Cinematic schedule or not, Marvel are keen to get the ball rolling for Spider-Man’s eventual arrival alongside Iron Man and Captain America. As it turns out the webs may have spun quicker than we thought with the news that a handful of directors are up for the job, and the winner in the race could be announced as early as next week.
Deadline have revealed that an interesting bag of names being eyed for the gig. Firstly Jonathan Levine (50/50b, Warm Bodies), followed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and Ted Melfi (St. Vincent). Interestingly directorial double-act John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein – who are directing the upcoming National Lampoon reboot, Vacation -are also rumoured to be in the running. Perhaps filmmaking pair, the Russo Brothers could give them a few pointers, seeing as they’re already working on Captain America: Civil War as well as taking the Avengers of Joss Whedon’s hands for The Infinity War as well.
As for the role of the web-slinger himself, that’s still up in the air too. Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo), Timothee Chalame (Interstellar) and a few other names are being mentioned for everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Chances are that he’ll be pulled from the hat sometime after they get the director on board. For anyone concerned with how this familiar hero will be shoehorned into a new universe full of rage monsters and thunder gods, Marvel head, Kevin Feige apparently has it covered. Speaking about the future of the wall-crawling menace he explained:
“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said previously about the new Spider-Man. “You just don’t know it yet… In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics.”
Good, as a wise woman once said, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” It would be wise however to spend some on the choice for director. Whilst Levine and even Moore might seem like safe choices, Goldstein and Daley could be interesting choices, particularly when Vacation has apparently done very well in test screenings, and could be a surprise when it arrives later this year. As for Spider-Man, you might be seeing him make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, before he gets his solo outing in the MCU in July 28, 2017 for the U.S. after arriving in the U.K. April 29. Speaking of Civil War…