Many fans have heard the news from earlier today: Spider-Man’s own solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be entitled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ and it will be released in July 2017. As if this recent news wasn’t enough, Sony kept the good times rolling for fans of the web-slinger by announcing an animated ‘Spider-Man’ film that will be making its way into theaters globally in 2018.
At Sony’s presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, MCU Spidey portrayer Tom Holland was part of the presentation that unveiled the film’s full title and release date, along with a new logo for the movie and a Peter Parker-centric new clip from the upcoming ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ which will be Spidey’s debut into the larger world of big-screen Marvel. Not garnering as much attention in Sony’s panel was the news of the animated film – but fans would be wise not to dismiss this nugget of info, as Marvel likely has big plans for your friendly neighborhood do-gooder in the cartoon realm as well.
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While there is no announced director for the animated film as of yet, it is being co-written and co-produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, a team that is quickly becoming more familiar to genre fans. Lord and Miller co-wrote the well-received CGI-animated films ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ and ‘The LEGO Movie;’ in addition to also directing ‘The LEGO Movie,’ the duo have also been tapped to take the lead on the upcoming young Han Solo film that Disney will be releasing in 2018.
It’s important to note, of course, that the animated Spider-Man film will have zero ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and in a recent interview, Lord praised the fact that that’s not necessarily a bad thing. On the HippoJuice podcast, Lord elaborated:
“Chris and I like to carve out spaces where people will let us do what we want. So much of our careers are like ‘oh, no one will bother us while we try to make a ‘21 Jump Street’ movie, because it’s such a crazy idea, no one’s going to know what to do with it.’ So we’re doing these things kind of like that. They’re part of these huge franchises, but kind of are off a little bit to the side, and that gives us a lot of creative freedom, and that’s the thing we love. Hopefully we won’t waste that!”
The animated Spider-Man film is currently slated to open in US theaters on December 21, 2018.