CinemaCon is currently taking place in Las Vegas, and we have some big announcements coming out of the panels by the numerous studios. During Sony’s panel it was revealed that the studio will be working on a new animated Spider-Man film, that will be developed by The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair will be writing and producing the film. The film does not have a director as of yet. It is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2018.
For those of you who do not remember we also have a new live-action Spider-Man film hitting theaters on July 28, 2017. This film will be co-produced by Sony and Marvel Studios, with that Spider-Man being apart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Sony still owns the rights to the Spider-Man character, meaning they can still make their own Spider-Man films. The studio made it clear that this animated film will be completely separate from the live-action Spider-Man film and the MCU. The animated Spider-Man film will essentially be its own universe.
Sony’s goal for their Spider-Man franchise was to have a new film released every year. It looks like they are still determined to reach that goal. We know that the new live-action Spider-Man will debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, followed by his own film in 2017. This left the studio with 2018 to fill in the gap with something creative. This animated film could make for something interesting. Sony might use this film as an opportunity a different variation of the Spider-Man character such as Spider-Man 2099 to moviegoers. This version of Spider-Man might not even be Peter Parker, but instead be another character from the comics like Miles Morales.
Obviously, the studio has a great opportunity here to explore the rich mythology of the Spider-Man character. Having Phil Lord and Chris Miller onboard to develop the project is a huge positive. With their experience in animated films like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie, the pair will be able to develop something unique and exciting. So, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of our favourite webhead on the big screen over the next few years.
The Animated Spider-Man film is set to be released in North America on July 20, 2018.