Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse: 13 Spoilers We Learned At New York Comic Con
By Meg Downey on
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse spoilers ahead! (Duh!)
During New York Comic-Con, Sony held a Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse panel that delivered a huge surprise: the first 35 minutes of the movie were shown to panel-goers. This wasn't a final cut though, as some sections of the footage were unfinished, and more than likely, there will still be some edits before the movie hits theaters. However, because a giant chunk of the movie was screened, that means there were plenty of spoilers for Spider-Verse, well before its December release.
That's right: This post is full of spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in case you couldn't tell from the headline. Please proceed at your own risk, and feel free to go away if you want to see the movie totally fresh come its December release.
Now, with a handful of full trailers out in the wild, we've already got a pretty good idea of exactly what Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is going to be about. It's the first big screen animated Spider-Man movie focused on not Peter Parker, but Miles Morales, a fan-favorite character introduced in Marvel's Ultimate line back in 2011. But don't panic, Pete fans--classic Spider-Man is still in the movie, but care of an interdimensional rift in the multiverse (the "Spider-Verse") that drops an alternate reality Peter Parker into Miles's world.
This Peter just so happens to be a 40-year-old in the middle of a disastrous mid-life crisis, but, hey, he's still Spider-Man. Kind of. Burnt out Pete isn't the only Spider-Man in the mix, either. The Spider-Verse encompasses every alternate reality incarnation of the hero, including cartoon animals and noir detectives, and they've all been thrown into the mix, with Miles caught right in the middle.
For a spoiler free discussion of the footage, check out our video on everything we learned about Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse at NYCC. When you're done, check out all the craziest Funko Pops we found at the con, what we learned about the new Hellboy reboot, and our breakdown of the new Star Trek Discover Season 2 trailer.
New York Comic Con 2018 Coverage
1. Opening Credits
Into The Spider-Verse has a couple of fun easter eggs right off the bat, before the actual movie even begins to roll. Things kick off with the requisite studio logos and title cards--but there's one that stands out. An "Approved By The Comics Code Authority" stamp materializes on screen moments before the movie actually starts, which is a major nod not just to Spider-Man's source medium, but to comics history. In the 1950s, the Comics Code Authority was enacted as a sort of self-policing content rating for comics during the height of moral panic. During this time, every comic book sold had an official stamp on the cover--kind of like an MPAA rating--to let readers know it followed the code's rules. The code evolved over time and gradually became less and less puritalical, but stamps continued to appear on certain comics until as recently as 2011.
2. Miles' Home Life
The bulk of the first 35 minutes focuses on Miles' life as a normal, decidedly non-superpowered kid in Brooklyn. We spend a considerable amount of time with Miles and his dad, Officer Jefferson David, and his mom Rio. There's a lot of work put into building the tension between Miles and his dad, specifically, while Jefferson puts (extremely well intentioned) pressure on his son to stay on the straight and narrow.
Miles goes to the prestigious Visions Academy, a boarding school near his home that comics fans will recognize. His father is a major proponent of Miles succeeding in all things, even at the cost of his free time or at the expense of Miles' burgeoning graffiti art hobby while Rio is more relaxed.
Also, those scenes from the trailer of Jefferson making Miles say he loves him from the cop car? Expect that joke within the first ten minutes.
3. Uncle Aaron
A face we haven't seen in the trailers shows up relatively early on. Miles' uncle Aaron Davis is one of his secret mentors. The exact opposite of his brother Jefferson, Aaron is a slacker who possibly skews toward the criminal. Miles' father deeply disapproves of Miles and Aaron spending any time together, so Miles has to sneak out to meet him.
It's not clear whether Aaron's comic book history or connection to the supervillain identity Prowler are making the jump to the big screen here. In the first 35 minutes, the most criminal thing Aaron does is take Miles out tagging in an abandoned subway station.
4. Miles' Spider-Man
The Spider-Man of Miles' world is a 26-year-old blonde Peter Parker who seems to be the archetypal hero. The opening credits features the montage of Peter listing off his own origin story that we saw in a trailer, checking off his major successes--including a hilarious shout-out to Spider-Man 3's infamous dance scene. Perhaps more importantly, we also learn that the Peter of Miles' world is also a comic book character--as in Miles' world has taken the real life story of Spider-Man's adventures and turned them into stories to be sold as comics.
However, even with the comics available (Miles is definitely a fan) Spider-Man's identity in Miles' world remains a secret.
5. The Spider Bite
We see exactly how, where, and why Miles is bitten by his very own radioactive spider during the scene when he's out tagging with Aaron. Deep in the abandoned subway station, a strange, possibly half cybernetic spider with the label "42" on its thorax sneaks through tunnels and eventually lands on Miles' hand, where it chomps down.
The spider is heavily implied to have come from an alternate dimension--though Miles obviously doesn't know that and doesn't think much of the bite when he first gets it.
6. Gwen Stacy
We don't get much Gwen in the first 35 minutes--and we don't see Spider-Gwen at all--but we do learn that she's a very recent transfer student to Visions and, potentially, there's more to that story than she's letting on. She doesn't want to give her name as "Gwen" when Miles asks for it, and awkwardly hesitates to call herself "Gwenda" instead.
The reason the maybe-alternate-dimension spider was in the subway network to begin with was revealed shortly after Miles was bitten. Kingpin had taken up in one of the larger chambers in the network and had built himself a giant machine that, presumably, was trying to tear through reality itself.
This is definitely not the Kingpin fans will be familiar with from the Netflix universe shows. Hulking and highly stylized, this Kingpin speaks loudly with a thick New York accent and decidedly short temper. He's less intellectual art collecting crime lord and more brutish mafia don.
8. Green Goblin
Kingpin is aided by two villains in his interdimensional scheme--the first of which is Green Goblin, who is unlike any Green Goblin we've seen. More a dragon than a man, even more monstrous than the Ultimate incarnation of Norman Osborn from the comics. It's never made clear whether or not it's Norman Osborn or not.
Worth noting--upon seeing this particular version of the character, Miles seems slightly confused, as if maybe this isn't the Green Goblin from his Earth at all.
Kingpin's second henchman is none other than Prowler, who is wearing an almost Tron-like light up purple catsuit and full face mask. You can spot this character clearly during the post-credits scene of Venom where he's chasing Miles' down. This Prowler is never unmasked and never speaks, so it's obviously not clear just who it is but chances are--based on Miles' and his uncle's close relationship--it's not Aaron Davis like it is over in the Ultimate comics.
However, that obviously doesn't rule out the possibility of a suprise Aaron reveal, or even an alternate reality Aaron trying to kill Miles for Fisk. Alternatively, this Prowler is actually just the original incarnation, Hobie Brown.
10. The Death of Spider-Man
Anyone who has watched the trailers knows that the Spider-Man of Miles' universe is dead--but the first 35 minutes of footage has us experience that death in real time. And guess what? It's extremely sad.
While trying to stop the Kingpin and his henchmen from powering up their dimensional rifting machine, Peter has to protect Miles, who stumbled on the fight while trying to navigate his new Spider-senses. Pete is dragged through the dimensional vortex of the machine by Green Goblin and then crushed in a major explosion as the machine emits a massive energy pulse. As Miles watches, hiding and helpless, Kingpin corners Peter and unmasks him.
They have a brief exchange that amounts to Pete trying to barter for his life by offering to tell Kingpin what he saw within the vortex as the Goblin pulled him through, but follows his offer up by saying he "knows what Fisk is trying to do" and that it "won't bring them back." The "them" in question is never elaborated on because Fisk, in a fit of rage, crushes Peter and kills him.
11. Mary Jane & The Funeral
Spider-Man's funeral is, unsurprisingly, an incredibly sad affair. In death, the world learns that he was actually 26-year-old Peter Parker, and his name and face is broadcast around the world in time for his funeral. At the wake, Mary Jane, who we learn was married to Pete in this reality, gives a heartfelt speech to mourners, over half of whom show up in Spider-Man masks. Miles is in attendance and decides from that moment that he must pick up where Pete left off.
12. Stan Lee's Cameo
We get to see an animated version of Stan Lee as a costume store sales clerk. Miles shows up to buy himself an off-the-rack Spider-Man costume. He asks if he can return it if it doesn't fit but Lee responds, "it always fits, eventually." The heartfelt moment is tempered by a sight gag of a sign that says "No Refunds. No Exchanges" hanging next to Lee's head on the till.
13. The Other Spider-Man
After the dimensional energy pulse ripples through the city, we see another Peter Parker getting sucked up into a vortex, sent through a wormhole, and deposited in Brooklyn. As the footage begins winding down, we get another Peter Parker origin montage, but this one is, well, a lot different.
In voiceover this Pete explains who he is, how he saved the city, how he fell in love with MJ and was married, but then he keeps going, detailing injuries, growing tensions in his marriage, a divorce, getting out of shape, getting too hurt to keep fighting, falling into a pit of depression--you get the idea. This is the deadbeat, mid-life-crisis Peter Parker we've seen in the trailers who winds up mentoring Peter--a shabby brunette with salt-and-pepper around his hairline and a general distaste for superheroics.
That's where the footage ended, and we'll have to wait until December 14 to find out the rest of what happens in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.