The news has been all about the live action [Spider-Man: Homecoming](tag:3874051) in the last few weeks. But lest we forget that Sony's animated Spider-Man movie is also in development with some big plans, writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are weighing in on where the script is at.
The duo behind The LEGO Movie declined to comment on those rumors that the animated movie would feature Miles Morales, nor could they give many details. All we know about it so far is that it will exist independently of the shared live action Spider-Man universe that is currently being built under Marvel's creative control.
But in interview with IGN while promoting their new series Son of Zorn, Lord and Miller promised that despite the lack of details, the film will be a game changer.
"It is not going to feel like every other Spider-Man movie you've seen. It will stand on its own as a unique filmgoing experience," revealed Miller.
"It's wonderful and the people that are working on it are geniuses," Lord chimed in. "It is unique. ... People will love it."
So how might it be "unique?" In my imagination, or a perfect world, these are the three ideal scenarios that we might get in the animated Spider-Man movie.
1.) It sets up the Spider-verse
If you've read the comics, then you know that the whole Spider-verse thing is vast, sprawling, and, frankly, can be quite confusing at times. But it's also one of the most interesting and dynamic storylines to come out of Spider-Man's comics in a long time. That being said, it would be awfully hard to bring the Spider-verse to big screen in a way that justifies it, at least in live action. It's too complex and confusing. In animation, though? It could totally work, with the right writers (and maybe Dan Slott as a consultant to keep things straight). And wouldn't it be a fun little nod to fans if we could get Emma Stone to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy, but this time to voice Spider-Gwen?
2.) The "independent universe" is Earth-1610 and Spider-Man will be Miles Morales
I know, I know, in Marvel Comics' post-Secret Wars reboot, a large number of alternate Earths no longer exist and the whole multiverse thing is much more streamlined now. But man, wouldn't it be fun if the fact that Sony keeps repeating the phrase "independent universe" is because the universe of their animated movie is actually Earth-1610 (or something like it) and the Spider-Man in that universe is Miles Morales?
I was not one of those people who was upset that Marvel Studios decided to go with the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man for Spider-Man: Homecoming. After watching their most beloved, flagship character be mangled twice by Sony, it's absolutely understandable that Marvel wanted to rehab the character and tell Peter Parker's story the right way for once. But Miles Morales is a great character and fans have been begging for him for a long time. At this point, I can't possibly fathom a reason why Sony and/or Marvel would not be working on a way to bring Miles Morales to the big screen in his own feature film.
3.) We get some sort of crazy Cool World scenario where the animated and live action universes cross over
Alright, this one is a little crazy (okay, a lot crazy), but hey, this is my article and I can write about all the geeky pipe dreams I want. Hear me out: What if—what if—Sony's animated Spider-Man universe and the live action Marvel Cinematic Universe crossed over in a modified version of the Spider-verse? I'm envisioning some sort of combo animation/live action film (or at least a scene) where either Tom Holland's Peter Parker crosses over into Miles Morales' animated film and becomes animated himself, or vice versa.
A little like this, but with live action:
Don't forget, Donald Glover has been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but as of now, we have no idea who he is playing. Wouldn't it be amazing, and pull everything together, if he were to be Miles Morales, normal guy, in Homecoming and then voiced Miles Morales, formerly normal guy who is now Spider-Man, in the animated movie? Glover would tie the worlds of Sony, Marvel and the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series together all by himself.
Granted, it's a little bonkers. But Marvel is at the point where it can essentially do no wrong. It has the room to experiment and get a bit crazy with its stories and formats, and maybe it should. Despite the whole "superhero fatigue" thing not really seeming to be a factor yet, at least when it comes to Marvel's films, continuing to push the boundaries of what's possible can't be anything but good for the studio. And, frankly, Sony doesn't really have anything left to lose when it comes to its Spider-Man movies. Why not try a crossover? It would be unprecedented if they could pull it off, a legitimately groundbreaking, game-changing collaboration that would further expands the idea of what's possible in film, the same way that the launch of the MCU introduced the concept of shared cinematic universes and changed the industry forever.
But those are just my crazy ideas. What would you like to see happen with the animated Spider-Man movie? Let me hear it in the comments.