Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just won Best Animated Feature at the 91st annual Academy Awards Sunday evening. Naturally, this win has put the groundbreaking film back into the forefronts of moviegoers minds. Marvel writer Dan Slott has taken the opportunity to divulge the secret origin of the Oscar-winning film.
Via his personal Twitter account, Dan Slott started an all-consuming thread where he discloses exactly how Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse went from a simple idea to a feature film worthy of Hollywood’s most prestigious recognition. The story begins, as most stories do, with a phone call from a video game developer called Beenox in 2009. They wanted to fly Slott and his storied Marvel knowledge out to Quebec to get his input on a project called Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. It was an ambitious game featuring multiple iterations of the Spider-Man character from the comics.
Slott obliged and after his playtest, he called his editor:
“Told him the game looked GREAT and that we should do this story in the comics, but one up them, make it BIGGER and do something they couldn’t do, have all the Spideys interact, and use EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER!”
This is the moment the seed for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was planted. Then, according to Slott, the idea grew after Brian Michael Bendis pitched a comics story that partnered up Peter Parker with Miles Morales. Over the next couple of years, the idea of a so-called “Spider-Verse” took various forms through many mediums, including a comic book event, a toy line, and a cartoon.
It was inevitable that some variant of a Spider-Man Spider-Verse would become a feature film. And boy is Dan Slott glad it did:
“But nothing will ever top that there’s a Spider-Verse movie now– an
#oscar nominated movie, that’s my favorite Spider-Man movie ever!”
Dan tells the story in more detail with his tweets, which you can check out below:
I called my editor, Steve Wacker, from the studio. Told him the game looked GREAT and that we should do this story in the comics, but one up them, make it BIGGER and do something they couldn't do, have all the Spideys interact, and use EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER! pic.twitter.com/jKhTTZLAt4
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) February 24, 2019
What do you think about the origin of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Are you at all surprised? Are you similarly glad it became a movie? Let us know in the comments below!
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman with a screenplay by Phil Lord, the film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters now!
What We Learned About ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ At CCXP
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios shared some brand new information on their highly-anticipated sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film, which is the follow-up to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming marks the return of Tom Holland as Peter Parker following the release of Avengers: Endgame and will also feature the cinematic debut of Mysterio, who is portrayed by Academy Award-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal.
Here are some of the things we have learned about Spider-Man: Far From Home following its presentation at the 2018 Comic Con Experience (CCXP) in Brazil. Click “Next” to find out.
1. Peter Parker & Michelle Will Be Involved Romantically
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we saw Peter crushing on Liz Allan (Laura Harrier), who has since moved away from Queens, New York with her mother following the fallout of her father Adrian Toomes’ (Michael Keaton) crimes as the Vulture. With Liz now out of the picture, we have Michelle Jones (Zendaya) also known as “MJ” that Peter has his eyes on. In Homecoming, Michelle seemed to tow the line between cold and friendly to Peter, with hints that she was romantically interested in him the whole time.
Now, it looks like Peter and Michelle have since grown closer with one another following the events of Homecoming. Perhaps their romantic connection will play a significant role in Peter’s motivations in Far From Home.
2. Aunt May Supports Her Nephew As Spider-Man In Far From Home
Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) found out about her beloved nephew Peter’s secret at the end of Homecoming. Now that she’s aware that he continues his hero work as our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, she is also fully-supportive of him despite the fact that he continues to put himself in danger.
3. Happy Hogan & Aunt May Share A Romantic Affair
This one comes as a bit of a surprise. Based off of information from CCXP, it appears that Aunt May is romantically involved with none other than Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). This certainly won’t be awkward for Peter.
4. Spider-Man & Mysterio Start Are Brought Together By Nick Fury
The narrative for Far From Home will begin with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) bringing Spider-Man and Quentin Blake/Mysterio together for a mission in which they must hunt down the Elementals. Mysterio has some knowledge about the Elementals and wants to defeat them to make the world safer.
The unlikely duo has been described to have a “brothers in arms” dynamic. What could possibly go wrong?
5. Spider-Man & Mysterio’s Relationship Is The Central Focus
During the presentation at CCXP, Gyllenhaal revealed that Far From Home will be a unique Spider-Man film due to the relationship between the beloved hero and Mysterio:
“The central point of the film is the relationship of Peter with Mysterio, which is a completely new dynamic. Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man. There’s no one more professional than him.”
Seeing Holland and Gyllenhaal acting alongside eachother will certainly be a highlight.