Amazing Spider-Man Writer Dan Slott On The Marvel/Sony Deal

When Marvel and Sony revealed last week that Spider-Man would enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even the House of Ideas' chief Spider-scribe was floored by the news.

Dan Slott, who currently writes The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, revealed that he was just as surprised as any Wednesday Warrior when he heard 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,” he told The Verge. “So, I was gobsmacked.”

Slott, who recently wrapped up his massive "Spider-Verse" crossover storyline, went on to share his excitement about the Wall Crawler’s studio merger, saying that he can’t wait to see Peter Parker join Marvel’s shared cinematic universe.

“…[T]he idea that you could bring Spider-Man into that world, that sandbox? It’s the most exciting thing ever," he further revealed. "As cool as it is to see Spider-Man onscreen, now I get to see Peter Parker and Tony Stark. I can’t believe this day and age we live in.”

And when Marvel and Sony produce their first solo Spider-Man film, Slott they should adapt the "Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt" story. The storyline, in which Kraven the Hunter finally defeats Spider-Man, would be a far cry from Marvel and Sony’s reported desire to base the new franchise in Spider-Man’s formative years. Slott, however, thinks it could work.

“ 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,” he said. “There are just so many characters we haven’t seen that are ripe to be the main character in a Spider-Man movie.”

As for the new actor donning the red and blue tights, Slott hopes that the studios go with an unconventional choice. Since Peter Parker wears a mask, he argued, Spider-Man can literally be anyone.

“[O]ne of the things I’d be interested in seeing is, I hope they make the casting open for everyone,” Slott explained. “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.”

Do you agree with Slott’s opinions? Which Spider-Man storyline do you think the reboot should adapt? Let us know in the comments.

The Spider-Man reboot swings into theaters on July 28, 2017.