Why Liev Schreiber Joined The Animated Spider-Man Movie

Spider-Man with a hood on in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

In the realm of superhero animation, DC has long stood as the champion among many fans. However, Marvel looks like it's about to step things up in a significant way with the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film has amassed a fascinating ensemble of actors such as Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry, but one of the most exciting casting choices of the bunch is Isle of Dogs star Liev Schreiber. When asked about why he opted to sign on for the animated comic book flick, Schreiber recently admitted that his decision to join the project stemmed from the quality of the animation team. Schreiber opened up to CinemaBlend and other outlets at the Berlin International Film Festival and said:

It was actually the animation team. The guys who are working on it, I saw their work and said, 'Wow! These guys are special.' And it is. It's going to be pretty special, from what I've seen so far. And I haven't seen much, but it's pretty special. They're super-talented. And just working with them in the brief time that we did on my stuff, I've been in a bunch of these different situations, and these guys have their ducks in a row. And they're collaborative. They know what they want and they're clear, they've got all their sequences and their animatics, but you come up at them with a creative idea and they shift, they do it nimbly and with great execution.

We admittedly haven't seen the full movie yet, but Liev Schreiber's remarks about the quality of the animation and the team behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse seem to bode well for the project. The film is "anamorphic," which means its size and scope may be unlike anything that we have ever seen from an animated Spider-Man movie before. If that was the thing that won him over to the film, then we can likely rest assured knowing that we're due for an incredibly stylish and grandiose foray into the Spider-Man world.

It probably also helps that Liev Schreiber is no stranger to the world of Marvel-based films. In addition to his upcoming turn in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he also appeared in the Marvel universe as Sabretooth in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- and he has become widely regarded as one of the best aspects of the entire film.

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Despite Liev Schreiber's enthusiasm for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we still don't know who he is playing in the upcoming animated movie. We know the film will follow the exploits of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and that it will feature supporting characters like Aaron Davis (played in Spider-Man: Homecoming with Donald Glover in the role), but the exact nature of the former Sabretooths' role in the movie hasn't come to light yet.

CinemaBlend will keep you posted with more information related to Liev Schreiber's involvement in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as more details about the Spidey project become available to us; the film is expected to debut later this year on December 14. Until then, make sure to watch out for his upcoming voiceover role in Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which will debut in theaters on March 23.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.