It is an experience that is both thrilling and daunting, getting the chance to make a Spider-Man movie. We know that another Spider-Man movie is coming, that part is inevitable, but the question of who will get to make, that’s a truly compelling point of interest. Sam Raimi made three, and despite whatever reservations you hold about that third one, he had one TKO in Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb, meanwhile, did a decent enough job on two Amazing Spider-Man films to at least make some bank for Sony, but it’s agreed all around that they were creative duds. Webb, of course, had a cool spider-centric last name, but as to his background, his previous claim to fame was the indie rom-com (500) Days of Summer. They wouldn’t go to that well again for a Spidey movie, would they?

Of course they would, but there is a difference this time, Spider-Man has the backing of the homebase Marvel Studios. But there is method to the madness according to Deadline. With the new Spider-Man movies looking to focus on Spidey’s teenage years as a high school student/superhero, the Hollywood trade says, “The tone they are searching for in the coming of age tale is John Hughes humor and emotion, plus all the superhero stuff.”

So keeping all that in mind, Deadline says that the director of the supposedly titled Spectacular Spider-Man will be one of the following:

*Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies)
*Ted Melfi (St. Vincent)
*Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, upcoming Sisters)
*John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation, co-writers of Horrible Bosses)
*Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre)

Noticeably absent from that list is Drew Goddard, who was recently hired to write the screenplay and was thought to be a lock on the front of the line to direct Spider-Man. Apparently not, though. As for the line-up of Levine, Melfi, Moore, Daley/Goldstein and Hess, it’s certainly evocative of the outside the box thinking that led to the hiring of James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy and the Russo Brothers for the Captain America sequels. Perhaps Marvel is hoping for lightning to strike three times.

As we await the word on a director, we’re still waiting to hear about who is going to play your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Captain America: Civil War, widely touted as Spidey’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, is currently shooting before the cameras with an eye on its release date almost 51 weeks from today. Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) is still rumored to be the frontrunner to play the new Amazing Spider-Man.

The Untitled Spider-Man movie will be in theaters everywhere in July 2017.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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