Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-directors Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman talk about possible MCU connections that fans can look forward to in the much-anticipated animated movie. Produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, specific narrative details about the movie are still being tightly kept under wraps, but the flick is set to bring together a slew of different versions of the iconic Marvel character together with Miles Morales' (Shameik Moore) incarnation being front and center of the main story. A 40-year-old version of Peter Parker voiced by Jake Johnson and Spider-Gwen voiced by Hailee Steinfeld were previously confirmed to appear, but during the flick's SDCC presentation yesterday Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) were also announced to join the cast.
The MCU, on the other hand, is gearing up for their second solo Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, after successfully striking a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment (who owns the screen rights to the character) in 2015 that involved allowing them to use the hero in their franchise. Given the deal in place between the film studios, and the premise of Into the Spider-Verse, fans are wondering if there will be any MCU-related Easter Eggs in the animated project that they need to pay attention to.
During Screen Rant's media room interview with the directors of Into the Spider-Verse at San Diego Comic-Con, Rothman and Persichetti talked about any connection that the animated Sony flick may have with the MCU. While it's been previously said that the movie will not tie into any of the other live-action Spider-Man films, that's not to say that there won't be any hints at Holland's incarnation of Peter Parker possibly also coming into Miles' reality at some point.
Rodney Rothman (co-director)
"Yeah...I mean... All these things are certainly connected, but none of that...for this particular movie we're super focused on Miles, his story. We're focused on world-building within our own style, visually and just the feel of this universe that we're building. So how it connects to other things...people can...that's something for down the road."
Bob Persichetti (co-director)
"Yeah, I think all those things, they live parallel to each other and they can co-exist side-by-side without having to sort of intertwine."
Screen Rant: "So it seems like it's left open to interpretation?"
"Yeah, who knows what the future holds. Right now...head down and trying to finish this thing before December."
So basically, as it stands, there won't be any apparent link between the Into the Spider-Verse and the MCU, but the filmmakers behind the movie are keeping their options open shall an opportunity to feature Holland's version of the web-slinging hero present itself in the future. Considering that the animated flick is already introducing the concept of the multiverse, this is not exactly outside the realm of possibility if both Sony and Disney decide to take their partnership with regard to the character further. Additionally, this would be much easier to execute than having the budding Venom-verse connect to Marvel Studios' Spider-Man, given that Holland's younger Spidey popping into Miles' reality doesn't necessarily need to impact the bigger MCU canon.
Regardless, there are already enough reasons for people to pay attention to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, given its impressive visuals and intriguing narrative, and Lord and Miller didn't miss the opportunity to really hype up their latest project during the film's SDCC presentation yesterday. Backed with a brand new event-exclusive trailer - which also teased the movie's villains such as Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and The Lizard - the unveiled footage further suggests that the flick will be an overall unique take on the character, and isn't something to be missed by fans of the iconic superhero.
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- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018