Many thought that when Sony Pictures allowed Marvel Studios to co-produce Spider-Man: Homecoming that they were throwing in the white flag. However, what audiences will soon discover is that the studio has much larger ambitions for the character and his world than most were anticipating. While there won’t be another Homecoming sequel this year, there certainly won’t be a shortage of Spider-Man and his colorful supporting players.
On the live-action front, we will get the Fall release of Venom, which stars Tom Hardy as the iconic Spider-Man villain and anti-hero in an R-rated adventure. Silver and Black will go before cameras with two female protagonists in Silver Sable and Black Cat, which has the potential to surprise audiences and comic fans alike. However, there is also an animated feature on the horizon that promises to open up fans’ collective imagination in unexpected new ways and also will feature the long-overdue introduction of Miles Morales.
Today at Brazil Comic Con, Sony debuted the first look at their upcoming animated release, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In the brief teaser trailer, we follow a hooded and clothed Spidey as he visits the grave of Peter Parker, waits at a subway station, and strikes a pose on top of a domineering skyscraper. The wall crawler peers into the camera before launching himself off the building, which shatters the glass beneath his fingertips. The hero lands on top of a rooftop before taking his mask off and revealing that there is a new hero behind the goggles. The clip ends with an unmasked Morales sighing into the camera and the title indicates that we will be seeing more than one version of the Marvel hero in the film.)
While Disney finishes its galactic sized takeover of 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures hasn’t forgotten the viability of the property in their own backyard. The success of The LEGO Batman Movie has proven that audiences can accept both live-action and animated versions of the characters in theaters at the same time. However, it will be interesting to see how general audiences will respond to a Black and Puerto Rican Spider-Man, particularly in the current political climate. Regardless of the outcome, it’s a refreshing and welcome new chapter for Marvel’s most popular character and Morales could be just the hero that the world currently needs.
The animated film looks to be a soft introduction to the superhero who gained popularity in the pages of “Ultimate Spider-Man” and should further grease the wheels for his inclusion in the Homecoming franchise. In fact, The Prowler aka Aaron Davis can be seen both in this trailer, as well in Spider-Man: Homecoming played by Donald Glover. So the foundation is being carefully laid. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features the voices of Shameik Moore (Dope) as Miles, Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) as Jefferson Davis, and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage) as Prowler/Aaron. Check it out:
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens on December 14th, 2018.