As Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has demonstrated time and again, the man knows what he’s doing–especially when it comes to hiring directors. Get Joe Johnston, the fellow who storyboarded Raiders of the Lost Ark and directed The Rocketeer, to helm the period film Captain America: The First Avenger? Absolutely! Get James Gunn, who’s famous for fusing his wiseass humor to offbeat fare like the 2004 Dawn of the Dead and Slither, to handle Guardians of the Galaxy? Why not? Get Joss Whedon, possibly the finest living screen storyteller when it comes to genre ensemble pieces, to tackle The Avengers? Hell, yeah! Now Feige has done it yet again: he’s nabbed Drew Goddard — the director of Cabin in the Woods, the writer of Cloverfield, and a close friend and frequent collaborator of Whedon’s (word on the streets is he even lent a hand in writing Avengers) — to write and direct Marvel’s very first Spider-Man solo film (due out on July 28, 2017), under its new deal with Sony to co-develop Spider-Man movies. Goddard was handling Sony’s Sinister Six before the studio put the kabosh on its own Spider-Man franchise plans to work with Marvel and Disney, but his participation in a new Spidey film was never a given. Now, thankfully, it is.
According to Latino Review, the next Spider-Man film series may be called Spectacular Spider-Man (dumping the previous series’ “Amazing” and using the the title of another of the character’s long-running comic book series). And Feige and co. are looking to cast a young, most likely unknown, actor to play the part through multiple films, the first of which will smartly not feature the hero’s origin story, starting with an already established webslinger, but will feature the origin of the Sinister Six, and a battle between Spider-Man and Iron Man in which ol’ webhead “auditions” to join the Avengers.
As a longtime fan of both Spider-Man and Goddard, I’m over the moon about this news. But what about you guys? Are you hopeful? Should Spidey join the Avengers? And would you like to see Peter Parker again wear the mask, or should Miles Morales have a turn this time around? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s all-new episode of Nerdist News where we’ll be breaking down our theories!