With live action Spider-Man: No Coming Home with less than a fortnight to swing in theaters – and with demand to be there on opening night so strong that tickets cost sky-high amounts on the resale market – there’s no better time to groping the waters and reminding fans that there’s plenty more crawling our way.
Thus, a “first look” at Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse following, Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (note the change in preposition!), was unveiled on Saturday at Comic Con Experience Brazil (CCXP) in São Paulo. The preview for the second film in the animated series opens with Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) having a cute/awkward conversation with Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) after she materializes from her reality in the middle of her messy (and not very adult) bedroom.
Soon after, they explode into a realm of highly stylized illustrations (as is the norm for this Oscar-winning series) with a mish-mash of musical influences to Miles’ screams. In addition to the typical techno rhythms of a block-rock order, there are Indian tabla rhythms and the hum of a tanpura. (There is also Hindi text on a speeding sign suggesting that the main character of the Spider-Man: India comic Pavitr Prabhakar might make an appearance, which is great if you know how beloved Spider-Man is in India.)
While it’s still unclear which characters from (pardon me) through the spider-verse will appear, we have a vision of a biggie. As he hurtles through the air, Miles crashes into Spider-Man 2099, a futuristic version of the character, who was voiced by Oscar Isaac as a post-credits surprise in the final film.
But if you want to talk about surprises, the biggest comes at the end of the clip, when the full title of this next film is revealed: Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part One). (If you’re a specific follower of the title, those parentheses are straight from Sony’s press site. It might not be on screen in the video itself, but it might just be proof additional of how Spider-Man is all about variants!)
On the one hand, it’s a bit of a “no duh!” that this popular series will be, at a minimum, a trilogy. But the ‘first part’ of it all suggests that what’s to come is going to be ‘one big story’. Moreover, it was quickly confirmed that this movie and the next one are being done simultaneously, which suggests a shorter waiting time for the conclusion.
If you’re a casual fan who’s perplexed by all these different Spider-Men (not to be confused with Spiders-Man), well, it could be worse for you. The Next Live Action Movie No coming home featuring Tom Holland, in which Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange introduces the young superhero to the concept of the multiverse, all but giving way under the weight of rumors that previous on-screen iterations of the character played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will appear. Go for it.
Meanwhile, Sony Animation is taking the opportunity to create its own cinematic cross-pollination. If you look closely at the shelf in Miles’ bedroom, you’ll see Miles’ toy moose. The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Actually Mitchellthe co-producers of, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are also co-writers and producers on spider worms.
Spider-Man: No Coming Home in theaters December 17, 2021. Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse hits theaters on October 7, 2022. The zillions (to use a technical term) of Spider-Man comic books that have been published since the character’s first appearance in 1962 are available at a good comic book retailer near you.
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