Miles Morales Will Star in an Animated 'Spider-Man' Movie

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 9:15PM
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 - 9:15PM
Miles Morales Will Star in an Animated 'Spider-Man' Movie
For anyone worried that Spider-Man movies are too repetitive, and that they'll have to keep watching Peter Parker lose his uncle, the upcoming animated Spider-Man film starring Miles Morales will be welcome news. Announced during a Sony Pictures press conference, the film is scheduled for the end of next year, it's as of yet untitled, and will be written by Phil Lord (co-writer for The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, the upcoming Han Solo film).

Rumors of Marvel's Black Hispanic Spider-Man appearing have been circulating for quite awhile. Fans have been pushing for the character to appear in the MCU for years now, and while Spider-Man: Homecoming will use some aspects of Miles' character for Tom Holland's Peter Parker (like turning Miles' best friend Ganke into Peter's best friend Ned), it obviously wasn't the same. While this animated movie will not be connected to the MCU, it's good to see Miles even in a standalone story.

Other reports from the press conference indicate that early footage was screened, showing Spider-Man fighting a "purple-and-yellow clad villain" according to Gizmodo (which could be anyone from Mysterio to Batroc the Leaper). Lord and his writing partner Chris Miller, who's executive producing the film, also gave a pre-screened message saying, "What inspired us the most is that anyone can where the mask. You can be any race creed or color." A voice actor hasn't been cast yet, but since the character was partly based on Donald Glover, he's always an option.



For those who aren't familiar, Miles Morales was created in 2011 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. He was Spider-Man in Marvel comics' "Ultimate" universe, a separate continuity from the main comics where different stories could be told. Peter Parker had gotten himself killed off in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, so Miles was introduced with the same powers and a new costume to be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in a world sans Peter.

The character became so popular that when Marvel cancelled their Ultimate lineup, they had Miles travel into the main Marvel universe, where he now headlines the current Spider-Man comic series.

The untitled Spider-Man film is set to come out on December 21, 2018.

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