– by Joseph Jammer Medina

After spending the last few days covering conversations with filmmakers and actors that really have a lot to say because they need you- the fans- to understand every bit of what they’re trying to do, it’s kind of funny to move over to an article that features a far more traditional vague, cryptic approach. 

Phil Lord and Mark Miller, best known for THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET, are working on an animated SPIDER-MAN movie for Sony. We’ve known this for some time. We’ve also heard rumors that the film wouldn’t center on Peter Parker. Yes, there have been rumors that the star of this one- both to shake up the feeling of sameness with all of these Spidey reboots, and to differentiate itself from the live-action MCU Spider-Man films- would be Miles Morales.

The writer-director duo was asked about this rumor, and they both brushed right past it- refusing to give a straight answer. That, in and of itself, may be an answer. Here’s all they did say about this animated SPIDER-MAN movie:

Miller: “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.”

Lord: “It’s wonderful and the people that are working on it are geniuses. It is unique. … People will love it.”

So make of that what you will. This could mean it’ll be unique and special because there’ll be a totally different Spider-Man that is unknown to casual fans (Morales), therefore making it very “new,” or…perhaps they’re coming at the telling of a Spider-Man story from a perspective, or using a style, that we’ve never seen before.

Have fun speculating, true believers!

The animated SPIDER-MAN film is slated to come out December 21, 2018. That release date, in and of itself, is unique for a film like this. It places it far away from the usually superhero-saturated summer months, and more in the arena of adventure titles aimed at families looking for something to see together during the holidays.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.