Spider-Verse author Chris Miller says they wanted each dimension in Across the Spider-Verse to appear “as if it was hand drawn by another artist.”
Phil Lord and Chris Miller explain the dimension of each Spider-Man Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One) will have a distinct art style. In front Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Premiered in 2018, Sony Pictures Animation is already developing a sequel. The studio already knew they had a hit, and they were right. Into The Spider-Verse was a smash hit, winning Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, along with a handful of other well-deserved awards. The film showed a new way of making a comic book film.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse was officially announced in 2019, but in December 2021 Lord and Miller announced that the sequel would be split into two parts, with Across The Spider-Verse (Part One) set to premiere in October this year year and (Part Two) in 2023. The The Spider-Verse sequel will continue the story of Miles Morales, which began in Into The Spider-Verse, with much of the team returning from the first film. Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson will all reprise their roles as Miles, Gwen Stacy and Peter B. Parker, respectively, and Oscar Isaac will also return to voice Miguel O’Hara, who is on the credits of Into The Spider-Verse occurred scene. Also, Issa Rae joins the cast as Jessica Drew.
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Needless to say, expectations for Spider-Verse 2 are very high and will remain so as Lord and Miller continue to tease details from the film. Speak with colliders, Lord and Miller shared their ambitious plans to ensure Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse feels just as new as the first: each Spider-Man’s dimension is drawn with an art style of his own. Read Miller’s description of this plan below:
“It’s, as Phil said, a very ambitious sequel because we didn’t want to just do the same thing over again. And so the idea that we’d go into different dimensions really opened up an artistic opportunity to give each world its own distinct art style and get the folks at ImageWorks to come up with a way to make each dimension feel like it was done by hand drawn by another artist. To see these things develop is breathtaking and that’s really why we keep going because it’s so hard to get it right.”
The entered details Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse received critical acclaim by fans and critics alike. As well as the animation styles used, many liked how Miles was animated at 12 frames per second instead of 24 when he was learning to become Spider-Man because it helped tell his story. The drawing of the different dimensions in different animation styles in Spider-Verse 2 is an expansion of the details already present in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Each Spider-person Miles met had their own style, emphasizing that they belonged to another dimension. For example, Peni Parker was drawn in anime style, while Miles was animated in 3D.
With so much attention to detail in their first Spider-Verse film, it’s no wonder Lord and Miller felt Across The Spider-Verse needed to go beyond anything they’d done before. Fans have already gotten a glimpse of two of the art styles used Spider-Verse 2, thanks to the trailer released in December, but all others remain a mystery. The only way to find out is to see Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One) will be in cinemas next fall.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (2022)Release Date: October 07, 2022
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