‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ was far from the worst comic book movie ever, but it was bad enough that it killed Sony’s franchise, which included plans to develop an entire “Universe” of movies around the famous wall-crawler, with a ‘Sinister Six’ stand-alone in development and teased in the mid-credits sequence. As a result of ‘ASM2”s underperformance, Sony went running to Marvel Studios, scrapped any further Spidey movies and decided to reboot everything from the ground up, in association with Marvel. Poor Andrew Garfield was dumped in favor of newc0mer Tom Holland, who will actually debut as Spider-Man in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, before headlining a new film, set firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But one side project you may have forgotten about was the plan to spin Spider-Man off into a series of animated movies. The new Tom Holland-starring live action ‘Spider-Man’ (whatever it ends up being called) is due to be released on July 28th, 2017, while the animated project was slated for release on July 20th, 2018. Now the animated film has been pushed back to December 21st, 2018.
‘The LEGO Movie’ masterminds Chris Miller and Phil Lord are set to write and produce this project. In addition, the pair are producing/writing the sequel to ‘The LEGO Movie’ as well as spin-off ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ and ’23 Jumpstreet’ as well as the young Han Solo prequel movie, which they are slated to direct. The Han Solo movie, despite being in the fledgling stages of development, is slated for release on May 25th, 2018. That’s awful close to the animated ‘Spider-Man”s original release date, but as of now, there has been no reason given for the change of release date for that movie.
There is no word on what the animated movie will be about, but it will not directly tie into the new live action movies. ‘The LEGO Movie’ scored big by not only appealing to kids but adults with its smart sense of humor. That’s always been the key to Spider-Man’s appeal as well, so hopefully this match up will result in similar success.
Personally? Minus Fire-Star and Ice Man, I’m not sure I care. But that’s not going to happen so…
What do you think? Are you intrigued to see ‘Spider-Man’ as an animated movie star?