Watch Cop Car trailer - the last film by the new Spider-Man director Jon Watts

There's a new Spider-Man film incoming, with a new star in the form of Tom Holland and a whole host of new friends now that they're legally allowed to play nice with the rest of the Marvel crew.

After an appearance in 2016's Captain America 3, Spidey will be getting his own standalone movie in mid 2017 and we already know who's going to direct it - Jon Watts. He's a small time director working in America on The Onion News show and genre pieces like Clown the insane RoboCop piecemeal remake. And now he's got one of the biggest franchises in the world on his hands.

Bringing indie filmmakers into the fold like this doesn't always work out but Marvel has a history of making unusual choices for their projects, like James Gunn for Ant-Man and even Joss Whedon on The Avengers. They've mostly turned out really well, so we're pretty confident that they've but Watts through some really intense interviews to get him this far. It's also not entirely clear how free these directors are to make their own choices, something which was felt most strongly in Age of Ultron.

To get a taste of what he's done before, check out the trailer for Watts' most-recent effort - the kid-starring thriller Cop Car. The film earned plenty of positive reviews on its premiere at Sundance in January 2015, check it out.

It looks like he can handle suspense and at least one big name actor, and he's got a handle on the speech patterns of the younger folks - though Peter Parker won't be quite this young on screen. He gets a writing credit on Cop Car but we don't yet know if he'll be doing any scribbling during his time on Spider-Man, especially with so many gears in motion in the Marvel-verse.

Watts also has a number of shorts and plenty of Onion news reports under his belt, as well as a couple of TV movies. There's also 2014 horror feature Clown which managed to rope Eli Roth in as a producer and a co-star and is very, very nasty. Here's a quick look.

So you're probably not going to be seeing this kind of content in Spider-Man.

Captain America 3 is coming in 2016, a new Spider-Man film is set for 2017.

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