Step aside, Peter Parker.
Sony Pictures revealed today their upcoming Spider-Man animated film, written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will feature Miles Morales as the lead character. Kristine Belson, president of Sony Animation, confirmed the news. Bob Persichetti is co-directing with Peter Ramsey.
Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli in 2011, Miles is the Spider-Man of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, an alternate universe that features re-imagined versions of some of Marvel’s biggest characters. Miles takes up the mantle of Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker, with similar superpowers to Peter. He’s the first black Spider-Man and the second Latino hero to become Spidey, following Miguel O’Hara in Spider-Man 2099.
There have been campaigns for years to feature the character of Miles in media properties about Spider-Man, most notably centered around actor Donald Glover. Fans unsuccessfully campaigned to get him to play the lead in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, but his appearance in Spidey PJs in the sitcom Community reaffirmed Bendis’ initial creation of the character.
Glover has since gone on to voice Miles in the animated Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man and has an unspecified role in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming featuring Tom Holland in his second outing as Peter Parker. Whether or not Glover will voice Miles again in this film remains to be seen.
Lord and Miller will be executive producing alongside Avi Arad and Amy Pascal. Christine Steinberg will produce.
The film is set for a 2018 release.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor