So we’ve known for a while now that director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller were writing and producing on an untitled animated Spider-Man film for Sony. What we didn’t know was that it wouldn’t be starring Peter Parker!

Straight from the Sony Pictures Twitter account’s mouth:

That’s right, the animated Spider-Man film will star none other than Miles Morales, the relatively new hero who took up the Ultimate Spider-mantle after the tragic death of Peter Parker in 2011.

Miles Morales was originally created by comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis after Donald Glover campaigned for the role of Peter Parker back when The Amazing Spider-Man was still in pre-production. Inspired by the campaign, Bendis elected to kill off Peter Parker in order to introduce Morales, the thirteen-year-old half African-American/half Puerto Rican high school student.

I’m very into this news. For one thing, I always thought the prospect of having an animated Spider-Man franchise running alongside a live action one was a little weird, but choosing to focus on Miles in the animated version helps to differentiate the properties and allows Sony to take the property in a different direction. Secondly, this animated film will introduce wider audiences to Miles, which may hint at a possible introduction into the MCU once Peter Parker’s story has been told?

I’m also curious as to whether or not Glover will have any part to play in this. He was one of the main inspirations for the character and has already voiced Miles in various cartoon appearances. This is pure speculation, but is it possible he’ll voice Miles in the film as well?

Either way, we’ll be able to experience Miles Morales’ silver screen debut on December 21st, 2018. You guys excited?

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