Sony seems to be feeling very confident with their new animated film, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, set to arrive in cinemas. They’ve already put both a sequel and a spinoff to the film in the works.
Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) has been tapped to direct the sequel, while Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One) is in talks to helm a spinoff led by the female heroes in the Spider-Man universe.
Bek Smith, previously a writer on the drama series Zoo, has been tapped to write the screenplay for the female-centric spinoff, which is expected to focus on three generations of women with spider-based powers. It likely includes Gwen Stacy, and possibly Madame Web and Silk as well.
Spider-Verse producers and co-writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return in some capacity, alongside Avi Arad, while Amy Pascal will produce the film.
As for the direct sequel, Dave Callahan (Wonder Woman 1984) will write the script which will further explore the adventures of Miles Morales. Dos Santos will take over as director from the trio of Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. A story is not yet in place, and could be pieced together once feedback from the first film is available.
So although Sony’s non-Spider-Man Spider-Man universe didn’t seem like the greatest idea a year or so ago, they’re feeling pretty good right now after Venom hauled in $822 million worldwide despite less than stellar reviews, while they also have the Jared Leto-led Morbius in the works.
And if Spider-Verse can be the hit Sony hopes, they won’t feel the pressure to figure out how to get a live-action webslinger into their universe anyway, which has been a constant rumour for years, since Marvel currently owns the rights and is web-slinging proudly with Tom Holland as Peter Parker.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse hits cinemas Friday, December 14, and as the only animated film still to come out this calendar year, expect it to reel in some big numbers.