Jake Johnson is voicing Peter Parker in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The project is part of Sony's ongoing efforts to expand the Spider-Man brand on the big screen, now that the eponymous web-slinger is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whereas Tom Holland is currently playing the live-action iteration of Peter Parker in the MCU, Into the Spider-Verse is anchored by the Miles Morales character. The young web-slinger was introduced in the Spider-Man comic books in 2011 and has since made appearances in multiple animated TV series, including the ongoing Marvel's Spider-Man on Disney XD.
Dope and The Get Down star Shameik Moore is voicing Miles in the animated Spider-Man movie, which was cowritten by Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie) and co-directed by Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians). The Into the Spider-Verse teaser trailer released last December didn't reveal much about the film's plot, though it did show Miles meeting up with what appeared to be Peter Parker. While Peter didn't actually speak in the teaser, his mystery voice actor has now been revealed thanks to Sony's film presentation at CinemaCon 2018.
Sony unveiled fresh Into the Spider-Verse footage at CinemaCon, in the process confirming that Johnson is voicing Peter in the film. The Into the Spider-Verse CinemaCon trailer also featured appearances by several classic Spider-Man supervillains, including the Green Goblin and Kingpin. Into the Spider-Verse's baddies appear to be modeled after the versions from the Ultimate Spider-Man comic books, which only makes sense since Miles himself hales from the Ultimate Marvel continuity.
In the Ultimate comics, Miles is hesitant to become a superhero upon initially gaining his super-powers, but changes his mind after he witnesses Peter Parker's Spider-Man being killed in combat with the Green Goblin. The Into the Spider-Verse teaser shows Miles visiting what appears to be Peter's grave, and the Into the Spider-Verse CinemaCon trailer further confirms that Peter is killed during a battle with the Goblin in the film. It's nevertheless possible that the animated movie will mix things up plot-wise from the Ultimate comics, as far as the relationship between Peter and Miles is concerned.
It only makes sense for Johnson's Peter Parker to play a supporting role in Into the Spider-Verse, lest he end up hogging the spotlight during Miles' big screen debut. Johnson himself would have made for an interesting pick to portray Peter in live-action some years back, but getting to voice the character in animated form is certainly a nice consolation prize. It also leaves the door open for Johnson to play a live-action role in either the MCU or the Spider-Man spinoff universe that Sony is actively developing around characters like Venom, Black Cat, and Nightwatch.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018