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Sony Animation Goes Diverse with Miles Morales as Spider-Man and Lin-Manuel Miranda Musical ‘Vivo’

19 January 2017 2:19 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sony Pictures Animation, which has fallen on hard times in recent years, highlighted diversity and female empowerment as part of its comeback at Wednesday’s slate preview in Culver City. The biggest news was confirmation that Miles Morales, the mixed race web-slinging teen (African-American and Hispanic), will star in the untitled “Spider-Man” feature coming December 21, 2018.

Morales, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli to succeed the late Peter Parker in the comics, has already become a TV animation staple on Disney Xd’s “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” (initially voiced by Donald Glover).

The animated “Spider-Man” marks a return to Spa for Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), who directed “The Lego Movie” and are currently making the “Han Solo” standalone “Star Wars” feature.

In a pre-recorded video message from London, Lord said, “What inspired us the most is that anyone can wear the mask. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Newswire: Miles Morales will be Sony’s friendly animated Spider-Man in a new movie

19 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Spider-Man remains a white guy named Peter Parker in Sony’s upcoming live-action movie, but that won’t be the case in the animated film due out in 2018. Miles Morales—the half-black, half-Latino hero introduced back in 2011—will be the star of the still-untitled project being executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Sony Animation announced yesterday.

The idea of getting a non-white Spidey on the big screen has been building momentum among fans for some time now. Miles was created for the Ultimate Marvel universe after writer Brian Michael Bendis was inspired by Donald Glover’s campaign to take on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2015, the character officially adopted the Spider-Man moniker. But even as the world of the comics diversified, the big-screen Spider-Man remained the same as always when Tom Holland joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the webslinger. Now Morales is ...


- Esther Zuckerman

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Spider-Man: animated movie to definitely feature Miles Morales

18 January 2017 1:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Jan 19, 2017

The upcoming animated Spider-Man movie has its directors confirmed - and it'll centre on Miles Morales as Spider-Man...

It's official! Miles Morales will be the webslinger in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man animated movie. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are writing the treatment and producing the film. Bob Persichetti, an animator whose head of story credits include Puss In Boots and The Little Prince will co-direct the film with Peter Ramsey (Rise Of The Guardians).

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Miles Morales is the second Spider-Man of Marvel's Ultimate universe, who picked up the legacy from Peter Parker. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, he first came on the »

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Comic Book Reviews: Marvel Comic Book Round Up New Comic Series!

11 January 2017 8:15 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Comic Book Reviews: Marvel Comic Book Round Up New Comic Series!

With 2016 starting off strong for Marvel, the company soon seemed to lose its way as it headed into the summer season with company wide crossover, Civil War II. Suddenly books which had previously been doing well, started to dip as they were roped into the major event that was not getting the best of reviews. Characters were suddenly being written completely different from how they were previously acting with little to no explanation; story content was dropped or pushed to the side to make way for the Civil War II connections. All of this, and DC had just launched its Rebirth line up. While DC was learning from their New 52 mistakes, and attempting to bring their characters back to a more recognizable state, Marvel was putting all their eggs into Brian Michael Bendis Civil War II basket. The result? »

- Jeremy Scully

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Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis Bringing Back 'The Defenders' Comic Book Series (Exclusive)

10 January 2017 6:41 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Marvel Comics is bringing back The Defenders as a comic, but this time it’s coming with the Netflix state of mind.

Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, heroes who are headlining their own shows on Netflix and are to team up for a show called Defenders, will now partner up on the publishing side.

Brian Michael Bendis, one of Marvel’s most popular writers, and artist David Marquez, who worked with Bendis on books featuring Spider-Man and Iron Man, are behind the new ongoing series, which will launch in June, after receiving a preview in the publisher’s »

- Borys Kit

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