Dan Slott Talks 'SPIDER-MAN' Movies

Dan Slott has been writing comics for a while, but since 2008 he’s been mainly known for writing one specific character – Spider-Man. Slott helped bring the Amazing Spider-Man title into the top 10 list of best selling comics for numerous months. He even kinda killed off Peter Parker for a bit (don’t worry he’s back).

Recently Slott sat down for an interview and he was asked about the recent Spider-Man movie news:
Marvel and Sony teaming up to co-produce the next Spidey movie and allowing the character to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here’s what Slott had to say about the news:

I was completely side-swiped. I didn’t see it coming at all. I had so long been told about the politics of it, and had been told by the powers that be that it was never, ever, ever going to happen. So, I was gobsmacked.

When asked which comic storyline he’d like to see adapted into a Spider-Man film he was quick to pick one:

I would say the J.M. DeMatteis story "Kraven’s Last Hunt." I would love for a screenwriter to mine that material. This is something that comics fans get upset about when a movie is being made before they get a chance to see it. You have to change things for the movie. There are things that work in a comic, and then there are things that you can only do in a movie. But I think if someone, as a starting point, took "Kraven’s Last Hunt," which is one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told, I think you could have a phenomenal movie.

Kraven has yet to appear in a Spider-Man live action film. Slott does make a good point about the adaptation process from comic to screen. Some things that are on the printed page just don’t work as easily in live action (google Spider-Ham).

If Kraven doesn’t show up, Slott has another villain in mind that’d be picture for a film adaptation:

I think Mysterio would be one of the greatest movie villains. The guy’s powers are special effects. That means you could do anything you’ve ever seen in a movie in a Spider-Man. Anything. Blow up the White House. 10,000 aliens descending from space. Ghosts coming out of walls. Whatever you want! Matrix bullet time. I don’t care. Eye-popping, blow-the-back-of-your-head-out special effects. It gives you free rein.

Lastly, Slott brought up the possibility of a non-white Peter Parker in the films. Keep in mind that currently in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics Spider-Man is Miles Morales, a teenager of Black and Hispanic descent:

That said, one of the things I’d be interested in seeing is, I hope they make the casting open for everyone. There’s nothing inherently white about Peter Parker. Peter Parker is a nerdy outcast. Anybody, from any walk of life, can be a nerdy outcast. One of the reasons why Spider-Man speaks to everyone around the world is that mask. I’ve met so many young Spider-Man fans over the years. People that grew up and are now old, but when they first met Spider-Man, they kind of didn’t know who was under that mask. And that gives him the freedom to be anyone. That gives him the freedom to be someone just like you. It’d be really nice to see that as a possibility. Even if they end up casting someone who, at the end of the day, looks just like Peter Parker. It would be nice if the door was open and they just [said] , "Spider-Man can be anybody."

Source: TheVerge

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