Reports Claim Drew Goddard Will Write & Direct New 'Spider-Man'
This is moving fast. Our friends at Latino Review are reporting a big scoop that apparently Disney/Marvel are keen on hiring Drew Goddard for the new set of Spider-Man movies. If you recall, a few weeks ago it was confirmed officially by Marvel that Sony & Disney have partnered up and agreed to share rights to the Spider-Man character. This means that Spidey can appear in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (and rumors are he'll appear in Captain America 3: Civil War, if not sooner) and that Spidey will also get a new series of movies (throwing out everything established by Marc Webb with Andrew Garfield) following his re-introduction. They don't have a scoop on any casting just yet, but it sounds like Goddard will be taking over the new Spider-Man movie since the Sinister Six project (that he was also attached to) has fallen apart.
Drew Goddard is a certified geek that has established himself well in Hollywood recently. He was writer on Cloverfield, "Lost", and World War Z, and wrote/directed the horror cult classic The Cabin in the Woods. Since then he's been involved as a producer on the "Daredevil" TV show, but hasn't directed anything yet. He was attached to the Sinister Six movie at Sony, but now Latino Review is claiming that project is dead. "That’s scrapped but the big news," they say, "is that the director of that film, Drew Goddard, will write AND direct the Spectacular Spider Man movie." Sounds good to me. They also add this info about the new Spidey:
-No new origin story, Spidey exists from the beginning, taken as a given
-New actor, probably an unknown, he will be specifically based in High School and they want him to be able to grow up into the role. The thought being if this works, Spidey can do multiple trilogies for years ala Harry Potter.
-A major part of the first film will involve Spider- Man fighting Iron Man and then trying to pass the "audition" to join the Avengers
-The first film will involved the Sinister Six coming together with the thought to later maybe spin them off.
So, from the sounds of it, Goddard's Sinister Six movie is now canned and instead of kicking him out, he has moved right onto Spider-Man next. That makes sense. For Sony to keep the Spider-Man train moving and move on from Andrew Garfield/Marc Webb without completely destroying the universe they've created, it makes sense to transition Goddard's Sinister Six work into a full-on Spidey feature. The "Sinister Six" are a group of villains that have been teased by Sony for a while, though we don't exactly know which villains they're using for the big screen. The original line-up featured Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Vulture and Kraven the Hunter. From here on out we'll have to keep a close watch on development updates.
The news about Marvel and Sony teaming up for Spider-Man was some of the biggest geek news of the year so far. Many discussions have arisen since then on how the characters will integrate, and where they can take Spider-Man after he crosses over into the MCU for a little while. Goddard is a fine choice and I hope he can bring some new excitement to this series, instead of retreading the same familiar territory. Thoughts?