In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is a current Spider-Man: Peter Parker, the teen version of Queens that you probably know best, played by Tom Holland. But he is about to have serious competition. In December, the animated feature film. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse It will arrive at the theaters, its multiverse plot will bring several iterations of the masked hero in the same plane. The trailers have given the fans of the comics a bunch of Easter eggs that refer to different Spideys and their bows to dissect them, but what about the potential audience that is not so immersed in the source material? Behind the scenes, after the New York Comic-Con panel, the cast and directors tell me that this movie will not have the presence of new fans.
"I think that's the biggest challenge we had," says co-director Bob Persichetti, adding that it was an easier task to stack the film with references that attracted long-term fans. "How do we get a general audience to want to see something that looks and feels different to what they are used to?"
Visually, the film is designed to look like a comic that comes to life. And despite the 35 minutes, the NYCC public was able to preview the sensations directed at the children. Y adults, it is still a difficult task to get adults with only superficial knowledge to get excited with an animated superhero. In regards to the creative team, the Afro-Puerto Rican teenager Miles Morales and his family. While many other Spideys – including Spider-Gwen by Hailee Steinfeld and Spider-Ham by John Mulaney – appear, In the spider-verse It is the origin story of one in particular. Seeing him take the mask will mean a lot, they expect it, for those who see themselves in it.
"The representation that this film is going to give is going to go beyond what we think", says Atlanta the star Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Miles's father, Jefferson. "I'm really happy to be part of that, to be part of something so revolutionary, I dare say." Henry also spoke on the panel about how happy he was to play a black father in a loving and dedicated family, at the same time, amazed by the rarity of that type of character.
The actor who plays Miles's mother, Rio, Luna Lauren Velez, was not a Spider-Man geek when he took the role. She was also impressed by the film's biggest themes, including the universality of heroic potential. In the spider-verse says that we are all able to take a step forward, and "it is really an important thing that will resonate with the young, old, through ethnic lines," she says.
For Jake Johnson, who expresses Peter Parker, his best moment, it is the act of honoring the past while looking to the future that makes the film accessible to all. "I think if you just went to school and only Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen … you would lose a key ingredient," he says. "Many of us grew up with Peter and many of us love Peter, so while we welcome the new, we are paying homage to the old."
So, while it may be intimidating to read the lists of all the obscure references of Spider-Man that you did not even know were in the trailer of the movie, the idea was not that this movie only catered to the people who can choose them. There is a lot of heart in the first half hour that they showed us in NYCC, and a strong focus on character, not just in mythology.
"I think we'll touch the whole audience," says Shamier Anderson, who plays Miles. "Everyone should be able to see this movie, basically."
Still, the fatigue of superheroes is an obstacle to this and any movie or series of comics. We are inundated with this type of content, although In the spider-verse It is distinguished in format and history. However, Henry has an idea of why we can not abandon these stories of normal people who become extraordinary.
"We need to feel that there is someone who defends us, for those we do not listen to, that feels as if we were overlooked or that we feel we are from places where nobody is reproaching us," he says. "We need a victory, I think everyone needs a big victory right now, and I think Spider-Man is giving us that."