There appears to be a Nightwatch movie in development, with links to Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man cinematic universe, which renowned indie director Spike Lee is considering signing up for. This is the latest in a long line of Spidey-adjacent cinematic offerings to be developed, following Venom, Silver & Black, Mysterio, Kraven The Hunter and Morbius The Living Vampire.
Nightwatch, if you were wondering, is a B-list hero from the comics who debuted as a supporting character in February 1993, in Web Of Spider-Man #97. As with all of those other films we just listed, it is unclear if Tom Holland’s incumbent live-action Spidey would show up in this movie.
Regardless, Nightwatch’s origin story is an interesting one: Dr Kevin Trench witnesses the death of a costumed hero with a futuristic suit, but when he unmasks this fallen hero, he finds an older version of himself behind the mask. Kevin sets out to understand how his older self became a superhero and travelled back in time. Of course, present-day Kevin ends up wearing the high-tech suit himself.
Now You See Me writer Edward Ricourt wrote the first draft of the Nightwatch movie script, though it’s unclear how closely he followed the comic book blueprint. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is said to be writing a new draft, which Spike Lee is considering directing.
Needless to say, it would be very interesting to see Lee – the director of Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X – making a Marvel movie.
More as we hear it.