Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Has Cast Its Peter Parker

Jake Johnson in New Girl

The Spider-Man mythology is being covered on two fronts for the big screen this year. In the live action realm, Tom Holland will make his third appearance as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Peter Parker in Avengers: Infinity War, while over in animation Miles Morales will get the spotlight in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Taking its cue from the Ultimate universe, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will see Miles taking on the web-slinging mantle following the death of Peter Parker, but as revealed in the trailer, Miles will also cross paths with an adult Peter, and that incarnation will be voiced by New Girl star Jake Johnson.

It was made official at Sony's presentation during CinemaCon that Jake Johnson be supplying the vocals for classic Spider-Man Peter Parker, who will serve as Miles Morales' mentor during Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Johnson is best known for playing Nick Miller on the Fox series New Girl, and his other credits include 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, Jurassic World, Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Mummy. He joins a cast that already includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis and Liev Schreiber in an undisclosed role.

In case you're not familiar with Miles Morales' history on the Marvel Comics pages, after the Ultimate version of Peter Parker was believed to have died during his battle with the Green Goblin (it was later revealed that he survived), Miles, who had already been bitten by a different genetically-altered spider and been imbued with his own unique set of spider-abilities, decided to take over as Spider-Man. It looks like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will start off with a similar course of events, but then Miles will be approached early into his superhero career by Jake Johnson's Peter Parker, who hails from another universe and has been at the crimefighting game for a long time.

It's entirely possible that other Spider-heroes from other realties will also appear in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, meaning that the movie will take more direct cues from the Dan Slott-penned Spider-Verse crossover event. That being said, Miles and the adult Peter will have a particularly close connection, as the latter will show the former the ropes... or rather, webs. It's similar to the dynamic these two have had in the comics ever since Miles was transferred to the main Marvel continuity, a.k.a. Earth-616. It remains to be seen, though, if the adult Peter will help Miles with battling the notorious Spidey villains who are threatening Miles' universe in the upcoming movie.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates about the movie. If you're interested in learning what other major motion pictures are on the way, scan through our 2018 release schedule.

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