Here are the two directors at the top of Marvel's short list for the next Spider-Man film

While we continue to wonder which of these several young actors will score the title role in Marvel’s new Spider-Man film, the studio has apparently narrowed down a short list for who will helm the MCU reboot.

According to Deadline, Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) are at the top of the list to lead young Peter Parker on his next solo outing, but the options don’t stop there. Along with those two perceived frontrunners, the report notes that the duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) and Jon Watts (Cop Car) could also win the gig.

The project is apparently moving very quickly through development (this is a Marvel movie, after all), so we should expect something official in regard to both casting and directing relatively soon. The final decision will apparently be made by Marvel’s Kevin Feige, producer Amy Pascal and Sony Pictures’ Tom Rothman. There’s also a chance the eventual director could have a hand in writing the script, depending on who they choose.

One name that remains conspicuously absent: Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), who is attached to Sony’s troubled Sinister Six spinoff and also produced Marvel’s excellent Daredevil series. You’d think that it’s only a matter of time until he picks up a proper Marvel movie, right? Unless Sony is keeping him off the table in hopes Sinister Six will finally happen, perhaps?

The character of Spider-Man will officially be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (marking Peter Parker’s third big-screen reboot in a little over a decade) before headlining his own standalone film in 2017. 

Of the options on the list, who would you like to see score the directing gig?

(Via Deadline)

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