Latest Spider-Man animated trailer drops, Shameik Moore stars

Screenshot from the trailer by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Miles Morales is in the building…or on top of it rather.

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures dropped the teaser trailer for their latest Spider-Man animated movie: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. It takes place in a world where more than one spider-man can wear the mask, suggesting we might be seeing other spider-men/women.

The teaser trailer introduces the latest and fan-favourite spider-man: Miles Morales from Brooklyn (but lets be honest, if you’re not from New York, they’re all the same).

Miles Morales is an afro-latino teenager who was also bitten by a genetically engineered spider.

It’s not the first time more than one spider-man/women have been in the same world. Marvel’s recently completed Ultimate Spider-Man had Peter Parker, Amadeus Cho, Miles Morales, and the Scarlet Spider (can never remember his name) all being spider-men at the same time in the same city.

Marvel’s replacement for Ultimate Spider-Man, which is just called Spider-Man (real original guys), also has Peter Parker and Miles Morales putting on the mask.

Mr. Shaolin Fantastic

Shameik Moore, who you might remember as Shaolin Fantastic from that bomb diggity show The Get Down that Netflix cancelled before it could properly shine, will voice Miles Morales.

Spider-Verse currently has three directors (like, why?): Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.

The screenplay will be written by Phil Lord who has written… a lot of stuff including The Lego Movie, Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs (1 & 2), and a bunch of stuff I never heard of. Lord also directed the 2012 21 Jump Street with Christopher Miller, who will be a producer on Spider-Verse.

On the teaser itself, I think the animation style is pretty cool. It reminds me slightly of how Spider-Man 2099 was done in Ultimate Spider-Man. I am slightly concerned we still won’t able to get a Miles Morales story without Peter Parker (maybe we will, who knows).

I’m also optimistic they have at least one African-American — Peter Ramsey — as a director. Hopefully, this will help in giving proper respect to Miles Morales as a Black and Latino hero.

It’s too early to tell now since we don’t really know the story, but I am a little worried there are too many cooks in the kitchen. While the three named directors are talented in their own right, none of them except for Ramsey have directed a feature length film before. But I think a lot of this comes down to the story. I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what Lord cooks up for them.

The film is set to premiere sometime in December 2018


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