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Sony Amazes with ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Teaser Trailer

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Sony Pictures is bringing your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the big screen… again. But this time, not in the way you’d expect.

From Sony Pictures Animation and Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes the popular Marvel hero in a brand new direction to create a fully-animated experience unlike any other. We now have our first glimpse at this ambitious project with a teaser trailer fresh from Comic-Con Experience CCXP17 in São Paulo, Brazil.

It was promised by Miller that the visuals of this new Spider-Man movie were “gonna be unlike anything on screen before”, and he’s absolutely right on that. What we see in this trailer is far different than what Sony Animation (or any mainstream animation studio) has done before. With comic-like animation, colours, effects, and cinematography are strikingly stylish, the film utilizes the medium in ways that would be difficult to achieve in live-action.

Another unique aspect of this movie is that this Spider-Man is not the usual Peter Parker. Instead, the main star will be Parker’s successor Miles Morales (voiced by The Get Down‘s Shameik Moore). First introduced in August 2011 in Ultimate Comics Fallout Vol 1 #4, Morales became the new Spider-Man after Parker was killed by the Green Goblin.

While Lord and Miller are only serving as producers and writers, the film is directed by two DreamWorks veterans, which includes Bob Persichetti (head of story on Puss in Boots) and Peter Ramsey (director of Rise of the Guardians). Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch is also credited as a story contributor, so the movie seems to be in good hands with a trustworthy crew.

It’s really commendable of Sony Pictures Animation to try something new with this movie. One where it pushes beyond what computer-animated movies is usually seen as both visually and storytelling-wise, and with a more serious tone than the typical family-friendly animated movie. If Into the Spider-Verse succeeds greatly, then I reckon this could be an inspirational game changer, not just for animated features but for superhero movies too.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be released theatrically in North America by Columbia Pictures on December 14, 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

[Sony Pictures]

Are you excited to enter the animated Spider-Verse?

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • Manuel Orozco

    The animation looks amazingly mind bending. However I’m not sure about many Spider Mans in one movie. But I will pay to see it for sure.

  • JamScoBal

    Sony does it again with product placement! Miles is wearing Nike.

  • Rachel Wagner

    I was really blown away by this trailer!

  • Harith Sami

    The animation is beautiful, I like the way they use comic book textures and how they incorporated the frame-rate to mimic comic book panels, it is directed by the directors of the Lego Movie after all.

    • Karl “Karlamon” Smith

      Lord and Miller are only producers and writers of this movie, not directors. That job is being handled by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey of DreamWorks fame.

  • Marielle

    What a surprise. I did not expect this. Sony delivers this following The Emoji Movie and The Star? The city looks incredible! It’s so cool and different. Strong artistic sense.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m glad I only saw Smurfs this year

      • Marielle

        I didn’t hate Emoji and The Star (Mary and Joseph were totally cute and the humans in Emoji looked good too), but they didn’t take any risk with the animation. I didn’t think Sony had it in them to innovate like this.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Nontheless, I won’t watch Emoji or Star. Too corny for my taste

    • I know, it’s shocking. I did not expect names like
      Alex Hirsch and Peter Ramsey to be involved in

  • Dave 52

    THIS is what I want from more animated movies. I want them to embrace the medium and do things that could never be done in live action rather than trying to be more “realistic”. This trailer shows what you treat your animated movie like an animated movie.

  • This trailer was AMAZING!!!!!! Man whoever is over there at Sony and working on this trailer or just giving this amazing look, GIVE THIS PERSON THE CHAIR OR SOMETHING AT SONY!!! So fabulous and exciting!!

  • jacobs06

    this is what dc and wb should be doing

    • Marielle

      They did Lego Batman.

      • jacobs06

        Except it was lego. And it was batman. Very safe and they have yet to announce others. At least here they are trying to do something differently stylistically with the animation and they’re also not using peter parker. There’s an attempt to do something different animation-wise and pay homage to the comic storytelling style and als omaybe do something more serious. I would love to see big theatrical releases of 3d animated movies for dc’s other superheros as their live action films seem very hit or miss (mostly miss). Maybe do something that is a bit more serious than lego batman too. It’s a shame because they have such a wealth of properties and their animation crew has done some amazing stories in their DTV’s or the DCAU

  • With this amount of talent involved and from the
    animation I’m seeing here, this could actually be
    a great Sony Animation film.

  • The animation reminds me of Tron: Uprising.