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The Jaw-Dropping Trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is Here!

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I’m sure all of you know who Spider-Man is, but what if I told you there’s more to this world than just Peter Parker? Sony Pictures Animation has unleashed the new trailer for their most ambitious project yet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This is a movie where the possibilities are limitless, not just for the superhero genre, but for the animated medium as a whole.

In this brand-new interpretation of the heroic web-swinger, the new kid wearing the suit is Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore of The Get Down). Under the teachings of his new mentor Peter Parker (Jake Johnson of Smurfs: The Lost Village), Miles will learn that multiple realities hold their own spider-themed hero.

In addition to Moore and Johnson, the voice cast will consist of Hailee Steinfeld (When Marnie Was There) as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Liev Schreiber (Isle of Dogs) as Kingpin, and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) as Miles’ father. We even have Miss Frizzle herself Lily Tomlin giving her voice to Aunt May.

This unique vision comes from the minds of an exceptionally talented crew, including producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), and directors Bob Persichetti (head of story on Puss in Boots), Peter Ramsey (director of Rise of the Guardians), and Rodney Rothman (writer of Lord and Miller’s 22 Jump Street). This is top of the expertly-crafted visuals provided by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Speaking of which, this is truly a visual beauty and is unlike anything we’ve seen before. This takes full advantage of the animated medium, literally utilizing it as an art form. It’s essentially an animated comic, complete with distressed halftones, striking lighting, unconventional cinematography, and an emphasis on vibrant neon colours. Spider-Verse is proof that mainstream CG animated movies don’t need to continuously imitate the semi-realistic Pixar-like style that’s been long overdone, and instead be its own unique identity.

In terms of tone, that’s another aspect that keeps this movie apart from its competition. Any other mainstream animated movie would advertise lots of goofy comedy to attract every possible demographic, yet this seems to avoid that trope. Yes, this trailer has some comedy, but the main focus of this is being a straightforward and serious action movie build specifically for animation from the ground up. Sony appears to have unlocked so much potential in the medium with this movie, that I hope other animation studios follow suit too.

For those intrigued to check out Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Columbia Pictures will release the movie theatrically on December 14, 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

[Sony Pictures]

Are you excited for Miles Morales’ big screen debut? Do you think this movie could evolve the landscape of animation? Let us know in the comments!

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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).
  • Dave 52

    December can’t come soon enough! That’s two for Lord and Miller with this and LEGO 2. This is the reason they are my favorite people involved filmmaking. Their passion, inventiveness, comedy, and want to do something fresh and different is just an inspiration to me. With this and Hotel Transylvania 3, I this year Is going to be a fresh new start from Sony in terms of animation.

    And I really hope Spider-Ham makes manages to make an appearance. Heck, if this movie ends up being a success, then Sony could use this as an opportunity to make that “Spider-Verse” they have been trying to get off the ground. I could easily see this being it’s own franchise as we look into the universes of each Spider-Man and every movie could have a different tone with a different person helming it with a different story to tell. It could be something great.

  • Harith Sami

    Looks animation spectacular, am excited for this take on Spider-Man, hope they won’t cram too many Spider-people, let Miles have his movie.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I hope not too many Spider Mans too

  • Manuel Orozco

    The visuals are the best part of this trailer.

  • jacobs06

    dc and marvel should really do these types of 3d animated movies for their comic book characters. Like really get going…I seriously don’t understand how marvel, which has disney and pixar studios, has the ability to start something like this and dc has a whole slew of people who have created the dcau before, yet sony has beaten them to the punch. This is a potential gold mine, not only in terms of BO profits, but to also do more experimental animation, narratives and to begin building their characters and possibly an equivalent to the dcau or mcu but in 3d animated form. Making it animated also makes it not limited to the limitations of live action.

    • Dave 52

      I feel like Marvel could make animated movies in the vein of this if it is a story or character that can’t be tackled in the MCU. Or something that they want to be standalone. Making these types of movies are the way they can tell those stories and even do something inventive that fully embraces the comic book style. Marvel kind of did this when they made those Rocket and Groot shorts that took place before Guardians Of The Galaxy that had a very unique style ripped straight from Skottie Young’s illustrations.

    • Marielle

      They did Big Hero 6.

  • Hannah Elkins

    This looks so good!

  • Omg I can’t get enough of this trailer after a week, IT’S AMAZINGGGGGG!!! The style alone is just inspired and how much fun this all looks!! I can’t stop watching this trailer when someone brings it up and just the excitement around it!! Also can’t wait to see Lord and Miller get some praise after Solo for them didn’t work out

  • Marielle

    The tree scene is amazing.

  • Amber Dvorak

    While everything about this trailer looks promising, the truly innovative visual style is hands down the biggest attraction. Heck, I would be intrigued by this even if I *didn’t* care much for the story. Kudos to Sony for pushing boundaries and exploring some of the more unconventional things this medium can do. I really hope this inspires other studios to start playing around with visual styles for theatrical animated releases as well.