Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will feature six major art styles. Speaking to Empire , producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller teased that the sequel to the Oscar-winning Miles Morales adventure will be far more ambitious, trying to “wow” audiences with each new setting. The first film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, featured a unique visual language that played around with frame rates and textures. It was led by Alberto Mielgo – best known for Love, Death & Robots’ Jibaro – before being let go by Sony over creative differences. The returning producers will “take those tools” and draw on the lessons learned from The Mitchells Vs The Machines to expand the scope of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
“The first film had one style of animation that dominates the film. This film has six,” Lord told Empire.[The goal] is to impress you every time you step into a new environment, and also to ensure that the style of the film reflects the story and that the visuals are driven by emotion, as opposed to some egghead art project. Which it is, by the way!” A new image from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has also been released, featuring a close-up of Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy (Hailey Steinfeld) from the Earth-65 dimension we’ll be visiting in the film. “And it was a watercolor wash style reminiscent of the covers of her comics,” added co-producer Miller.
While the original 2018 film featured different character design styles for the Spider-People from different universes, as we now delve into those worlds, the entire frame will feature a unique style derived from their respective comic book versions. “The two you saw in the teaser trailer were what’s called Earth-50101, which we call ‘Mumbattan’ — based on an Indian comic book look — and Nueva York from the world of Spider-Man 2099,” Miller explained in the interview . “It’s based on Syd Mead-style illustrations of what the future might look like.”
Sony Pictures originally titled the two-part sequel as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part Two). The latter was earlier this year retitled Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, due for release in 2024. At the time, co-producers Lord and Miller confirmed that the sequel would drastically expand on the first film by featuring over 240 characters across on six universes. This explains the aforementioned art style changes.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse introduces an enigmatic villain named The Spot, voiced by Jason Schwartzman (The French Dispatch). As one of the “deepest cuts” in the Spider-Man canon, the antagonist’s body is covered in interdimensional portals that can send him across multiple variants of Earth. The film sees Shameik Morre return to voice Miles Morales alongside new members Daniel Kaluuya as Spider-Punk, Oscar Isaac (Moon Knight), and Issa Rae (The Lovebirds).
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be released on June 2, 2023 in theaters worldwide. In India, the animated film will be out in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.