Casting Call Hints At Miles Morales For Animated Spider-Man Film

By January 1, 2017
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The live-action version of Spider-Man may have been revitalized thanks to Tom Holland’s knockout performance in Captain America: Civil War. But Sony Pictures is still working on an unrelated animated adventure for the web-slinger, and new evidence indicates that the film will center around Miles Morales, star of the Ultimate Spider-Man series.

ComicBookMovie first reported on a casting call posted at Backstage for a new animated project at Sony called Cabin Fever, which doesn’t actually seem to exist. The brief synopsis says the film will follow “the adventures of two unlikely friends, Terrence and Pete,” which doesn’t really tell us much.

But it’s the character details that seem to be the smoking gun. For the role of Terrence, the studio is seeking a male between the ages of 13 to 15, and the description sounds awfully familiar.

“A young African-American/Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn; He is new to this suburban school and now feeling out of place, overwhelmed, pressured with new responsibilities, and dealing with puberty; while trying to fit in he must do his best to stay out of trouble; along the way in developing his identity he’s losing old friends but now making a new one, Pete.”

A biracial teenager from Brooklyn, pressured with “new responsibilities” and “developing his identity,” certainly seems to describe Miles Morales. Any Spider-Man fan can tell you that with great power comes great responsibility, and comic readers will recall that Miles often struggled with taking up the mantle of Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker.

Still, this could all be a coincidence, but it’s the description of Pete that seems to seal the deal.

“A young, slightly geeky, Asian-American teen; he’s smart, sweet, and encouraging; although very unlike any of the friends Terrence had in his old Brooklyn neighborhood, Pete proves to be a good fit for Terrence making good decisions.”

In the comics, Miles’ best friend is Ganke Lee, an Asian-American teen who often serves as the voice of reason when his pal’s adventures threaten to get him into trouble.

On their own, each of these items could be deemed as happenstance, but when viewing the evidence collectively it points strongly to Miles Morales and Ganke Lee being the stars of Sony’s animated Spider-Man film.

The studio hasn’t commented on the rumors, and with a scheduled 2018 release date, it may be a while before we hear anything official.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).