Screenwriters Talk New Approach to ‘Spider-Man’

By July 27, 2015

We’ve been hearing a few consistent names pop up in “consideration” for the scripting duties on Marvel Studios’ and Sony’s upcoming co-production of Spider-Man, but now, the writers themselves have confirmed that they’re indeed a part of it.

Speaking with NPR about their new film Vacation, writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have finally gone on record about the big project that’s ahead of them: rebooting Spider-Man on film for a second time in the past four years, and incorporating him into the sweeping, ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Daley seemed happy to be able to confirm it after a long while.

We can finally acknowledge that. This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it.

For the last couple of cinematic incarnations of the character, spearheaded by directors Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, respectively, Peter only spent a little bit of time in a high school environment, with the films only touching on Peter’s geekiness in small, quickly resolved ways. With the upcoming film placed firmly in the world of the likes of the larger-than-life personas of heroes like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Thor, part of what the writers see as the strength of Spider-Man is his relatability as…well, a geek. On that very subject, Daley said,

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.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is expected to debut with at least a cameo in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, which will feature many old and new faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From there, the as-yet untitled Spider-Man film will star Holland from a script by Daley and Goldstein, which will be directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car). The film will be released as part of the MCU’s “Phase Three” on July 28th, 2017, in-between May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and November’s Thor: Ragnarok. For more on Spidey and the MCU, keep your eyes on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.