Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size
Catches thieves, just like flies
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man!
It’s amazing to think of how connected Spider-Man is to animation. The lyrics above, written by Paul Francis Webster and Robert Harris, are as much a part of Spider-Man as Peter Parker is to radioactive spiders. Since his Marvel Comics debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler has come to life over 50 years through comics, cartoons, movies, video games, and a broadway show. It’s equally amazing to think of how much Spider-Man’s animated adventures have become so influential and iconic to generations of fans. After the fallout of the Sony Leaks and the failure of 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fans learned of Sony’s surprising next attempt at Spider-Man – An animated movie!
Variety reported ‘Spider-Man’ Animated Movie Coming In 2018 this past April. Since then, we’ve learned that “The Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were going to write and produce the animated movie and that, despite being a Sony Spider-Man film, it would not tie into the Sam Raimi, Marc Webb, or upcoming Jon Watts films. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are best known for writing and directing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie, as well as directing the live-action comedy films 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. They’re talented, have great vision, are adept at storytelling, and happen to be two of the most genuinely funny talents we have working right now.
In an interview with IGN, Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed the following:
I can’t really talk too much about that project. Much like the Han Solo, it is shrouded in secrecy, so I can’t really talk about it. But I will say, it is not just another Peter Parker origin story that you’ve seen 400 times. It is something totally unique and different and not like anything you’ve seen. That’s all I can say… and you’re going to love it!
The Animated Spider-Man Movie, recently announced as being delayed until December 21, 2018 (originally July 20, 2018) gives us fans some time to get caught in the web and wonder just how “unique and different and not like anything you’ve seen” the Phil Lord and Chris Miller film will be.
I. Black Cat
We need Felicia Hardy aka the Black Cat in the animated film. She appeared heavily as Felicia Hardy, the college student Peter Parker was always trying to go out with during the 90’s Fox Kids show, then she became the Super Soldier serum enhanced Black Cat and was one of the coolest heroes in animation. We’ve only seen her in animated form and while she was rumored to appear in the cancelled Spider-Man 4 film (with Anne Hathway at one point associated with the role), ultimately we only got Felicia in name only by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s about time Black Cat gets her due on screen and with stronger female heroes like Star Wars‘ Rey and DC’s Wonder Woman taking center stage, it’s only right that we see her alongside Ol’ Webhead.
II. Something Music Based?
Spider-Man is, hands down, the superhero with the best soundtracks. Be it Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott’s “Hero” for Spider-Man, “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional for Spider-Man 2, or “Signal Fire” by Snow Patrol for Spider-Man 3, he just has the best music! While we’ve seen Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark, would it be too much to see Phil Lord and Chris Miller give us their take on a more musical based super-hero film? Turn Off The Dark, featuring music written by Bono and The Edge, and performed by Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful) and his band Carney provided some really great tunes. Just listen to “Boy Falls From The Sky” and the positively U2 song will have you convinced that, if done right, a musical based Spider-Man could be really cool.
III. Comic Inspired
The short lived, but highly acclaimed The Spectacular Spider-Man is widely considered to be one of the most definitive portrayals of the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created character. One aspect that made it such a great series was the respect and attention to the source material. We’ve gotten Spider-Man on film that has weaved in and out of the original run and Ultimate series. If Phil Lord and Chris Miller return to the source material, we could be looking at a very special occasion for Spidey fans. Maybe even more so than the MCU version.
Villains. Being animated immediately opens up the possibility of seeing multiple villains appear on screen. And, we’ve all been waiting for that Sinister Six movie!
V. Andrew Garfield
Easily the best Spider-Man (and Peter Parker, if you ask me) we’ve ever gotten. Andrew Garfield managed to blend pathos with a knack for physical comedy and wit, resulting in a definitive portrayal of Spider-Man. It’s a shame his series was cut short, much like the way many feel about Michael Keaton’s Batman films. Perhaps, The Animated Spider-Man Movie could get Andrew Garfield to return as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
The Animated Spider-Man Movie releases December 21, 2018. Until then, true believers, what would you like to see from this animated venture by Phil Lord and Chris Miller? Let us know in the comments below.
Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) Always ready, professional, and on the scene, those closest to him may suspect he's actually from another planet. @ReggieMantleIII