Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a huge amount of buzz thanks to its unique art style and starring role for the beloved Miles Morales. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Sony showed off some exclusive footage that went beyond the trailers we’ve already seen.
In the footage, Miles has apparently just gotten his powers, and seems mostly confused by them. At school, he gets his hand tangled in Gwen Stacy’s hair, and wonders whether his strange new abilities are the result of finally hitting puberty. Later, the clip revealed that in Miles’ universe, Peter Parker is dead. Miles is visiting Parker’s grave in a makeshift Spider-Man outfit when he’s approached from behind by an older Peter Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson. Miles quickly figures out that the other Peter is from an alternate dimension, and requests that he teach him how to be Spider-Man.
Finally, the footage showed Spider-Gwen, who introduces herself to the other two as “from another, another dimension.” And three more Spider-Mans debuted: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nick Cage; Penny Parker, with her mech-like robot SPDR, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and Spider-Ham, a cartoonish, costumed pig voiced by comedian John Mulaney.
Sony showed the footage during the studio’s panel in Hall H, SDCC’s largest venue. Moderated by Jessica Chobot, the panel included actors Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, and Bob Persichetti, and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
“He’s a black Spider-Man, black and Mexican, I think that that’s very powerful and iconic,” Moore said of his character Miles Morales.
In the movie, Morales intersects with Spider-Men from alternate universes, including an older, jaded Peter Parker.
“It’s Peter Parker at 40, it’s Peter Parker with a bad back..and who’s not sure if he still wants to be Spider-Man, and what it means to be Spider-Man after the excitement of being Spider-Man,” Johnson said during the panel. “That just got really heavy, folks. But that’s Peter Parker. It’s chubby Peter Parker.”
Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Gwen Stacy, said she’s excited to play a female superhero.
“I get to play a female superhero, which was pretty cool–and not just any female superhero, but the first Spider-Woman,” she said. “That was so exciting to me, and the fact that she really is the toughest and the coolest and the smartest and the most capable one in the room, and she knows it.”
Lord and Miller said they insisted on a Miles story when Sony approached them to make an animated Spider-Man movie. “This story’s been told a lot of times. We love Miles Morales,” Lord said. “We thought this was an amazing way to tell the Spider-Man story.”
“The thought of this movie was, ‘What if these different stories intersected? What would it do, how would it shake them up, and what would happen if these people met?'” Lord said.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14.
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Coverage