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  • This was animator Bob Persichetti's directorial debut.
  • Miles Morales was confirmed as the main character by the Sony Pictures Twitter Account.
  • The movie is being written and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who made Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) with Neil Patrick Harris who played the title character on Spider-Man (2003).
  • Alex Hirsch has been added as a story contributor.
  • This was the second comic book and Marvel film Liev Schreiber starred in, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
  • Ice Cube was rumored to voice J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Liev Schriber is rumored to be voicing Kraven the Hunter.
  • The movie was announced during the 2014 Sony hack.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Sony Animation's first film to be Rated PG-13 by the MPAA.
  • This was Sony Animation's first film to be released in December.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The fifth Sony Pictures Animation's animated 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), and The Emoji Movie (2017).
  • This was Nicolas Cage's second animated film released in 2018, after Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018).
  • 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.
  • This was the 18th theatrical film produced by Sony Pictures Animation.
  • Sony Pictures Animation's second film to not rated PG by the MPAA, since theatrically released Marvel films are generally made for older audiences, usually being rated PG-13 under the Current MPAA Standards of the 2010s. The first was Sausage Party (2016), which was a mature themed film not suitable for viewers under 17.
  • 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).
  • This was Hailee Steinfeld's second animated film after When Marnie Was There (2014).
  • Unlike Over the Hedge (2006), Big Hero 6 (2014) and The Peanuts Movie (2015), which were also based off of comic strips, this movie also borrowed elements from the live-action films. The previous three movies were straight-up adaptations of the comics without any live-action films beforehand.
  • This was stand-up comedian John Mulaney's first theatrical film role.
  • This is Nicolas Cage's 2nd animated comic book film after Teen Titans Go! to the movies (2018)
  • Hailee Steinfeld has 2 movies out in December 2018, this movie and Bumblebee (2018). They are being released a week apart from each other and both have roots in Marvel comics.
  • 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. Lord and 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.
  • This is the first Sony Animation movie to be Rated PG-13.
  • This is Marvel's second animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA after Big Hero 6 (2014).
  • The first Spider-Man film to get a PG rating as the previous Spider-Man films are rated PG-13. Apart from Spider-Man 2
  • 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).
  • Completing the animation for the film required up to 180 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film.
  • The film received a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
  • 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 is produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, directors of The Lego Movie or 21 Jump Street.
  • Jake Johnson lends his stamp to a Peter Parker who is in his forties and is going through an existentialist crisis.
  • French vocal casting, St?phane Bak was chosen to camp Miles Morales. He is accompanied, unusual thing, by footballers. Olivier Giroud and Presnel Kimpembe, world champions with France this summer, will lend their voices to the Green Goblin and Scorpio. As for Gwen Stacy, she is embodied by the jarring stamp of Cam?lia Jordana.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Miles Morales checks through his contacts on his phone, the name Steve Ditko (the co-creater of Spider-Man) can be seen.
  • 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.
  • When Miles is scrolling through his phone, at the top of his contacts list, is "B. Bendis", undoubtedly a reference to Brian Michael Bendis, who both created and had a popular comic book run with the character.
  • Tobey Maguire from the original Spiderman Trilogy was almost in the film but answer was changed.
  • When Miles Morales first visits his uncle, there's a quick TV shot of a character dressed as Spider-Man standing up from a bed. This is a recreation of the season 2 introduction of the TV show Community where Troy, played by Donald Glover, is dressed in his Spider-Man pj's. Donald Glover was the fan choice to play Miles Morales in a live action Spider-Man film. Donald Glover also plays the uncle of Miles Morales in Spider-Man Homecoming.
  • 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).
  • Liev Schreiber also appeared in The Sum of All Fears (2002). His character in that film previously appeared in Clear and Present Danger (1994), in which he was played by Willem Dafoe, who played the Green Goblin in the original Spider-Man (2002).
  • A restaurant named Romita Ramen can be briefly seen. This is a reference to longtime "Spider-Man" artists John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr., who created "The Prowler" while still a teenager, his first professional work in comics.
  • When Miles first visits Uncle Aaron's apartment, the television is playing the television show Community (2009) (Season 2, Episode 1 "Anthropology 101"). 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.
  • 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.
  • When Miles Morales is looking through his phone contacts the first time, listed under "Favorites" is a "B. Bendis"; this is clearly a reference to long-time writer of the Spiderman comics (and an executive producer on the film) Brian Michael Bendis
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Co-writer Rodney Rothman became co-director in late 2017 as the film entered post-production.
  • This was Kathryn Hahn's second Sony Animation film, after Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), which was also released in 2018.
  • 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.
  • The trainers Miles wears are Nike Air Jordan 1 retro high tops.
  • There is a alternate movie poster for Shaun of the Dead called "From Dusk Till Shaun". Simon Pegg said if there was ever a sequel, that would be the name.
  • The web patterns in Peter Parker's spider suit change from black to gold when light reflects on them; which draws slight similarity to the "iron spider" suit he wears in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).
  • When Miles is scrolling through the contacts on his phone, the name "B Bendis" appears. This is a reference to Brian Michael Bendis, long-time author of the "Ultimate Spider-Man" series and one of Miles' creators.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • The film was IGN's 2018 Movie of the Year.
  • When the Spider-Men (and Women) are huddled together on the ceiling to hide from Mile's roommate, not only can Gwen's arm holding Peni can be barely made out (as she cannot cling to walls like the others can), but Peni can be seen blushing rather than having an embarrassed look on her face and is holding her skirt down. This is likely a nod to the comics where Peni was often worried about boys looking up her skirt whenever she was in the air.
  • 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.
  • When Miles' father Jefferson is going through his phone while trying to call his son, one of his listed contacts is Steve Ditko.
  • When Miles is scrolling through his phone, the name "Sara Pichelli" appears. Pichelli is one of the artists who had worked on the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics with Brian Michael Bendis, creator of Miles Morales.
  • 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.
  • The Air Jordan 1 Retro OG "Origin Story" sneakers were inspired by the ones Miles Morales wears in the film.
  • It is Chris Pine's second comic book-themed film. Pine voices the titular superhero in this film. He previously performed as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017).
  • Kingpin is modeled after the Kingpin in Daredevil: Love and War (1986) graphic novel by Frank Miller and Bill Sinkiewicz.
  • Kathryn Hahn and Mahershala Ali were previously cast members of Crossing Jordan (2001) together.
  • 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.
  • 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's a billboard with Scarlett Johansson advertising "LUCE", an alternate universe version of Lucy (2014)
  • Spider-Ham's nostrils are roughly teardrop shaped, much like his eyes and those of most of the other Spider-Men.
  • Spider-Ham's final line, "That's all, folks!" is the tagline of Porky Pig for ending Looney Tunes cartoons (except he says it with his characteristic stutter). Spider-Ham never removes his mask, and the outline of his head and body bear a remarkable resemblance to Porky Pig.
  • 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 bit by a radioactive spider to do your part. You are powerful, and we are counting on you."
  • 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.
  • Many may be more familiar with the character of Kingpin from "Daredevil." Vincent D'Onofrio played the character on the Netflix series "Daredevil," which ran from 2015-2018. Michael Clarke Duncan played the crime boss in the 2003 "Daredevil" movie and also lent his voice to the 2003 "Spider-Man" animated tv series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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""
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Six actors from "Spider-Verse" have also lent their voices to the acclaimed Netflix series "BoJack Horseman": 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).
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Mahershala Ali, who voices Uncle Aaron, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Moonlight." He recently told "Variety" that he loves acting and would love to discuss his craft more with the press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a "Variety" piece, it says that Mahershala Ali won the lead role in the third season of HBO's acclaimed series "True Detective" after convincing creator Nic Pizzolatto to make the lead detective black. Originally the lead detective was white and his partner was black. Ali asked his cousins for photos of his grandfather, who was an Arkansas state police office in the 60s and 70s and then sent them to Pizzolatto to show him that the role would make sense that way.
  • The Romita Ramen shop is a reference to John Romita Sr., who was responsible for Spider-Man's iconic muscular and handsome look, reports "Vanity Fair." He was also credited with designing the first Mary Jane Watson.
  • Hailee Steinfeld is also a successful recording artist, singing hits like "Love Myself", "Starving" with Grey (feat. Zedd), and "Most Girls."
  • Spider-Ham is unique among the other Spider-Heroes because he's not a pig who was bitten by a radioactive spider, but rather a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig.
  • 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."
  • In Peter Parker's secret hideout, an array of Spider-Man costumes from various Spider-Man comics and video games are on display.
  • Lily Tomlin, who voices Aunt May, first rose to stardom after joining the cast of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" where she created numerous memorable characters like Ernestine, the telephone operator.
  • Hailee Steinfeld continued to combine her singing and acting talents by appearing in both "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Pitch Perfect 3."
  • 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.
  • Hailee Steinfeld, who voices Gwen, became a breakout star when she earned an Academy Award nomination for her work in 2010's "True Grit."
  • Dr. Olivia Octavius is not the first time there's been a female Doctor Octopus character. "The Hollywood Reporter" explains that the first Lady Octopus was Carolyn Trainer, who wanted to carry on the original Doctor Octopus' plans after he died.
  • According to a 2013 article in "USA Today," there is a tax in New York on any bagel that is cut, toasted, or prepared with any kind of spread or topping.
  • 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.
  • Shameik Moore can be seen as Malcolm in the 2014 film "Dope." Moore also recorded several songs on the "Dope" soundtrack.
  • Doc Ock is voiced by Kathryn Hahn. Hahn recently voiced Drac's enigmatic love interest in "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."
  • 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.
  • This song, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" was written by David Foster and John Parr for the 1985 movie "St. Elmo's Fire," but the real inspiration for the song came from Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen. Between 1985 and 1987, Hansen and his team went on the Man in Motion World Tour, a journey of more than 40,000 km through 34 countries raising awareness about the power and potential that disabled people possess.
  • Jake Johnson has had parts in two other Lord and Miller films: he played Barry in "The Lego Movie" and Principal Dadier in "21 Jump Street."
  • 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 land in the crosswalk.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Jake Johnson, who voices Peter B. Parker, has become well-known for his role of Nick Miller on Fox's show "New Girl." He was nominated in 2013 for a Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy because of his work on the show.
  • 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."
  • In addition to being an actor, Shameik Moore is a singer and dancer. His first mix tape called "I Am Da Beat" was hosted by DJ Greg Street and debuted to over 100,000 downloads.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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 movie's main villain, Kingpin, is one of producer Phil Lord's 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. His is basically this pure black figure and the most abstracted animated character I've ever seen."
  • 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.
  • Shameik Moore starred in the Netflix series "The Get Down," which is about the rise of hip-hop in the Bronx in the 1970s.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Note the entries for "B Bendis" and "Sara Pichelli" in Miles' phone contacts. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli created the African-American/Puerto Rican teen comic book character Miles Morales in 2011.
  • 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.
  • 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 2014's "Into the Woods" 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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."
  • 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. Pemberton says, "I got a DMC World Scratch champion DJ to scratch all the parts 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.
  • "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."
  • 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."
  • The Donald Glover scene from "Community" can just be made out on Aaron's television set. Glover ended up voicing Miles Morales in Disney XD's "Ultimate Spider-Man" series. Glover also appeared in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" as a burglar named Aaron Davis. There are multiple universes indeed.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • The creative minds of Lord and Miller were also responsible for the successful "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street" movies starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The "Jump Street" films are about police officers who go undercover -- first at a high school, then as students attending college.
  • When the Air Jordans were first released in 1985, they were banned from use in the NBA due to the league's policy on uniforms. Michael Jordan wore them anyway and faced a $5,000 fine per game.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Both Miles Morales and Michael Jordan, who inspired the Nike Air Jordans that Miles wears, were born in Brooklyn, New York.
  • 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.
  • "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is not the first animated feature for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The team worked on "The Lego Movie" and both "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" films.
  • 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 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 storyline about drug abuse. This is often cited as the reason why the code was reviewed and then revised in 1970.
  • The first superhero movie to be awarded an Oscar in a Best Picture category, for Best Animated Picture at the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
  • The film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Film.
  • The 6th fully CGI Film to be based off of a comic strip, after Over the Hedge (2006), Big Hero 6 (2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), and Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), the latter of which being another Sony Animation film.
  • 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.
  • It was the first non-Disney or Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since link=tt1192628].
  • It was the first non-Disney or Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since Rango (2011).
  • 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).
  • One of the glitching Columbia Pictures logos is from 1965's Cat Ballou, "a fine film if you've never seen it."
  • One of them thinks the Spider-Man dance scene from Spider-Man 3 (2007) is "bad" but he's quickly peer pressured into calling it "great" instead. The joke riffing on it was included at Rothman's insistence.
  • The car ride with Miles in back and his dad (Brian Tyree Henry) driving was recorded with them sitting in chairs set up like a car to give them the proper dynamic.
  • 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.
  • At 9 mins.) There's a quick shot of Donald Glover on Community in the Spider-Man costume.
  • 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 graffiti montage with Miles and Uncle Aaron (Ali) was one of the earliest completed and served as a "lodestar" moving forward to inform and inspire them with later scenes.
  • It was Ramsay's idea to hold off on the visual comic language -- word bubbles, panels, etc. -- until Miles is bitten by the spider.
  • 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."
  • Their concept of Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) was that he was "the living expression of a black hole."
  • 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."
  • Spider-Man's face inside the collider beam shows very quick flashes of all the alternate universe Spideys heading our way.
  • 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.
  • Doc Ock's (Kathryn Hahn) office is filled with octagonal light fixtures and furniture as a hint to her true identity.
  • They went through seventy or so versions of how Miles would look while invisible.
  • 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.
  • The sound motif used when The Prowler is onscreen is a modified elephant roar.
  • They gave the animators permission to make Miles unattractive in his tearful breakdown when his Uncle Aaron dies.
  • Spider-Ham's contribution to the scene where all of the Spideys mention who they've lost is now a touching beat of him acknowledging that "you can't always save everybody," but it used to be a joke line about his "Uncle Frankfurter who was electrocuted, he smelt so delicious." It earned a big laugh from early viewers, but they realized it both took viewers out of the heaviness of the scene and hurt Ham's appeal going forward.
  • At 1hr23 mins.) The memorable shot of Miles falling/rising was written in the very first draft of the script as a stage direction.
  • At 1hr40mins.) The food machine from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) is visible being sucked into the collider.
  • Producers Amy Pascal and Avi Arad first came to Lord & Miller about doing an animated Spider-Man movie in 2014.
  • 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."
  • If you hit pause anytime a train goes, because all the animators wanted to animate Stan [Lee], he's in almost every single train.
  • There was a whole debate as to how much paunch Peter B. Parker should have.
  • One of the things that happened in the mix for the first time in Lord & Miller's career was "we started turning things quiet."
  • There was a moment where they were afraid that "the movie was going to break their machine."
  • Kathryn Hahns second villian role after, Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018).
  • The first Spider-Man film to win an Oscar since Spider-Man 2 (2004), which won an Oscar for "Best Achievement in Visual Effects".

Spoilers

  • The first Spider-Man related movie to feature Gwen Stacy as her super heroine ego, Spider-Woman (Spider-Gwen). While Gwen Stacy did previously appear in the movies Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), & The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), she however never gained spider powers or became Spider-Woman in any of the live action movies.
  • There are several visual recreations of scenes from the various live action adaptions of Spider-Man. These include the famous upside down kiss from Spider-Man (2002), the train stopping sequence from Spider-Man 2 (2004), Peter Parker's infamous finger guns strut scene from Spider-Man 3 (2007) and an altered version of the ferry splitting sequence from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
  • Voice cameo: Oscar Isaac appears in a post-credits scene as Spider-Man 2099 as he travels back to the universe encompassing the original 60s animated series.
  • Amongst all of the alternate Spider-Man suits in the deceased Spider-Man's underground lair are the Iron Spider suit from the "Civil War" comic arc and the suit from the Sony's PlayStation 4 game with the white spider detail.
  • When Miles Morales checks through his contact listings on his phone in the subway, the name Sara Pichelli (the co-creater of the character) can be seen.
  • When Spider-Man Noir is seen playing with the Rubik's cube he seems unable to tell which colors are which. This is because he comes from an entirely black and white Noir styled universe, and is colour-blind.
  • The Peter Parker of Miles' universe being blonde is a reference to Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider and a clone of Peter Parker, who for a time took over as Spider-Man and even dyed his hair blonde during his time as Spider-Man.
  • Though brief in his appearance in the post credits scene with Spider-Man 2099 and the 1967 Spider-Man, this film marks the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson in a Spider-Man film since Spider-Man 3 (2007).
  • At the beginning of the film, the famous phrase "With great power comes great responsibility" is actually said by Cliff Robertson, who played Uncle Ben in the original "Spider-Man" trilogy with Tobey Maguire. The quote was pulled from "Spider-Man" archival footage, as Robertson passed away in 2011.
  • During the early scenes of Miles as Spider-Man, there are references to the specimen number 42 on screen. "42" is the specimen number of the spider that bites Miles in the comics.
  • This was Mahershala Ali's second time portraying a Marvel villain. He also played Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes on Netflix's Luke Cage (2016) series.
  • Originally, Peni was going to die along with SP//DR, but this was deemed too brutal for a "kids movie," so she survived the destruction of her mech.
  • When Kingpin's Super Collider is activated for the first time, it shows the various dimensions each of the Spider-people come from. This includes; E-1610 (Miles' Universe), E-616 (Peter B. Parker's Universe), E-65 (Gwen's Universe), E-8311 (Spider-Ham's Universe), E-90214 (Spider-Man Noir's Universe), and E-14512 (Peni Parker and SP//dr's Universe). Additionally, these are the same designations for the different dimensions in the comics.
  • The number 42 is referenced multiple times throughout the film, which takes place in Brooklyn, NY. New York was formerly home to Brooklyn Dodgers (now the Los Angeles Dodgers) and legendary baseball player, Jackie Robinson. Robinson's jersey number was 42.
  • As the collider is being destroyed, Miles looks into the closing hole and sees multiple web like figures closing in on each other. This is the Web of Destiny: the Tapestry of the Universe, an extra-dimensional force that binds all the Spider-People together. Meaning that Miles is the only Spider-Person to get a glimpse of the truth of the multi-verse.
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