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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animatics show evolution of that stunning visual style

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Jan 24, 2019, 10:32 AM EST

Newly-minted Oscar nominee Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse led 2018 animated movies by being a stellar superhero tale filled with humor, action, and some undeniably original visual style. It’s a comic book movie, so it’s not afraid to get personal with the music, weird with the dimensions, and utterly eccentric in its visuals.

Some of the latter came very early on in the film’s development, which fans can now find out for themselves thanks to visual consultant Alberto Mielgo’s compilation of storyboards, animatics, and test shots.

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The task at hand — “to explore the language of comics and cinema and merge them together” — was just one of the high-level artistic goals. There was also the practical issue of “could we possibly make a movie that looks like this?” The video’s sequences, some of which are maintained in the final film, helped proof-of-concept the film’s kinetic aesthetic, breaking it away from traditional animation by showing off how cool it looks when it does its own thing.

Fans can spot some early ideas that didn’t make it into the film - like Miles Morales drawing on his own Spider-Man markings in a bathroom or Peter Parker driving Miles instead of them taking the bus — alongside some of the film’s most iconic images. Miles flipping off the building as the camera flips alongside with him in slow-motion? Yeah, that was there from the beginning.

And what do you think of the original ideas for the Prowler chase scene?