While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already in full swing (no pun intended) making Tom Holland's Peter Parker a major player in this world, Sony is also spending this time focusing on highlighting the other major Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in the animation world. Miles' popularity has slowly grown since he was introduced to the comics in 2011, and at the of 2018, he'll be leading his own animated movie. There haven't been any official casting announcements yet, but there's word out that Sony may be looking at Ice Cube for a key supporting role.
In today's episode of Meet the Movie Press, host Jeff Sneider, who also runs The Tracking Board, slyly mentioned that Ice Cube is being considered to voice Miles Morales' dad in the animated Spider-Man movie. Sneider didn't provide any information about how Morales' dad, named Jefferson Davis, would fit into the story, but he did say that Ice Cube has a good relationship with Sony after working on the Jump Street movies. He also pointed out how a lot of actors don't turn down voice work since it's just "a day or two in the booth."
As Miles Morales' early adventures as Spider-Man progressed in the Ultimate universe, readers also learned about Jefferson Davis' past long before his son became a web-slinging hero. As a younger man, Jefferson frequently accompanied his brother Aaron on his illegal pursuits, and while Aaron never left the criminal life, Jefferson tried desperately to get out, and eventually succeeded. Jefferson loved Miles very much, but after he discovered his son was the new Spider-Man, that put a strain on their relationship, especially after he initially blamed Miles for the deaths of Aaron and Rio, his wife and Miles' mother. Thanks to the events of Secret Wars, not only was Miles Morales brought into the main Marvel universe, but so was his family, including Jefferson and a revived Rio.
As far as casting goes, Ice Cube would be a good choice to voice Miles Morales' father, and he's a big enough actor that his name on the poster and credits will surely draw more people in. The only major downside from him doing this is he likely won't get to play J. Jonah Jameson in the one of the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels. After seeing him play Captain Dickson in the Jump Street movies, I can't be the only one who wanted to see him berate Peter Parker for not getting pictures of that blasted web-slinging menace. Regardless, if Ice Cube is cast in the animated Spider-Man movie, this will be his second movie voice role, previously playing The Candle Maker in The Book of Life.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the animated Spider-Man movie swings into theaters on December 21, 2018.
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