Fans of Marvel's web-slinging superhero Spider-Man are on an emotional roller coaster at the moment. The live-action version of Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) was left in limbo at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. And while a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is beginning to film soon -- possibly with Mysterio as the villain -- there are questions as to HOW Sony pulls that off. While we wait, an animated Spider-Man movie makes its way to theaters in December, only instead of Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gives Miles Morales his chance to shine. A new, full trailer just arrived online, so give this a web spin:
Penned and co-produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the geniuses behind The LEGO Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse truly looks to open our eyes to a corner of Spider-Man's story that's never been told on screen before. Fans who've followed along to the comics religiously know that Miles Morales also received the spider-provided powers of Spider-Man, and took over the role of crime-fighter after Peter Parker "died" at the hands of the Green Goblin. Miles had a number of differences from Peter, though, and his hero's journey was marked by a number of different plot twists that we assume this new movie will explore.
The look of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also differs from animation styles that we have seen so far. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have been shepherding this project to theaters for years, have said that they really want audiences to feel like they have been dropped inside the panels of a comic-book, and so far, the trailers for Into the Spider-Verse have immersed us into the surreal cityscape that Miles Morales protects. I love the way the action photographs in this world, and I think that by going animated, we will be able to see characteristics of Spider-Man that don't translate into the live-action portrayals tried by the likes of Andrew Garfield or even Tom Holland.
There might be some confusion around Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, though, as its truly its own standalone project that has no connection to the MCU or anything being done over at Marvel Studios. While Sony has lent Peter Parker to Marvel, they are continuing to build on the Spider-Man brand in house, so this movie will feature plenty of popular and recognizable characters from the Spidey universe, including the Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and Aunt May (Lily Tomlin).
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens in theaters in December, facing a crowded marketplace that also includes Bumblebee, Aquaman, Mortal Engines and Mary Poppins Returns. Start saving your spider-bucks, folks, because you are going to want to be at the movies as 2018 draws to a close.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.