Miles Morales begins his (super)hero's journey in the new trailer for Sony's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sony is in the process of rapidly expanding the Spider-Man brand on the big screen, now that the studio is sharing the movie rights to the web-slinger with Marvel Studios. In addition to more live-action films starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Sony is working on spinoffs for Venom (Tom Hardy) and Morbius the Living Vampire, among other antiheroes.
On top of all that, Ultimate Spider-Man, aka. Miles, is making his big screen debut with Into the Spider-Verse. The Into the Spider-Verse teaser made a splash when it dropped online last year, highlighting the "comic book techniques" used to create the film's unique animation and stylized action. Into the Spider-Verse is further bolstered by its big name creatives; including, directors Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince), and Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street), as well as writer Chris Lord (The LEGO Movie).
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For those who are not familiar, Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore here) is an afro-latino teenager who, in the Ultimate comics, takes up the Spider-Mantle full time after Peter Parker's death. Based on the new trailer and the Into the Spider-Verse footage shown at CinemaCon back in April, the film will be sticking with Miles' traditional backstory in some respects, while mixing it up in others. You can check out said trailer in the space above!
The full-length trailer for Into the Spider-Verse dives deeper into the story than the teaser, showing how Miles and Peter (a now-confirmed Jake Johnson) meet and form their mentor-mentee relationship. Classic Spider-Man villains like the Kingpin also make brief appearances here, but for the most part the trailer focuses on Peter and Miles' dynamic, rather than the villains. The trailer then culminates with another fun reveal; namely, that Gwen Stacy is Spider-Gwen in the "Spider-Verse" and is voiced by none other than Hailee Steinfeld (who's also starring in this December's Bumblebee movie).
Visually, Into the Spider-Verse continues to impress with its comic book inspired style - something that makes it look (genuinely) different from any other mainstream animated film in recent memory. The voice cast seems equally spot on here and further includes Brian Tyree Henry (Hotel Artemis) as Miles' police officer father, Jefferson, along with Moonlight Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as his uncle Aaron. However Sony's Spider-Man universe eventually pans out, the studio appears to have something good going on the animated side with Into the Spider-Verse.
Source: Sony Pictures Animation
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018