Do you think you know Spider-Man? Unless you’ve been closely following Marvel’s comics for the last few years, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may upend your previously held perspective on Spider-Man’s mythology.
Almost everyone knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man, and that he was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Into the Spider-Verse is thrusting Miles Morales into the spotlight, and he’s a very different kind of Spider-Man. One of the biggest changes is that Miles has both of his parents in his life.
SYFY WIRE recently caught up with Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Miles’ father, Jefferson Davis-Morales. And Henry was particularly enthusiastic about the Morales family’s dynamic in this film.
“He’s got his father, his black father, his Latino mother, and they’re raising him in Brooklyn,” said Henry. “My favorite thing about Jefferson and Miles is that he knows at the end of the day, his father truly cares about him. Somewhere, this is gonna be someone’s first experience with Spider-Man. It’s not gonna be Aunt May and Uncle Ben. It’s going to be Jefferson and Rio, which I think is really cool.”
Shameik Moore is portraying Miles in the film, and he also shared his appreciation for for the Morales family.
“Peter has lost his uncle Ben,” noted Moore. “Miles still has a healthy, strong family with a mother and father that love him."
Of course, Peter Parker still has a big role to play in this movie. Jake Johnson is playing the original Spider-Man, who becomes Miles’ mentor over the course of the story. Johnson told us that he was especially excited to see the multiple Spider-Men and Women among the cast of characters.
“What I love about this movie, honestly, is that there’s so many different spider people,” related Johnson. “There’s Spider-Gwen, there’s Spider-Ham. I like that Miles is the lead. I also like the old school Peter Parker.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will begin preview screenings tonight before opening on Friday, December 14. For more intel on the movie, check out the full video below!