Miles Morales will be the “star” of Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man animated movie. That’s the official confirmed news from Sony’s just-concluded animation presentation, a morning that also saw footage from The Emoji Movie and the next Smurfs movie.
The movie will be written by The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord, who also acts as co-executive producer on the project with his Last Man on Earth and Lego Movie partner Chris Miller. The Little Prince’s Bob Persichetti and Rise of the Guardians’ Peter Ramsey will co-direct.
Morales was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli in 2011 as the primary Spider-Man for Marvel’s “Ultimate” imprint. The character—a mixed-race teenager of African-American and Hispanic descent—quickly became a break-out star, to the point of being one of the few characters to be folded into the mainstream comic book line of the publisher in 2015’s All-New, All-Different Marvel line-wide relaunch. Currently, he appears in the Spider-Man and Champions series from the publisher.
Outside of comics, he’s appeared in the Disney XD animated series Spider-Man: Web Warriors, and will be one of the leads of the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man animated series launching this summer.
The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man animated movie is scheduled to hit theaters December 21, 2018.