While Sony’s Spider-verse is becoming a reality, director Spike Lee will not be involved in its evolution.
Previously, the director was linked to Sony’s Nightwatch, an adaptation of a Spider-Man character under their control. Debuting in Web of Spider-Man #97 by Terry Kavanaugh, Derek Yaniger and Alex Saviuk, the character first appeared 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.
When news first broke of Lee’s involvement in Nightwatch back in March, he was said to be “circling” the project with former Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker set to write the script. But in a recent interview with Screenrant (via Slashfilm), the filmmaker offered a one word response in regards to the project: “Nah.”
It is unclear if Coker is still involved with the project or if it is even still part of Sony’s vision for the Spider-verse. The first film in the series, Venom, did remarkably well, virtually guaranteeing films based on Morbius the Living Vampire, Silver Sable, and Black Cat. But perhaps continued financial success with the Spider-verse will make Nightwatch more of a solid prospect.
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