Spider-Man Director Jon Watts Talks About His Comic Book Influences

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Cop Car director Jon Watts is working on a standalone Spider-Man film for Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. In an interview with Den of Geek, Watts reveals the comic books that he's reading that are influencing him in the film's development:

"Ultimate is great. I love Ultimate. We have the freedom to pull from anything, but I really like what [Brian Michael] Bendis did. A lot. That felt like… that was Peter Parker back in high school. And, spending as much time with his high school problems as it did with his superhero problems, which I think is really a lot of fun.
"There's also some really funny
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stuff, like, the Archies. I don't know if you've ever seen the Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane series, but they have this really great anime-style illustration, and it's all just about Peter Parker's relationships. It's like the soap opera of Peter Parker in high school. Those are really funny, too.
"I'm just sitting around reading comic books all day — it's a pretty great job."

That sounds like we're going to see a more fleshed-out Peter Parker in the upcoming standalone film.

The film will star Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May Watts' Spider-Man will hit theaters on July 28, 2017. Holland will make his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, which will be released on May 6, 2016.