in writers and animators of color to help bring the story to life, shows that they appreciate the input and talents of POC.

Thankfully, having the rights to Spider-Man and choosing to lean into the animated universe definitely allows them to create something unique that stands apart from what the Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing. In the coming years, it’s possible that, we’ll see the Sony branch of Marvel turn into its own force to be reckoned with, and I’m happy for good comic book content from everywhere as we enter the next stage of the comic book film generation.

Also, if we can get a Daredevil/Spider-Man team-up in the animated universe, with Charlie Cox voicing Matt Murdock, I’m not saying it’d be a perfect take that, but it’d be a solid choice.

(via Deadline, image: Sony)

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