The first teaser posters for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Sony's Untitled Animated Spider-Man Movie have arrived. In terms of the many big-budget projects that Sony has lined up for release over the next several years as well - that aren't from a co-production with Marvel Studios - both Jumanji and the Animated Spider-Man film rank high on the list of their overall importance. While the project was initially met with some major resistance from fans of the original film and property, for instance, the anticipation and hype surrounding Jumanji has been noticeably high following Welcome to the Jungle's CinemaCon presentation from back in March.
Meanwhile, the Animated Spider-Man film is just one of many high-level Spider-Man projects Sony has in the works that take place within the lore of the Spidey comics but exists entirely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe version. It'll also, excitingly, be the first feature-length Spider-Man film to feature Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as its protagonist, as he faces off against some unknown villains, one of whom is set to be voiced by Ray Donovan star, Liev Schreiber.
While at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas today, Collider spotted and took photos of the first official teaser posters for both Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the Animated Spider-Man film. While the posters will likely never be released for mass consumption and don't reveal anything storywise about either project either, they do sell the tone, style, and scale of both Jumanji and Spider-Man, which is more than has been officially released from either up until this point.
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The Jumanji poster notably looks almost like the cover art for a 1990s video game, more than it does the traditional board game style that populated the Robin Williams-led 90s film. For those who have been paying attention to news from the project, though, that's not in the least bit surprising since the new take on the property follows a group of characters who are sucked into a video game, rather than a board game. Now whether or not that change does more than just modernize the traditional Jumanji story will have to wait to be seen, but it is on the surface, an interesting twist on what most fans were probably expecting.
The teaser poster for the Untitled Animated Spider-Man movie is even more minimalistic than the Jumanji one, however, not even featuring an official logo or the title for the film on it. But while those details are noticeably missing from it, the poster's graffiti style does make it look like the film itself will be a much more street-level Spider-Man story than any of the recent films have been. That's a comforting thought, since with Miles Morales as the lead protagonist, the ability to make a Spider-Man film completely different than a Peter Parker-led one is practically limitless.
There's still very little known about the film's story, characters, or even animation style, but if what this poster suggests turns out to be true, then Sony may be on the verge of creating three very different Spider-Man-based franchises in the coming years. That's one impressive comeback, since just three years ago, the future of Spider-Man on the big screen was looking more dour than it ever had before.
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018