Since securing the deal that made Spider-Man available to Marvel Studios (sharing custody, so to speak, with Sony), development has progressed quickly on bringing the web-slinger into the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Within a matter of months we’ve learned: the release date, the director, and the identity of our third Peter Parker – Tom Holland. We’ve heard the aim for a new Spider-Man film described as a “John Hughes” vibe, with Parker still in high school but not new to superhero-ing. However, Holland’s Spider-Man will make his MCU debut not in his own film, but in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, where Kevin Feige says Parker’s interaction with other heroes will be key to setting this Spider-Man apart from previous versions.
Continuing to distinguish this version of Spider-Man from previous films, Marvel and Sony are reportedly looking to Vacation directors, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, to pen the script for their new Spider-Man reboot (via THR).
The pair are better known for comedies like Horrible Bosses and its sequel, and now obviously the Vacation reboot. But it turns out Daley and Goldstein were at one point in the running for the Spider-Man director’s gig, before it went to Cop Car‘s Jon Watts. For Marvel/Sony to seek out the duo to write the Spider-Man script must mean they were impressed enough with their pitch to still want them involved, just as writers not directors.
If Spider-Man is meant to stand out from the other heroes of the MCU, then bringing in comedy writers seems a sure way of marking that distinction. Spider-Man has been quippy in the past – especially Andrew Garfield’s version – but the MCU already has a good amount of humor, so Spider-Man needs even more. Couple that with Peter Parker’s high school age and the fact that he’s already operating as Spider-Man, and you can see the comedy potential in scenes where he’s juggling these dual lives.
Marvel’s already introducing another funnyman with this week’s Ant–Man, but if Daley and Goldstein are chosen for Spider-Man, there’s a good chance it’ll also have a strong comedic elements, possibly more than any previous live-action Spider-Man.
What do you think of Vacation reboot directors writing the Marvel/Sony Spider-Man reboot?
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.