If you were anywhere near an Ant-Man screening over the last week or two (check out our review here), then you’ll most likely have gotten a little giggly at the reference to Spiderman in the final few minutes – a two second hint that got arguably as much attention as the post-credits sequence. And who could blame you. The latest MCU newcomer is the talk of the town, and with actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts nailed down for the project, the Ant-Man nod was a nice reminder of what we’ve got to look forward to in 2017 with Spiderman‘s release. What more could we really ask for this early in the game? Well confirmation that of who’s writing the screenplay would be nice. Oh wait we totally have that!
There were rumours circling last week that Marvel was looking to bring on John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein to write Spiderman. Unfortunately, the directors of Horrible Bosses could neither confirm nor deny any involvement. But the tables have turned and now they can…confirm I mean.
Screen Rant is reporting that Daley and Goldstein dropped the news in a recent interview with NPR:
Daley:“We can finally acknowledge that,”
Goldstein:“This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it. We’ve been saying no comment for the last week.”
On the subject of the web-slinger himself, Daley had this to say:
“He’s a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he’s an outcast and a geek through humor…It is sort of the safety net for geeks like us, so I think we can totally relate to where he’s coming from. As well as the superpowers, which we also have.”
The tongue in cheek humour of this hefty reveal shows precisely what the pair can bring to Spiderman that has perhaps gone wanting in previous versions. Humour was always a tricky area, since the films were primarily dramatic and any jokes had to be solid enough to hold up against the seriousness of the situation – they usually weren’t. But Daley and Goldstein have a strong enough comedy background to gige the story of Spiderman a strong comedy backbone, in keeping with the comic book source material.
Daley and Goldstein originally put in a bid to direct the film as well, and despite losing out to Watts they made a big impression on Marvel, who brought them on to write.
What we have emerging is a ragtag group of up and comers taking on the primary roles in this film.With probably less experience between them than any other Marvel writer/director/star combo, this is a team of potentially limitless fresh perspectives for the MCU.
You can check out Daley and Goldstein’s handiwork in Vacation, the upcoming reboot of the National Lampoon franchise starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.
Check out Spiderman on May 6, 2016 in Captain America: Civil War, before his standalone release on July 28, 2017.