Completing the animation for the film required up to 180 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film.
It was announced shortly after Stan Lee's death, at age 95, that he had recorded a cameo for the film and that it would be his final voice-acting role. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller felt it was important that Lee was given a bigger moment compared to previous Marvel films because he was "so integral to the spirit of this movie," and considered his role "extra meaningful" following his death.
If you hit pause anytime a train goes, because all the animators wanted to animate Stan Lee, he's in almost every single train.
The unique animation style of "Spider-Verse" aims to make the viewer feel as if they are in the pages of a comic book. According to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the film combined the latest computer-generated animation technology with hand-drawn artistry. "It was very important to us that every frame of the movie was refined by the artists hand after the visuals were rendered by computers. If you freeze any part of the movie at any time, it will look like an illustration with hand drawn touches and all."
This film was dedicated in memory of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who died on July 6, 2018, while this film was finishing production. However, this was not the only dedication, as a month before the film was released, Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018. The film was dedicated to both of Spider-Man's creators.
(At 52 mins) The "bagel" text as the bagel hits the scientist's head was a joke pitch that an animator took seriously and added in. They loved it.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had a goal for the movie: "Inspire young people to become heroes. Inspire grown-ups to help them do it. And remind us all that you don't need to be bitten by a radioactive spider to do your part. You are powerful, and we are counting on you."
To eliminate motion blurs in the film, the majority of the animation was done in "twos", meaning there were only 12 images per second rather than the usual 24.
When Miles first visits Uncle Aaron's apartment, the television is playing the television show Community: Anthropology 101 (2010). The beginning of that episode shows Donald Glover's character Troy getting out of bed wearing Spider-Man pajamas. This was a reference to an unsuccessful 2010 online campaign to get Donald Glover a chance to audition for the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Miles Morales co-creator Brian Michael Bendis describes that image of Glover in the Spider-Man pajamas as one of the major inspirations for the creation of the character and the character's design. Additionally, Glover appeared as another version of Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), in which he makes brief reference to his nephew. Glover also voiced Miles Morales in Disney's "Ultimate Spider-Man" cartoon series.
According to comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis, Miles uses his mother's last name because his dad was a secret agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and wanted to keep Miles safe. By the time Jefferson was no longer an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Miles was too old to change his name.
Nicolas Cage was excited that the directors let him have fun with the role of Spider-Man Noir. Cage says, "...it's no secret that I like to play with different sources. It was fun to go back in time and pull back a little of that Humphrey Bogart essence." Cage thinks that the movie will appeal both to the adults who like old movies and the kids who will want to learn more about them.
Phil Lord describes the Aunt May of "Spider-Verse" as "kick-ass and feisty." The filmmakers were actually thinking of Lily Tomlin for Aunt May when they were writing the script, so they were happy when she accepted the role.
In the sequence where Peter B. Parker arrives in Miles' universe in Times Square, one of the background billboards is for From Dusk Till Shaun, the unmade sequel to the 2004 zom/rom/com Shaun of the Dead (2004). This highlights yet another difference in Miles' dimension, where the sequel was obviously made.
The directors of "Spider-Verse" spoke with "io9" about the Prowler's signature siren noise. Composer Daniel Pemberton used the sound of an elephant as the base for the noise. According to the filmmakers, they wanted the noise to be frightening, but also have a sense of sadness.
One of the many ways the Imageworks team paid tribute to old comic books through the visual style was to imitate the imperfections of offset printing.
According to John Mulaney, the producers encouraged him to "have fun" with his role as Spider-Ham, so he added cuss words to his dialogue. He eventually asked what the rating of the film was, which was PG.
Prowler's abilities include strength and speed from his suit, as well as Muay Thai fighting. He wears pneumatic boots so that he can jump very far.
It was Peter Ramsey's idea to hold off on the visual comic language - word bubbles, panels, etc. - until Miles is bitten by the spider.
Art director Dean Gordon explains how they made the computer-generated animation look more like a comic book: "We broke down gradations and color values into areas and created shorter transitions between them to get a more illustrative feel in the scenes."
In addition to the usual Spider-Man powers, Spider-Ham is able to throw a black circle on a wall and climb through it. This is an idea first used in the Warner Bros. cartoon "A Hole Idea""
They enjoyed the use of "Kirby dots" during the collider sequence as they remind of spray paint in addition to honoring their namesake "the great Jack Kirby, king of comic book artists, who would use that as sort of a way to show cosmic energy."
Shameik Moore, who voices Miles Morales, has been a fan of Spider-Man since childhood. He says, "In fact, when I was a teenager, I wrote in my diary that one day I would play Spider-Man!" He is very proud to be a part of "Spider-Verse" because he says, "It's important to point out that 'Spider-Verse' is the first movie about a biracial superhero, ever. His culture, background and upbringing really makes him a different type of superhero - something we have been eager to see on the big screen for a very long time."
Daniel Pemberton followed the ambitious lead of the "Spider-Verse" animation by developing an equally intricate score. After all the musical elements had been recorded, they were recorded onto vinyl and then re-scratched into the mix. Daniel Pemberton says, "I got a DMC World Scratch champion DJ to scratch all the parts in."
There are many small details in Miles' universe that set it apart from ours, such as using "PDNY" in place of "NYPD," and instead of Chance the Rapper wearing a "3" hat, he has a "4" on it (evident from a poster in Miles' room).
Upon closer attention, Miles Morales can be seen doing to one of his friends the long handshake Peter Parker and Ned Leeds do in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), when he walks to school.
When Jefferson is scrolling through his phone contacts, "S. Ditko" is shown as one of the contacts. This is a reference to Steve Ditko, one of the original creators of "Spider-Man" and one of the two men the film is dedicated to.
Kingpin is modeled after the Kingpin in Daredevil: Love and War (1986) graphic novel by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz.
When Miles is shutting down the Colliders generator you can see the FLDSMDFR machine from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) getting sucked in.
According to composer Daniel Pemberton, Miles' theme is a combination of the many facets of his character, including the sounds of a real aerosol can.
It was the first non-Disney or Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since Rango (2011) as well as the 6th non Disney/Pixar film to win this award.
Art directors Dean Gordon and Patrick O'Keefe and their team turned to Cubism to help represent the dimensional quakes. Cubist art often presents a collection of different views all happening at the same time, so it was a natural metaphor for the multiple universes converging in "Spider-Verse."
The commentary track was recorded a few weeks after Stan Lee's death on November 12th, 2018. They mention that they went to Lee's office to record his vocal work - he was the only one they went to while everyone else came to their studio to record.
Co-director on "Spider-Verse" Rodney Rothman told "IndieWire" about how much of the character of Miles actually came from Shameik Moore who voices him. Rothman was "blown away" by one of Moore's early dialogue tests because "...it wasn't about what Miles was saying, it was about how he was performing and how the animators were emphasizing parts of Shameik's voice and the things he wasn't saying."
Jake Johnson did an interview with "The Hollywood Reporter" in which he was asked how his character, Peter B. Parker, dealt with a sense of hopelessness. Johnson says, "I think Peter wants someone to remind him how great it is to be Spider-Man, and I think Miles does that for him. It's like losing faith in humanity and then having a kid, and remembering how great all of this is."
One of the billboards in Time Square is for a film called Clone College, which is a reference to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's canceled series Clone High (2002), which must have been more popular in this universe.
Brian Michael Bendis, who created the comic book version of Miles Morales, credits three things that inspired him to make Miles African-American: his two adopted black children, Barack Obama becoming president, and Donald Glover wearing Spider-Man pajamas on an episode of the TV show "Community."
Spider-Ham was originally introduced in "Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham" from 1983. His origin of being a spider bitten by a radioactive pig is true to the comics. The movie leaves out that the radioactive pig in question was May Porker who due to the effects of the radiation believed that the transformed Peter was her nephew instead of her former lab pet.
A brief shot of the cover of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations shows a character touching another's shoulder, and it's a "deep cut" piece of foreshadowing.
According to a recent "Vanity Fair" article, the filmmakers were already in London scoring the film by the time they had the idea to do a holiday track. Phil Lord didn't know that Chris Pine, who plays Peter Parker in Miles' universe, could sing at first. (He can, as evidenced by Into the Woods (2014) or Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp") The filmmakers were so blown away by Pine's singing that they immediately rushed into planning the holiday album.
Keep your eye out for Stan Lee's character. In addition to Miles visiting his store, Lee can be seen about town throughout the film, such as when Miles and Peter B. land in the crosswalk.
Animation has always been a time-consuming art. It can take animators a week to do four seconds of the movie. Because of how involved and sophisticated the animation processes for "Spider-Verse" were, it took a month to do four seconds.
When Miles finally gains the courage to return to the Spider-Lair, Aunt May is already waiting for him. The way the computer screens are framed behind her chair evokes the web-like throne of Madame Web, the usual nexus for cross-dimensional spider adventures.
The movie's main villain, Kingpin, is one of producer Phil Lords favorite characters. He says, "His physical presence doesn't leave room for anything else. He can just stand there, and everything bends to his will, even the camera. He is basically this pure black figure and the most abstracted animated character I've ever seen."
One day Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were walking on Olvera Street, an outdoor marketplace in historic downtown Los Angeles, and they were stunned by the number of people in Spider-Man masks. This experience partially inspired the film's idea that anyone can wear the mask.
As the Peter of Miles' universe goes over his backstory at the start of the film, he has distinctly blond hair and (if you're paying close attention) blue eyes, letting audiences know that this universe isn't exactly what we're familiar with.
The Air Jordan 1 Retro OG "Origin Story" sneakers were inspired by the ones Miles Morales wears in the film.
Spider-Man's face inside the collider beam shows very quick flashes of all the alternate universe Spideys heading our way.
Producer Christopher Miller describes the heart of this movie: "One of the key themes of the movie is that we all have powers, and we all need to face up to our responsibilities, regardless of who we are or where we are born."
Pop culture as Miles knows it is very, very different; on Spider-Man's arrival alone, the audience can see advertisements for a jockey comedy starring Seth Rogen called "Hold Your Horses", John Mulaney and Nick Kroll star in "Hi, Hello" instead of "Oh, Hello", the proposed Shaun of the Dead (2004) sequel "From Dusk Til Shaun" was actually produced, there's a "Clone High" movie, and "Bridesmaids" is instead about baby showers.
The license plate number on Jefferson's police car is "RFD 690", which is a common New York prop plate number appearing in various media, the most notable example being the lead detectives' car in Law & Order.
The act of electrocuting others by touch is known as venom strike. The venom strike and the ability to become invisible are two powers that Miles has in addition to the usual Spider-Man abilities.
Production designer Justin K. Thompson learned how to draw as a kid by trying to copy the art that he saw in comics. He has also been a Spider-Man fan since childhood.
With Lily Tomlin playing Aunt May, all four actresses to play her in a theatrical film have been Academy Award nominees, after Rosemary Harris, Sally Field and Marisa Tomei. Tomlin was nominated for Nashville (1975).
Head of Story Paul Watling describes the sequence where Miles and Peter are attached to each other during the chase as a "story artist's dream." He says, "The filmmakers weren't pulling any punches. They kept encouraging us to go further, and we pushed ourselves as much as possible. We threw everything we possibly could at them, in terms of camera angles, moving frames, comedic elements, police cars hot on their trail to add this sense of urgency - as well as slapstick elements added on."
During the ending, Miles zips past a store called "Perry Joe", a reference to Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith and noted Spider-Man fan who performed the theme song for Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
Two scenes during the credits are nods to a particular memetic screencapand its from the 1967 series. The Stinger features Miguel O'Hara's Spider-Man traveling through dimensions and ending up recreating yet another popular meme from the 1967 series.
In the "Meet Spider-Gwen" movie clip, Gwen says she is "the one and only Spider-Gwen". When her origin is told in the movie itself, she says she is "the one and only Spider-Woman". In the comic book universe, Spider-Gwen is just her solo series' title (therefore, that code-name is used only for marketing purposes) while Gwen uses "Spider-Woman" as her in-universe hero name.
Peni Parker is one of the youngest heroes in the Spider-Verse. She began operating the SP//dr suit after her father died when she was only nine.
Golden State Warriors basketball legend Stephen Curry became a golf pro in Miles' universe, with a billboard touting him as "The Golden Boy" of the sport. (Truth in Television, as Curry is an avid and talented golfer in the off-season.) A Times Square billboard shows that basketball star Blake Griffin is instead an MLB player in Miles' universe (again, Truth in Television, as Griffin also played baseball before choosing to focus on basketball). The team he plays for is the New York Red Sox; in Real Life, that's Boston's team name, a nod to the notorious Red Sox/Yankees fanbase rivalry.
Sometimes when comic books go through the printing process, the color offsets aren't aligned perfectly and the resulting image looks out of focus. Imageworks visual effects supervisor Danny Dimian used that idea to "create this illusion that something is printed on the screen."
The Seal of Approval from the Comics Code Authority appeared on comic books for almost 60 years to signify that the comic book's content was deemed "acceptable." Stan Lee often talked about how Marvel wanted to defy the Comics Code Authority so that they could do a Spider-Man story about drug abuse. This is often cited as the reason why the code was reviewed and then revised in 1970.
Among the logos shown for Columbia Pictures is a woman in western wear shooting six guns. This is from the film Cat Ballou (1965) starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.
Jake Johnson, who voices Peter B. Parker in the movie, says that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were a big reason that he wanted to be a part of this project. Johnson says, "They are two of the most talented filmmakers working in the field right now. They are so innovative and smart, and when they tackle something like Spider-Man, you know they're going to get it right. This is a property that fans really love, so you want to make sure it's in the hands of people who also love and care about it as much as the fans do."
The creators have outright stated that Peni's animation and design was particularly inspired by the Sailor Moon anime.
The comic book version of Prowler wears green and purple, but production designer Justin K. Thompson and team gave him an all-purple costume for this movie. They also added claws.
Some of the characters in the film were modeled after people on the streets, but according to production designer Justin K. Thompson, "Aaron was one of the few times the character resembles the actor that voices him." Thompson says of actor Mahershala Ali, "He has such an interesting face, and he was one of the first actors cast in the movie, so our character designer Shiyoon Kim used his tall, thin physique and his thin long head. Shiyoon walked a fine line between creating a caricature and coming up with a beautiful, original design."
Director Bob Persichetti wanted to make a movie that looked different than any others before it. He says, "One of the strengths of the comic is that it manages to encapsulate in one image a really succinct, powerful story point, motion, or action. In our process of animation, we tried to achieve that same thing."
(At 1hr23 mins) The memorable shot of Miles falling/rising was written in the very first draft of the script as a stage direction.
There is a Stan Lee quote after the first part of the credits. It reads "That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero."
Production designer Justin K. Thompson chose to give this film's Doctor Octopus a distinctive "unrefined" look, rather than the polished metallic arms that Doc Ock traditionally wields. Thompson says, "She's overly excited about the Multiverse and isn't really aware of how crazy she looks."
The filmmakers drew upon the real Large Hadron Collider in Geneva as inspiration for Kingpin's collider in the movie. The Large Hadron Collider is the largest and most powerful collider in the world. It's situated in a tunnel that has a circumference of 17 miles.
The Planet Hollywood restaurant and resort chain is called "Planet Inglewood." This also carries the implication that in Miles' universe, Inglewood is the heart of the American film industry
In the background of the scene in Times Square, there's a billboard advertising "Hi, Hello," an alternate universe version of "Oh, Hello," featuring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. John Mulaney is the voice of Spider-Ham. Kroll and Mulaney also voice the two lead characters on Netflix's Big Mouth (2017), a show they both produce as well.
This was the second adaptation of the "Spider-Verse" comic. It had previously been adapted into the third/fourth seasons of Ultimate Spider-Man (2012).
Producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad first came to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller about doing an animated Spider-Man movie in 2014.
New York is shown to be much larger in Miles' universe. In the first scene of the teaser trailer, much of the Manhattan skyline is taller than the Empire State building, currently the fourth tallest building in New York. Some of these skyscrapers are lit with projected advertisements.
Axel Alonso was the Editor-in-Chief at Marvel at the time the Miles Morales character was developed. Alonso is also biracial and wanted a Spider-Man with a Hispanic last name with which his son could identify.
The graffiti montage with Miles and Uncle Aaron was one of the earliest completed and served as a "lodestar" moving forward to inform and inspire them with later scenes.
Kingpin's flashback to his time with Vanessa and his son are done in the art style of Bill Sienkiewicz, whose design of Kingpin is pretty much what was used as inspiration in his look in the film.
During Miles and Kingpin's final battle, the two fall on a rising construct of the Brooklyn Bridge. The red lighting and the choice of angle is exactly like a shot from the opening credits sequence of Daredevil (2015).
There's a billboard with Scarlett Johansson advertising "LUCE", an alternate universe version of Lucy (2014)
In order to illustrate the multiple universes, the Sony Pictures Imageworks technical team developed a camera array that could project seven different angles at once, allowing them to render each image in a different style.
The comic book Tale of Two Spider-Men, that pops up on screen after Miles first discovers his powers, is reminiscent of the Spider-Man 3 (2007) poster.
It's implied the webs all the Spider-Men see when hurtled through the multiverse are part of the Weaver's ultimate web that connects all multiverses, especially Earth-616's.
In the finale, various buildings appear within the collider where the various Spider-people fight Kingpin and his goons. Among them are a subway train and a suspension bridge; both references the locations of the climactic battles of Raimi's most beloved Spider-Man movies.
In Peter Parker's secret hideout, an array of Spider-Man costumes from various Spider-Man comics and video games are on display.
Composer Daniel Pemberton's score was inspired by the "boldness and the rich color palette" of the film. He says, "I also wanted to make something for Miles that not only reflected his journey, but would give a 13-year old kid the kind of rush I had as a kid seeing films in the cinema."
Aaron mentions he worked on a construction job near the subway at some point. This foreshadows his involvement in Fisk's Super-Collider project, which was being constructed just a few tunnels away.
Hailee Steinfeld says of her character Gwen Stacy, "...she's really just the toughest, coolest, smartest and the most capable one in the room, and she knows it."
Jefferson is voiced by Brian Tyree Henry. When discussing his acting in an interview with "Essence," Henry says, "I try to bring a well of empathy and compassion to my characters because I don't want them to just live on the screen or have people leave them in the theater, like popcorn. I want you to take them with you."
The car ride with Miles in back and his dad driving was recorded with them sitting in chairs set up like a car to give them the proper dynamic.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were excited to take on the "Spider-Verse" project. In an interview they said, "The movie explores the superhero experience from a fresh angle, while dealing with the larger universal themes such as coming of age, taking action, and finding your purpose in this world."
The film received a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
While they're never named in the film itself, the band that Gwen plays drums for, The Mary Janes, has an advertisement that can be seen amongst the New York signage in Miles's universe.
For the release of this movie, Sony and Nike worked together to develop the Air Jordan 1 Origin Story shoes. "Nerdist" reports that the shoes will be available in sizes for the whole family because one of the main themes of the film is that anyone can be a hero.
Taxicabs use the "NYC Taxi" livery design introduced in 2007 instead of the current black circle with a negative-space "T". In addition, taxis and police cars are made to resemble the older second generation Ford Crown Victoria, an increasingly rare sight as both since the model's discontinuation in 2011, but still a popular prop in film and television for its surplus availability.
The approval stamps on Miles' "True Life Tales of Spider-Man" comics are from the "Cabin Fever Production Code" rather than the Comics Code Authority.
At the start of the crime-fighting portion of Peter B.'s flashback montage, he's shown fighting against three foes who seem to be his version of the Enforcers; the big guy in particular is a dead ringer for Ultimate Ox.
In Miles's universe, the Scorpion is a Mexican criminal with cybernetic enhancements; the cybernetic parts are new, but Miles's version of the Scorpion from Ultimate Marvel is also Mexican.
While Peter is "teaching" Miles how to web-swing, Miles complains that "I run better than I swing!" When Miles finally takes the Spider-Man identity for his own, his web-swinging incorporates aspects of Le Parkour to create a sort of webbing-assisted free-running.
The first costume of Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics was also a cheap imitation of Peter's sold at shops for kids.
The dimensionally-displaced Peter Parker is also shown having stopped a subway with his webs, fought Doc Ock, and kissed Mary Jane upside down, and this time done it accurately.
The animation styles present throughout the film mean it took on average four times as long to animate a second than it typically does for CG animated films. "The crew was larger, I believe, than any other crew that's been assembled for a movie."
When the Peter of Miles's universe does his intro spiel at the start of the film, he's shown holding two vehicles from falling from each side of a bridge, which he did in the first big action scene of The Amazing Spider-Man. The pose he makes while holding the buses is a direct reference to the ferry sequence from Spider-Man: Homecoming, where Peter tried to keep two halves of the Staten Island Ferry from sinking.
The in-universe comics giving Spider-Man the name "Billy" may be a reference to Billy Braddock, aka Spider-UK, who was one of the main characters of the original Spider-Verse comics.
One of the mooks fighting Peter B. Parker in his flashback montage looks suspiciously like Steven Seagal, complete with ponytail.
Shameik Moore, the voice of Miles in the movie, wrote "I am Miles Morales" in his journal five years before the film's release. He later mentioned it to the filmmakers when auditioning.
New York City's police department is given the acronym PDNY (Police Department of New York) instead of NYPD (New York Police Department). Conversely, the real-life FDNY (Fire Department of New York) is instead called the NYFD (New York Fire Department).
Inflation hit this world like a truck, as Peter and Miles' burgers and fries at a small restaurant totals up to $30,000, but only in the trailer (all the prices are normal in the final movie).
Some of the scenes from Spider-Gwen's home universe visually look straight out of Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi's artwork for the comic series, complete with the neon color palette.
Tobey Maguire was almost cast as the older Peter Parker, but the filmmakers feared that audiences would find it too confusing. John Krasinski was also considered for the role at one point.
Among the song titles on Peter Parker's Christmas album are Spidey, It's Cold Outside, Swingin' Around the Mistletoe, Silent Night (You're Welcome), Joy to the World (That I Just Saved), Spidey the Snowman, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Non-Denominational Holiday, and Ave Maria.
Around the time that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were toying with the idea of doing a new animated Spider-Man movie, Lord visited a retrospective in New York about contemporary pop artist Jeff Koons. Koons' art encouraged Lord and Miller to come up with their fresh perspective on the Spider-Man story for "Spider-Verse."
When Peter learns the head scientist of Alchemax is not the sinister guy in glasses, but a hippie-looking middle-aged woman, he admits he needs to re-examine his preconceptions. Turns out the woman is also the dimension's version of Doctor Octopus.
When in Peter Parker's shed, a series of photographs of criminals centering on the Kingpin is shown. Several of the characters on it aren't in the film, but are clearly members of some of Spider-Man's more street-level villains, such as The Enforcers and The Rose.
When Peter and Miles meet with the other Spider-people in Aunt May's secret base, behind them are several pods containing more Spider-Man costumes. One of them has the white spider emblem on the chest like in Insomniac's Spider-Man game, and in fact, all the suits visible can be unlocked in that game, including the black-and-gold Mk. II Spider-Armor, the black-with-red-weblines Secret War suit, and the teched-out black-and green Stealth "Big Time" Suit. Also shown in the secret base is the Spider-Mobile, a failed attempt by an auto dealership to use Spider-Man's likeness to market their vehicles with his permission for a lucrative cut. Never having learned how to drive, 616-Spidey promptly drove it into a river and it has lived in infamy in-universe and out ever since.
While the contents of the Spider-Man comic Miles's roommate reads are entirely fictional, the cover is a reproduction of Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man's first appearance.
The Green Goblin in Miles's universe is a mutated freak; an ogre-sized monster with dragon-like wings and a tail. Once again, in Ultimate Marvel, the Green Goblin is a mutated Norman Osborn, who turns into a green-skinned, troll-like brute. The wings homage the Ultimate Green Goblin's depiction in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, where he appeared with just that trait.
The Spider-Lair is obviously modeled on the Batcave from the DC Animated Universe down to the display array of multiple Spider-Man costumes with blue lighting illuminating them.
A Freeze-Frame Bonus of Richard Fisk briefly becoming a young Matt Murdock has sent fans theorizing that it's either a reference to the Spider-Gwen comics where Murdock is the Kingpin or a What If? issue where Kingpin adopted Daredevil.
The pose Peni Parker does on top of SP//dr after first saying hello to the other Spider-People (and in the promotional art) is rather similar to one of Japanese Spider-Man's iconic poses.
According to "The Hollywood Reporter," a similar version of Wilson Fisk's backstory appeared in "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 197, but in that version Vanessa threatens to leave Wilson if he continues hurting Spider-Man, prompting Wilson to let Spider-Man go.
When Miles accidentally starts sticking to Gwen's hair with his new powers and can't unstick, she tells him that he needs to relax. It's the same advice that Peter gives him later, cluing you in that Gwen is an alternate universe Spider-person. Also, "Gwanda" doesn't bother changing out of her ballet shoes. Finally, when Miles is about to try detaching himself from her hair by pulling "really hard", Gwen stops him by grabbing his bag straps and judo-throwing him over her, giving away that she's tougher than she looks.
"Spider-Verse" played with lighting, or lack thereof, as another way of making the film seem more comic-book-like. Art director Patrick O'Keefe says "We used dark shapes, with just glimpses of light to describe them. It really extended the range of what we could (and did) put up on the screen."
This was Nicolas Cage's second animated film released in 2018, after Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018).
Producer Christopher Miller on Twitter said that in animation each sequence gets a name and the What's Up Danger scene's name was "Rise Up" a la Hamilton.
Miles's Brooklyn includes a shop called "Romita Ramen", a reference to artist John Romita Sr., who took over drawing Amazing Spider-Man after Steve Ditko's departure and played a major role in defining the character for mainstream audiences; for one thing, his redesign of Spider-Man became his default look in the comics ever sincenote . His son, artist John Romita Jr., is also known for his work on Amazing Spider-Man, and had a hand in creating Prowler when he was only thirteen.
Miles seeing that the Spider-Man of his universe had a costume with a cape may seem like a Brick Joke. But it's based on a "What if?" story about Spider-Man never becoming a crime fighter.
The scene of Miles in free fall against the neon cityscape is very reminiscent of the iconic free-fall scene from Ghost in the Shell.
Among Jefferson's phone contacts is the name "T. McFarlane", a reference to comic creator Todd McFarlane. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mcfarlane rose to become one of the industry's hottest superstar for his successful run on Spider-Man, the top selling title at the time. His highly stylized interpretation of the character features enlarged bug-like eyes, dynamic contortionist poses and the detailed rendering of the web, famously dubbed "spaghetti webbing". These would influence those of many subsequent Spider-Man artists.
The Bland-Name Product(s) are this universe's equivalent to the brands they're clearly references to (as we clearly see during Alternate-Dimension Peter's world. The "Koca-Soda" sign we see in Miles' world is an actual Coca-Cola sign in Alternate Peter's). Similarly, near the end of the film, we see that Spider-Ham's universe has Porka-Cola.
Among the names in Miles's phone contacts are B. Bendis and S. Pichelli. Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli are the writer and artist who created Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-Man. His father's contacts include Steve Ditko. In addition to creator cameos, Miles' contacts also include references to numerous characters related to Spider-Man, including Cindy Moon, Jessica Drew, Billy Braddock, Karn, Ezekiel Sims, and Monica Chang.
When Miles buys the Spider-Man costume, a mask resembling one a Monster Festival patron wore near the end of Hotel Transylvania (2012) can be seen.
Kimiko Glenn, who voices the anime Spider-heroine Peni Parker, knows that anyone can be a superhero. She says, "One of the coolest things about Peni Parker is that you wouldn't expect this tiny, happy and energetic young girl to be the heroic pilot of this hulking super bot."
When Miles' father Jefferson is going through his phone while trying to call his son, one of his listed contacts is Steve Ditko.
The song that Miles sings is "Sunflower" by Post Malone and Swae Lee. Post Malone's album "Beerbongs & Bentleys" was in the top 10 of "Billboard's" Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums chart for 77 weeks, breaking the record-setting 76 weeks set by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" back in the 1980s.
Danny Dimian, an Imageworks veteran in charge of the visual effects of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), saw the film's creative journey as a natural evolution of what the studio had been able to achieve over the last twenty years.
Stan Lee's cameo as J. Jonah Jameson is a reference to his long-standing claims that Jameson is an exaggerated potshot at himself.
This is Sony Pictures Animation's first full-length animated feature to win Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. In addition, this film beat out Incredibles 2 (2018), another CGI superhero film that released in 2018.
A poster in Miles' dorm room shows Chance The Rapper wearing a cap with the number "4" on it, instead of his signature "3".
Police vehicles aren't exempt from wearing registration plates, as seen on Miles' dad's police cruiser. The lights on police cruisers flash in red and blue instead of red and white.
Kingpin's whole plan is a subtle nod to the plotline of Spider-Men II, except that in the comic, Fisk finances a way to cross dimensions in order to help his friend find a dimensional alternate of his wife, whilst in the film, Fisk is looking for dimensional alternates to replace his own wife and son. The mythology gagging is strengthened by the fact that this was the comic storyline which brought back the native dimension of Miles Morales after it had been destroyed.
The first Spider-Man film to win an Oscar since Spider-Man 2 (2004), which won an Oscar for "Best Visual Effects".
The Peter in Miles's universe has blonde hair instead of the usual brown, resembling Ben Reilly.
According to "The Hollywood Reporter," Alchemax entered the Spider-Man universe in the first issue of "Spider-Man 2099" as an evil corporation that has its hands in everything. Alchemax even has its own city with its own police force.
While Miles is hanging out with his uncle, Aaron's TV shows a clip from Community: Anthropology 101 (2010) where Troy Barnes wakes up wearing a Spider-Man T-shirt. Not only did Troy's actor, Donald Glover, inspire the concept of Miles Morales, but he portrayed both Miles and Aaron Davis in Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Homecoming respectively.
The Latin American Spanish trailer has Armando Coria as the voice for Noir, who was the voice of Peter Parker in the '90s series. The Brazilian dub has Manolo Rey, Sylvia Salustti, Selma Lopes, Jorge Lucas and José Santa Cruz reprise their roles as Peter Parker, Mary Jane, Aunt May, Green Goblin and J. Jonah Jameson from the Raimi trilogy dub. Santa Cruz had also voiced Jameson in the animated shows Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (first dub) and in the 80's redub of Spider-Man (1967), making his voice in The Stinger even more fitting.
As Peter B. Parker shouts at Miles to "push the green button", a PlayStation controller appears with its topmost face button highlighted green. The same button (triangle) is indeed colored that on the real controller.
The "Portland Press Herald" reports that Brian Tyree Henry, voice of Miles' father, has a deep connection to the characters that he plays. He says, "These characters need a voice and I don't want to be a person to lie on them. It's sounding all deep but it's true. I have a special connection to every single character that I've been blessed to touch and I just want to make sure that I don't lie on their journey, that I don't lie on who they are, that I don't lie on their hearts."
This was the second comic book and Marvel film Liev Schreiber starred in, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
The current black-and-yellow "Empire Gold" licence plate design issued since 2010 and the previous white-and-blue "Empire State" issued from 2001 to 2010 are used simultaneously on some cars, also as seen on Miles' dad's police cruiser.
In the background of Gwen's reality in her focus trailer is a poster advertising Clone College, with Abe and JFK in similar positions to the poster for 22 Jump Street.
When Miles is first discovering his powers and trying to get back into his room, he loses all of his clothing except for his pants. His final "outfit" is similar to the outfit worn by Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, in his "This is America" music video. Donald Glover plays Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming and was the central focus of a petition for him to play Miles Morales in a live action Spider-man movie.
One of the glitching Columbia Pictures logos is from 1965's Cat Ballou (1965), "a fine film if you've never seen it."
Peni's entire arc combines all the Japanese Spider-Men in the Spider-Verse arc - especially the toku ones with big robots, with SP//dr becoming crucial to beating Kingpin - with her own, as well as fitting in Penelope Parker's cutesy pre-teen adventures.
The inclusion of Alchemax, instead of more well-known corporations of the Spider-Man mythos like Oscorp or Roxxon, teases the appearance of Miguel O'Hara (aka Spider-Man 2099) in the post-credits scene. When Miles calls his Uncle Aaron and tells him "See you soon", it immediately cuts to Prowler watching him.
The Prowler is clearly channeling the Predator. His main role in the story is a relentless hunter chasing after Miles, and he has the ability to see in multiple light spectrums. There's even several scenes where the audience sees through his eyes, and it's much the same as how the Predator sees through his mask.
The "Spider-Verse" version of Kingpin is a very large and intimidating figure. The character stands at more than eight feet tall and seven feet wide.
It was the second film that has ever been based on Marvel Comics to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The first was Big Hero 6 (2014).
Comic book artist Marcel Vignali hand-drew some of the comics that Miles encounters in the film. Vignali was a big fan of the first animated Spider-Man TV series.
They were all in awe of Mahershala Ali during his recording sessions. "He makes you want to be a better person when you're around him," says one. "Then he goes away and it kind of wears off."
The film held its premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018 and featured a tribute to Stan Lee.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) marked Spider-Man's debut theatrical animated feature, both from Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. However, Big Hero 6 (2014) was released in 2014, sans Marvel Entertainment's involvement with the project; that film was exclusively a Walt Disney Pictures production in spite of the original property being a Marvel I.P. (intellectual property).
The Yugo brand is alive in both Miles' and Peter's universe, as evidenced by a marketing campaign from a glimpse of Times Square with the tagline "It'll get you from A to B". Not bad for an infamous shorthand for The Alleged Car. For a background prop that appears for two brief scenes of the movie, the alternate-universe "Yugo" concept is modeled with considerable detail. In essence, it's a modern re-imagining on the original hatchback, complete with alloy wheels and a sleeker, more rounded appearance. As its most distinctive and jarring design choice, the car's front clip is modeled in direct reference to its inspiration, including two rectangular headlamps and a rectangular grille. Its bumper seems to be integrated into the body as a vent or a piece of black plastic trim.
The scene where Miles gets ready to go to school features a blink-and-you'll miss it sketch cameo of Leopardon.
With his role as the voice of Peter Parker, Chris Pine becomes the fourth "Chris" to play a Marvel hero on the big screen after Chris Evans (The Human Torch and Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord).
In the "Spider-Man" comic book that Miles reads, Spider-Man's real name is "Billy Barker" instead of "Peter Parker". Since the comic book was published in a world where Spider-Man is a real person, the author didn't know Spider-Man's real name, and made one up.
In late December 2017, the writing and directing credits changed. The original writers in early December 2017 were Phil Lord (co-director of 21 Jump Street (2012)/The Lego Movie (2014)) , Christopher Miller (co-director of 21 Jump Street (2012)/The Lego Movie (2014)) and Rodney Rothman (co-writer of 21 Jump Street (2012)). With Alex Hirsch (creator of Gravity Falls (2012)) as a story-contributor. Also, the directors would have been Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians (2012)) and Bob Persichetti (this was his directorial debut). The final script was written by Phil Lord and the final directors were Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman. So, three writers have been taken off of the final script and there has been one new director added to the film, making it a total of three directors.
Some moments with Noir, especially when it's in his universe, stylistically take very much after Sin City.
This was Peter Ramsey's first co-director credit and first after Rise of the Guardians (2012) from DreamWorks Animation, which also starred Chris Pine.
Kathryn Hahn's second villain role after Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018).
The first Spider-Man film to feature Mac Gargan as the Scorpion. He previously made his film debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) but did not don his scorpion outfit.
Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld enjoyed her experience doing voice work for Spider-Gwen in this movie. She says, "I love the collaborative nature of animation, where the visuals are being created in real time during the voiceover."
The first Spider-Man film since Spider-Man (2002) to feature Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin.
They've been asked how Miles, with a cop father and nurse mother, could afford Air Jordans, but "they were a gift from his uncle."
Liev Schreiber's 3rd animated film, after My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) and Isle of Dogs (2018), the latter of which also released in 2018.
The first animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation to win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Co-writer Rodney Rothman became co-director in late 2017 as the film entered post-production.
Miles' father, Jefferson Davis, shares his name with the President of the Confederate States of America, the collection of eleven states that seceded from the United States during the American Civil War.
Peni's Western-animation-meets-anime and use of anime gags and expressions brings to mind the similarly animesque Teen Titans of the early 2000s.
Chris Pine - who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man - is twice referred to as 'Spider-Man' more than a decade earlier in the 2006 movie, Just My Luck (2006).
There was a moment where they were afraid that "the movie was going to break their machine."
Spider-Ham's nostrils are roughly teardrop shaped, much like his eyes and those of most of the other Spider-Men.
This was Hailee Steinfeld's second animated film after When Marnie Was There (2014).
This was Jake Johnson's third animated film, after The Lego Movie (2014) and Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), the latter of which is also from Sony Animation.
One of the montages features the theme song from St. Elmo's Fire (1985). That film starred Emilio Estevez, whose real-life father, Martin Sheen, played Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
One of the things that happened in the mix for the first time in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's career was "we started turning things quiet."
Gwen says that she's older than Miles by 15 months. In real life, Hailee Steinfeld who voices Gwen, is actually a year younger than Shameik Moore, who voices Miles.
It is Chris Pines second comic book-themed film. Pine voices the titular superhero in this film. He previously performed as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017).
This was the first animated film to feature a song with Puerto Rican reggaeton and trap star Anuel AA. The single was titled "Familia" (Family).
Jake Johnson has had parts in two other Phil Lord and Christopher Miller films: he played Barry in The Lego Movie (2014) and Principal Dadier in "21 Jump Street."
Cast features 2 Oscar winners: Mahershala Ali & Nicolas Cage and 2 Oscar nominees: Hailee Steinfeld & Lily Tomlin.
This was the eighth Sony Pictures Animation film to be produced in 2.35:1, after Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), Goosebumps (2015), The Emoji Movie (2017), Peter Rabbit (2018) and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018).
Both Miles Morales and Michael Jordan, who inspired the Nike Air Jordans that Miles wears, were born in Brooklyn, New York.
Co-director Peter Ramsey was a storyboard artist on Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998) for Roland Emmerich and on Fight Club (1999) and Panic Room (2002) for David Fincher. Both Emmerich and Fincher were considered to direct a Sony Spider-Man movie in the 1990s.
This was Kathryn Hahn's second Sony Animation film, after Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), which was also released in 2018.
A billboard is seen advertising "Hi, Hello" ("Oh, Hello" in real life) on Broadway, a show starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (Spider-Ham).
Six actors from "Spider-Verse" have also lent their voices to the acclaimed Netflix series BoJack Horseman (2014): Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker), Brian Tyree Henry (Jefferson Davis), Kimiko Glenn (Peni Parker), Liev Schreiber (Wilson Fisk), Natalie Morales (Miss Calleros), and Lake Bell (Vanessa Fisk).
Sony Animation's second fully CGI Film to be based off of a comic strip, after Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), which also stars Jake Johnson.
Kathryn Hahn and Mahershala Ali were previously cast members of Crossing Jordan (2001) together.
Miles' physics scantron reads 'Decembruary 2, 2018'. Either this is another expression of Miles' eccentricities, like his untied laces, or the Ultimate Universe has a different calendar.