New report says Marvel and Sony have found a writer/director for the next Spider-Man film

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Mar 2, 2015, 5:40 PM EST

Ever since Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures made it official last month that they're teaming up to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we've been clawing for every single detail we can possibly get about Spidey's movie future. Will the Avengers make cameos in the new Spider-Man flicks co-produced by former Sony head Amy Pascal and current Marvel head Kevin Feige? How often will Spidey appear in Marvel's films? Will it be Peter Parker or Miles Morales?

At this point, all we know for sure is that the new Spider-Man will debut in a Marvel film (likely Captain America: Civil War) before making his solo movie debut via Sony on July 28, 2017. In a lot of ways, that news is still exciting enough all by itself, but now a new report claims that the 2017 Spidey flick has landed a writer and director, and if this is true, it's an exciting choice.

Latino Review reports, via a Sony source, that Drew Goddard has been tapped to write and direct the still-untitled (though the report says Spectacular Spider-Man has been thrown around as a possibility) new Spider-Man flick, and that for the moment all of Sony's planned Amazing Spider-Man spinoffs are no more. Goddard was attached to direct one such spinoff, Sinister Six, and it looks like while he won't get to do that for the time being, he's got an even bigger gig now.

Goddard's been making a name for himself as a writer for well over a decade now, with TV credits including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lost, and in 2008 he made the jump to the big screen with J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield. So far, his only credit as a director is his most recent collaboration with Joss Whedon, 2012's The Cabin in the Woods, and he was initially tapped by Marvel Studios to helm their Daredevil Netflix series before leaving to work at Sony. Now it looks like he's getting the best of both worlds. 

Latino Review's source also spills a few more juicy details about the first Spider-Man film, including word that it will not include an origin story (he'll just be Spider-Man), that Sony's looking for a young actor who can start out with the character in high school, that the Sinister Six will come together to battle Spidey in the film, and that Iron Man will be present as part of an "audition" for Spider-Man to possibly join the Avengers. If that's true, and Robert Downey Jr. shows up in this flick, it'll be even bigger than we imagined, but for the moment this is all unconfirmed.

So it would seem the Spider-Man film is quickly taking shape. Now we await the really big news: Who Marvel and Sony will cast in the title role.

(Via Latino Review)