Sony’s hit animated take on Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, won the hearts (and ticket dollars) of fans and critics alike thanks to its inventive narrative, sense of humor, emotional core, and excellent characters. But its unique aesthetic and attention to detail made it an Oscar-nominated superhero movie for the ages.
While there were plenty of nitty-gritty jokes to suss out in the background of the film, replete with references to all things Marvel and Spider-Man, the animation itself still holds plenty of secrets — even in something as brief as the two seconds of drumming done by Spider-Gwen.
This film’s Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen isn’t just a superhero with a tragic backstory, she’s in a band. And it rules. Humberto Rosa, a lead animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, explained in a Twitter thread exactly what it meant to make that an animated reality.
Check it out:
So the Gwen introduction sequence was handled primarily by Julie Bernier Gosselin, but Rosa’s drumming bona fides were needed to make the realism stick...and it all had to fit in the comic-booky style the rest of the film was animated with. That meant breaking up the action into 2s and 1s - or what frames the actual animation changes on - which was already quite a blend of styles.
And her mixed grip? Well, it actually has a thematic purpose:
So who in the world could be a real-life reference for such a complex ask? Well, of course a lady as cool as Gwen:
Did you manage to catch all that blink-and-you'll-miss-it detail in Gwen’s backstory introduction? We’re just waiting for her all-star musical team-up with the Avengers on karaoke night.