Keeping up with the idea that the ‘Spider-Man’ reboot is angling to be more of a comedy than a drama, Marvel and Sony are currently in talks with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein to write the latest addition in the web-slinging franchise. Daley and Goldstein have a lot of comedy on their resumes already, having written the ‘Horrible Bosses’ movies, ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ and ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,’ not to mention their latest offering (which they also directed), the rebooted ‘Vacation’ film, which is already garnering great critical buzz. At one point the duo had also been considered to direct the new ‘Spider-Man’ offering, but they lost the chair to Jon Watts, himself a man with some comedic roots after his time working with ‘The Onion.’
In the new ‘Spider-Man’ film, the titular hero will be played by Tom Holland (who himself looks like he’s about 13), with Peter Parker still in high-school and living at home with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). The humor will come from such a young character tackling the world of being a super-hero, not to mention the shenanigans that will ensue in school where he will struggle to keep his secret identity and fit in with his peers. Now that the film has a director, star, the beginnings of the supporting cast, and writers, it seems Marvel/Sony have just about got all of their ducks in a row, which is good as the film is slated to come out in 2017, which already does not leave much time for production and post-production, especially if the movie has the amount of special effects that previous ‘Spider-Man’ entries have held.
What are your thoughts on the writing team hired for ‘Spider-Man?’ Do they have the chops to make the story and comedy work, especially on a character we have seen so many times before up on the big screen? Let us know your opinion below!