'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Bursts Into Flight in First Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Bursts Into Flight in First Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

Jun 06, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

We've been hearing about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse since the project was first announced in April 2015. That was before Tom Holland was cast as the new, live-action Peter Parker, before he debuted in Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016), before his solo adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) hit the big screen, and before he made an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

To put it mildly, we are intensely curious about the next big-screen Spider-Man movie. Watch the first trailer below and then catch up with everything we know about the animated adventure below that.

What is the brief, animated screen history of Spider-Man?

Spider-Man first appeared in an animated series in 1967. The show ran for three seasons; Ralph Bakshi produced the second and third seasons. The theme song -- beginning with the lyrics "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can" -- embedded itself into popular culture and was later featured in most of the film versions.

Spider-Man returned to television in animated form in 1981's Spider-Man and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Subsequently, he's appeared in multiple series.

How did this project develop?

Fresh off their smash hit The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were hired to write a treatment for and produce an animated Spider-Man movie. The idea was for them to lay out the story for the project, which would exist independently of live-action plans for the lead character. We learned that the movie would revolve around Miles Morales in January 2017.

Who is Miles Morales?

Miles Morales was introduced in the Marvel comics books in 2011. He is a young man who has always admired Peter Parker. So how did Miles become Spider-Man? In the comic books, the answer is a bit complicated. In the film version, we've yet to see the full explanation, but Peter Parker and Miles Morales share the screen, so we're sure it's a heroic story.

Who is in the voice cast?

Shameik Moore

As announced in April 2017, Shameik Moore (above), known for Dope and TV's The Get Down, will voice Miles Morales. Liev Schreiber was identified as the voice of the villain.

Word arrived in June 2017 that Mahershala Ali, Academy Award-winner for Moonlight, and Brian Tyree Henry (TV's Atlanta) had joined the voice cast.

The latest cast additions, per THR, include Jake Johnson (as Peter Parker), Hailee Steinfeld (as Gwen Stacy, who is introduced nearly at the end of the trailer), Luna Lauren Velez (as Rio, Miles' mother) and Lily Tomlin (as Peter Parker's Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei in the latest live-action movie).

Mahershala Ali (as Miles' uncle Aaron, played by Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Brian Tyree Henry (as Jefferson, a police officer and Miles' father) have also been confirmed, as has the villainous character being voiced by Liev Schreiber: The Kingpin, a nasty crime boss.

Who is directing?

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. Chris Lord wrote the screenplay.

When can we see it?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will open in theaters everywhere on December 14, 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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