Many Spider-Man fans were annoyed by the news that the deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to introduce the wallcrawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would result in another version of Peter Parker. After five films with that character, many were eager to see another hero underneath the mask. In particular, Miles Morales – the half-black, half-Hispanic 15 year old kid who takes up the mantle after Peter in the comics. Those fans will be overjoyed to here the new rumour that Miles might be about to make his cinematic debut after all.
Alongside the Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man: Homecoming coming in 2017, Sony will also be producing a Spider-Man animated movie due out in 2018. This will be helmed by acclaimed directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, of The Lego Movie and Han Solo spin-off movie fame. According to Heroic Hollywood, this movie will not focus on Peter Parker as expected but instead star Miles’ version of the hero.
As HH also pointed out, this outcome was alluded to last year when Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures, explained that: “The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.” This suggests that the film will be separate from the MCU, which would allow it to feature Miles without conflicting with that iteration of Spider-Man.
Miles previously appeared in animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, as played by Community’s Donald Glover who actively campaigned for the role. The 32 year old actor would be too old to play the character in live-action, but let’s hope he gets another crack at the whip for this movie.
We can all agree that this would be fantastic news, if it is true. Bear in mind, however, that this has not been officially confirmed – so let’s not get our hopes up just yet. We’ll update you with more as we hear it.
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