Spider-Man Denied Rumor: Drew Goddard Writing And Directing The Next SPIDER-MAN Film written by Sean Gerber March 2, 2015 UPDATE: Don’t get too attached to the idea of Drew Goddard writing and directing the next Spider-Man film. A representative for Goddard told Comic Book Resources that the writer/director “hasn’t met on the title yet.” These days, denials are about as reliable as rumors, but even if Goddard hasn’t met with Sony or Marvel about this new Spider-Man movie, that doesn’t mean he is not the preferred choice of the studios. He could still be called into a meeting and potentially signed at a later date. ORIGINAL STORY: Fans were elated last month to learn that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment had come together and reached a deal that will bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Included in that deal is a new Spider-Man solo film from Sony that will be co-produced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and soon-to-be former SPE boss Amy Pascal. Today, it looks like Latino Review has discovered that a familiar name will handle writing and directing duties on that feature. Drew Goddard was going to write and direct SINISTER SIX, a team-up film featuring villains from the now defunct AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series. Those plans have fallen by the wayside (for now, anyway), but Sony and Marvel still like Goddard and, according to LR’s report, will hire him to write and direct the Spider-Man solo film set for release on July 28, 2017. This would be a great hire and based on Goddard’s recent background, both Sony and Marvel would be keeping it in the family. Goddard was the original executive producer and showrunner on Marvel’s DAREDEVIL series for Netflix before having to leave due to his SINISTER SIX time commitments for Sony. Goddard is obviously someone both Marvel and Sony have faith in. There are other key notes in the report. First is that there will not be an origin story this time around, which is definitely for the best. Everyone knows the drill. The spider bite happened, Uncle Ben died, and this new Spider-Man now exists. LR’s article reiterates previous rumors that Spider-Man will still be in high school, so we are looking at “early years” Spidey. Andrew Garfield is out and a new actor, possibly an unknown will be chosen. Dylan O’Brien (THE MAZE RUNNER), whose name has often been mentioned in recasting reports, is not currently favored to win the role due to his age (23) and current contractual obligations. It seems Sony and Marvel are really looking for a younger actor who can pass for a high school kid for more than one film. LR’s source says casting won’t begin in earnest for “a number of months,” but I’m betting on a faster timetable. We may not hear anything official for a while, but with Spider-Man expected to appear in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, the studios will have to find their new actor sooner than later. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR starts filming next month and Marvel Studios would have to feel better about letting cameras roll with a new Spider-Man already in place. The current title being thrown around for the new series is THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, which would be a good way of branding the new series to separate it from what’s come before and what might come later. Reportedly, this could be a trilogy with new films released over consecutive summers. While that’s certainly possible, I can’t imagine Sony and Marvel would already know if such a plan is feasible and can be worked within Marvel’s Phase Three plans, of which Spider-Man will theoretically be part. Stay tuned on that one. There are various other plot details from the new Spider-Man film included in LR’s report, which you can read it’s entirety here. Just keep in mind that any and all pre-script creative details are subject to change. Denied Rumor: Drew Goddard Writing And Directing The Next SPIDER-MAN Film was last modified: April 13th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related MarvelMarvel Cinematic UniverseSpider-Man: Homecoming 12 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post SUICIDE SQUAD: Jared Leto Groomed For The Joker next post Today’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Character Poster – Captain America! You may also like 2016 in Review: The Year the Good... January 2, 2017 Spidey Reboot Offically Titled SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING April 12, 2016 Michael Keaton Reportedly Sought For Villain Role... April 13, 2016 New Spider-Man Film Reportedly Adds Zendaya March 7, 2016 MMM #240: Welcome Home, Spider-Man! You’re In... February 9, 2015 Sony And Marvel Narrowing Down The SPIDER-MAN... April 22, 2015 Spider-Man: The New Deal Is The Best... February 10, 2015 New Details From The Marvel And Sony... February 10, 2015 Tom Holland Is Spider-Man, For Real August 19, 2016 Marvel & Sony Have Officially Found Their... June 23, 2015 Michael Lalaian If this turns out to be true, I would be absolutely thrilled! I know some people thought his “disparaging” comments about Doctor Strange in the infamous Sony hacks were in poor taste, but he was just joking around. Goddard is a true Marvel fan, and he also happens to be a fantastic filmmaker. The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote with Joss Whedon and directed, is easily one of my top 3 favorite films of all time. Also, his super close friendship with Whedon (he was giving Joss notes during the production of the Avengers) means that the two-time Avengers director may be very involved as an EP or creative consultant on this project. So, yeah, incredibly excited to see if this turns out to be true. Sean Gerber Oh yeah, I’ll be VERY happy if Goddard gets the job and I think he will. The Whedon connection is a powerful one and I don’t believe there are any hard feelings over the DAREDEVIL situation. The reaction to LR’s report has been universally positive, so not only is Goddard the right man for the job in terms of talent and ability, but he’d also keep up the positive PR momentum that started when the Marvel/Sony deal was announced last month. Jesse Brenner I totally bit on this one. Can always count on Sean to cut thru the sh*t 🙂 Sean Gerber Thanks, Jesse! I actually bit on some of the original report too, but that’s because a lot of what it included made sense. Ultimately, I believe Goddard will get the Spider-Man job even though an official meeting has not yet taken place. I think he wants the job and is Sony and Marvel’s top choice. It’ll most likely come down to whether or not all sides are interested in making the same kind of Spider-Man movie and I think they will be. Jesse Brenner Thanks Sean — that sounds about right — Mr. Hermann agrees with you and I do as well. Looking forward to Man Without Fear book club! Sean Gerber Me too! I needed a good “Marvel news” show to attach it to. This will suffice! Michael Lalaian Gotta hurry up and read it. I mean, I have before, but its been a while. Marvel Unlimited app, here I come… Jesse Brenner Well given that your discussion of the shakeup at Sony came literally one day before the Spiderman announcement and Paul’s epic celebration, perhaps reporting on this story being false will lead to it becoming true! 😉 Michael Lalaian Well, you can add the Russo Brothers / Sony deal to that as a “Marvel Directors” podcast 😛 Adrian Edmondson Since Spider-Man 2 , I have been waiting for a awesome version of Peter/Spidey . Hopefully he is already established , out of HS , no love interest with fully fleshed out villian(s) with real motivations for why they are doing what they do unlike the last movie . Early 20’s and retaining some of the dorkiness from the 60’s but not a total klutz . Adrian I think you might be disappointed, then. They seem to want to go with high school again. Kerry Vanderberg I really hope this comes to pass. Drew Goddard seems like the ideal choice due to his ties with Whedon and working relationship with both companies. If they re-cast Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane, then I’ll do one big happy dance! I really hope they do that. I still wonder if her inclusion in TASM 2 might have made the film better, if not for me at the very least. I hope they snatch her up for the role this time!