Sony has two Spider-Man movies coming out this year, technically, and the second one is shaping up to be something really special. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the big screen debut of Miles Morales, looking to bring all the different Spider-Men and Women from the various timelines together in one big animated adventure. Entertainment Weekly spoke to star Shameik Moore about taking on the role of Miles in this big screen debut.
“This power is kind of handed to [Miles] when he’s not really looking for more responsibility,” Moore explains. “That phrase — ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ — it means the same thing, but it comes from a different place with this Spider-Man.”
Moore realizes how important this role is as it is bringing a half black half Latino version of Spider-Man to the big screen. We also have a first look at this version of Green Goblin with a new piece of concept art.
“Everybody has a purpose and a reason and a place,” Moore says. “I think that’s what [Miles’s] conflict is — finding his place. He’s like, ‘If there’s Peter, then how do I be Spider-Man? Can you teach me? How do I do this?’”
Miles is very different from the other version of Peter Parker that are running around including the older and jaded version that will be voiced by Jake Johnson. Miles is younger, grew up in Brooklyn, and still has a family according to co-writer Chris Miller.
“And he’s got both his parents alive,” Miller quips. “Which doesn’t sound like much, but that’s very unique to Spider-People.”
For Phil Lord the appeal to do Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was to do something different with the Spider-Man mythology.
“Everything good we’ve ever done has started with a bad idea,” Lord says with a laugh. “And then we slowly figure out a way that seems like it would be surprising. An animated Spider-Man movie, on the surface it felt like, well, do we really need that? But you start to think about the opportunities that it gives you. Because it’s like the 19th Spider-Man movie, it forces you to make different choices than everybody else.”
“The idea was: Let’s make a movie that feels like you’re walking into an immersive comic book,” Miller says.
“We were just really intrigued with the possibility of making an animated movie in a completely different way with a completely different set of characters that didn’t have to abide by the normal rules,” Lord adds. “A big franchise can either back you into safe choices or it can give you the opportunity to take huge risks. And that risk version was what was intriguing to us.”
All we know is that if Peter Porker the Spider-Ham doesn’t show up we’re going to riot.
Summary: Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, stars Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Luna Lauren Velez, and Hailee Steinfeld. It will be released on December 14th.
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