Spike Lee and Cheo Hodari Coker may be developing the next stage of Sony’s Spider-verse.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee is “circling” a film based around the Spider-Man character Nightwatch who first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #97 by Terry Kavanaugh, Derek Yaniger and Alex Saviuk as Dr. Kevin Trench. In a subsequent issue, Trench encountered the corpse of his older self in a Spawn-like superhero outfit. Trying to avoid destiny for a time, the character eventually embraced the suit while investigating its origins. Nightwatch would make a prominent appearance in the infamous “Maximum Carnage” storyline and star in his own short-lived titled.
Curiously, his most recent appearance in the pages of Charles Soule and Javier Pulido‘s She-Hulk recast him as a villain who used magic to create his superhero history.
Meanwhile, The Hashtag Show reports that Lee is a lock to direct the picture and that Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker will write the script.
Other projects in Sony’s Spider-verse include October’s Venom, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2019 and planned projects like Silver & Black and Morbius The Living Vampire expected to debut soon thereafter; though there were some reports that Silver & Black was being postponed in the wake of the poor reception of the Venom teaser trailer.
Meanwhile, current Spider-Man Tom Holland will continue to inhabit the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his next appearance set for April 27th’s Avengers: Infinity War and a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming set for a July 5th, 2019 release.