Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has fans flipping their lids. The animation, the music, the voice acting, is all on another level from what Marvel has previously done with their animated features. With the latest trailer release, we get to see even more of what we can expect this Christmas. Are you ready to enter the Spider-Verse?
We knew we were getting Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and Spider-Gwen. but the trailer gave us peeks at other Spider-Men to look forward to. Nicholas Cage steps in to voice Spider-Man Noir, a 1930s styled Spider-Man. John Mulaney joins the cast as Spider-Ham.
Everyone knows Nicholas Cage. The movie star has dabbled in super-heroes before, starring in 2 Ghost Rider films and well as infamously fitting for a Superman costume. Now Cage steps into some different tights. Spider-Man Noir was set in 1933 as part of the Marvel Noir series of books. Spider-Man Noir is a darker, fearful Spidey, not afraid to use a gun against his foes. Kimiko Glenn suits up in her SP//dr suit as Peni Parker.
Mulaney, a former writer for Saturday Night Live and stand-up comedian, joins the Spider-Verse as Spider-Ham. A comedic parody of Spider-Man, where a simple spider was bitten by an irradiated anthropomorphic pig named May Porker. With the appearance of a pig-person yet retaining the abilities of a spider, Peter Porker became Spider-Ham! Reminiscent of Roger Rabbit, Spider–Ham brings a sense of levity and humor to the Spider-Verse to balance out the drama.
Glenn shot into the public eye for her role in Orange Is The New Black as Brook Soso. Peni Parker pilots a robotic suit with a radioactive spider that forms part of the suit’s CPU. Letting the suit bite her allowed her to carry on in her father’s shoes after he dies piloting the suit.
An impressive cast, Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) plays Gwen Stacy, Jack Johnson (New Girl) voices Peter Parker, Shameik Moore (The Get Down) stars as Miles Morales, while the legendary Lily Tomlin (Frankie & Grace) voices Aunt May, Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ray Donovan) voices Kingpin, and Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage) plays Prowler.
Because none of that is impressive enough, Marvel also took it the extra step to animate each of the Spider-Men a bit differently. Spider-Ham appears in the classic flat cartoon style, while Spider-Man Noir is done in a classic newspaper comic style. Peni Parker is done in a classic anime style. Peter Parker is reminiscent of his comic book, while Miles and Gwen are given a bit more realistic feel to them. The entire thing is a wonderful blend of styles that are sure to make for a unique experience watching the film in theaters.
Such a high-quality, well-done venture hopefully marks a turning point in Marvel’s animated movies, which have been a bit of hit or miss over the last decade, while DC has been knocking it out of the park left and right.
Who’s your favorite Spider-Man? Is there an alternate Spider-Man you hope gets a cameo? Will you be seeing Spider-Verse in theaters? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter!