Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Animated Web: Sony Confirms Animated 'Spider-Man' Movie, Slated for 2018


Sony is currently presenting at CinemaCon as of this writing, and they've made quite a shocking announcement...

However, this announcement isn't shocking if you've been in the know about the Sony hack, the leaked emails, and what their Spider-Man plans were prior to the whole Marvel deal. Anyways, yes, that animated Spider-Man movie from masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller is a reality. For now, we know that they will be writing and producing it.

It even has a release date: July 20, 2018!

Who will be making it? Sony Pictures Animation perhaps? (Lord and Miller directed Sony Animation's own hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.) Or someone else? They didn't say...

The press release says the film "will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing." However, I hear that the film's events won't contradict the timeline of the MCU or the future live-action Spideys. Tom Rothman, co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, dropped the ball by confusing the blogosphere and attendees, it was implied that this Spider-Man movie would be part of the MCU. Sony's gonna do just well under his watch...

I'd imagine it wouldn't be part of the MCU, not because it's animated, but because tonally it will probably be nothing like an MCU installment - even something like Guardians of the Galaxy. Again, I expect a more Lego Movie-esque comedy, not a piece of a larger story. I think it would be more akin to The Lego Batman Movie, which will be a comedic and non-canon alternative to the DC Cinematic Universe films.

That being said... An animated Spider-Man. You had me at that. Phil Lord and Chris Miller involved? The cherry on top...

But... But... Tom Rothman is a poster child of meddling executives. Just look up everything he did during his tenure at Fox, and how he killed movies like X-Men: The Last Stand (Brett Ratner is not to blame, it's Rothman), X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and similar horror stories. Why they put this guy in a high position after their near-collapse is beyond me. The fact that he fumbled during this presentation seals the deal...

So I won't get too excited just yet...

1 comment:

  1. Is it just me, or are theatrical animated superhero movies quickly becoming a "thing"? So far we've had Batman guest-starring in The LEGO Movie and getting his own spinoff, then an then Disney releasing Big Hero 6, and now Sony about to release an animated Spiderman movie.
    I'd mention the Incredibles sequel too, but I was mostly talking about movies based on comic books (and yes, Big Hero 6 was a comic book).

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