According to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, at least two songs from Spidey's Christmas album in the movie have been written and recorded. Scripted by Lord and Rodney Rothman (who co-directed the film with Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey), Spider-Verse is a computer-animated adventure that follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales as he learns the ropes of becoming a superhero, under the guidance of a whole team of web-slingers from across the multiverse or "Spider-Verse".
Among the heroes that Miles (Shameik Moore) encounters in the film are Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), a different version of Spider-Man from the one that exists in Miles' corner of the Spider-Verse. The Spider-Verse trailers have shown that this Peter Parker is a superhero who's past his prime and has cashed in heavily on his superhero-related fame - having even released his own album of Spider-Man themed Christmas tunes, no less.
During the Spider-Verse press junket (per Meg Downey), Lord and Miller confirmed that two songs from the Spider-Man Christmas album are now real and more may be on the way. As seen in the film's trailers, Spidey's album includes cheekily-titled songs like "Spidey, It's Cold Outside", "Spidey the Snowman", and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Non-Denominational Holiday".
Spider-Verse is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 53 reviews and has even been named the best animated movie of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle, ahead of its release in theaters around mid-December. The film has been celebrated for being not only a terrific superhero origin story for Miles, but also a brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre and the larger Spider-Man brand thanks to self-reflexive gags like the Spider-Man Christmas Album.
It's all the more encouraging to hear that the creatives behind Spider-Verse are taking their jokes the whole nine yards and making these Spider-Man Christmas songs a real thing for everyone to listen to. Lord and Miller did something similar when they made The LEGO Movie four years ago and had Tegan and Sara (in collaboration with The Lonely Island) record the film's catchy earworm "Everything is Awesome!", and even got Will Arnett to perform LEGO Batman's song, "Untitled Self Portrait", for the movie's official soundtrack. "Everything is Awesome!" went on to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, so who knows - perhaps a similar honor awaits Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's rendition of "Silent Night (You're Welcome)".
Source: Meg Downey
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018