Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse will feature six unique Art Styles
Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse will feature six major art styles. Speaking to Empire, producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller teased that the sequel to Miles Morales’ Oscar-winning journey will be ambitious and try to “surprise” audiences with each new location. The first film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse featured a different visual language that played with frame rates and textures. It was helmed by Alberto Mielgo – best known for Love, Death & Robots’ Jibaro – before being let go by Sony over creative differences. Returning producers will be “taking those tools” and learning from The Mitchells Vs The Machines to expand on the scope of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
“The first film had one style of animation that dominated the film. This film has six,” said Lord. The state,[The goal] entertaining you every time you step into a new place, and making sure that the style of the movie reflects the story, and that the visuals are driven by emotion, as opposed to some egg-headed 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, which we will visit in the film. “And that was a watercolor style reminiscent of his comic book covers,” added co-producer Miller.
While the original 2018 film featured the design styles of different Spider-People characters from different worlds, as we now enter those worlds, every frame will have a unique style, taken from their comic book versions. “The two you see in the comic trailer are what’s called Earth-50101, which we call ‘Mumbattan’ – that’s based on the look of the Indian comic book – and Nueva York from Spider-Man 2099’s world,” explained Miller in an interview. “That’s based on Syd Mead-style illustrations of what the future might look like.”
Sony Pictures originally titled the two-part sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part Two). The latter was retitled, earlier this year, to Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, scheduled for release in 2024. Meanwhile, co-producers Lord and Miller confirmed that the sequel will expand upon the original film by including more than 240 characters spread across six universes. This explains the art style changes listed above.
Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse introduces a mysterious villain called Spot, who will be portrayed by Jason Schwartzman (The French Dispatch). Like other “deep cuts” in the Spider-Man canon, the antagonist’s body is covered in interstellar portals, which can send him to multiple worlds. The film sees the return of Shameik Morre as Miles Morales, and new members Daniel Kaluuya as Spider-Punk, Oscar Isaac (moon knight), and Issa Rae (Love Birds).
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is expected to be released on June 2, 2023, in theaters worldwide. In India, the animated film will release in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.