Spider-Man fans have been rewarded to not one, not two, but three blockbuster series featuring their beloved web-slinger over the last two decades. Directors Sam Raimi, Marc Webb, and Jon Watts have each contributed their take on the character, sticking with their version of Spidey from his big-screen debut until the ceremonious (or, in some cases, unceremonious) conclusion of their tenure — except for Watts, whose Spidey isn’t finished yet.
While Raimi, Webb, and Watts are the filmmakers that have been recruited to bring Spider-Man to the big screen, many others have been considered. Furthermore, certain filmmakers are deserving of the opportunity.
5. Damian Chazelle
Damien Chazelle has established himself as one of the most intriguing and accomplished filmmakers working today after only three films. To be honest, he did it after just one. Whiplash highlighted his ability to focus on a character’s interior journey; La La Land demonstrated his imaginative eye and ability to bring those dreams to life, and First Man revealed his ability to work with large set pieces.
When you combine all of these elements, you have a recipe for a fantastic Spider-Man film. Andrew from Whiplash and Peter Parker from Spider-Man aren’t that dissimilar.
4. Kevin Smith
The finest comic book movie filmmakers are longtime fans who know the characters they’re working with like the back of their hand. Kevin Smith is exactly that; he’s even authored a couple of Marvel comics. And his adolescent comedic sensibility may work wonders in a Spider-Man film.
Smith has never directed a big-budget blockbuster, although he has worked on comic book projects that were canceled. Furthermore, the high school setting and cheerful tone make Spider-Man films feasible for less experienced action filmmakers.
3. Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg Duo
After years of writing for various filmmakers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg finally tried their hand at directing themselves with 2013’s This is the End, a pitch-black, self-aware comedy about a group of actors attempting to survive the end of the world.
The beautiful thing about This Is the End is that it’s not filmed like a comedy; rather, it’s done like a horror film, with gloomy lighting and frightening composition. Rogen and Goldberg aren’t just a couple of comedic writers dabbling in directing for the sake of vanity; they’re also cinema enthusiasts.
2. Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn has established himself as one of the best comic book adaptations in the modern cinema business with the Kick-Ass and Kingsman series.
Vaughn’s generally R-rated sensibility would have to be toned down for a PG-13 Spider-Man film, but the web slinger’s legendary reputation may persuade him to go for it.
1. Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright is definitely done with Marvel after the abomination that was Ant-Man. However, if the studio can guarantee him creative autonomy, he may be able to return for a Spider-Man film.
Wright’s dynamic editing technique, parodies on genre cliches, stunning action (on both big and small budgets), and pop-heavy soundtracks would make him a perfect option to direct a Spider-Man film.