LEGO Movie directors to make animated Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man will be swinging into action again in 2018 -- this time in an animated feature film.

That was the news reported by The Wrap late Wednesday (April 22) from the CinemaCon industry trade show in Las Vegas, where Sony Pictures CEO Tom Rothman announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the filmmaking team who directed The Lego Movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and the live-action reboot of 21 Jump Street, are spearheading a new animated movie starring the Marvel webslinger.

Lord and Miller will produce the movie and write the script treatment for it, while possibly directing it as well. The animated Spidey movie will be separate from the next round of live-action films starring the superhero, which will kick off with an appearance in Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War next May before he appears in a new standalone film -- reportedly to be written and directed by Drew Goddard -- that will open on July 28, 2017.

Interestingly, a press statement issued by Sony after Rothman's remarks said that the animated Spider-Man feature "will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, all of which are continuing."

Does that mean those Sinister Six and Venom films are not dead yet? Will whoever Marvel and Sony cast as the new live-action Spider-Man also voice the animated one? And will too many Spider-films confuse the public? That's a tangled web of questions that we hope to have answered soon.

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