It's a good time to be a Spider-Man fan. With comic book movies abounding and no end in sight to the Spider-Man franchise, these teenagers look like they’ve got a bright future ahead of them. Wait, teenagers? Plural? Yes. Not only does Peter Parker have his own Spider-Man: Homecoming film set to debut this July, Miles Morales also has his own animated film coming to theaters in 2018.
Miles is the more recent teen to take on the web-slinging identity, first appearing in Marvel comic’s Ultimate Fallout #4. Riding the character’s popularity, Marvel has teamed up with The LEGO Movie creators, Phil Lord and Chris Miller to bring Miles to the big screen, and it looks like Ice Cube might be the latest name to join the cast.
According to Meet the Movie Press, Ice Cube is in talks to play Miles’s father, Jefferson Davis. In the comics, Davis is a former NYPD officer with a dark past, which negatively affects his relationship with his do-good son. Of course, Lord and Miller might have a different take on the character, but the comic book story arc does offer ample opportunity for conflict.
There is no official confirmation, but given Ice Cube’s experience with strong, no-nonsense roles, like James Payton in the Ride Along franchise and Captain Dickson in 21 Jump Street (which Lord and Miller directed), he would make a good authority figure to the teen hero. Miles himself has not yet been cast, but the character has been voiced by both Donald Glover and Ogie Banks on the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man.
Miller and Lord have plenty on their plate after recently wrapping up producing duties on The LEGO Batman Movie, with The LEGO Movie 2 (2019) and The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017) on their way. The two are set to co-direct the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film releasing in 2018, and they still have their hands in both FOX television series Son of Zorn and upcoming Making History.
There are not many details about the upcoming animated Spider-Man, but this casting rumor might be a hint that more information is on its way. With a release date set for 2018, the film is most likely beginning to ramp up. The movie is premiering in December of that year, no doubt aiming to capitalize on the holiday crowds. Avatar 2 is also set to release that weekend and hopefully the film will have enough footing to compete with the massive James Cameron blockbuster. Based on the team's track record, they shouldn't have too much trouble.
Untitled Animated Spider-Man Project releases December 21, 2018.
Source: Meet the Movie Press