Spider-Man movies as of late, haven’t exactly been great. Ever since Spider-Man 3 saw Tobey Maguire fight the vilest foe of his life in the form of Kirsten Dunst and the Hipster Goth Shuffle, the franchise has been on a bit of a downward slide.
Amazing Spider-Man felt tired and old despite the fact that star Andrew Garfield was possibly the best Peter Parker ever, while the sequel to that film introduced the world to a villain who had somehow managed to weaponise dubstep. Also, the second film was pure tripe that was hastily disguised as a jumping-off point for a new Spidey shared universe of films. Did I mention that the second film was crap enough times yet?
And while Spidey will be appearing in Marvel movies thanks to a deal between Sony and Disney that had a snowball’s chance in hell of being approved before common sense set in, we might see a big screen debut sooner than you think. And that’s because Sony inked a deal to have The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller help helm such a flick.
And really, that’s what a Spidey film needs right now. Miller and Lord already made a name for themselves with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, before finding even greater success with 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. And perhaps adding their brand to a Spidey movie, could help give audiences a wallcrawling flick that isn’t kak for once. Here’s the full press release from Sony:
SPIDER-MAN GETS ANIMATED AND DATED
WITH PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 22, 2015 – On July 20, 2018, Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors ofThe 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.
As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, a live-action film being produced by Kevin Feige at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. The animated film from Lord & Miller, dated July 20, 2018, has Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal also serving as producers.Lord & Miller are masterminding the project, writing the treatment and producing the film.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
Hopefully, Miller and Lord will create something that has a similar vibe to the underrated Spider-Man animated series Spectacular Spider-Man, and a lot less like the current crap on Disney XD, Ultimate Spider-Man.
Last Updated: April 24, 2015