Amy Pascal Teases Into the Spider-Verse Sequel Plans, New Characters
Amy Pascal is no longer guiding the ship at Sony. But for better or worse, she’s still very much a part of the Spider-Man universe. Her latest effort as a producer, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, is earning rave reviews and is currently tracking for an opening weekend total north of $30 million. With a successful debut all but assured, the sequel will inevitably go forward. Pascal teased the animated franchise’s future in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
Pascal confirmed that the second Into the Spider-Verse installment will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender). David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) is writing the screenplay, which plans to explore Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy’s blossoming romance. Pascal said that was a plot thread included in Peter Lord’s original draft of the script. However, it didn’t make the film’s final cut. Lord also explained that Gwen’s prominent role in the movie was largely driven by producer Christina Steinberg. “I will say that Christina kept us honest,” he said. “As five boys making a movie, it was really good to have another filmmaker there going, ‘I don’t think you guys want to do it like this.’”
Additionally, the next film will act as a “launching pad” for the previously announced spinoff headlined by female spider-characters. Besides Hailee Steinfeld’s Gwen making her return in this film, Pascal revealed that it will also feature the Jessica Drew version of Spider-Woman as well as Cindy Moon / Silk, who still has a live-action film in development at Sony. “I think it’s great that we’re going to be able to tell movies about female superheroes in this realm, and in the live-action realm as well, because I believe that there are going to be characters that really resonate for people,” said Pascal. “They’re funny and quirky and different, and heroic in all kinds of different ways that only animation allows you to do.”
Perhaps most surprising was Pascal’s insistence that the live-action Sinister Six team-up movie is still a possibility. Drew Goddard famously left his role as showrunner of Marvel’s Daredevil to write and direct this movie, and apparently he’s still willing to make the film. “I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it,” added Pascal. “I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to.”
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