For most of the big screen Spider-Man related output we’ve been subjected to, my reactions have vacillated from “that was pretty solid” to “I wish I had stayed home and done something else with that two hours”, so every time a new project is announced my level of apprehension is relatively high. Even the fairly lauded Spider-Man: Homecoming, which I liked okay, didn’t really hit me where I needed it to.

But this first trailer for Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse looks very promising, and while it has the benefit of animation on its side, my hopes are high this will be the first big screen Spidey adventure that conjures those feelings I had when I was reading those comics as a kid…plus it debuts Miles, which is an exciting development no matter how you slice it.

There isn’t a whole lot else to go on here, but the design is very eye-catching, and who knows? If successful, perhaps this will pave the way for further animated big screen adventures that go beyond the quality of your standard direct to DVD fare.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Mahershala Ali as his father, Jefferson Davis, and Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis/The Prowler. It hits theaters on Christmas of 2018.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Miles Morales is a character Marvel has been shoving down the throats of fans since he began. Instead of introducing him in a respectful way, he was used to help destroy the Ultimate Universe comics by using him as an excuse to kill off Peter Parker in that series and replace him, which hastened the series end by causing a steep slump in sales. And they keep pushing him, but whenever I see him I think, “You know that Ultimate Spider-Man series you enjoyed for years? Meet what killed off that series.” No thank you.

  2. I’m not a huge Marvel fan, and I’m pretty “meh” about Spider-Man specifically, but that looks pretty cool. I love the style of it. It looks like they’re removing frames to give the animation an ever so slight stop-motion feel to it. I also love what they’re doing with the half-tone dot pattern being incorporated into the lights and highlights of the CGI. I also love how visually dark the film is. It’s an aesthetic that I’m drawn to. Very (and unexpectedly) impressed.

  3. Looks interesting. It feels a little like Batman Beyond, at least in the color scheme. It’s cool to see the studio naturally expand Spider-Man’s world beyond the 60’s and 70’s. I’m pretty hesitant about a Spider-Man free Venom movie, but this looks good. More new stuff please, less retreads.

  4. Spider-Verse? I can’t fault a corporation for trying to exploit its intellectual property but I do think it’s interesting that people who can’t stop crying about DC trying to do prequels and sequels to WATCHMEN have no problem at all with Marvel bastardizing the concept of Spider-Man.

    Mike

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