It was recently reported that not only would Sony be making an animated Spider-Man movie, but that it would feature the character Miles Morales as the web-slinger and he’d be voiced by actor Shameik Moore. Known only as Sony’s “Untitled Animated Spider-Man Project,” there’s been an air of mystery about what else fans can expect from the feature film since it was first announced.
With actor Liev Schreiber taking on the part of the movie’s villain, he’s been preparing to start production on the film. And while he remained cagey about any plot details, Schreiber gave Collider a few hints of what fans can expect. Firstly, they haven’t started in the recording booth yet, and that process probably won’t begin for another month or so. As for the movie’s story, Schrieber teased, “I think real hardcore Spidey fans will be able to follow this with great ease. It will feel very familiar, in a good way, in a kind of throwback way.”
The idea of the movie being a sort of throwback raises some intriguing questions. Specifically, what will the movie be a throwback to? Will it be to a specific era of comics or cartoons, or will it be a throwback to any of the live-action movies? Even though Miles Morales has only been around for the past 6 years or so, the spider-Man character has been in pop culture since the 1960s, offering the filmmakers a lot of possibilities to explore.
Created in 2011 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli as part of Marvel’s Ultimate imprint, Miles assumed the identity of Spider-Man following the death of that universe’s Peter Parker. With the end of the Ultimate imprint in 2015, Miles was integrated into Marvel’s mainstream continuity, and is now a member of the teen superhero team the Champions.
The character appeared on Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series, where he was voiced by Donald Glover, and is expected to play a prominent role on its successor, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” which debuts this summer.
The animated Spider-Man film is targeted for release in 2018.