From the beloved Spectacular Spider-Man animated series to 1977's live-action The Amazing Spider-Man show, it's no secret that Spider-Man has had quite the history on TV. Now, a new statement from Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Viniciquerra and Hulu chief Mike Hopins reveals that Sony has plans for the Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler on the small screen.
In an interview with Variety, Viniciquerra discussed Sony's plans for movie and television projects stemming from the Spider-Man franchise. "We have the next seven or eight years laid out as to what we're going to do with that asset, and that will not only be on the film side -- it'll be on the TV side," Viniciquerra said. "Our television group will have its own set of characters from within that universe that we will seek to develop."
Given the large number of Spider-Man characters Sony has under its belt, the studio's choices for a TV series seem pretty vast. "[The team is] pretty far down the road in terms of working through which characters we think could be the star of their own series," Hopkins added.
With the recent successes of both Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony seems pretty confident in its Spider-Man-based spinoff projects, especially given that the company has already expressed interest in doing TV spinoffs from the award-winning animated film. In an era where comic book-based TV shows are gaining more prominence, one thing is clear: Spider-Man's luck on TV may soon rub off on his supporting cast.
Opening July 5, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.