Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Film in Development from Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters of all time. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are arguably the best action-comedy directors working today. With so many superhero films being developed, maybe Lord and Miller can direct a Spider-Man film? Good news, they are developing a Spider-Man film! Confusing news, its an animated (?) film coming out in 3 years. Click below to read about the newly announced animate Spider-Man film.

Animated Spider Man 1

To recap Spider-Man’s cinematic presence: First there were three films directed by Sam Raimi, starring Tobey Maguire. The first two are extremely well received, while the third was rejected by fans and still causing conversation today. After that, there was a reboot of the franchise in 2012 with Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man. The film was successful and was then the spring board for an entire Spider-Man Cinematic Universe. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was release in May 2014 and was pretty much a dud on all fronts (many made detrimental comparisons to Batman and Robin).

After the failure (mainly with fans/critics, slightly with the financial side) of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it was announced in February 2015 that Sony and Marvel Studios had come to an agreement to share the character. A new Spider-Man film (featuring a rebooted Peter Parker) will be co-produced by Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige and will be released on July 28, 2017. Spider-Man will first appear in a separate Marvel movie before the reboot in 2017 (although unconfirmed, most everybody agrees it will be Captain America: Civil War).

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With all this Spidey news going on, new Sony Executive Tom Rothman made a surprise announcement at CinemaCon this week. Instead of bringing news regarding the new Sony/Marvel Spider-Man collaboration, he announced a previously rumored animated Spider-Man film. Here are the facts:

  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller will “mastermind” the project. They were not announced as directing, but will be writing the first draft of the script and will oversee the production.
  • The film will not be set in the continuity of the other Spider-Man/Marvel movies. It will be it’s own thing (no cross-overs with live-action characters).
  • The film will be released on July 20, 2018.
  • It will be “f—ing awesome,” says Tom Rothman

This is such a strange announcement and my immediate reaction is to be skeptical. Do we really need an animated Spider-Man feature film? There have been several TV shows and they have all been very successful. Why not just leave the animated version of the character on the small screen? After The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I am skeptical of any Spider-Man project coming from Sony, and this is no different.

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That being said…Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Let me repeat…Phil Lord… and Chris Miller. These are the guys behind the amazing 21 Jump Street reboot and my favorite film of 2014, The Lego Movie. Honestly, these guys have yet to fail. Anything they are a part of gets the benefit of the doubt until they prove us wrong. The more I think about it, the more enthusiastic I get for the project when I think about how Lord and Miller are involved. They direct visual interesting action, they know how to frame comedic shots to aid the jokes and they have proven themselves in the animated style. Animation? Comedy? Action? I guess if there has to be an animate Spider-Man film, Lord and Miller are the perfect choices to oversee the project.

While I’m not over the moon when it comes to the movie, I am enthusiastic for anything these filmmakers put their mind to. As it is, the Animated Spider-Man Movie will be release on July 20, 2018. What do you guys think? Is it weird or are you looking forward to a different version of the webhead? Let me know in the comments below!

Source: Various bloggers/reporters who were present at Cinemacon (Collider, Badass Digest, /Film)

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