A new trailer for Sony’s upcoming animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse released yesterday on October 2nd, 2018. In it, we see more of the upcoming stand-alone Spider-Man movie, from what the plot will focus on to some of the newly-unveiled characters.
The trailer opens with some shots of Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) as Spider-Man, and we see just how popular he is in his world. He’s even been on a Christmas album and has his own brand of cereal. But a quick dissolve transports us to what is presumably a different dimension inhabited by Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who’s a different Spider-Man altogether. While Peter’s an adult Spider-Man, Miles is a high schooler who’s just trying to get by in life. However, when an experiment from the Kingpin sends Peter into Miles’ dimension, an interdimensional action movie begins, with the two crossing over with other Spider-Men ( and Women) across varying dimensions, specifically Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage). With some quick shots of The Scorpion and The Green Goblin mixed in, the trailer showcases the unique premise of different Spideys uniting to save the multiverse. The trailer wraps up by telling viewers that the movie will release around Christmas, specifically on December 14th, 2018.
This trailer does a good job of building on what we’ve already seen while still keeping some aspects of the movie in the dark. The animation on display is fluid and high-energy, which is perfect for scenes of several Spider-Men swinging about and fighting villains above the city landscape. It’s also great to see some of the new characters on display here. For instance, we already knew that Nicolas Cage would be voicing Spider-Man Noir, but actually seeing and hearing him alongside the rest of the cast gives us a better idea of how the movie will be. And while major plot elements are still (thankfully) unknown, we can infer based on the title and the fact that the movie has multiple Spider-Men that the movie will focus on different dimensions and interdimensional travel.
It’ll be interesting to see how they tie these different Spider-Man iterations together. With such an expansive multiverse there’s been many different Spider-Men and storylines, and much like the recent Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 Sony has the ability to take inspiration from all these sources while still being free to craft their own tale. However, there’s still some aspects of the movie that we don’t know about. Like I said above, we know the basics of the story, but the full plot is still a mystery. Why was Kingpin messing around with portals to different dimensions to begin with? Are there other villains from other dimensions in on this plan? How many universes does it cross? There’s also the question of just how many different Spideys this movie will have in it. The comic books have used the idea of Spider-Men from different dimensions teaming up in grand numbers before, like in the Spider-Island saga, but this will be the first time we’ve ever seen such a concept played out in a movie before. Because of this, there’s no telling how many different Spider-Men there could be. There appears to be a core group of six, but there’s a possibility in a large roster. Will we cross over with, or at least cameo with, other popular Spider-Men like Spider-Man 2099 or Scarlet Spider? Or do you think they’re saving such appearances for a potential sequel should the movie do well?
There’s still plenty to be curious about regarding Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse but based off of what we’ve already seen it looks like it’ll be a funny, entertaining, and action-packed film. If Sony is able to deliver on a Spider-Man movie when their last attempt with The Amazing Spider-Man series was met with less-than-stellar reviews, then they just might be able to build that Spider-Man franchise they’ve been trying to for years now. It’s still too early to say, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse could just be the breakout hit that Sony and Spidey fans have been hoping for since the original iteration.
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