Expectations for the superhero sequel are high, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller hope to “push animation in directions it hasn’t gone before.”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” took pop culture and the box office by storm with its short-lived take on the web hero. But it wasn’t the first movie to introduce a multiverse concept to Spider-Man’s world. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Sony’s 2018 animated film, was an unexpected critical and box office success. The film followed young protagonist Miles Morales as he journeyed through dimensions with other iterations of the arachnid hero, including Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld) and a black version of Spider-Man voiced by Nicolas Cage.
The film was praised for its creative take on Spider-Man and helped set the stage for the success of “No Way Home.” A sequel was immediately announced and went into production in 2020. In December, Sony revealed that it would be an epic story told in two parts, beginning with “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ( Part I)” of this year. If that wasn’t enough to get Spider-Man fans excited, a new interview with executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller has revealed that the new films will continue to push the boundaries of animation.
Talk with Collider, Miller said that “Across the Spider-Verse” is “a very ambitious sequel, because we didn’t just want to do the same thing over again. And so the idea that we would go to different dimensions really opened up an artistic opportunity for each world has its own artistic style.
This isn’t the first time Lord and Miller have praised the ambitious work of the film’s animators. Miller has previously stated that “the development of groundbreaking new art techniques underway for the upcoming ‘Spider-Verse’ film already amazes me. This will make the first film quaint.
However, the news that each dimension will have a different animation style is sure to excite fans and spark a lot of speculation online ahead of the movie’s release. ‘No Way Home’ may have given the live-action treatment to the Spider-Man multiverse, but the ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ team seems confident there’s still plenty they can do. which are unique in the middle of animation.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1)” is set to hit theaters in October 2022, and “Part 2” will follow in 2023.