The trailer for Sony's Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has received a fan-made anime makeover ahead of its upcoming Blu-ray release. Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the film marks the big-screen debut of Miles Morales. People had been eager to see the character brought to life since he made his first comic book appearance in 2011. Although it isn't the live-action introduction fans once campaigned for - or was teasingly setup in Spider-Man: Homecoming - it proved to have been very much worth the wait. Offering a "spectacular origin story" for Miles, Into the Spider-Verse went on to over $200 million at the box office and won Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, the film introduced fans to the Spider-Man multiverse. While the film's story centered on Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), it also featured a host of other Spider-people such as Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). Each coming with their own unique style and tone, the group ultimately teamed up to save their respective universes from the machinations of Wilson Fisk (Liev Schreiber) and a gender-switched version of Doctor Octopus.
Despite the overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim, a Twitter user by the name of CozyGabe felt that the film's trailer could benefit from an anime upgrade. Based on the thousands of likes and retweets the video has already garnered, it would appear many agree with them and appreciate their efforts. Complete with additional Japanese subtitles, the edited, fast-paced trailer closely resembles the opening credits from such popular series as Death Note and Neon Genesis Evangelion, which was recently acquired by Netflix. Check it out below:
Following the success of the film, Sony are already pushing forward with numerous ideas for sequels and spin-offs. As well as an all-female movie headlined by Gwen Stacy, there is also talk of potential TV additions to the animated multiverse. There is also, of course, as teaser at the end of the first installment, a direct sequel in the works, potentially featuring cameos that didn't quite make it into the first film, such as Supaidāman and an Australian version of the popular wallcrawler. In a truly meta movie, it could even feature the three big-screen interpretations of Spider-Man. Equally, the popularity of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has prompted various homages on the fan-art front, including a recent recreation of the shawarma scene from The Avengers.
Anime adaptations haven't tended to fare well in recent years, as evidenced by Netflix's attempt as a live-action version of the aforementioned Death Note. Panned by critics and unappreciated by fans of the source material, it was one of many failed attempts, which also includes the Scarlett Johansson-starring Ghost in the Shell. It would appear, however, that going in the opposite direction with an adaptation is much simpler and more fruitful. It could be argued that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was already an anime - especially in regards to the tone and style the Peni Parker character brought to the mix. Still, there is no denying that the extra additions to the footage definitely work. Plus, fans will no doubt appreciate something somewhat new to watch while waiting for the Blu-ray to be released and the further adventures of Miles Morales to come around.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is available on Digital now, and will be released on Blu-ray on March 19.