Sony announces their Untitled Animated Spider-Man Movie starring Miles Morales will hit theaters a week earlier in December 2018. Over the years, there have been a number of different live-action iterations of Marvel’s beloved web-slinging superhero, though each version adapted the character of Peter Parker. In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Tobey Maguire suited up, while Sony’s 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man featured Andrew Garfield as the superhero. Last year, Marvel Studios and Sony teamed up to bring a new Spider-Man into the fold in Captain America: Civil War. Played by Tom Holland, this newer and younger Peter will lead his own film in the MCU this summer, titled Spider-Man: Homecoming.
However, there’s another big screen Spider-Man property in the works – the animated feature from 21 Jump Street and Han Solo creative team Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Sony recently confirmed the untitled animated Spider-man movie will star Miles Morales, another fan-favorite Marvel character to don the Spidey suit. Now, fans excited for this take on the Marvel superhero will get to see the film one week earlier than expected.
Exhibitor Relations is reporting that Sony has moved the animated Spider-Man project up a week, from December 21, 2018 to December 14, 2018, where it will now open against Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines. Previously, the film would have debuted against Warner Bros’ upcoming Aquaman film from director James Wan and starring Jason Momoa as the titular superhero. Aquaman was originally slated for an October 2018 release before being pushed to the December 21 date.
Sony recently began announcing the cast for the animated Spider-Man movie with Dope‘s Shameik Moore set as Miles Morales and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) signing on for an undisclosed villain role. Lord and Miller penned the script while Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince) will co-direct with Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians). Additionally, Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch joined the project as a story contributor, though Lord and Miller do have experience in animated movies, having worked on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
While it makes sense for one of the two superhero movies slated for that December 21, 2018 release date to move, it’s clear Sony isn’t too worried about Aquaman since the Spider-Man project only shifted one week. Additionally, though the animated Spider-Man film and Aquaman both feature superheroes as their main protagonists, there’s little doubt the two will be incredibly different in other aspects – not the least of which being one film is in live-action while the other is in animation. Further, Lord and Miller come from a comedy background while Wan is more well known for horror (though all three filmmakers have dabbled in action).
Still, no matter why Sony decided to move up the release of their animated Spider-Man film, the earlier premiere date mainly means fans of the web-slinging Marvel hero will get to see Miles Morales swing onto the big screen that much sooner.
Source: Exhibitor Relations