Sony debuted new footage from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse during its Hall H movie panel at the ongoing International Comic-Con in San Diego. Into the Spider-Verse is neither an extension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - where Tom Holland plays the live-action Peter Parker Spider-Man - nor a movie connected to the budding franchise of Spider-Man antihero films that Sony intends to kick-off with this fall's Venom. Instead, the 3D animated feature is a standalone project that serves as the big screen debut for Miles Morales, the protagonist of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books.
Into the Spider-Verse also doubles as the big screen debut for Spider-Gwen, a super-powered alternate universe version of the Gwen Stacy character (who made her comic book debut in 2015). Hailee Steinfeld voices Spider-Gwen in the movie, with Shameik Moore (Dope) providing the vocals for Miles Morales and Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) lending his voice to the older version of Peter Parker who exists in Spider-Verse. All three characters are featured in the Into the Spider-Verse trailer that released last month, ahead of the film's SDCC presentation.
Moore, Johnson, and Steinfeld were all on-hand to present the Into the Spider-Verse footage, along with producers Phil Lord (who also wrote the film) and Chris Miller. The footage once again showcased the movie's stylized comic book art-inspired animation and sense of humor, which continues to be very reminiscent of Lord and Miller's previous work on films like The LEGO Movie. In addition, the footage confirmed three more web-slingers for the film, including Spider-Man Noir (voiced by Nicolas Cage, as rumored), Peni Parker in her Sp//dr suit (voiced by Kimiko Glenn), and even Spider-Ham, who is being voiced by John Mulaney. Sony also released a new screenshot from the movie that features Peter, Gwen, and Miles, as you can see below:
In addition to all that, the Into the Spider-Verse SDCC footage offered a sneak peek at villains like Kingpin (voiced by Liev Schreiber) and The Lizard, both of which are designed after their Ultimate Spider-Man comic book versions. The preview also confirmed that the different web-slingers in the film hale from various dimensions of (what else?) the Spider-Verse and must work together to save the day, for reasons that have yet to be explored in full in any of the clips unveiled thus far.
Overall, the latest footage from the movie only further suggests that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be something special in the larger pantheon of Spider-Man films... and not just because it's the first fully animated one, either. Miles looks to make a splash in his first time at bat on the big screen for related reasons, as does Gwen, the crusty version of Peter Parker voiced by Johnson and even Spider-Ham, for that matter.
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- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018