We are SO excited that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is coming out December 14th that we had to put together a “what you need to know” guide for the movie. WARNING: There are spoilers of what characters are going to be in the movie! So be warned and this is your last chance…
As you probably know, there are not one, or two, OR THREE, but SEVEN different “spider-people” in this movie from all different universes! But don’t worry, this short article will help you on who’s who and a bit about the movie itself.
First off, since this is the Wednesday “Comic Round-Up” post, I have to talk a little bit about how much I love the art style. This film has such a unique art style that combines computer animation with traditional hand-drawn comic book techniques inspired by the work of Miles Morales’s co-creator Sara Pichelli. Completing the animation for the film required up to 140 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film. This art style is so spot on that it makes you feel like you walked inside a comic book. This was achieved by artists taking rendered frames from the CGI animators and working on top of them in 2D. Bravo!
So to get into a super brief what the story is about without giving too much away, for the three of you who did not see the amazing trailer, in the “classic Spider-Man mold”, Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero, as he is introduced to the “Spider-Verse” where there can be more than just one Spider-Man. What’s great about this version of Spider-Man is the new and unique story of Miles Morales, who had yet to be featured in any film.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, (The Lego Movie, Son of Zorn, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) the producers of this movie, said the film would feel different from previous Spider-Man films, and “will stand on its own as a unique filmgoing experience.”
As I said, there are at least seven different Spider-People from different universes in this movie, so let’s go over those characters:
Miles Morales (Shameik Moore): The main Spider-Man of the movie. The comic book character was created in 2011 after the death of Peter Parker in Ultimate Fallout #4. He is an Afro-Latino teenager created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, with Bendis and Marvel then-editor-in-chief Axel Alonso drawing inspiration from both then-U.S. President Barack Obama and American actor/rapper Donald Glover.
Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson): A slightly older Peter Parker whose life took a different turn. He and Mary Jane Watson called off their relationship and Parker became a depressed, disheveled shell of the hero he once was. He packed on a few pounds and prefers wearing sweats over his Spider-Man costume.
Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld): Spider-Woman of Earth-65, a parallel Earth where Peter Parker never becomes Spider-Man. Instead he gets killed. In the comics, he’s accidentally killed by Gwen Stacy.
Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage): A black and white version of Peter Parker from the 1930s.
Spider-Ham (John Mulaney): Actually named Peter Porker, he started out as a spider who was bit by May Porker (the equivalent of Peter Parker’s aunt). As a result, the spider was transformed into a pig.
Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn): An orphan adopted by Peter Parker’s aunt and uncle. But instead of wearing a typical Spider-Man suit, she wears a mech suit called SP//dr that is partially controlled by her spider.
Peter Parker (Chris Pine): The original Peter Parker, age 26, and is only in the movie for a brief time as inspiration to Miles. He leads the perfect life, married to Mary Jane Watson, and is beloved by all.
As per usual, you can figure that Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee has a cameo in the film. So there you have it! All you need to know. So go out and see the movie, tell us what you think.