Spoilers! How two A-listers got to play a Spider-Man in ‘Into the Spider-Verse’
Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) gets some lessons from Peter Parker in the animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
One very cool aspect about introducing the concept of Spider-People from various dimensions in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the potential for surprise appearances.
And two A-list actors have fun roles in the animated film, one appearing as a true icon in the beginning of “Spider-Verse” – as main character Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) gains his new superpowers – and other playing a fan-favorite comic character hinting at where this new cartoon Spider-Franchise can go.
SPOILER ALERT! We’re discussing plot points integral to ‘Spider-Verse,’ so beware if you haven’t seen it yet.
THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING. (And also a fine time for a GIF showing Miles learning how to swing on a web right.)
Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller explain the two very special Spider-Men:
Chris Pine is the latest Chris to make his Marvel superhero debut. (Photo: GARETH CATTERMOLE/GETTY IMAGES FOR BFI)
One of the Chrises gets a new mask.
No one tell Wonder Woman but Chris Pine just made his Marvel debut, following fellow Chrises — Evans, Pratt and Hemsworth.
And it’s a role that’ll send him shooting up the Chris rankings: Pine voices the Peter Parker of Miles’ world, the iconic, wisecracking superhero pop culture knows and loves. Bestowed with new abilities, Miles asks Peter to be his mentor and in turn Peter gives him a device that will help stop Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and his dimension-shaking super-weapon. But the villain kills Peter, sending the youngster on his own hero’s journey.
Miller says he and Lord were fans of Pine “from the very beginning” and realized after seeing him in “Hell or High Water” that “this guy is an American treasure.”
Gal Gadot’s co-star in “Wonder Woman” and the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984” sequel seemed like the right choice to be “the perfect version of Peter Parker” in contrast to the older, schlubbier, 40-something Peter (Jake Johnson) from an alternate world who ends up being Miles’ teacher, Miller says. “Chris is a funny guy, a cool guy, you can feel his handsomeness in his voice. He is a really dedicated actor who really gave it his all and it didn’t feel like, ‘Eh, alright, I’ll do a voice and phone it in. He really committed.”
So much so that Pine also recorded a holiday song for the movie called “Spidey Bells,” which is along the absurd lines of “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” “I mean, that guy went for it,” Lord says. “He’s up for anything.”
Oscar Isaac goes from the "Star Wars" galaxy to the Spider-Verse in surprise new animated appearance. (Photo: CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP)
A ‘Star Wars’ star goes back to the future.
You’ll have to stay until the very last credits roll to see Oscar Isaac’s role as Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099.
A comic-book caption stating “Meanwhile in Nueva York” appears and then shows a scene from Miguel’s point of view. He learns that the multiverse didn’t collapse at the end of “Spider-Verse” while getting outfitted with a gizmo courtesy of a helpful assistant. “You could be the first person to make an autonomous multiverse jump. Or the last,” she says.
The futuristic Spider-dude says he “wants to start at the beginning,” and so Miguel zaps to Earth-67 – home of the classic 1960s “Spider-Man” cartoon – and he’s hilariously inserted into the scene that’s become famous online as the “Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man” meme.
“We felt like we couldn’t have people sitting in a movie theater waiting for something and not have a little treasure for them at the end,” Lord says.
Miller adds that 2099 is a “really cool” character: “We wanted to make sure that he was represented in the film, and Oscar Isaac was the perfect casting choice for him. Hopefully enough people will go see the movie that we’ll get a chance to show them more.”
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