Latino-Review.com is at it again, today breaking the news that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) is being lined up to write and direct the tentatively titled The Spectacular Spider-Man, the 2017 Spider-Man relaunch being co-produced by Marvel and Sony.
Latino-Review’s Kellvin Chavez dropped today’s big news when he revealed that weeks worth of work mining a source led him to discover that Marvel Studios and Sony were looking to bring Drew Goddard on board as writer and director of the first installment of the relaunched Spider-Man franchise.
Goddard, who is best known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and for his directorial debut, The Cabin in the Woods, was in line to direct Sony’s now dead Sinister Six film, a job for which he stepped down as showrunner of Marvel’s Daredevil series, so he has previous working relationships with both studios. In all honestly, there are very few people I’d rather see take on the relaunch than Goddard and I’m certain that Kevin Feige feels the same way.
Chavez’s went on to report that Marvel and Sony were looking into naming the new franchise The Spectacular Spider-Man, one of many iterations of the Spider-Man comics and a title that will certainly set it apart from Andrew Garfield‘s Amazing Spider-films. According to the source, The Spectacular Spider-Man will focus on a high school-aged Spider-Man and will NOT retell his origin story, assuming fans have seen it often enough, so Spidey will already be an established hero when he swings into theaters in the summer of 2017.
Latino-Review’s report included two VERY interesting potential plot points for the film. According to Chavez’s source, the film is set to feature the young Spider-Man squaring off against Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man in an Avengers audition, a scene which calls back some of Peter Parker’s early efforts to join the Fantastic Four. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out, given it’s strongly rumored that Spidey will cameo in Captain America: Civil War ahead of his own solo film (and, according to Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, he may appear in Doctor Strange as well), but it’s a very sensible move on Sony’s part to bring in Downey, who is box office gold, to help relaunch their newest Spidey franchise. If we’re lucky, we’ll get something like this:
While Spidey vs. Iron Man will be entertaining, in the end they are both heroes and Spidey has an entire stable of villains which have been horribly mismanaged and, according to Chavez’s source, Marvel and Sony are going to work together to finally (hopefully) give them them the treatment they deserve (though, to be honest, Marvel Studios’ villains have been extraordinarily lackluster of late). The rest of the film, if the rumor holds, will see Spidey’s great foes teaming up to form the Sinister Six, possibly incorporating pieces of the now defunct Sinister Six movie Goddard was rumored to helm.
I’m certain all of this will come to pass, but I am very curious as to who Marvel and Sony will settle on to play Peter Parker. Earlier today I reported the hot rumor of the day which stated Dylan O’Brien was signed up to play Spidey. Chavez DIRECTLY confronted this in his piece and while he didn’t rule it out, he brought up several good points. Despite unfounded feelings to the contrary, Chavez and Latino-Review don’t play. They know their stuff and they only report things they feel confident in and Chavez contends that casting hasn’t even begun for the film as yet. As excited as we all get, it’s much more important that they cast Parker well than cast him now!
What are your thoughts guys? This is cool, right? I’m very on board with Goddard and hope he gets to steward Spidey for years to come!