Good news for fans of the wall-crawling, web-slinging teenage superhero! Sony Pictures will be expanding their Spider-spinoffs with new animated features that follow characters from the comics beyond Peter Parker.
So Many Spideys…
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the first project to reach our eyeballs. The animated movie features young Miles Morales (voiced by Shamiek Moore) learning the web-slinging ropes with the help of an older Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
In addition to those Spideys, 4 more spider-characters make an appearance: Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Freakin’ Cage), Spider-Gwen (Haillee Steinfeld), and even Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). Oh, and Peter Parker is technically dead.
Are you confused yet?
The Spider-Man comics built up a multiverse where each parallel world has it’s own version of Spider-Man. In one universe, for example, Peter Parker’s first love Gwen Stacey not only survived by gained powers of her own. And yes, one of the superheroes is literally a pig.
The Strange Legal Status of Spider-Man
Let’s keep this as short and sweet as possible. In the beginning, before Marvel took over the superhero movie genre, they licensed several of their popular characters to other movie studios. That’s why Fox made and distributed the X-Men movies, for example.
Marvel licensed Spider-Man to Sony Pictures, and they made the films starring Toby McGuire and, later, Andrew Garfield. Sony still holds the rights to Peter Parker, as well as the rest of the Spider-Verse. In 2015, they cut a deal with Marvel to allow Peter Parker (now played by Tom Holland) to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Sony can still make as many Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and Venom movies as they want.
Sequels and Spin-Offs Galore
Considering the success of Venom and the market for family-friendly animated movies, it’s no surprise that Sony is going forward with more movies. Screenwriter Bek Smith will pen the script for the upcoming Spider-Women, a movie that will tell the story of 3 generations of women with super-spider powers. Will one of those women be fan-favorite Spider-Gwen?
Sony is betting big on their Spider-Man franchise. With the first movie set to premiere on December 14 and two more sequels already in the works, they’re clearly hoping to find success with animated fare aimed at younger viewers. On the other end of the spectrum, they can continue with grittier, more adult fare like Venom.
Will you be buying a ticket to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse?