Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer: Breakdown And Easter Eggs
Sony is taking the plunge and jumping into the Marvel Ultimate Universe. For the non-Marvel nerds out there, the Ultimate Universe--also known as Earth-1610--is a separate universe from main continuity, featuring most of the characters you know and love with a twist to them. Additionally, death is relatively permanent in the 1610, so if you die, you're not coming back. You hear that, Jean Grey?
The first trailer for Sony's upcoming animated feature Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was just released, and it dives into quite a bit of Marvel lore, including the Ultimate Universe and beyond. We looked at the new trailer and are breaking it down to see what we know about the movie and its connection to the comics.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse comes out on December 14, and if you want more Spider-Man, we recently learned Jake Gyllenhaal was in talks to play a villain in the Homecoming sequel, and there's a new trailer for the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy.
Meet Miles Morales And His Father
We are first introduced to Miles Morales as he gets a ride to school from his father, Jefferson Davis. Miles is still in high school, and his father is an NYC police officer. This sticks close to the source material, although Davis has a pretty crazy backstory--in the comics--that involved secretly working with Nick Fury in his younger years, to help SHIELD keep an eye on the underworld. Additionally, Davis has a brother, Aaron, who is very much a part of that criminal element.
Fun fact: Aaron Davis appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He's played by Donald Glover, who also voiced Miles Morales on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.
Spider-Man Is Alive
It's established early on that Spider-Man is alive and well in New York City. In the comics, Miles Morales makes his first appearance in Ultimate Fallout #4, a mini-series that revolves around the aftermath of Peter Parker/Spider-Man's death. Miles Morales and Ultimate Spider-Man didn't cross paths, until Marvel decided to bring Ultimate Peter back from the dead, right before the Ultimate Universe was destroyed.
This Is Not Our Universe
It's well-established that the universe featured in the movie is not the one we live in nor the MCU. There's a shot of what looks like a Coca-Cola billboard, but it says "Koca-Soda." It seems Miles, who is narrating the trailer, knows there are multiple universes as well.
Green Goblin Is Here
There are a few shots of the Green Goblin in the trailer, and yes, this look is a big departure from what most people are familiar with, but it matches up exceptionally well with the Ultimate Green Goblin version. In that comic, Norman Osborn tries to recreate the Super Soldier Serum, but an accident turns him into this monster, who also has pyrokinetic powers.
Although Spider-Man has spider-sense powers in Homecoming, there wasn't a clear indication of how it works--Infinity War gave us a better idea. In Into The Spider-Verse, we get a clear indication that Miles' spider-senses are tingling, alerting the hero to danger. It is very reminiscent to the classic Steve Ditko-era of comics with the wavy lines next to Miles' head.
Your Inner-Monologue Is Showing
There is a brief scene where Miles is running down the street and caption boxes appear behind him. One of the boxes is "It was a normal spider." It seems like we're getting a full origin story for the film, which is fine. What's really cool is the incorporation of the caption boxes into the movie.
That Doesn't Look Like A Normal Spider
Is this the spider that bit Miles? More than likely, yes it is, and it totally doesn't look like a normal spider. In the comics, Miles gets bitten at his Uncle Aaron's apartment, and Aaron just happened to have one of the enhanced spiders in his bag because he's a thief.
On the left is the Electro-Proof Suit. In the comics, Spider-Man created it to protect himself from Electro while Parker and the X-Men had a team up.
Secret War Spider-Man
On the right is the Secret War Spider-Man costume. In the 2004 miniseries, Spider-Man joined Nick Fury, Wolverine, and Captain America to overthrow the government in Latveria. This is the costume Parker wore during that event.
Peter Parker Is Older
The Into The Spider-Verse version of Peter Parker is a bit older than the Ultimate version. In the diner scene, Parker's hair is starting to grey, and he looks like he's in his early-40s. It seems like he's been Spider-Man for decades.
A Different Spider Suit
This is the first time we see Miles in the Spider-Man costume, and it's a bit of a departure from the comics. It looks a little more homemade; just look at the spider-emblem on Miles' chest. It still has the same color scheme as the comic book version. It's just a bit more DIY.
Uncle Aaron, Is That You?
We see a quick fight between a man in a purple mask and Peter Parker. That is Prowler, Aaron Davis. Yep, Miles' uncle is a super-villain. The costume is a mixture of the 616 and Ultimate versions.
Kingpin Is Real Big
Very briefly, we see an explosion and one gigantic person being affected by the blast. That's Kingpin, who is voiced by Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). At this time, it's unknown how big Kingpin's role in the film will be.
Miles Morales has all of Peter Parker's powers, plus a few extras. The most notable is his camouflage. Miles can make himself and his clothing blend into his surroundings. In the comics, he doesn't go completely invisible, but it's pretty close.
Towards the end of the trailer, Spider-Gwen pops up, which--for fans of the comic series--is a little confusing as Spider-Gwen comes from her own, separate universe. So has she just been mashed into the Ultimate Universe or--like the title suggests--is this going to follow or allude to the Spider-Verse storyline? Wait... we're not going to get into the whole Morlun thing, are we? I can't watch that guy eat Spider-Men again.