Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming is gearing up for production, but that’s not the only Spider-Man project in the works. Yes, the yet-to-be-titled Spider-Man animated movie from Sony Pictures Animation is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018, a year after Jon Watts’ live-action movie.
I’m sure The LEGO Movie/21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have tried in many ways to differentiate their animated movie from the MCU entry coming in 2017. Now a new rumor claims that one of the ways they are approaching the franchise differently is in the identity of the webslinger. That’s right, the latest claim is that the animated Spider-Man movie will not focus on Peter Parker but instead Miles Morales, the teenage half-black half-Puerto Rican Spider-Man who was created in 2011. More details on the possible Miles Morales Spider-Man animated movie after the jump.
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