Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Is Making A Bold Artistic Choice

By Doug Norrie | 4 months ago

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When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit screens a few years ago, it really was one of the more unique visual stylings we had seen from an animated movie. They took a painstaking process to give the viewer the sense that they had really stepped into a comic book the flick, at times, feeling almost like a paneled production. It really was a masterpiece. And now, for the sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, it looks like the filmmakers are going to take even more risks with the production, stepping even further away from the norm when it comes to animated films. That’s because it looks like they are going to alter the animation styles throughout the film. This would be some pretty groundbreaking stuff, making Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse a highly-anticipated film.

In an interview with Collider (via The Hollywood Reporter) Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse writers and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller described some of their plans for this movie and as well as Part II which will follow closely behind it. In talking about their ideas for how Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse could stand out visually from the first one, Miller said, “…so the idea that we’d be going to different dimensions really opened up an opportunity artistically to have each world have its own art style, and to be able to push the folks at ImageWorks to develop a way to have each dimension feel like it was drawn by a different artist’s hand.”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is really shaping up to be something wild. Essentially, because this story will employ the Multiverse concept introduced in the first film, and really hit its stride during the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe works of late, the filmmakers are going to switch up the different styles depending on where Miles Morales lands. That could mean a very different kind of film than we’ve seen before, likely akin to opening up different comic books except it’s all going down on the big screen. Check out the first look at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse:

How it unfolds remains to be seen, but if we use the first film as any kind of proxy, Lord, Miller and company are going to once again push the envelope for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part One and Part Two. Heck, the early trailer for the film already looks great with an early hint at the changing styles. We do have a bit of a sense of what will happen in this movie from a narrative perspective though. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) are now leaving their dimension and heading into others. Along the way, they are set to meet Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), and Spider-Woman (Issa Rae). They are also set to meet Japanese Spider-Man as well. 

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will follow the events of Into the Spiderverse, a massive hit for Sony Animation when it came out back in 2018. The film followed the story of Miles Morales meeting other versions of the web-slinger while also coming to grips with his own powers. It earned more than $375 million at the box office on its $90 million budget and was a hit with critics as well, scoring 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. If what Lord and Miller are saying ends up playing out on the big screen, these sequels could rival the original. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part One is set to hit screens on October 7th of this year.