Sony’s Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Movie Adds Alex Hirsch as Story Contributor (Exclusive)

‘Gravity Falls’ writer joins new feature with Miles Morales as webslinger

Miles Morales Spider-Man Animated Alex Hirsch
Miles Morales

Alex Hirsch, creator of the Disney XD series “Gravity Falls,” has been added as a story contributor to Sony’s “Spider-Man” animated feature, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The new film is set to feature Miles Morales as webslinger instead of Peter Parker, marking the big-screen introduction of Marvel Comics’ black and Puerto Rican Spider-Man.

The Miles Morales announcement was made by Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson at a slate presentation last month at the Culver City, California studio.

The feature is being directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey. The script is written by Phil Lord.

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Avi Arad and Amy Pascal are producing along with Christina Steinberg.

“Gravity Falls” follows Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter) and his twin sister Mabel (Kristen Schaal) as they engage in a series of paranormal misadventures.

Miles Morales was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, with Bendis and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso drawing inspiration from both U.S. President Barack Obama and American actor Donald Glover.

The new Spider-Man movie, which is still untitled, is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2018.