Spider-Verse Producer Wants Sam Raimi To Direct An Animated Spider-Man Movie

Longtime producer Avi Arad wants Sam Raimi to return to Spider-Man with an animated movie after the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Before the days of shared comic book movie universes, Raimi helped reestablish superhero movies as lucrative projects in Hollywood, as his initial installment had the first $100 million-plus opening weekend ever. He directed a trilogy of Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in total, which came to an unplanned end with Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

Raimi originally had plans for Spider-Man 4, but ultimately had to leave the project due to how quickly Sony wanted it done. The studio wound up rebooting the franchise with director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield in 2012, but then ended that franchise after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Sony then agreed to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Holland playing the part. The partnership with Marvel Studios has been incredibly successful, but Sony also found hits of their own with Venom‘s surprise box office run and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse becoming an Oscar-winning feature.

Related: 10 Cancelled Marvel Movies We Wish Got Made

Throughout all of these decisions, reboots, and recastings, producer Arad has been involved. He was even the one who pushed Raimi to include Venom in Spider-Man 3, even though the director didn’t want to use him. After all this time and the newfound success Arad and Sony have with these characters, Arad wants to get Raimi back. He revealed this during an interview with Deadline, where he said, “I would love to see what kind of animated Spider-Man movie we’d get from Sam Raimi so if he sees this, ‘Call me Sam!'”

While this may be a long shot at this point, as Raimi has moved on from the superhero world and is next directing Kingkiller Chronicles, this is an exciting possibility to consider. Raimi has never directed an animated movie before, so it would be a chance for him to spread his wings as a creator. That said, the possibilities of animation and the multi-verse introduced in Spider-Verse opens up the door for Raimi to have the ability to actually do the Spider-Man 4 he always envisioned.

There’s been several details on Spider-Man 4 that have surfaced over the years, including who Raimi may have cast for certain roles. Vulture and Mysterio appeared to be part of the story, with rumors pointing to John Malkovich being eyed for the role of Vulture. Raimi also confirmed in the past that Anne Hathaway auditioned for Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat, with concept art teasing the romantic relationship between her and Peter. Since the movie never happened, Spider-Man 4 is a major what-if story that many fans would like to see, and since it would just require voice work from the cast, it’s feasible that an animated Spider-Man 4 set within the Spider-Verse world could happen. The chances of this materializing may be slim, as Raimi could decide to do a different story altogether if he did want to return, but hopefully Raimi does give Arad a call and something can happen.

MORE: Every Animated Version of Spider-Man Ranked

Source: Deadline

2019-03-20 02:03:05

Cooper Hood

Brian Bendis: Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse Interview

For comic book writer Brian Bendis, the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is personal. Bendis is one of the co-creators of Miles Morales, the character who’s made his big-screen debut in Sony’s animated blockbuster. The film has been a tremendous success, grossing over $360 million in the global box office and even winning the Oscar for Best Animated Movie of 2018.

Brian Bendis is one of the most celebrated comic book writers today, and over his years at Marvel he wrote popular and influential runs of AvengersX-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy. He received a Peabody Award for his work as co-creator of Jessica Jones on Netflix, and for years served as part of Marvel’s Creative Committee, consulting on every Marvel movie from Iron Man through to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. All in all, it’s impossible to overstate Bendis’ influence on the current comic book industry.

Related: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Blu-Ray Contains Longer Alt-Universe Cut

We had the opportunity to speak to Brian in the aftermath of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s Oscar win, and ahead of this week’s home release of the film. He shared some details about Miles’ creation, and the reason he believes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been such a hit.

Screen Rant: First of all, congratulations! How did you celebrate that Oscar win?

Brian Bendis: We got invited to a bunch of Hollywood stuff, and instead we decided to stay at home and watch it with my family, I did it with my closest friends and family who were with us when I was sick last year. My family and Kelly Sue, who was the author of Captain Marvel.

A lot of people don’t know this, but we were living in a house together when I was developing Miles and she was developing her Carol run. So it’s very emotional and weird for us to watch both our debuts go into this next level, like, right on top of each other. Like, just as Spider-Verse gets to DVD, here comes Captain Marvel. And they were literally made in the same house.

Screen Rant: It was just meant to be.

Brian Bendis: It was just a very strange eight years.

Screen Rant: OK, let’s do a quick dive into the creation of Miles Morales. So how did you come up with the idea of this particular all-new Spider-Man?

Brian Bendis: Well, it was a long gestation period with a lot of people, but it started back at Marvel, with Ultimate Spider-Man, a comic book I did with Marvel for many years. It featured a 16-year-old Peter Parker, the base idea of Spider-Man, in a modern setting, not unlike what the Tom Holland movies are right now. One of the things I liked working with Joe Quesada at Marvel, Joe would never bask in success, that’s when he would be questioning, “What can we do better, what more can we do in this time of success?” – and we started talking. I said, I don’t think I’m representing Queens or Brooklyn as well as I could, I’m gonna do better in my representation of that part of the world, and then from there came the conversation of, does Spider-Man himself represent that part of the world as best he could? And from that, why is he even a Caucasian? And once that idea’s out there, and I’m thinking about it, and — but, people really like Peter Parker, no-one’s saying hey can you replace Peter Parker, we’re so sick of him! So it was a conundrum, but we had a story we really think we might want to tell here, but y’know, no-one’s asking for it. So, we just decided once we had all the pieces together — it took about a year, a year of thinking about the charter school, thinking about his name, what his powers are, what’s different about his perspective of the world versus Peter’s? And once we had that, we were off the races.

And one of the reasons I’m most proud of this movie is that it goes, well, what if this boy had a very happy home life? That his parents loved him, and it’s because they love him so much that he feels this deep obligation to make the world a better place. Like, you don’t see that in comics. Everybody’s parents – particularly the father, in Marvel Comics – their father has betrayed them, has been blown up, y’know, or isn’t living. And I wanted it to be like this, to have one whose dad loved the crap out of him, and I’m so happy that that’s represented in the film and I was also so moved that the filmmakers were eager to use that idea. So that was very important to me.

Screen Rant: Did you always suspect Miles was going to be a hit?

Brian Bendis: No, I had that nervous energy of, “This could go either way.” And – for the sake of other writers who are reading this – that’s the best feeling. You have to do it. A lot of people back down from that, and sometimes it blows up in your face, but when it doesn’t, you end up with a Miles Morales.

Listen, you’re writing for Screen Rant, you’re a pop culture professor, you know your stuff. It’s filled with things that should not have worked. Nobody was bored of Peter Parker, nobody wants more out of Peter Parker, people like it, y’know? Also, the story of Miles Morales involved Peter Parker dying. That could’ve really blown up in our face. All of these choices and elements could’ve literally backfired, but we felt from our deepest honesty of storytellers we were coming from a good place. So, we had to go for it.

Also, we haven’t mentioned Sara. I had the backbone to put Sara Pichelli and Joe Quesada just constantly keeping it as real as it could possibly be. Sara is an amazing designer, and she’s been doing amazing design work on all the characters in the Ultimate universe. And the idea of designing somebody new with her was just overwhelming to me, based on what I’d seen her do for Gwen Stacy.

Screen Rant: How did Sara come up with that brilliant costume design?

Brian Bendis: Well, Sara started playing with it and I don’t remember whose idea was, like, a reversal — like, black and red — but I got excited because, that’s kind of like, black and red is kind of like my favorite look, and had been for like 20 years, so I was like, yeah this is my favorite kind of look. So, it was being developed along these lines and I gambled a lot, and then Joe came in, I think it was Joe who put on the reverse-webbing. And I remember thinking, “Oh, that looks amazing,” and what a dick move from Joe because it looks amazing, and now he’s gonna go and do something else and now Sara has to go and draw that every issue. Reverse-webbing is very difficult to draw. But yeah, it was Sara with a little help from Joe, and it was super-exciting to watch it develop.

It was one of those things that happened very quickly – sometimes it takes a long time to create, but this one y’know, it just really came to be.

Screen Rant: Obviously, now we’ve got an animated hit, what do you think has made Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse such a great success?

Brian Bendis: They found the stuff that I thought was special and they built upon it, and made it more special for them. It really leaned into the stuff that made Miles special, and by doing so — I’ve learned as a storyteller, later in my life but you do learn it through experience that the more specific the details of your story, the more universal it actually becomes. So by leaning hard on the very specific family life and the charter school and everything in Miles’ world, way more people who have never had any of those elements in their life somehow find a connection to it. And I was so grateful that they kept that stuff in, and then built upon it. Like, they had reached deeper into Miles’ connections with his family in a way cinema can. And I was so happy to see that, and I know when I hear from fans that that’s the stuff that they feel connected to.

Screen Rant: What moment in the film really stood out to you as your favorite scene?

Brian Bendis: Mine is gonna sound weird, because it’s not gonna be anything to do with me. But, the Kingpin sequence morphs into a Bill Sienkiewicz Valentine — he’s one of the great artists of comics, who had done this Daredevil graphic novel, it wasn’t even about Spider-Man — where he had created a visual of the Kingpin that was so striking, that other artists can’t get over it. So it became a Valentine to this Daredevil graphic novel, not even a Spider-Man, so we’re now turning the Spider-Man references into Daredevil references, into great artist references, because he had made the greatest contribution to that character. And I said, “Now it’s not just me liking a movie ’cause this is so awesome and builds on the stuff I did,” now we’re into this, like, film-making. And also, I’m a big Bill fan, seeing that was lovely to see.

Screen Rant: So, I couldn’t resist asking – the relationship between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen was so much fun in the film. What are your thoughts on the potential romance plot going forward?

Brian Bendis: It doesn’t matter what I think, I’ll tell you what my seven-year-old daughter thinks! So, remember, my daughter was a baby when all of this was being gestated in the world that she lives in, right. But now, she’s the biggest Spider-Gwen fan in the world. So, I’m in my office, she comes storming in with one graphic novel that I and Jason Latour did together, where Miles and Spider-Gwen team up and they kind of go back and forth between the universes.

And in there, there’s um – Miles is very taken with her, as he would be because she’s awesome, right? And so we do a cover with them making out. And also, just for those people who don’t know, in this version of the story Miles and her are much closer of age. And, so the cover of the two of them kissing. She comes storming in my office, and she goes, “What is this?” And I go, “Oh, we did that when you were like two years old,” and she goes, “Was I old enough to talk? ‘Cause if I was old enough to talk I would’ve said, ‘No!'” and then stormed out of my office. And I think that would be the definitive statement of that.

Screen Rant: So, what other characters have you created that you feel could work in a similar sort of animated movie like Spider-Verse?

Brian Bendis: Oh, all of them. Honestly, after seeing Spider-Verse, the flexibility of animation and for those of us who really study storytelling really diving in there and looking at what they’ve done, it somehow is a perfect film and then also an invitation to other people to pitch further with their stuff. Every comic book artist felt, not only was this a Valentine to them, but it was also a call to get to work. Do more, do better. It’s up to us. And so, it’s hard not to imagine anything being adapted by excellent people.

Screen Rant: Do you think Miles Morales will make his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well?

Brian Bendis: I have no idea, I would love to see it, but not my call! This is where I become Zen, and hope for the best for all involved. And listen, we are so far beyond what I had dreamed of as my dream for Miles. We are so far beyond that. I have a Campbell soup can with Miles on it! What more could I possibly want! All I ever wanted for the character was exactly what the message of the movie was; which is for empowerment, and people to see themselves in a different way because that was from our very first issue what we were talking about. So for them to take that, and for them to offer it to the global stage. My Twitter feed is filled with kids from all over the place, looking at it right now, writing this little note, and I love how empowered they are. It’s all I could have ever wanted. So, right now, I’m gonna just enjoy what we have.

More: Every Animated Version of Spider-Man, Ranked

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is out now on Digital and is available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on March 19.

2019-03-17 01:03:36

Thomas Bacon

Hidden Details In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Only True Fans Noticed

Here’s 10 hidden details in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that only true fans of Marvel’s web-slingers will notice. Unlike the prior six live-action solo Spider-Man movies, Sony changed the superhero movie landscape with Spider-Verse. Not only is it a big budget animated superhero film, but it also put the focus on the Afro-Latino teen hero Miles Morales for the first time instead of Peter Parker.

Even though Into the Spider-Verse changed the usual perspective of a Spider-Man movie, it did so while introducing a much grander scope. The film is a true love letter to the history of the character, not just in how it sets up Miles becoming the friendly neighborhood hero, but also in the ways it shows the evolution of Spider-Man in all forms of media. In doing so, Into the Spider-Verse is loaded with Easter eggs, including many that don’t pertain to the wall-crawling heroes. But, the Spidey-related ones may be some of the best.

Related: Spider-Verse Is First Film To Properly Understand The Meaning of Spider-Man

Whether one is a casual fan of Spider-Man through the movies or have read every comic to ever feature someone with a spider logo on their chest, Into the Spider-Verse has something for fans of all levels. There’s references to prior movies, the comic history, and even the character’s appearances in other forms of media. Spider-Verse does move very quick though, so Screen Rant compiled a list of 10 details from the movie that only the truest fans may have caught in the theater. The video does include some SPOILERS for Spider-Verse, so watch with caution.

Now that everyone is caught up on some of Spider-Verse‘s biggest and deepest references, everyone can be up to date on the fun and possibly find even more enjoyment out of the film. Many of the details related to Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy were featured in the marketing, so it’s possible that even those who haven’t seen the movie yet are aware of some of what the animated spectacle film includes. They even lifted a line from one of Raimi’s films too.

With so much fun to be had with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s easy to see why the film has been as well-received as it’s been thus far. The overall reception and holiday rollout has given the film solid legs at the box office too, where it now is closing in on $300 million worldwide. Sony is already prepping for a sequel, so this won’t be the last time that Miles’ story is told in this capacity. In fact, the studio is also developing an all-female spinoff film starring Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman, and Silk. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to be heavily involved in the creative process on both movies too, so there should be plenty of opportunities for them to include more Spidey related references in future installments.

MORE: The BEST Spider-Man Moment Fans Missed in Spider-Verse

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2019-01-06 01:01:29

Into the Spider-Verse Lifted A Line Straight From Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse borrowed a line of dialogue straight from Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man. Blade and X-Men are often credited with reviving the comic book movie genre, which was waning badly in the late 1990s, but it was the monster success of 2002’s Spider-Man that cemented the genre’s status. Raimi’s film was a loving, heartfelt ode to the character, in addition to featuring a great cast and fun action scenes.

Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is often considered a highpoint of the genre, but sadly Spider-Man 3 proved to be a disappointing end to his trilogy. Raimi himself later admitted the movie just didn’t work, which was down to a combination of issues, like the studio forcing him to use Venom as a villain against his judgement. While the director developed Spider-Man 4, which would have featured John Malkovich as The Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat, he later withdrew over unhappiness with the script.

Related: How Sony Ruined (And Then Saved) Spider-Man

Raimi’s Spider-Man films are still considered an important milestone and were a big influence on subsequent comic book movies. Now Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse screenwriter Phil Lord has confirmed on Twitter the movie lifted the “With great power…” dialogue by Cliff Robertson’s Uncle Ben straight from Raimi’s movie. The line can be heard in the movie’s opening sequence.

Robertson’s performance – and especially his delivery of that famous dialogue – is considered a defining portrayal of Uncle Ben, so it’s nice to see Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse paid tribute to the late actor. Some fans were disappointed Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker didn’t appear in the new animated adventure, but while the possibility was discussed during development, Into The Spider-Verse’s three directors decided it would be too confusing for audiences. The role of an older Peter Parker was taken by Jake Johnson instead.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has proved to be a critical and commercial success, so perhaps Maguire’s Peter Parker could appear in a future sequel. Spider-Man wasn’t Raimi’s first brush with a superhero project, and he recently revealed he and Stan Lee worked together on treatments for a Thor movie back in 1991. No studios were interested in the project, however, and the two men were flatly told comic books adaptations don’t make for good movies.

Raimi also confessed in a recent interview he didn’t want Lee to cameo in the original Spider-Man because he felt he couldn’t act. Raimi eventually conceded, and now Lee’s cameo is one of his favorite moments in the film. Lee also made a fun cameo in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which co-director Rodney Rothman revealed was originally a little more cynical, but was changed to the more heart-warming version seen in the final cut.

More: 2018’s Superhero Movies Ranked Worst To Best

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2018-12-28 01:12:29

30 Things You Completely Missed In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is already being hailed as one of the best superhero movies in ages. It’s also overflowing with Easter eggs, Marvel Comic references, and secret jokes. Since there are way too many for a fan to catch in one viewing, we’ve come to save the day.

The minds behind Sony’s groundbreaking Spider-Man movie made it clear from the start that Into the Spider-Verse would be a labor of love, made by and for the most devoted comic book fans. However, even if readers are only familiar with Spider-Man’s many movie reboots, there are too many loving references to count. Also, it isn’t just superheroes, either, since the movie fills every inch of the frame with inside jokes too perfect to go unnoticed. From Steph Curry to Shaun of the Dead, Into the Spider-Verse is an Easter egg scavenger hunt like no other.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a superhero “event” movie without teasing new characters, possible villains, or even theories on what Sony’s larger Spider-Man Universe could build towards for future movies. So to make sure that we’re backing up every Marvel fan who is too distracted by meeting Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, or any other variation of everyone’s favorite neighborhood wallcrawler to spot them, we’re collecting every reference and detail fans are most likely to miss, or forget. So with one last spoiler warning for fans who wish to hunt down these Easter eggs on their own without any clues, let’s get started.

Here is our breakdown of the 30 Things You Completely Missed In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

30 Chris Pine is The Perfect Hero

For all of the celebrities called upon to voice characters in the Spider-Man multiverse, none is more of a surprise than the voice of the Spider-Man audiences first meet. As the original Peter Parker of Miles’ reality, who better than to play the super-successful, universally-beloved, and massively-marketed Spider-Man than Chris Pine?

While many fans hoped to see Tobey Maguire get to imagine “What if his Spider-Man was truly the best?” the star of Wonder Woman and Star Trek is an incredible alternative (provided audiences even know that’s whose voice they’re hearing).

29 Spider-Man: Homecoming Reference

Even if Marvel Studios and Sony can’t come to a clear agreement on which Spider-Man characters exist in the MCU, that doesn’t stop Into the Spider-Verse from showing some love to Tom Holland’s current version — specifically the moment from Spider-Man: Homecoming when Peter exerted his full strength to keep two halves of the Staten Island Ferry from splitting down the middle and sinking.

In Spider-Verse, it’s Chris Pine’s Peter keeping two buses from falling off opposite sides of the bridge. However, since this moment is an homage to Homecoming’s own Raimi Spider-Man movie homage, it’s every bit as epic for longtime fans.

28 The PS4 Spider-Man Suit

For those who thought that the best days of the Spider-Man video games were behind us, this year’s Spider-Man from Insomniac proved that the best may still be yet to come. With both the PlayStation 4 exclusive and Into the Spider-Verse looking to breathe new life into Peter Parker’s brand for Sony, it’s no surprise that the movie included the video game version.

No, the heroes of the movie don’t meet the actual version of Spidey from the game, but when they descend into Peter Parker’s secret underground lair, fans will just have to keep their eyes to the left of the screen to spot this Easter egg. In the wide collection of different Spider-Man suits and armor, the white-spider Insomniac costume can clearly be spotted.

27 Spider-Man’s Clone, Ben Reilly

When Chris Pine’s original Spider-Man is finally unmasked after his demise, there’s one detail that is sure to confuse some fans (especially those who expect him to be the most widely recognized version). Fans will feel perfectly justified claiming that Peter Parker wasn’t blonde, but the movie’s decision to lighten Spidey’s locks is likely a next-level bit of fan service.

For starters, when Peter B. Parker gets an eyeful of the late Spidey’s face on a Times Square billboard, fans can see how the two men might actually be identical — just worn differently over time (and colored by their obvious outlook on life). That similarity instantly raises the existence of Spider-Man’s actual comic book clone, Ben Reilly, also known to his fans as the Scarlet Spider. What color was this carbon-copy of Peter Parker’s hair? Blonde.

26 Donald Glover’s Own Community Cameo

Look, Donald Glover’s fans may never get over the fact that in some other world, in some parallel reality, the Community star actually got to play Miles Morales, as was always his dream. As a consolation prize, it’s hard to beat Glover’s chance to voice Miles’ Spider-Man in Disney XD’s Web Warriors series. Oh, and he got to play the role of Miles’ uncle Aaron in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

If that still isn’t enough, Into the Spider-Verse makes sure to give his campaigning a shout-out, but you’ll have to be a Community fan to spot it. When the action shifts into Uncle Aaron’s apartment, he’s watching Community — specifically the episode and scene where Glover’s character wakes up dressed in Spidey pajamas. The moment is quick, but it actually contains three different layers of Donald Glover Easter eggs — Spidey, Aaron, and Community.

25 Stan Lee’s Animated Cameo

Even in animated form, fans knew that a Stan Lee cameo would be included in Into the Spider-Verse. As the first movie to include the Marvel creator since his passing, it’s fitting that this cameo will be the favorite for many. Lee has not just as a walk-on part, but the chance to play the costume shop owner who actually puts Miles Morales on the path to following Spider-Man’s literal legacy (no refunds on the costume, so you know it’s permanent).

Co-writer Phil Lord told Screen Rant in a Spider-Verse interview that while the cameo may have changed over time, the team knew they wanted it to be something special. “He had to do something that was formative for Miles,” said Lord. “And we knew it had to be warm and a tribute to Stan and the work that he’s done.”

24 Throwbacks to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man

Looking at all of the evidence, it’s easy to see why the directors of Into the Spider-Verse actually did consider casting Tobey Maguire as a Spider-Man (roles that eventually went to Chris Pine and Jake Johnson). Even still, the obvious love for Sam Raimi and Maguire’s trilogy is on full display, with the movie recreating several iconic moments.

There’s Spider-Man using webs to try to slow down a speeding train, having a date with Mary Jane spoiled by a car tumbling through the front window of the restaurant, and even an upside-down kiss. None of the scenes appear exactly as they happened in Raimi’s movie, but they are clear nods all the same.

23 Peter B. Parker is Marvel’s True Spider-Man

Casual audiences may assume that Chris Pine’s opening Spider-Man is intended to be “the comic book version of Spider-Man fans know” with a far more tragic twist in Miles’ universe. However, that’s not actually the truth, and the movie confirms it.

During the sequence in which Kingpin and his scientist manage to collapse the realities of Miles, Spider-Ham, Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and Peter B. Parker, the monitor labels each of the heroes with their native Earths. As washed-up and out of shape as Peter B. Parker may be, he’s designated as Earth-616’s Spidey — the official classification of Marvel’s core comic universe.

22 Oscar Isaac is Spider-Man 2099

Into the Spider-Verse saves one of its most popular variations on Spider-Man for its post-credits scene, finally explaining why Spider-Man 2099 (the future, flashy, and fan-favorite Spidey) didn’t get in on the movie’s action. One of the movie’s biggest names is cast in the part, too. Oscar Isaac may not be instantly recognizable to some, but his casting is no coincidence.

In the comics, the future Spider-Man 2099’s real name is Miguel O’Hara, and is notable as another Latin hero to don the Spider-Man identity (Miles Morales being a descendent of Latin America and Africa). The difference may not mean much to some, but the casting of Isaac, the son of parents from Cuba and Guatemala means Into the Spider-Verse is even more culturally diverse (and comic-accurate) than fans realize.

21 The Post Credits Spider-Meme

Spider-Man 2099 is just one of the bombshells delivered to fans patient enough to sit through the credits, with the other guaranteed to be the very best joke for many viewers — particularly those fond of Spider-Man memes — because when Miguel instructs his A.I. to send him back to “where it all began,” his travel to the original 1960s Spider-Man cartoon is too perfect.

Imitating the animation style and sound degradation is one thing, but using Miguel to recreate one of the most recognizable Spider-Man memes on the Internet has our hopes high for a sequel. Assuming that Isaac and Miguel return, of course.

20 Miles’ Dad Has a Law & Order License Plate

Fans of Brian Tyree Henry can appreciate yet another connection to Donald Glover’s Atlanta, but the actor voicing Miles’ father, Jefferson Davis, isn’t actually the funniest Easter egg for fans of police procedurals. When Jefferson is dropping Miles off at his charter school, be sure to check out the license plate of his squad car.

The plate number — RFD 690 — isn’t meaningful for Marvel Comics, but it’s the same license plate that’s been used for the lead detectives’ Crown Victoria for almost the entire run of Law & Order.

19 Chance the Rapper Alternate ‘Coloring Book’ Poster

It will be hard for fans to remember to focus on the background of the scenes given the action taking place, but it’s worth it to see how Miles’ reality is slightly tweaked. One of the most visible examples is connected to Chance the Rapper, and his third mixtape “Coloring Book”.

The cover art for the album is impossible to miss on Miles’ wall, with one key difference. The “3” on the rapper’s hat has become a “4,” suggesting that in the reality of Miles Morales, Chance fans already have another mixtape to enjoy — and they don’t stop there.

18 From Dusk To Shaun

The Easter eggs continue into the world of movies, as well, with director Edgar Wright revealing one of his favorites before Into The Spider-Verse even released. The massive billboard in Times Square is instantly recognizable as the cover and poster to Shaun of the Dead, but with a completely different title.

While we try to figure out the possible plot of From Dusk Till Shaun (swapping vampires for zombies, perhaps?), fans can keep their eyes peeled for Seth Rogen’s alternate reality cowboy movie career, and too many other pop culture Easter eggs to catch in one sitting.

17 Even Steph Curry & Blake Griffin, Too

The director and digital artists of Into the Spider-Verse pulled out all the stops in their quest to depict a reality that truly is alternate, down to the brands, celebrities, and even sports icons that populate its world — and that includes a massive Times Square billboard for Blake Griffin, one of the brightest stars… in Major League Baseball.

Keep your eyes open for a bus driving by the camera as the film swoops towards the New York intersection, and you’ll even wonder if Steph Curry — sorry, Stephen Curry could have been the star of the PGA Tour, too.

16 The Aerosmith/Spider-Man Love Goes On

The love affair between Spider-Man and Mary Jane may be the most famous Spider-Man relationship, but the bond between Peter Parker and Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith, may be even stronger — and it goes way beyond Perry recording the guitar theme to the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon.

As an overt fan, the cartoon made sure to pay credit to Perry by having Spider-Man instruct his alien symbiote suit to dress him “like the guy from Aerosmith,” and Into the Spider-Verse once again praises Joe Perry’s fashion sense. At least, we think it does, assuming the massive department store called “Perry Joe” that Miles zips past has made the guitarist’s looks a worldwide brand.

15 “Broke My Back” Maguire Joke

More references to to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man? How about more inside jokes pointed squarely at Tobey Maguire the actor, and anyone who remembers the rumors surrounding his hesitancy to sign on for Spider-Man 2. At the time, the rumors claimed that it was all a dispute over money, before news broke that an injury Maguire sustained to his back was the real reason he could be replaced.

Ironically, it was Jake Gyllenhaal who stood next in line to replace Maguire, should he need to (who is now joining the MCU as Spider-Man villain Mysterio in Far From Home). This film pays tribute to the news story, having Peter B. Parker comment on his own “broken back” in the long run of his misfortunes.

14 Spider-Man With Doctor Strange’s Cloak?

Peter makes his stance on Miles wearing a cape perfectly clear, but that doesn’t mean he ignores the benefits of a good cloak. When the heroes are viewing the variety of Spider-Man costumes in his underground base, each one is a nod to a part storyline (the ones that clearly be made out at least). However, Marvel fans will want to take note of one that seems to be wearing a cape.

Well, it’s actually the high collar and the gold clasp that gives this uniform away as a nod to Doctor Strange’s famous Cloak of Levitation. The cloaked costume is kept just enough out of focus to keep fans from confirming it explicitly. However, knowing that Doctor Strange had a Spider-Verse cameo at one point makes this the next best thing.

13 Spider-Man’s Buggy & Bike

When a superhero sells merchandise as well as Spider-Man objects, new toys can sometimes defy any logic within the fiction of the character itself. Take, for instance, the famous Spider Buggy. Now, what possible purpose would a super-strong, web-swinging superhero would have for a Spider-Mobile is hard to guess. However, at least in the comics, just like the real world, the car was a marketing stunt.

That’s really the truth, since Spider-Man needed the money offered to make a low-pollution vehicle (with help from Johnny Storm) branded as a Spidey Buggy. As ridiculous a plot as it might seem today, Into the Spider-Verse immortalizes both Spider-Man’s buggy and his matching motorcycle in their universe, on full display when the heroes are being lowered into his underground base.

12 Spider-Man & The Number 42

Spider-Man fans may not think to look for meaning in numbers (beyond this movie’s unofficially Sinister Six villains) but the number “42” should stand out — and not just on the back of the spider that bites Miles, giving him his powers, as was shown in the comics. No, the number 42 goes much deeper, creating a mystery even we can’t solve just yet. The numbers 4 and 2 appear in the form of signs falling from a building, and on the subway signs of New York City.

In Marvel Comics, the number was the one used for Tony Stark and Reed Richards’ superhuman prison in the Negative Zone, so it has some comic book significance. However, in this story… it’s a riddle, for now.

11 Clone High Goes to College

The creative team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller made their name in offbeat comedy long before co-writing and producing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. However, with successes like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the 21 Jump Street reboot, and The LEGO Movie, none seem to fit the bill for a shout-out of what might have been in an alternate reality.

Instead, the filmmakers decided to show some love to Lord and Miller’s cult cartoon Clone High. In the world of Miles Morales, the show became popular enough to earn a downtown New York billboard — either graduating to, or being re-imagined for success as Clone College.

10 The Comics Code Authority

After the studio title cards fade, the non-comic readers may be surprised to see a badge proclaiming the movie to be “Approved by the Comics Code Authority.” The comic historians will recognize it from the cover of most comics published before the 1980s, but the meaning here is even deeper.

For those who don’t know, that badge was required to appear on the cover of every comic (and be earned) as proof that it contained wholesome entertainment, safe for children. It was Spider-Man who first decided to ignore the badge to run a story about drug use, and even if Marvel had to agree to make it a one-time deal, the badge is forever linked to the way Spider-Man stories dealt with the real world of its young readers.

9 The Comic Creators Finally Get Credit

There are too many cases to mention of iconic comic book creators seeing their characters adapted to blockbuster movies, adapting their artwork and stories, with nothing more than a thanks in the end credits (if they’re lucky). Marvel’s MCU has dealt with the bad press often, but Into the Spider-Verse takes credit to a new level.

When the new characters are introduced to the plot from other far corners of the Spider-Verse, the image of their comic book is plastered on screen, along with the creators credited as they would be on a front cover — as it should be.

8 At Last, Ganke Lee?

We don’t want to speak too soon, but it seems that Miles Morales’ beloved roommate, best friend, and confidante Ganke Lee may finally have been adapted to film after winning his way into fans’ hearts in comic form.

The character was basically adapted to the MCU in the form of “Ned Leeds” in Spider-Man: Homecoming. While Ned is an existing character in the Spider-Man comic universe, his personality and appearance are those of Ganke, which led to more than a little confusion (and some angry fans). While Miles’ roommate isn’t named in Into the Spider-Verse, the door is open for him to be confirmed as Ganke in a sequel.

7 “True Life Tales of Spider-Man”

When Miles Morales begins to understand that his transformation is making him into a new kind of Spider-Man, he turns to the comic book of his roommate to help him answer the question “what if there was another Spider-Man?” The roommate’s comics are good for a number of Easter eggs through the movie, but the clearest is a nod to the very start of Spidey.

While the title of the comic Miles sees may be changed to a fictional one for the movie, the cover set is unmistakably based on Amazing Fantasy #15, the very first comic book to ever feature Peter Parker, the Spider-Man.

6 Spider-Ham’s Goodbye

The movie does a surprisingly good job of adapting the origin stories of their Spider-Verse stars. For Spider-Ham, that means asking audiences to believe that he was originally a spider, who gained a new form and powers when bitten by a radioactive pig (Marvel Comics got weird sometimes). However, his similarities to another cartoon pig can’t be ignored — and when the movie is over, they aren’t.

Bidding farewell to his teammates, Spider-Ham let’s out a “That’s all, Folks” which might actually escape some modern viewers as the catchphrase of Porky Pig, the Looney Tunes creation. There is a brief moment of Peter wondering if Spider-Ham can actually legally say that, but it seems Warner Bros. approves.

5 Comic Creator Phone Contacts, Too

The callouts to the core heroes of the movie go a bit deeper into the world itself. For starters, make sure to watch closely as Miles Morales flips through his cellphone contacts, to find that Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli are both among his friends. This is fitting, since Bendis co-created the character and his Ultimate Universe, and Pichelli was the first artist to draw him (and later, rendered the version most fans now recognize in Ultimate Spiderman Vol. 2).

Looks around the city will reveal signs for “Romita Ramen” as credit to another Marvel great, but it’s the inclusion of Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator in the phone of Miles’ father that will warm the heart of older comic fans.

4 Spider-Gwen’s Flashbacks Recreate Her Comic

The appearance of Gwen Stacy’s version of Spider-Woman (don’t call her Spider-Gwen here) instantly shows why she became such a sensation in Marvel Comics. A great character, and wonderful “what if?” to be sure… but without the visuals brought by comic artist Robbi Rodriguez, it’s hard to know if Gwen would have hit the bullseye like she did.

A simple online search will show how eye-catching a Spider-Gwen cover and its artwork became, but movie fans can actually see it for themselves, since the flashbacks showing Gwen in her own world recreate the visual style perfectly.

3 Miles Morales Meets Great Expectations

There’s no question that Miles Morales is a gifted young man, but his handling of homework concerning Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations shows he’s not much for writing, per se. The story may resonate with Into the Spider-Verse — a young boy is given much, for unknown reasons — but the history of the book carries a wonderful link to comics, too.

As CBR points out, Great Expectations was originally published chapter by chapter, in serialized format. The illustrations that accompanied these chapters are visible on Miles’ book, and while Dickens didn’t know it at the time, he was taking part in a publishing format and mix of media that would pave the way for comic books over a century later.

2 Beware The Alchemax Corporation

The average viewer may not notice the evil corporations at work in the Spider-Verse, but it reveals more about the coming plot than you think. The company responsible for the spider that bites Miles, and the experiments making it possible to collapse different versions of Spider-Man together, is called Alchemax. This is a name that will mean a whole lot more once the end credits scene plays out.

In the comics, Spider-Man 2099 was an employee of Alchemax who took it upon himself to bring down the company, eventually revealed to be another brainchild of, you guessed it, Norman Osborn. Could Miles and Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, be more connected than we thought?

1 Web of Life & Destiny

Not every Easter egg is meant to be a throwaway joke or an easy to miss tribute. Some may mean big things for the future of Sony Spider-Verse films, and none is bigger than the Web of Life and Destiny that Marvel introduced as a comic book explanation for this Multiverse of Spider heroes. It would take too much time to explain the fate and metaphysics of it all, but Into the Spider-Verse seems to confirm its existence.

Fans get the best look at it when Peter B. Parker is fractal-ed and teleported out of his reality, but just how important the visible web of white energy uniting realities will become… is a mystery for now.

So there you have it, our breakdown of each and every easter egg, Marvel comic reference, Spider-Man secret in Into the Spider-Verse. If you’ve spotted anything we’ve missed, or have questions unanswered, let us know in the comments!

MORE: Into The Spider-Verse’s Post-Credits Scene Explained

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2018-12-14 03:12:39

Does Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Have An End-Credits Scene?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Miles Morales and other Spider-People, but does it have an end-credits scene teasing the sequel? Over the past few years, there have been a number of Spidey-related movies released. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Venom launched Sony’s non-Spidey Marvel movie franchise, and now Miles Morales leads his own animated feature film. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles has become a favorite comic book character, with fans calling for him to receive a big screen adaptation. That movie now arrives in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Spider-Verse introduces Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who lives in a universe where Peter Parker is already Spider-Man. But when Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) begins testing interdimensional travel, an experiment gone wrong sees multiple Spider-People trapped in Miles’ world – including a different Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). Early buzz for Spider-Verse has been extremely positive, so it’s no wonder Sony has already greenlit a sequel as well as a female-led spinoff. But does the movie feature a post-credits scene setting up either of those films?

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s After-Credits Scene Explained

Now that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is hitting theaters, viewers will finally get a chance to watch Miles Morales’ origin story on the big screen. And those viewers will definitely want to stick around because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse DOES have an end-credits scene – in addition to a mid-credits message. It should be noted, though, that this mid-credits message isn’t a scene, but something else that honors the legacy of Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics.

As for the post-credits scene, we won’t reveal what exactly is included – for a full breakdown, check back at Screen Rant for our Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene explainer. However, fans of the movie will want to stick around because the end-credits teaser works to both set up the sequel and offer one more (incredibly hilarious) joke. Reactions to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse praised the movie for its handling of the extensive Spider-Man mythology from not only the comics, but animated and live-action adaptations as well. For the end-credits scene, Spider-Verse continues along that line to dig into more of the Spidey mythos while expanding the film’s multiverse and getting in one last joke.

Since Sony has already put a sequel to Spider-Verse into development, fans will get a chance to see how Miles’ story pans out after the events of the first film. Exactly what the sequel will be about and which Spider-People from the first movie will return remains to be seen, but it will no doubt continue to explore the multiverse introduced in Spider-Verse. And, considering all the Spider-Man mythos left to explore, viewers can also expect to see more Spider-People join in on the fun in the follow-up. For now, though, fans will have to make due with dissecting the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse end-credits scene for potential clues about the sequel.

Next: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s Ending & Future Explained

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2018-12-13 02:12:10

Spider-Verse Star Shameik Moore Wants to Play Live-Action Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star Shamelik Moore has shown interest in playing the live-action version of Miles Morales. Moore voices the character Miles Morales in Sony’s upcoming animated feature, which will focus on Morales discovering that there are several different dimensions with other Spider-People. As of right now, there are three Spider-Man film universes, only one of which officially includes Miles Morales.

Sony’s live-action Spider-Man films so far haven’t had any mention of Morales, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe hinted at the inclusion of the character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. First of all, Aaron Davis, played by Donald Glover makes an appearance in the film. Davis happens to be Miles’ uncle – who becomes the villain the Prowler in the comic books – but there was another Miles Morales easter egg in the movie. One fan found a red and black Spider-Man mask hiding in the end credits of the film. While Miles is clearly a big part of the animated Spider-Man films, it’s safe to assume he’ll show up in a live-action film at some point.

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Premiere Honors Stan Lee

While Moore’s Into the Spider-Verse will be starting it’s wide release tomorrow, MTV has revealed the actor is up for playing the live-action version of his character. When asked if he would want to play the live-action version of Miles Morales, Moore responded, “Most definitely. I definitely want to be the live action Miles Morales. I understand that he’s a young kid, but hopefully you know, they can play with time and put me in there. But I’m thankful for the opportunity. I would love to be fighting Venom as Miles, with Tom Hardy. You know what I mean? That would be great. I would love to play on screen with my favorite actor out right now”.

While Venom‘s mid-credits scene teased Venom 2 with the introduction of Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, the post-credits scene included a clip from Into the Spider-Verse. While this might tease that the live action and animated movies take place in the same multi-verse, it was likely just a way to get people interested in seeing Into the Spider-Verse. With that in mind, Into the Spider-Verse has been getting incredible reviews, so even if fans don’t get a live-action Miles Morales right away, they can expect to see him again in another animated Spider-Man movie.

Miles Morales was created seven years ago, first appearing in Ultimate Fallout #4, so compared to other decades-old Spidey-related characters, he’s still new. That being said, Miles Morales has become a fan-favorite in the past few years, and is likely to show up in a live-action movie sooner or later. Even though Moore isn’t as young as Miles Morales is supposed to be, he’s still only 23 years old. Likewise, Tom Holland is playing a high school version of Peter Parker in the MCU, yet he’s 22 years old. While there hasn’t been any casting information for a live-action Miles Morales, or even the confirmation of the character outside of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Moore shouldn’t be out of the running for the role just yet.

More: Venom Attacks Los Santos in Crazy Grand Theft Auto V Mod

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2018-12-12 03:12:52

Spider-Verse Considered Casting Tobey Maguire As Older Spider-Man

The filmmakers behind Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse considered casting Tobey Maguire, star of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, as an older Peter Parker. This news comes just after the film’s premiere this past weekend and after the first reviews of Into the Spider-Verse were published, with the movie currently holding a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. The project has also been named the best animated film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film has been praised for its animation, drama and narrative.

Directed Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman from a script by Rothman and Phil Lord, Into the Spider-Verse serves as an origin story for Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man. Shameik Moore voices the web-swinging hero, and this universe introduces allies similar to Spider-Man in nature. In the past, Hollywood has retold the narrative of Peter Parker and this film breaks away from that. This is the first adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Morales in the role of Spider-Man. Fans have anticipated a superhero movie featuring Morales since his debut back in 2011.

Related: Screen Rant’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

Those involved in the movie seemingly wanted to resurrect the original Spider-Man by having Tobey Maguire join the project. During an interview with ScreenCrush, the three directors revealed their discussions of having Maguire appear in the film as an older Peter Parker. This wouldn’t have been a physical role, but Maguire would have joined the other voice actors. The role of Peter Parker was taken up by Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) in the end. Rothman explained:

“There was. There were many thoughts about where we could put Tobey Maguire and others. I think after this film, those thoughts might have a little more traction. But before this movie, and introducing the idea of the Spider-Verse to the audience, I think everybody was afraid that it would just really confuse people. But wow, it would have been fun.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse tells the story of Brooklyn teen, Miles Morales who has switched to the Visions Academy. Miles struggles to fit in at his new school, and isn’t meshing too well with his loved ones either. During an outing with his uncle Aaron Davis, Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider. This of course leads to his demonstration of newly discovered powers as a result of the bite. The film has been praised as a spectacular origin story for the web swinging hero.

Knowing that Maguire was considered to return to his most well known role allows fans to ponder exactly what it may have been like had he gotten involved with the project. Maguire starred as Spider-Man for three films, now recognized as the Sam Raimi Trilogy, and was generally well received as Peter Parker. With a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse already in the works, it’s still possible for a return to become a reality in the near future.

More: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development – MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

Source: ScreenCrush

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2018-12-04 02:12:58

Into the Spider-Verse Christmas Album Songs Have Been Recorded

According to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, at least two songs from Spidey’s Christmas album in the movie have been written and recorded. Scripted by Lord and Rodney Rothman (who co-directed the film with Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey), Spider-Verse is a computer-animated adventure that follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales as he learns the ropes of becoming a superhero, under the guidance of a whole team of web-slingers from across the multiverse or “Spider-Verse”.

Among the heroes that Miles (Shameik Moore) encounters in the film are Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), a different version of Spider-Man from the one that exists in Miles’ corner of the Spider-Verse. The Spider-Verse trailers have shown that this Peter Parker is a superhero who’s past his prime and has cashed in heavily on his superhero-related fame – having even released his own album of Spider-Man themed Christmas tunes, no less.

Related: Into the Spider-Verse Producers Tease Donald Glover Cameo

During the Spider-Verse press junket (per Meg Downey), Lord and Miller confirmed that two songs from the Spider-Man Christmas album are now real and more may be on the way. As seen in the film’s trailers, Spidey’s album includes cheekily-titled songs like “Spidey, It’s Cold Outside”, “Spidey the Snowman”, and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Non-Denominational Holiday”.

Spider-Verse is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 53 reviews and has even been named the best animated movie of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle, ahead of its release in theaters around mid-December. The film has been celebrated for being not only a terrific superhero origin story for Miles, but also a brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre and the larger Spider-Man brand thanks to self-reflexive gags like the Spider-Man Christmas Album.

It’s all the more encouraging to hear that the creatives behind Spider-Verse are taking their jokes the whole nine yards and making these Spider-Man Christmas songs a real thing for everyone to listen to. Lord and Miller did something similar when they made The LEGO Movie four years ago and had Tegan and Sara (in collaboration with The Lonely Island) record the film’s catchy earworm “Everything is Awesome!”, and even got Will Arnett to perform LEGO Batman’s song, “Untitled Self Portrait”, for the movie’s official soundtrack. “Everything is Awesome!” went on to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, so who knows – perhaps a similar honor awaits Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s rendition of “Silent Night (You’re Welcome)”.

MORE: Every Spider-Man Movie in Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

Source: Meg Downey

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2018-12-02 05:12:30

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Premiere Honors Stan Lee

Comic legend Stan Lee is being honored at the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse world premiere this evening. Lee unfortunately passed away on November 12 at the age of 95. Since then, fans and coworkers have been mourning his death while also celebrating his legacy. Lee is best known for being a pioneer at Marvel Comics and creating and co-creating multiple characters such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and of course, Spider-Man.

While Tom Holland is currently playing everyone’s favorite web-crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony still holds the rights to the character and is making their own set of Spider-Man movies. Apart from Into the Spider-Verse, Sony recently released a Venom solo film, and has plans to make adapt other Spider-Man characters as well. Sony has already made plans to bring Kraven the Hunter and Morbius to the big screen, but might also be adapting storylines for Silk, Jackpot, and Nightwatch. As for Into the Spider-Verse, the film will mainly focus on Miles Morales, but will also include other Spider-People like Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker.

Related: Stan Lee’s Cause of Death Revealed

First revealed by Eric Goldman, an editor at Marvel Entertainment, the world premiere of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is honoring Lee by passing out exclusive pins. The pins feature Lee’s iconic red sunglasses and are being worn by many people at the premiere. Chris Miller, one of the film’s producers, also posted on Twitter sporting one of the Lee tribute pins. It has also been confirmed that Lee will get a tribute at the end of the actual film as well. Both of Goldman and Miller’s Tweets can be seen below.

While the wide release for Into the Spider-Verse isn’t for a few more weeks, the world premiere is tonight. So far, the film has been getting rave reviews from people who are lucky enough to see the film early. The film currently sits at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and early reviews for the film have praised the movie for its incredible animated visuals. Sony also seems to be incredibly confident with the film since they are already developing an Into the Spider-Verse sequel and are submitting Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for animated Oscar consideration. The film also recently won the award for Best Animated Film of 2018 at the New York Film Critics Circle.

There is no denying that Lee had a huge impact on both the film and comic industry. Several of the characters he created have been adapted for movies, TV shows, and video games in recent years, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Lee is thought to be getting at least two more MCU cameos in Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be the first Marvel superhero movie to feature a Lee cameo since his death; with his cameo supposedly being “a really warm cameo” and “a welcome presence” according to the film’s producers. While people attending the premiere of Into the Spider-Verse will no doubt have Spider-Man on their minds, Stan Lee will also likely be in their thoughts.

More: Michigan State Marching Band Pays Cool Tribute to Stan Lee

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