We saw a whole lot of new footage from Into The Spider-Verse at yesterday’s SDCC Hall H presentation. I’ll describe in more detail here in a moment, but first I wanted to highlight its kicker ending which introduces a few more Spider-People into this reality-hopping story. One - Spider-Man Noir voiced by Nicolas fucking Cage. Two - Penny Parker, a young Japanese kid (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) with a giant SPDR robot. And three, the best of all, Spider-Ham. Voiced by none other than John Mulaney.
This came at the end of a footage presentation that really kind of blew me away. The film, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman and written by Lord and Miller, looks absolutely gorgeous. You already knew that, but seeing it in a trailer is way different than seeing its unique art style employed for full sequences. Almost every new shot feels interesting and alive. Some of the animation we saw was unfinished, and when it cut to primal, simple animation it almost felt like just another stylistic tic in a visual design simply full of them.
That can also be said of the wit and action on display. No moment or incident is presented without a full mining of the situation’s capability for a joke or stinger. It almost seems hyper how fast everything moves and how detailed and cared for everything feels.
The footage began just as protagonist Miles Morales begins discovering his powers. Unfortunately he does so by accidentally getting his hand stuck in a classmate’s hair, forcing her to get a buzz cut the shape of his hand. Later he visits the grave of his universe’s Peter Parker only to discover an alive, older and kinda fatter Peter Parker sneaking up behind him. After an exciting chase with some cops, the two are met with Spider-Gwen, who is automatically updated and comfortable with all the universe hopping going on. The footage ends right after this with the big reveal of Penny Parker, Spider-Man Noir and motherfucking Spider-Ham. It seemed a safe assumption that we’d run into other Spider-People given the reality-hopping angle of the film's premise, but these three in particular surprised everyone in Hall H, especially that darn Spider-Ham.
All in all, Into the Spider-Verse continues to look like a radical animated movie, something that truly looks new and unique in a sea of typical (but still often beautiful) animated releases. But on top of just being wild to look at, the characters, story and especially the humor on display indicate a film that would be interesting regardless of what it looks like. I’m very curious to see how this one turns out when it releases this December.