Sony had a weekend surprise for Spider-Man fans, releasing a first-look trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the same team that brought you the hilarious “The Lego Movie,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” and 21 and 22 Jump Street, are taking Spider-Man back to his graphic roots with the first-of-its-kind animated Spider-Man feature.
The film was first announced at CinemaCon by Tom Rothman, chairman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. The story will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe, which continue to expand each year.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where pretty much anyone can be Spider-Man. No Peter Parker needed.
Shameik Moore will be voicing Spider-Man in the film, which was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. They will be working off the screenplay written by Phil Lord, who is also producing the project with Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.
The last film to feature Spider-Man was Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made over $334M domestically and over $880M worldwide. That was a live-action project, directed by Jon Watts and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Tom Holland was everyone’s favorite Spider-Man in that film, a role he began with Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”. Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr., Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Michael Keaton, and Zendaya appeared in the film alongside Holland.
Spider-Man fans can watch the animated trailer below, and wait for “Avengers: Infinite War” to release in 2018. That film will also feature Tom Holland as Spider-Man, wrapping up Sony’s deal with Marvel to include the web-slinger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Sony is interested in making an animated Spider-Man movie. Not only will it get younger kids interested in Spider-Man, some of Sony’s most lucrative films are animated, including the “Hotel Transylvania” series, which shares the same animated style as this Spider-Man adaptation. The Hotel Transylvania series made over $831M for the studio with just two installments, and “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” is set to release this summer.