Our Spider-Senses Are Tingling
With last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” success bringing life back to the so-called “declining” franchise, we now have high hopes that the upcoming December release of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won’t disappoint. The film is Sony’s first animated feature centered on the iconic web-slinger, with cameos from Spider-Men across numerous different dimensions and a focus on the comic’s character of Miles Morales, played by Shameik Moore. If you’re as excited as we are to find out what this movie has to offer, check out 5 things we want to see below!
#5: A Badass Kingpin
Vincent D’Onofrio turned in a pitch-perfect portrayal of Wilson Fisk on Netflix’s “Daredevil.” Since “Into the Spider-Verse” is clearly taking a more family-friendly approach, we’re not expecting Liev Schreiber’s interpretation to bash in anyone’s head with a car door. That being said, Kingpin can still be portrayed as a cunning, ruthless, and menacing foe akin to the version from the 90s animated series. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed that Sony doesn’t repeat their habit of cramming in too many villains.
#4: A Universe of Spider-People
Speaking of the 90s cartoon, the show ended on a high note with the “Spider Wars” two-parter, which saw Peter encounter other Spider-Men from different dimensions. “Into the Spider-Verse” shares a similar premise, as Miles, Peter, and Gwen cross paths with a variety of other characters with Spidey senses. Nicolas Cage puts a 1930s spin on Peter as Spider-Man Noir. Kimiko Glenn injects a dose of anime into the equation as Peni Parker. John Mulaney even hams it up as Spider-Ham. The roster for the “Spider-Verse” story arc this film is taking inspiration from was absolutely enormous, so we’re hoping for at least a few interesting cameos.
#3: Cameos from Other Big Screen Spider-Men
Since this film takes place in a shared multiverse, it could pave the wave other silver screen versions of Spider-Man to appear. It’d be nothing short of epic if Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and even Tom Holland all reprised their versions of Spider-Man here. These three could either make brief cameos or perhaps their presence could play a larger role in the story. Since the original “Spider-Man” trilogy and “The Amazing Spider-Man” series ended on such sour notes, this would be a clever way to revisit both incarnations and bring things full circle. There’s also room for Spider-Man’s many voice actors to make appearances, ranging from Neil Patrick Harris to Drake Bell, to Donald Glover. Check out this video for a look into the top Spider-Men who aren’t Peter Parker!
#2: A Unique Take on Peter Parker
Over the years, we’ve gotten numerous versions of Peter Parker through film, television, and comics. In almost every interpretation, he’s depicted as a nerdy high school student who gains superpowers, thus having to balance school, romance, and saving the day. Jake Johnson is shaking up the status quo, however, playing a middle-aged Peter who’s grown cynical, tired, and reluctant. Even in the film’s trailer, Peter sounds like he’s sick of hearing about himself and is ready to pass the torch to someone else. Speaking of which, the mentor/protégé dynamic between Peter and Miles should make for a gripping team-up. It’ll be especially interesting to see a Spider-Man movie where Peter isn’t the main character.
#1: Miles Morales Taking Center Stage
Since Miles Morales was only created in 2011, it makes sense that he hasn’t gotten as much mainstream attention as Peter Parker. Miles has come into his own in the comics, though, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to finally see him take center stage in a theatrical film, even if we’re still waiting for an MCU version of the character. Shameik Moore voices Miles in “Into the Spider-Verse,” marking the most high-profile role of his career. For anyone who’s starting to develop fatigue for Spider-Man, Moore’s performance as Miles could very well bring a new energy and outlook to the long-running franchise. After all: “What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man“.
Want to find out what else we’re hoping to see in the upcoming film? Check out the video below for our pick of the Top 10 Things We Hope to See in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse