Spider-Man Director & “Ant-Man” Tie-In Rumors

While much of the talk regarding the upcoming Marvel Studios-approved “Spider-Man” reboot at Sony Pictures has been about who will play the titular webslinger, today comes a report putting the focus on who might take the helm of his first stand-alone adventure.

Deadline reports that Ted Melfi (“St. Vincent”), Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”) and Jon Watts (“Cop Car”) have emerged as the favourites to take the helm, though the pairing of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”) are said to still be in contention.

The quartet have reportedly been narrowed down to from a larger list of around a dozen directors with the final decision in the hands of producers Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige along with Sony chief Tom Rothman. It’s not clear if whomever is hired will also do some work on the script, though it seems likely.

The studio is planning to secure a director quickly, and whomever gets it will likely be involved in further sequels.

Speaking of Spider-Man, a new report at Latino Review suggests that in the current cut of the “Ant-Man” film, there’s numerous references to both Spider-Man and OsCorp which would mark their first references in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Finally, Disney XD has ordered new seasons of two of its Marvel animated series – “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution”. This marks the fourth and third season respectively for the animated Spidey and Avengers series on the network.