NO ROOM FOR MILES MORALES IN EXPANDING SPIDER-MAN MOVIE FRANCHISE, SAY PRODUCERS
By Andrew Wheeler
Sony Pictures is determined to build a superhero franchise to rival that of Marvel Studios on the back of Spider-Man, the only marquee superhero whose film rights the studio owns. Amazing Spider-Man 2, currently in theaters, is the second installment of Sony’s franchise reboot, while movies starring villains Venom and the Sinister Six are in development.
Spider-Man has been good to Sony, and superhero movies are big business, so there’s nothing baffling about the studio’s determination to keep the franchise alive. What is baffling is that they won’t develop one of the franchise’s most interesting characters, confirming they have no interest in a movie about the black Latino Spider-Man from the Ultimate Universe, Miles Morales.
Speaking in a spoiler-filled interview with IndieWire, Spider-franchise producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach unequivocally ruled out the possibility of introducing Morales to their movie universe. Asked if Morales or fellow alt.Spidey’s Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider) or Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099) might make an appearance in any of the zillion Spidey movies they hope to make, Tolmach replied:
The only Spider-Man Sony wants is a white one, apparently.