How many Spider-people are there?
SYFY WIRE caught up with two of them — Jake Johnson (Peter Parker) and Shameik Moore (Miles Morales) of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in-between web-slinging lessons and French fry demos of what it takes to be a superhero. Johnson has his own particular opinion of what in this already twisted universe is truly wild.
"Having Miles be the lead of the story is not wild," he said. "Having Spider-Gwen is not wild. Having Peter as an older guy is not wild. Having a Spider-Ham is wild!"
You would probably think it's also wild (in the best possible way) that after so many Peter Parkers, this is Miles Morales’ first time swinging onto the big screen as your friendly neighborhood… you know. Moore reflected on how this Spider-Man brings new representation to the franchise and has the potential to not only swoop in on crime scenes but influence and inspire the legions of kids who will be watching the film.
"With great power comes great responsibility," he said, acknowledging that maybe those kids still connect to the older versions of Spidey, but now they have a choice.
Moore also feels that this isn't a movie about a black Spider-Man. He's Spider-Man, and just happens to be black, which makes it that much more real. When you're filling the shoes and the newspaper headlines of one of the most amazing superheroes of all time, it really doesn't matter what skin color is under that spandex.
Johnson did make a case for this Peter Parker being new in his own way. He was never seen as an older mentor of a young hero who uses fast food in creative ways, so for the actor, exploring this iteration of the character was new territory.
Another wild thing about this movie is the mind-blowing animation that makes you feel like you're in another dimension, kind of like how Peter Parker and Spider-Gwen and, yes, Spider-Ham are. Both actors were sucked into an electric universe that not only met their expectations but soared far beyond them.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14.
This article was contributed to by Elizabeth Rayne.