In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Jake Johnson explains what makes the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse so special. The new animated film takes place in a world where more than one can wear the Spider-Man mask. It follows the young Miles Morales version of the character (voiced by Shameik Moore), and his interactions with an older Peter Parker (voiced by Johnson), as well as Gwen Stacey/Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld).
The trailer for the movie broke records and became one of Sony's most viewed ever. With its mix of new, diverse characters and classic Spider-Man villains, it has the makings of a truly great Spider-Man story. The unique comic book style animation has been praised since the film's first teaser. Even with only the smallest clips seen so far, it already seems like nothing else out there.
In our exclusive interview with Johnson about his new movie Tag, the actor spoke about what makes this newest Spider-Man film so special. After all, there have been three live action Spider-Man films in the past 6 years- not even including Sam Rami's original trilogy. Johnson gives the credit to the film's writers, Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
There's a lot of very talented people involved in it. But the fact that Chris Miller and Phil Lord are part of the heart of that, I don't think you're going to find two more talented people. Those are guys, I am proud to be in their Chris and Phil repertoire.
The duo previously brought their fun writing style to The Lego Movie and are currently at work on the sequel. Johnson also spoke about his general excitement for the project. He stressed the importance of positive stories like these being told - especially in today's volatile climate.
As a fan, it feels like, we're in a new world. And I like the new world we're going towards. Everyone talks about this time period being such a hard time period. But I'm like, 'Everybody, its got to get dark before the morning.” So I'm like, “You do see, look, there are some really terrible sh*t happening. We also see the positive stuff...It's exciting. I feel like there's an exciting thing happening."
The entire creative team, including co-directors Peter Ramsey and Rodney Persichetti Jr. have worked diligently on the project to make sure they remain faithful to these beloved characters. Into the Spider-Verse will mark Miles' first big screen appearance so there is a lot riding on this movie and its representation. If everyone involved is as passionate as Johnson, it's a good sign that it will be a success.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018