Each dimension will have its own art style in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1) is one of the most anticipated superhero sequels of the year, hands down. Leaving aside even Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. The first of two sequels to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 has been in the works since before the first film hit theaters. Now, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have spoken about the “ambitious” sequel.
One of the most iconic parts of Into the Spider-Verse, and what separates it from its multiversal counterpart, Spider-Man: No Way Home, were the unique animation styles used to differentiate the wall-crawlers. The anime for Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn); the black and white of Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage); flat animation for Peter Porker and a unique 3D animated look for hero Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) helped give the heroes a recognizable look. That style was one of the many things why Into the Spider-Verse it was praised for changing the way audiences understood what animation can do. And it appears that Lord and Miller plan to push the boundaries even further when both sides of Across the Spider-Verse hit theaters.
A very different sequel in artistic terms
And while Lord and Miller couldn’t confirm if the stars of Spider-man: No Way Home, Zendaya and Tom Holland, would be in the film after expressing interest, they did reveal something more about the direction of the next film. While we knew from a brief teaser that Miles would visit other universes, meeting Oscar Isaac’s Miguel O’Hara, the directors revealed that each universe will be as distinct as its characters, with different animation styles corresponding to each branch of the multiverse. according to Miller:
“It is, as Phil said, a very ambitious sequel, because we didn’t want to just do the same thing over again. So the idea that we would go to different dimensions really opened up an artistic opportunity for each world to have its own art style, and to be able to push the people at ImageWorks to develop a way for each dimension to feel like that and fIt was drawn by the hand of a different artist. It’s amazing to see those things develop and it’s really the reason we keep doing it, because it’s so hard to get it right.”
Lord described his work in Across the Spider-Verse, as well as his other work, on projects such as The Mitchells vs. the Machines, as an attempt to “push the animation in directions it hasn’t gone yet”, and we can say quite safely. That the duo has already achieved it, creating a film with Into the Spider-Verse whatue seems to have been ripped straight from the pages of the world’s best comics.
What styles of animation can we expect to see when Across the Spider-Verse hit theaters? Nobody knows. Though we did get a brief glimpse of a more traditional two-dimensional universe in the film’s opening sequence, where Miles jumps from the multiverse and finds himself in a fight with Spider-Man 2099. Will the two get along or will their disagreement burn a hole in the fabric of the multiverse as his live-action counterpart Peter Parker?
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part 1) hits theaters on October 7.