Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Is Dominated By Six Unique Animation Styles


The 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a hit not only because of its interesting characters and story. What really captured the audience was its animation style. It did not win the Best Animated Feature award at the Oscars for nothing. While this film used only one animation style, producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller revealed that the sequel will be much bigger.

The sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is set to hit the theatre in June of next year and the producers stated that we will get to see six different animation styles in this film.

They told Empire, “So we’re taking those tools, adding all the things we learned on The Mitchells Vs The Machines, and then growing them further to accommodate the ambition of this movie, Which is to wow you every time you enter a new environment, and also to make sure that the style of the movie reflects the story, and that the images are driven by feelings, as opposed to some egg-headed art project. Which it also is, by the way!”

Will have over 200 characters

There is also one big difference between the first film and the sequel. While spider variants from different dimensions came to Miles Morales’ universe, this time he will be the one traveling across the universes, and we can also notice in the trailer that each time Miles enters a different dimension, the animation style changes. We also saw something similar in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Christopher Miller also revealed in the past that they have designed 240 unique characters although most of them will be minor or side characters. He then said, “The scale is grand, but the story is personal & centers on Miles and his family, along w/ Gwen and a handful of others.”

Since the sequel is divided into two parts, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1) and Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (Part 2), we can assume that the production will certainly be much bigger than Miles’ origin film.

The producers also briefly explained which two universes are that we saw in the trailer. Miller said, “The two you saw in the teaser trailer were what’s called Earth-50101, which we’re calling ‘Mumbattan’ – that’s based on an Indian comic-book look – and Nueva York from Spider-Man 2099’s world.” He continued, “That’s based on Syd Mead-style illustrations of what the future might look like. There’s also Gwen’s world, which is Earth-65. And what was a watercolour-wash style that’s reminiscent of the covers of her comic books.”

Across the Spider-Verse introduces new heroes and villains

As mentioned above, we will see many characters in this animated movie. Among those characters will be Oscar Isaac’s voiced character Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099), who was also seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s post-credit scene.

So who’s going to be the antagonist of the sequel? well, we don’t have many updates about the villains of the film, however, one new confirmed character of the film is The Spot. He is a supervillain whose body is all covered with portals and using those portals, he can go to any place he wants.

Another villain we’ll see in the movie is Vulture, Sony disclosed that Jorma Taccone will be voicing the character and they called this adaption of Adrian Toomes “anachronistic.”

Furthermore, there are going to be some really interesting cameos in the film. If the rumors are true then Tom Holland’s Spidey will be featured in the film, other than that, Spider-Man from PlayStation will also appear in the upcoming animated sequel.

One of the new faces in the film will be Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Dennis Hopeless’ 2015 comic run for the character likely inspired this particular adaptation, which finds the character pregnant.

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