Hirsch is joining the project as a story contributor. This will mark the TV veteran’s first foray into a major animated film, though he is also a writer on the upcoming live action movie Detective Pikachu.
After working on the Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and then Disney Channel’s Fish Hooks, Hirsch created Gravity Falls, also for Disney Channel. The story was a huge success, notable for its use of an overarching plot, mystery and horror elements into what was otherwise a hilarious show about a pair of twelve-year-old twins in a town full of wacky supernatural creatures.
Fans should now be wondering how many of those elements he can bring to the upcoming Spider-Man film.
The upcoming Sony cartoon, which will be co-directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, is not to be confused with Disney and Marvel Studio’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. This project, as yet untitled, will be animated and focus on Miles Morales rather than the more famous Peter Parker.
Morales originated in Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, a comic book series set in a different universe than most of their titles. In this world, Peter Parker died in a battle against his arch-enemy, the Green Goblin; inspired by his sacrifice, the younger Miles Morales, who had received powers similar to his, took his place as the new Spider-Man, donning a mostly-black costume.
While Hirsch’s involvement is currently only as story contributor, fans may wonder if he will also do any voice work; he played several Gravity Falls characters, including Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket and main villain Bill Cipher.