'Spider-Man' News: Sony Narrows Down Director Shortlist

There never seems to be any shortage of Marvel news. Whether it's Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, or Ant-Man, Marvel seems to have their bases covered in the media department. Yet, the news that always seems to be eclipsing even Marvel is Sony's Spider-Man, a character set to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in an unknown Marvel flick. For weeks now, rumors have been flying around about who will be playing Spider-Man in Sony's third reboot of the character in the past decade, but those aren't the only reports flying around about the webslinger's next movie. We've also been hearing news about who's on the shortlist to direct the next Spider-Man film.

Almost a month ago, Deadline reported that Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), John Francis & Jonathan Goldsein (The upcoming Vacation remake), Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) were all in the running to direct the first new Spider-Man film. Now Deadline is reporting that this list of six has been narrowed down to four, with Levine, Melfi, and Francis & Goldsein. In addition to these established three, it looks like Sony may also be looking at Jon Watts, who made the horror film, Clown, last year.

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As of right now, it's not clear what aspects of filmmaking they're looking into most, but at the very least, there seems to be at least some emphasis on comedy, which makes sense given that Spider-Man is a somewhat comedic character. Noticeably absent from this list, however, is Drew Goddard, who was originally on-board to direct the Sinister Six spinoff. This was especially sad for Goddard, as he left the Netflix series Daredevil as showrunner in order to make the Amazing Spider-Man spinoff. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed, and all future plans for the Sinister Six were postponed indefinitely, it would make sense that they'd go to Goddard for the next film, but based on this list, that doesn't seem to be the case.

But who knows? There are still a lot of questions we have regarding the next interpretation of Spider-Man, and given that he's entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will likely still be plenty of opportunities for Goddard to direct a Sinister Six film in the future. After all, if DC's Suicide Squad does well, Marvel and Sony may very well decide to revisit ideas for the anti-hero flick.

Who would you like to see directing the new Spider-Man film? Is there anyone missing from the list who you'd like to see direct? Let us know in the comments down below!

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