In the Marvel Cinematic Universe there is an up-to-date Spider-Man: Peter Parker, the teenage version of Queens that you probably know best, played by Tom Holland. But he is about to have serious competition. In December, the animated function Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will hit the theaters, the multiverse storyline that brings different iterations of the masked hero on the same plane. The trailers have given strip fans enough Easter eggs that refer to different Spideys and their arches to analyze, but what about the potential audience that is not so immersed in the source material? Backstage after the New York Comic-Con panel of the film, the cast and directors tell me that this film will not be new fans.
"I think this is the biggest challenge we have," says co-director Bob Persichetti, adding that it was an easier task to stack the film with references that were attractive to fans of long duration. "How do we get a general audience that wants to see something that looks and feels different than what they are used to?"
Visually, the film is designed to look like a comic book that comes to life. And although the 35-minute audience of the NYCC was able to look at children's feelings and adults, it is still a big task to become adults with just a fleeting knowledge to get excited about an animated superhero. The in, as far as the creative team is concerned, is Afro-Puerto Rican teen Miles Morales and his family. While many other Spideys – including Spider-Gwen from Hailee Steinfeld and the Spider-Ham from John Mulaney – appear, In The Spider-Verse is the story of the origin of one in particular. Watching how he picks up the mask is going to mean a lot, they expect, for those who see themselves in him.
"The representation that this film is going to give will go much further than we think," he says Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Miles & # 39; s father Jefferson. "I am just very happy to be part of that, to be part of something that is so revolutionary, I dare to say." Henry also spoke about the panel about how happy he was to play a black father in a loving, devoted family, while at the same time wondering about the rarity of that kind of character.
The actor played Miles' mother Rio, Luna Lauren Velez, was not a spider-man geek when she took on the role. She too was struck by the larger themes of the film, including the universality of heroic potential. In The Spider-Verse says that we are all able to intensify, and "it is really an important thing that will resonate with young, old, over ethnic lines," she says.
For Jake Johnson, who lets Peter Parker from the past be heard, it is the act of honoring the past while you look to the future that makes the film accessible to everyone. "I think that if you just followed a new course and you just went to Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen, you would miss an important ingredient," he says. "Many of us grew up with Peter and many of us love Peter, so while welcoming in the new, it is a tribute to the old."
So although it might be intimidating to read lists of all the obscure Spider-Man references that you did not even know were in the trailer of the movie, it was not the intention that this movie was aimed at the people they could sort out . There was a lot of heart in the first half hour that we were shown at NYCC, and a strong focus on character, not just mythology.
"I think we will hit the whole audience," says Shamier Anderson, who plays Miles. "Everyone should actually be able to view this film."
Yet superhero fatigue is an obstacle for this and every comic book film or series. We are flooded with this kind of content, even though In The Spider-Verse is different in format and in story. Henry has an idea why we simply can not stop these stories about ordinary people who become extraordinary.
"We need to feel that there is someone who comes before us, for those who are not heard, that feels like we are being overlooked or those who think we are coming from places where no one is talking to us," he says. "We need a victory, I think everyone needs a f * cking victory now, and I think Spider-Man gives us that."