Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Movie Review – It’s Well Worth Taking A Swing On

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Movie Review - It's Well Worth Taking A Swing On

Shameik Moore in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Image Credit: Sony Pictures Animation)

Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 4)

Miles Morales makes the most of his Hollywood moment.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the multidimensional mind-trip from Sony Pictures Animation, feels less like the seventh Spider-Man movie to hit the big screen (we’re not counting Venom) and more like a one-of-a-kind, wall-crawling experience. It deserves top ranking among Spider-Man’s greatest cinematic achievements, live-action or otherwise.

This movie, and particularly this universe, is the start of something special for Sony, which needed Marvel Studios and an Avengers membership card to save its franchise. But it may now be on the cusp of a new kind of sequel-spawning, connected superhero universe where Marvel Studios’ help isn’t needed. Imagine that.

Spider-Verse combines two of the most recent and popular story lines from the comics: one, the idea that there are multiple dimensions featuring all different types of Spider-Mans, and two, the debut of the half Puerto Rican, half African-American webslinger, Miles Morales. The movie also includes classic foes, many with a new twist – including the Kingpin, who is the literal big bad in this film.

Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore) is the star of the movie, but many other spider-people make an appearance because of a dimensional breach. They include an older, unshaven and slightly out of shape Peter Parker (Jake Johnson); one of Marvel Comics’ coolest new characters, Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld); Spider-Man Noir (who should be called Spider-Batman and is voiced by Nicolas Cage); and the might-as-well-be Porky Pig in a Spider-Man suit, Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). They are all there to guide Miles on his journey of realization that he, too, can be Spider-Man.

And while that’s a lot of super folks swinging around New York City, Miles gets his own time to shine and proves himself worthy of his superhero name (and still rocks one of the coolest superhero suits in comics).

We also get quick but heartfelt glimpses of Miles’ life without a mask. It’s moments like these that mean a lot to the legion of diverse fans that writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli had in mind when they created the character – a biracial kid taking up a legendary superhero mantle.

It’s touching to see Miles roll his eyes at his African-American father, Jefferson (Brian Tyree Henry), who isn’t afraid to get on a bullhorn and profess the love he has for his baby boy. Miles also tries to dodge besos from his Puerto Rican mother, Rio (Luna Lauren Velez), who lectures him in English and Spanish. We see Miles’s personal life parallel Peter Parker’s when he comes into his powers at the same time he discovers his uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) is a supervillain working for the Kingpin. You can’t be Spider-Man without uncle drama, after all.

Brooklyn is definitely in the house in this movie, and Miles’ biracial existence plays a big part in its authenticity. A little of the Notorious B.I.G. in the soundtrack doesn’t hurt either.

These subtle nods to the cultures in Miles’ life are genuinely heartwarming and the kind of thing you don’t see in your standard superhero film. It’s part of what makes Spider-Verse such a unique experience.

But this is still a superhero movie at the end of the day. Miles Morales may be a comic book cultural icon now, but there’s only so much time Spider-Verse can spend showing how woke it is. So, if you think Miles is going to be scowling at unseasoned potato salad and screaming “yo soy Boricua pa’que tu lo sepas” anytime someone asks if he’s Dominican (that happens a lot when you’re half African-American/half Puerto Rican), well, there’s no time for that. There’s a new universe to establish.

Sony is on a roll right now and has not one but two franchises that could reignite its ability to print bucks at the box office sans Marvel Studios.

Venom has used its buzz factor to rake in almost $850 million in ticket sales worldwide. Spider-Verse is more of the same, but it’s a different kind of movie experience for this franchise – one that feels bold, fresh and bravely experimental.

The most compelling thing about this movie is the loud message that anyone, no matter who you are or where you come from, can be Spider-Man. Can be a hero. Can be an inspiration.


Vegas Heads to Hollywood to Take on the Kings

In a Pacific Divison matineé, the Vegas Golden Knights travel to Los Angeles to play the Kings at the Staples Center, with a 1pm start time.

Vegas has been hot lately, fresh off a home wins on Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals and Thursday night over the Chicago Blackhawks. Beating the Capitals was huge for the Golden Knights as they look to continue their climb in the Pacific Division standings. They are on the verge of erasing the stink of a less-than-stellar first 20 games of the season, without star defensman Nate Schmidt.

Tuesday night’s game against the Capitals was a memorable one. The hit heard around the world is still having ramifications for the Golden Knights and Ryan Reaves. Reaves’ late hit on notorious dirty player, Tom Wilson, has garnered tons of negative attention, punctuated by Reaves autographing photos of Wilson on the ice, concussed. In a key win against Washington, the story should have been Schmidt’s game-winner, yet the Knights are left with a PR nightmare in the aftermath of their 5-3 win.

Thursday’s game against the Blackhawks was much more competitive than their 8-3 domination in Chicago in their previous match up. The Golden Knights tied the game at three and got the lead thanks to Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch goals, separated by 12 seconds in the third period. Tuch’s goal went down as the game winner with no additional scoring in the last 12 minutes of the game.

Their afternoon hosts, the Los Angeles Kings, have lost four out of their last five games, including losses in their last two against the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes. Los Angeles is led in scoring by former captain Dustin Brown (8 goals), points by Anze Kopitar (18), and anchored on the blue line by Drew Doughty. Returning way earlier than originally anticipated, all-star goalie Jonathan Quick holds down the work between the pipes. Quick shut out Carolina in his second game back from injury, but has had mixed results in his other three games of action.

Vegas will see a familiar face in this one, with newly acquired Brendan Leipsic suiting up for the Kings. An original Golden Knights, Leipsic was placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks and claimed by LA last week. Leipsic tallied his first goal as a King and third of the season on Thursday against the Devils. As many of you will remember, he has blazing speed. Vegas will need to account for his wheels.

LA has racked up a decent amount of injuries thus far and remain without UFA signing Ilya Kovalchuk, trade acquisition Carl Hagelin, center Trevor Lewis, and backup goaltender Jack Campbell. Vegas is still missing centers Erik Haula and Paul Stastny, the latter taking the practice ice this week with a no-contact jersey. It would seem that Stastny is getting closer to a return, while Haula’s injury is being kept close to the chest by the VGK brass.

Today’s game is a division battle between two playoff teams from 2017-18 that aren’t having the seasons they expected. While Vegas is surging, LA is floundering. Vegas’ sweeping of LA in last year’s playoffs should provide motivation for the Kings, but Vegas’ skill, speed, and depth will be too much to handle, not to mention Marc-Andre Fleury, who will be in net for the Golden Knights. With a game tomorrow night in Vegas against the stars, we may finally see backup Malcolm Subban get his first work since a seven-goal game against the Calgary Flames.

Today’s game will be broadcast on AT&T Sportsnet and Fox Sports Radio 98.9 FM.

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Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Refusing Academy Demand

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Kevin Hart

The abrupt move comes after a mounting controversy over the star’s past anti-gay tweets.

Kevin Hart is stepping down as Oscars host just two days after the Academy announced he would take on the high-profile gig. The move came amid a mounting controversy after old tweets surfaced in which Hart expressed anti-gay sentiments and used homophobic terminology and slurs.

In a tweet late Thursday, Hart officially withdrew from hosting the Oscars, a role he had long wanted to step into. “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” Hart wrote.

He added seconds later, “I’m sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Earlier in the evening, Hart had posted an Instagram video from Sydney, Australia, where he is touring, saying that he had refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. He said the Academy gave him an ultimatum: Apologize for his old tweets or step down as Oscars host.

“I passed. The reason I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up,” he said. “Regardless, to the Academy, I’m thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul,” Hart added.

Ironically, in giving up the hosting spot, Hart actually offered the apology that earlier he had refused to provide.

The Academy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But for the Academy, the situation smacks of déjà vu. In late 2011, Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Academy Awards after saying “rehearsal is for fags” in a public Q&A for his film Tower Heist. Ratner’s exit led to the departure of Eddie Murphy, that year’s announced host, who stepped down in solidarity. (Billy Crystal filled in.)

Losing Hart as host will put even more pressure on Donna Gigliotti, who is producing the 91st Oscars, set to be broadcast by ABC on Feb. 24. This week’s announcement that Hart would host came relatively late in the process. Now, finding a new host to take on emcee duties could be even more difficult.

Earlier in the day, Hart issued an Instagram video in which he said, “I swear, man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. I’m not going to let the craziness frustrate me or anger me, especially when I worked hard to get to the mental space that I am at now.”

He continued, “My team calls me, ‘Oh, my God, Kevin, this world is upset about tweets you did years ago.’Guys. I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man,” Hart says. “I’m in a great place, a great mature place, where all I do is spread positivity.”

The tweets in question included a 2011 tweet in which the comedian and movie star had written, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'” In another from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” In another written in 2009, he called someone a “fat faced fag.”

Those tweets and many more like them could be found as recently as Tuesday, the day Hart was announced as host. But as word of them began to spread in the days following, they began to disappear.

The tweets drew condemnation from the likes of actor-comedian Billy Eichner, who tweeted, “You can tell its not just a joke — there’s real truth, anger & fear behind these. I hope Kevin’s thinking has evolved since 2011.”

Journalist Mark Harris went even further, tweeting the choice of Hart as host was “out-of-sync for a year in which Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman, Mahershala Ali, Richard E. Grant, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Lucas Hedges could all get nominated for playing LBGTQ characters.”

GLAAD reached out to ABC, the Academy and Hart’s management to “discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage,” said Rich Ferraro, chief communications officer for GLAAD. He said they did not immediately respond.

It was not the first time Hart’s thoughts on LGBT people have caused controversy. A 2011 standup routine about his then 3-year-old son having a “gay moment” — “You’ve got to nip it in the bud!” he warned the audience — was criticized as promoting homophobic and dangerous parenting, according to The Guardian.

Pose star Indya Moore — whose groundbreaking trans series drew Golden Globe nominations for best drama and best actor (for Billy Porter) — penned a lengthy Twitter thread that laid into Hart for “sexualizing” his son in his 2011 routine, adding, “‘Your choice to prevent’ your child from being ‘gay’ is fear driver. You ARE homophobic Kevin.”

“You @KevinHart4real are NOT FIT a model, or representative to Host for the @TheAcademy which CELEBRATES & WELCOMES talent of all genders, sexualities, & ethnicities,” Moore continued. Pose executive producer Ryan Murphy retweeted several of the tweets.

Hart told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he wouldn’t tell the joke again, “because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now.”


Cannes Director Thierry Fremaux Touts “Improvements” to Screening Schedule

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Thierry Fremaux

The festival’s artistic director also defended against criticism that American films are fleeing for Venice and Toronto to build awards buzz.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux is saying the festival will make some adjustments to the press and premiere screening schedule after some negative feedback earlier this year.

“We had some complaints and we are going to improve on that,” he said at the Marrakech Film Festival on Saturday, without specifying what those changes might be. Last May, the festival changed the screening schedule so that media was not able to see films before their world premieres. It was an effort to protect directors from possible bad press published early, but led to some stressed-out critics.

Once a prolific tweeter, Fremaux has taken himself off of social media, joking that Twitter thoughts “are what you would write on a public bathroom wall.”

Speaking in an on stage interview, Fremaux emphasized Cannes’ international pedigree and deflected criticism that the festival has failed to get blockbusters in recent years as filmmakers have flocked to the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

“America is not always the barometer of Cannes, the competition selection is diversified. Venice didn’t have the film of [Hirokazu] Kore-eda, didn’t have the film of Nadine Labaki. It is absolutely the mission of Cannes to have films from all over the world,” he said, citing the festival’s charter. “We have to undo this Europe and United States obsession.” Kore-eda’s Shoplifters went on to win the Palme d’Or, while Labaki’s Capernaum captured the second place Jury Prize.

“We have other criteria” outside of the awards season race, Fremaux added. The May festival has now been judged too early by many studios to build that all-important buzz, he argued. “We don’t care about the Oscars. The Oscars are great. I go every year. But Cannes is a different thing,” he said.

If the studios are bypassing Cannes, it’s because of, and not in spite of, the global media glare, he added. “Why? Because it generates buzz and media coverage. That’s the issue with the studios. They don’t send the big studio films because they will be judged within the media circus and it’s not objective,” he said.

But “popular” films still have a place on the Cannes red carpet – which is why Solo: A Star Wars Story was invited this year. Red carpet glamour and star power is an important aspect of Cannes, and he still loves the big tentpole films and that they should feel “comfortable” in Cannes.

Fremaux admitted that he doesn’t like it when a great film chooses to bypass Cannes in favor of one of the later festivals, but ultimately his goal is to support cinema. “The festivals are all friends – Cannes, Berlin, Venice. What matters is that all the films find their spot,” he said.

Fremaux also said he is working on a sequel to his Lumiere!documentary, but that any premiere is at least two years away.


Oscar buzz for ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ after first Hollywood screening

Mary Poppins Returns is shaping up to be an awards contender if the early reactions coming out of Hollywood are to be believed, with Emily Blunt tipped to receive her first ever Oscar nomination.

The musical sequel, starring Blunt in the title role, held screenings for tastemakers and academy voters over the last week where it was met with rapturous responses and standing ovations.

The long-awaited sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins hits cinemas this Christmas, and Disney is hoping to repeat the awards success of the original which earned 13 Academy Award nominations and won 5.

Industry paper Variety hailed Returns as “a bona fide best picture Oscar player this year” citing a “applause throughout a Producers Guild screening on Wednesday” and a “lengthy standing ovation” for the cast and crew at an “all-guild” screening on Saturday.

The film has been praised for giving Oscar voters some much-needed respite from the hard-hitting issues tackled by other big contenders like A Star Is Born and Vice.

“Mary Poppins Returns will be a massive hit,” sums up Variety’s Kristopher Taply, “which will drive the point home all the more: Audiences want a movie like this right now. Critics, even the most cynical of them (whether they admit it or not), want a movie like this right now.”

The original film is considered Walt Disney’s crowning achievement earning 13 Oscar nominations – the most any Walt Disney Studios has ever received – including the only Best Picture nomination producer Disney received in his lifetime. The film won 5 of those Oscars, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews in her feature film debut.

Emily Blunt is being tipped to repeat Andrews’ success with Indiewire’s Bill Desowitz saying the British A Quiet Place star “portrays the iconic nanny with such confidence and charm that she could land a Best Actress Oscar nomination”.

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Emily Blunt receives instructions from director Rob Marshall on the set of Mary Poppins Returns. (Disney)

Awards prognosticator Gregory Ellwood of the The Playlist concurs saying Blunt “is absolutely superb and her performance puts her smack dab in the middle of the Best Actress race”. Ellwood cites Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) as Blunt’s biggest rivals for the gold trophy that will be handed out on 28 February, 2019.

Early reactions suggest the film could also do well in the craft categories, with nominations expected to land for costumes, production design, and of course – the music.

Meryl Streep has also been given an outside chance of bagging a Best Supporting Actress nomination playing Topsy Turvy, but then it doesn’t take much for Streep to get a nod, does it?

Mary Poppins Returns hits cinemas on 21 December, 2018. Watch a trailer below.


Action Against Polluting Activities Grossly Inadequate: Pollution Board

Action Against Polluting Activities Grossly Inadequate: Pollution Board

The directions have been made to state pollution control boards (File Photo)

New Delhi: The enforcement bodies’ actions on public complaints against pollution have been “grossly inadequate”, the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB has said while urging these agencies again to join social media platforms to address the grievances concerning them.

The directions have been made to the NDMC, SDMC, EDMC, DMRC, CPWD, DDA and the state pollution control boards of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, among other public bodies.

In a meeting with public agencies and state pollution control boards last week, CPCB Member Secretary Prashant Gargava said the response to complaints lodged on the SAMEER app, which was developed by the CPCB, has been “inadequate”.

“They have to join social media platforms and take action in respect of complaints concerning them,” the CPCB was quoted as saying in the minutes of the meeting.

“Actions on public complaints by enforcement bodies were found grossly inadequate. Many agencies have not even joined the social media platform,” it said.

This is the second time the CPCB has urged the public agencies to address the complaints filed against those violating pollution norms.

Earlier on November 14, the CPCB had directed public and enforcement agencies to immediately join social media platforms where citizens could lodge their complaints on pollution directly.

Talking tough on pollution in Delhi, the Supreme Court Monday asked the CPCB to prosecute government officials for not acting on around 250 complaints received by it from citizens.

In an affidavit filed in the court, which is seized of matters related to pollution in Delhi-NCR, the CPCB said that “of 749 complaints received on social media and e-mails till November 22, 2018, about 500 complaints (67 per cent of the total) were attended to by 52 teams of CPCB while associating with clean air campaign during November 1-10, 2018”.

It further said the teams continued a “similar campaign on their own on November 13 and November 20 exclusively to attend to the air pollution complaints received on social media and e-mails. Remaining 249 complaints have been assigned to respective nodal agencies and are in the process of getting resolved”.

The affidavit said as per analysis of complaints during the clean air campaign, the highest number of air pollution incidents were found to be related to construction and demolition activities, followed by burning of waste, road dust, unpaved areas/roads, traffic congestion and industrial emissions.

In continuation of the opening of social media accounts on October 29, the affidavit said the CPCB has set up a separate cell for management of citizens’ complaints being received via Facebook, Twitter, e-mails and the CPCB’s website since November 5.

“Complaints received at social media accounts namely Twitter and Facebook have to be resolved by respective nodal agencies who are responsible for taking appropriate action,” it said.

“An efficient mechanism for resolving the complaints through social media can be ensured through respective nodal agencies when they open their official social media accounts and follow the account created by CPCB so that the complaints received at CPCB end can be forwarded to respective agencies. Action taken by agencies can be informed to the complainant on the same platform,” the affidavit said.

It said that on October 31, an e-mail was sent to the nodal agencies to create their own social media accounts so that complaints received by the CPCB could be attended to by them and the CPCB had also held four review meetings in November with the representatives of the nodal agencies.

It said that as on November 24, 18 nodal agencies provided their social media accounts to the CPCB which included the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, National Highway Authority of India, Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Transport Department, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Development Authority, Gurgaon Municipal Corporation, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

Delhi has been battling alarming levels of pollution for over a month due to regional factors like stubble burning and localised factors like pollution from vehicles, firecrackers, construction activities among others, following which a number of steps were taken by the CPCB.

Last week, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority Chairperson Bhure Lal also lashed out at enforcement agencies, alleging that Delhi’s civic and urban bodies are “not properly implementing” the directions issued to curb pollution.


Seen These Pics Of Sara Ali Khan With The Taimur-Inspired Doll?

Remember the Taimur-inspired doll, pictures of which circulated on social media all of last week? Taimur’s sister Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted with it on the sets of singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, where she promoted her debut film Kedarnath. Pictures of Sara holding the doll and cradling it in her lap are all over the Internet. She promoted Kedarnath on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with co-star Sushant Singh Rajput and going by the pictures, it appears that the actors had a gala times. Sara was dressed in a red sharara and looked beautiful. Take a look at the pictures here.




Taimur, who will turn two-years-old in December, is the son of star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

When Saif was asked about the Taimur-inspired dolls, he told Hindustan Times, “Maybe I should trademark his name… The least they could do is send me one.” While speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Kareena Kapoor said, “When I saw the doll, I wondered what I was supposed to say. But Saif pointed out that it is because people love him so much and such things are a blessing for him,” adding that they are “struggling to give Taimur a normal life.”


Man Arrested For Allegedly Stalking Woman Journalist On Social Media

Man Arrested For Allegedly Stalking Woman Journalist On Social Media

The man threatened to abduct her and warned her against having any man in her life except him.


A man was arrested in Noida Tuesday for allegedly stalking a woman journalist on social media and threatening her of abduction, police said.

The man, identified as Gulshan Kashyap, a resident of Gurgaon in Haryana, was arrested near the Sab Mall in Sector 27 after raids were conducted to find him, they said.

“The man would stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and keep sending her offensive messages and posting comments. When blocked, he would create a new profile and repeat troubling her,” Inspector Manoj Pant said.

“Kashyap threatened to abduct her and also warned her against having any man in her life except him,” he said.

Inspector Pant, station house officer at Sector 20 police station, said the woman, a news anchor with a private TV channel, had approached police on November 6 after which a case was registered.

The mobile phone used in the crime was also seized from Kashyap after his arrest, he said.

The accused has been booked under the Indian Penal Code Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication), police said.

Charges under Section 66 of the Information Technology Act have also been pressed against him, they said.


Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele Meet Woody and Buzz in Latest ‘Toy Story 4’ Teaser

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Toy Story is adding more A-listers to its playroom. Disney released the first teaser trailer this week for Toy Story 4, along with an animated short in reaction to the teaser, featuring comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

The short offers the first glimpse of the pair’s characters in the film — a stuffed bunny and duck — as they express their excitement for the newest Toy Story installment while relaxing after-hours at a carnival stand.

“Ducky — you see the new movie trailer?” Peele’s Bunny prods. “They’re making another Toy Story movie.”

“No!” Key’s Ducky exclaims. “I thought those movies were done, dog! They made three movies!”

They both show their excitement at the news, before trying to mimic their favorite characters from the original films. “I am Buzz Lightyear: space ranger,” Bunny recites. “To infinity and your mom!”

Eventually, Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz (Tim Allen) arrive to set them straight with the correct lines, but the newcomers don’t believe them. “You can’t go to infinity, dummies!” Bunny insists.

The first teaser features the returns of Woody, Buzz, Jessie (Joan Cusack) and more, as well as newcomer Forky, voiced by Veep‘s Tony Hale.


‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Sequel and All-Female Spinoff in the Works From Sony (Exclusive)

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
With just weeks to go before Sony unveils the buzzy animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony Pictures Animation is already putting the pieces together for not just a sequel but a spinoff as well.

Joaquim Dos Santos, known for his work on cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and, more recently, Netflix’s Voltron series, has been tapped to direct the sequel. David Callaham, who penned The Expendables and worked on Wonder Woman 1984 as well as Zombieland 2, is writing.

At the same time, Lauren Montgomery, who also worked on Voltron and co-directed animated movies Batman: Year One and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse for DC, is in negotiations to helm an untitled Spider-centric project that will gather the female heroes in the Spider-Man universe of characters in one adventure. Bek Smith, who wrote episodes of the CBS show Zoo, will pen the script.

Amy Pascal, who is a producer on Spider-Verse as well as the live-action movies, will be back in the producer’s chair for these projects. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brainiacs behind Spider-Verse, are expected to be creatively involved, although no deals have been made. Avi Arad and Christina Steinberg are also expected to return in some capacity.