Rumor of the day: Sony's animated Spider-Man film to focus on Miles Morales

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May 27, 2016, 4:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Along with Tom Holland’s live-action Spider-Man spinoff Homecoming, Sony has also signed LEGO Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller to create a new animated Spidey franchise. Turns out, they might be taking things in a very different direction.

Heroic Hollywood reports that the animated feature project, which is separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continuity of The Avengers, will be based on Miles Morales. That’s right — instead of Peter Parker taking up the mantle, the film would key in on the story of the Ultimate Universe’s (and now the main comic universe’s) other Spider-Man. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but they’re claiming it’s a done deal.

Looking back, the concept makes a lot of sense. As /Film notes, Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson was talking the project up bigtime back at CinemaCon, saying the project would tell a version of Spider-Man that would “break new ground” for the superhero genre, which are some pretty strong words (even for hyperbole). Building a tentpole animated release around a black-hispanic teenager, who takes up the mantle of literally the most famous superhero? Yeah, that pretty much fits the bill.

If you’re unfamiliar, Miles Morales was created in 2011 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, and became Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe following Peter Parker’s death. He’s had a few years of adventures now to draw from, and has actually joined the All New, All Different Avengers in the new Marvel Comics continuity in the wake of Secret Wars. He’s an awesome character, and brings a unique angle to Spidey that Peter Parker never could (no offense). Now we get to have both (win, win).

By disconnecting this film from the MCU, Lord and Miller have the freedom to really have some fun with this project. Heck, thanks to the Sony/Marvel deal, you’d think they could even cross some Avengers into the mix if it fits the narrative. Here's hoping they keep the origin intact, because the challenge of filling Peter Parker's shoes is a big part of Miles' narrative. Heck, just go all out and set it in the straight-up Ultimate Universe. The report seems to fit that line of thinking, with working titles for the film including the (very obvious) Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man, and The Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Do you hope this turns out to be true? Would you like to see Miles Morales on the big screen (albeit in animated form, but still)?


(Via Heroic Hollywood)

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