Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is going to be one wild ride. The new animated feature-length film from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller promises to showcase a vibrant comic book style that is unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time.
We got to see a lot of footage at our CinemaCon sneak peek. Here’s the rundown on the important bits.
A World Without Spider-Man
There was a big focus on the fact that Miles Morales, the newest face behind that iconic mask, lives in a world where there is a Peter Parker version of Spider-Man. Somehow, this Peter is killed and Miles grieves for him. Until he sees someone who looks exactly like Peter. After capturing him, he interrogates him and asks if he’s a ghost or a zombie. This Peter shrugs this silly questions off. Miles notices that this Peter is older and not quite in shape as the Spider-Man we all know.
It’s here that this version Peter tells Miles that there are many other Spider-Men across many universes and Miles is one of them. We saw a few unfinished animatics of this Peter helping to train Miles to be the Spider-Man of his universe. It’s a cool setup that looks like a great way to tell the story.
But, the big reveal was just who Spider-Man will be up against in this film.
Kingpins, Goblins, and Prowlers (Oh My!)
The first trailer that got released only confirmed the inclusion of the Prowler when it came to villains. This CinemaCon sneak peek showed off a little more of the Prowler and Miles fighting, but it also showcased two other villains that will intrigue fans.
We saw a very quick glimpse of the Kingpin looking over some mysterious object. It’s possible that this is the role that Liev Schriber will be voicing. We also saw Miles battling against a giant green monster of some sort. At first, it looks like it could have been the Lizard, but its features were much more… goblin-esque.
Yes, it looks like the Green Goblin will be making an appearance in this film, but it might be a version that’s inspired by his Ultimate comics version. In that universe, the Goblin is a literal monster that Norman Osborne transforms into. The beast we saw in this preview certainly seemed like the hulking maniac of the Ultimate universe.
Expect a lot of villains in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It looks like the filmmakers aren’t holding back.
It’s clear that the people behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are incredibly passionate about the project. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller came on stage and were incredibly animated about their desire to bring the story of Miles Morales to the big screen. But, it was really punctuated when Shameik Moore took the mic. The young actor will be voicing Miles in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and he had a prophetic story to tell the audience.
“This is true,” said Moore. “Five years ago, I wrote in my journal, ‘I am Miles Morales. I am Spider-Man.’ And now I get to play him. It really is like Christmas.” Hearing that such a fan was able to achieve his dream of playing a role that he cares so much about goes to show the power of fandom.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will hit theaters on December 14 in the US and UK and December 26 n Australia.