The story elements are just one piece of the “Across The Spider-Verse” pie; there is also the unpredictable nature of his style. The first film “Spider-Verse” (directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman) pushed the boundaries of animation in important and exciting ways: fusion of 2D and 3D animation, implementation of textures inspired by comics, and playing with the framerates. The film has so successfully avoided hyper-realistic animation that others follow in their footsteps, and “Across the Spider-Verse” (which sees Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson take the helm) just creates more room for this experimentation. No wonder they need two movies to do it all!
The second and third “Spider-Verse” movies are set to take Miles through new worlds so refreshing that, according to Lord and Miller, they each look and feel “radically different from everyone else. They all look radically different. for being drawn to a different artist. ” This experimentation is something we see in the Lord and Miller films, and “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” was no exception. In the same IndieWire chat, director Mike Rianda discusses relying on producers to help develop the animation tools needed to create the flawless, watercolor animation of the film. As with “Spider-Verse,” it turned to what the distinctive styling would say about the world:
“It doesn’t need to have realistic pupils, the houses shouldn’t look like exhibition halls, but cluttered and inhabited. They could feel homemade and look like watercolor illustrations.”
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)” is slated to hit theaters on October 7, 2022. The sequel will arrive in 2023.