Shameik Moore stars as Miles Morales in the theatrical release also starring Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber and Lily Tomlin.
Spider-Man may officially be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean Sony is done with him, as the latest trailer for their upcoming "Spider-Man: Inside the Spider-Verse" proves.
The studio has assembled an all-star cast for this animated theatrical release including Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin. They join Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, a name familiar to long-time fans of Marvel’s comic book line.
First introduced in 2011 as part of the publisher’s alternate universe "Ultimate" line, Miles quickly became one of its most popular characters, surviving the destruction of the Ultimate Universe to join the Marvel Universe proper, where he could work and learn alongside the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker.
The film looks to be flipping that script, bringing Peter instead to Miles’ universe, where he offers his services as a mentor. Miles, to say the least, appears unimpressed as Jake Johnson’s ("Tag," "New Girl") disheveled and scruffy Peter asks him if he can spot the burger he’s already eating shortly after they meet.
"I think you’re gonna be a bad teacher," Miles tells Peter in the trailer.
It does get better from there, as Peter teaches him how to use his powers, which include a few even Peter doesn’t have, and gain the confidence to be his own kind of hero.
Using crisp computer animation, "Into the Spider-Verse" incorporates frenetic flashes of traditional animation to emphasize its comic book origins. There are even written word boxes that look like they got lifted directly off the four-color page. The action looks fantastic, as they grapple with what looks like a terrifying Green Goblin, and the menace of the Kingpin.
The trailer saved the best reveal for last, as we learn that Peter and Miles aren’t the only spider-people we’ll interact with. Another popular alternate Spider-Man is the one dubbed Spider-Gwen by the publisher, a version of Gwen Stacy in a world where it was Peter who died. In the Marvel comics line, these three are just the tip of an iceberg of infinite alternate Spider-Men. Here’s hoping we get to see the noir, steampunk, India, and 2099 versions as well, not to mention a certain Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham!
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is scheduled for theatrical release on Dec. 14, 2018.
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