Spider-Man fans clamoring to see something different from the movies are going to get it. And we're not just talking about a younger Peter Parker who can (finally) share the screen with the Avengers and other familiar heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spidey is not only getting a brand new solo film in 2017 under a partnership agreement between Sony and Marvel, but the web-slinger is also getting his own animated film just one year later.
July 20, 2018 will be host to an animated full-length Spider-Man feature that's independent of 2017's Spider-Man movie. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) are indeed going to be involved after being reportedly attached as producers for an animated Spider-Man project before the Sony-Marvel deal became official.
Update: The animated feature is not going to be set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so this is not connected to rumblings from early this month from Marvel’s VP of Animation Development and Production Cort Lane who told attendees at Emerald City Comic Con 2015 that "things are in the works" when it comes to MCU-set animated features.
The news comes from CinemaCon 2015 where new Sony boss Tom Rothman unveiled a series of film clips, logos and shared some news related to upcoming studio projects including Spectre and Uncharted. Rothman of course, takes over for ex-Chairman Amy Pascal who moved into a producer role after helping orchestrate the Sony-Marvel partnership to share the Spider-Man property and fold it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Interestingly, this means Lord and Miller are currently working for both Warner Bros./DC Entertainment (writing The Flash) and for Sony/Marvel (writing and producing Animated Spider-Man). The timing of the announcement coincides with reports today listing the top five contenders for the role of (high school age) live-action Peter Parker: Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (In The Heart of The Sea), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Killing) but there was no news from the event on the live-action Spidey front.
The role of live-action Peter Parker, who likely will not voice the character in the animated movie (we don't even know if it will be Peter Parker!), will be cast soon since his first appearance will be in next year's Captain America: Civil War which begins shooting this month.
From official press release:
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the directors of The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature, it was announced today at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing.
Since this new animated feature will be separate from 2017's Spectacular Spider-Man (title not official), it gives Sony complete creative freedom of another Spider-Man franchise (whereas Marvel has a lot of say on the live-action front) and the ability to pump out branded installments annually. It also lets producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach - who are seemingly being pushed out of the live-action Spider-Man universe - stay aboard to produce animated flicks along side Pascal.
For fans, it may also be Sony's answer to bringing other versions of Spider-Man to the big screen, meaning we may finally see Miles Morales and other Spider-Man leads in the animated projects. This could be the first step in a lucrative animated franchise.
Spectacular Spider-Man releases on July 28, 2017, Animated Spider-Man on July 20, 2018.