A new Spider-Man movie is on its way and with it a new director and a recent report on who could land the job is clueing us in on what kind of movie the third go-round could look like.
Fans of Spider-Man were notably excited when it was announced that the most lucrative comic book character around would finally be joining his fellow Avengers on the big screen and becoming an official member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character is expected to make his debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War and will get his own film the following year and the current crop of directors the studio is eyeing to launch the new franchise suggests they are looking to focus more on the funny this time around. Deadline reports that the short list includes Warm Bodies’ Jonathan Levine, St. Vincent’s writer/director Ted Melfi, Jason Moore who helmed the first Pitch Perfect movie and the upcoming Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, writers John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein whose feature directorial debut Vacation arrives in theaters on July 29th and Napolean Dynamite director Jared Hess whose comedy Masterminds starring Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis hits theaters on August 7th. From the looks of this list, we can expect a much lighter iteration of Spider-Man and his alter-ego Peter Parker this time around with producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal reportedly going for John Hughes style humor and emotion. The film will focus on Parker in his high school days and a recent rumor suggests we could expect a story arc that will span four years, one movie for each year he’s in high school. As for which actor will take over the coveted role, casting is expected o be announced soon as filming is already underway on Civil War and the Spider-Man scenes are reportedly to begin shooting next month. This means an actor will likely need to be cast prior to the new director being chosen. The current list of actors rumored to be on the studio’s short list include Hugo star Asa Butterfield, The Impossible’s Tom Holland, Interstellar’s Timothee Chalamet and 2012’s Liam James with Butterfield expected to be the frontrunner. So, what do you think of a Spider-Man movie with a John Hughes feel and which of these directors do you think would be the best person for the job? Share your thoughts in the comments.