Earlier today, Sony confirmed (after much speculation) that it will be the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man who will be featured in their upcoming animated film, which is due for release in 2018. No cast has been announced for the project just yet, and plot details are non-existent, but we do know that it’ll be written by The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord, who will also executive produce alongside Chris Miller. Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, meanwhile, will be behind the camera to helm.
At a presentation in Los Angeles earlier today, the studio told those in attendance that the film will not be set in the same continuity as Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was widely assumed, and will be completely standalone, allowing them to bring in a whole host of exciting characters who we haven’t seen in the MCU yet.
For those unfamiliar with Morales, he took on the mantle of Spider-Man several years ago in 2011’s Ultimate storyline, replacing a deceased Peter Parker. He’s since moved into the proper Marvel Universe where he actually fights alongside Peter, but it seems that the focus of this upcoming animated effort will be mostly on Miles. And honestly, that’s a smart move.
We’ve seen so much of the Peter Parker version of the character in recent years that having someone else in the costume should be very refreshing. Plus, Miles has an incredibly large fanbase who’ve been eager to see more of him for a while now, and this upcoming animated effort will no doubt put a smile on their face.
We still don’t know what exactly Sony’s got planned for us here, but we imagine they’ll be using the film to kick off a new series, one which will surely bring in many more fan-favorite Spidey characters, some of who may even end up in the MCU one day. After all, this animated flick, and any sequels it spawns, would be a great way to introduce viewers, or have them become more familiar with, heroes and villains that the studio would eventually like to bring into the live-action Spider-Man series – like Miles Morales. Of course, we don’t see that happening any time soon, but we wouldn’t rule it out, either.
What do you make of all this, though? Are you happy to hear that 2018’s animated Spider-Man movie will focus on Miles instead of Peter? Sound off below with your thoughts!