Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be the first major Spidey movie to introduce us to a strong female Spider-Person, Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (voiced by Bumblebee's Hailee Steinfeld). While we'll have to wait a week to see her in action, Sony has released a short clip introducing her character to Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
While the two Spider-Men are training in the forest, Gwen shows up to explain that she's from another, another universe, where she joined a band, saved her dad's life, and, oh yeah, got sucked into an inter-dimensional portal. Gwen then found herself in last week, which would be ok if it weren't an entirely different version of the New York she knows.
The scene ends with Miles asking how many Spider-People are out there. "Save it for Comic Con," says Peter, to which Miles replies, "What's Comic Con?"
Check out the clip below:
The video also includes a sneaky little reference to Clone High, the short-lived animated MTV series created by the film's executive producers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. At 52 seconds, you can catch a glimpse of a billboard with young Abraham Lincoln's face on it. Will Forte voiced the character on the sci-fi/comedy cartoon that ran for one season between 2002 and 2003.
Getting back to the Spider-Verse, though, the movie has received rave reviews from critics, who are calling it one of the best Spider-Man films ever made, while breathing new life into the franchise. The thing isn't even in theaters yet and it's already been named the best animated movie of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle. Moreover, it was nominated for a Golden Globe yesterday, making Into the Spider-Verse a serious Oscar contender.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters next Friday, Dec. 14.