Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s writer, Chris Miller, discusses the pressures of Spider-Man sequels and giving fans something different.
Chris Miller is discussing the pressures of making Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The upcoming animated film, co-written and produced by Miller, serves as the sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The first movie was centered around Miles Morales, a New York City teenager who, after the death of Spider-Man, discovered his own superhuman abilities and the existence of alternate dimensions, introducing audiences to multiple versions of the titular hero. The new installment, set to hit theaters on June 2, finds Miles reuniting with Spider-Gwen and entering the multiverse in an effort to save other Spider-People from a dangerous threat.
Back in November, Miller teased Miles’ story in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and fans have been excited to revisit its universe, especially after the trailer dropped, but the co-writer recently revealed that there is pressure in making the Spider-Man sequels. In speaking with The Wrap, Miller shared that it is important to create “something that people didn’t even know that they wanted.” He added that the film should not feel too much like the first, and that it can be challenging to deliver something different. Read Miller’s comments regarding the pressures of making Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse below:
There’s a lot of pressure on these films because you want the movie to deliver an engaging story and an emotional journey. You also want it to be all the things that people are hoping for but then also you need it to be something that people didn’t even know that they wanted… Because the whole idea of these movies is we’re showing you something you’ve never seen before. And if we just did a fun mild story that felt like the first movie, I think it would be a bit disappointing. You want to feel like you’re seeing visuals that you’ve never experienced before. To do all of those things and do them in a way that’s engaging and satisfying is a big challenge, but it’s also part of the reason why we do these things. That’s the goal, just to make you laugh and cry and experience something that you’ve never experienced before.
Will Spider-Verse 2 Top The Oscar-Winning Original?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a relative box-office success upon its initial release, but the film has earned greater popularity since then. It received praise from fans and critics, particularly for its visuals and animation style, winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and attracted even more audiences through streaming. The excitement surrounding the first movie has many eagerly awaiting the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Miller’s comments about once again doing something different, suggest that this new installment will be another hit.
The recent trailer shows off more of the animation style that has been highly regarded and gives fans an idea of the movie’s scope this time around. Ere Santos, a senior character animator on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, also described the film as being a difficult task, but shared that the story is enticing and not just for younger audiences. He noted that fans of animation or those involved in it should find a lot to like about the visuals in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as well.
Everything We Know About Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse features a voice cast that includes Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Schwartzman, Jake Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, and more. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson were brought on to direct the sequel, and audiences can expect to see a large number of Spider-Man variants, even more than in the first film. It has also been revealed that Miles will try to help the Spider-Force and that he has a connection to the movie’s villain, Jonathan Ohnn/The Spot. Those looking forward to finding out how the story has changed and seeing Miles fight The Spot can be sure to check out Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse when it hits theaters.
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