Give credit to Sony for digging deep into the Marvel catalog to build its Spider-Man-less universe. If comic fans were scratching their heads over a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie, they must have been baffled over last summer’s rumors of a Nightwatch film. Who the hell is Nightwatch, you ask?
Nightwatch was Introduced in Web of Spider-Man #97 (1993), a time-traveling superhero whose early crimefighting adventures got a lot of innocents killed, according to Marvel. Nightwatch looks like someone outfitted Spawn with Iron Man’s spare armor, and then gave him a bunch of Batman gadgets — in all honesty, that sounds kind of interesting.
As the lore goes, Dr. Kevin Trench witnesses a future version of himself wearing the Nightwatch armor. Trench sees his future self die, and decides to follow in his own footsteps, becoming a vigilante. Trench intervenes in a airborne hijacking that kills everyone — including his lover — causing him to retreat into exile.
Nightwatch has teamed-up with Spider-Man, Captain America, Deathlok, and other Marvel heroes in the comics, but this is not a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film. It’s an odd choice for a film (particularly when established heroes like Hawkeye, Falcon, and War Machine remain on Marvel’s non-movie B-team), but this is Sony we’re talking about — I meant that as a compliment, sometimes Sony’s risks result in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle… but sometimes also The Emoji Movie.
Now we’re learning that high-profile creators Spike Lee (Chi-Raq) and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage) are in negotiations for Nightwatch, as reported by That Hashtag Show. Lee would direct and Coker would write for Sony EVP Palak Patel, who is supervising the project’s development. No other cast, crew, or story announcements were released.
Lee has never worked in the superhero genre, so it’s intriguing to see where he might take this story. Coker has produced two seasons of Luke Cage, but he only wrote 3 episodes; however, he’s got a solid resume of TV writing credits and he wrote Creed II for Ryan Coogler. It’s a bit strange that two such prominent creators would tackle a D-level character like Nightwatch, but we live in a post-Guardians of the Galaxy era where any Marvel character has a legit shot at connecting with audiences.
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