WARNING! The following contains minor spoilers for the film!
And let us tell you, it's like Edgar Wright finally got to make superhero film. The comic book-inspired animation style is used to its utmost storytelling potential, the humor is perfectly on target, and this universe that we've seen so many times, gets a fresh interpretation.
Plus, you just know there's a Stan Lee cameo in there (we won't so when or where!). All in all, you'll feel like you were transported back to 2002, re-living that Spider-related wonder Sam Raimi first put up on the big screen.
Lord said that the reason they decided to screen so much footage is because that the movie is so "intricate." As such, it wouldn't make sense to show a bunch of disjointed videos.
“Every scene is like a puzzle piece," he said.
In the end, the audience had to stand and take a pledge that they wouldn't spoil anything of what they would see in those first 35 minutes, some moments of which did not have finished animation.
After the screening, a panel was conducted by Lord, Miller, directors Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, and cast members Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), Brian Tyree Henry (Jefferson Davis), and Luna Lauren Velez (Rio Morales).
The main character of Into the Spider-Verse is the first African American Spider-Man, Miles Morales. After getting bitten by a radioactive spider, he discovers that there are dozens of alternate universes, all of them containing individuals with spider-related powers. He'll be mentored by an older version of Peter Parker from an alternate dimension, voiced by Jake Johnson.
According to Miller, when Sony asked him and Lord to helm a new Spider-Man movie for them, they agreed on the condition that it would be about Miles since the focus on Peter has been played out over the last 16 years.
“Miles is dope, I think he’s one of the dopest," added Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Miles's father, Jefferson Davis, a NYPD officer.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens up the arachnid multiverse on Dec. 14 and also features the voice talents of Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, and John Mulaney.
The movie—which contains a lot of "love and passion," according to Ramsey—is peppered with a unique soundtrack comprised of hip-hop classics, something that is unusual for an animated feature, Miller said. He followed this up by saying that the songs make things feel "new and fresh."
The panel finished off with Lord giving a shoutout to Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli, who created the character of Miles Morales.
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