Sony Pictures Animation recently released a new concept art of the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The art showed rookie superhero Miles Morales going one on one with an over-sized Green Goblin.
This isn’t the first time that we have seen such a big Green Goblin. We have already seen him in last month’s official trailer. He looked like a house-sized creature with dragon like wings. Miles first saw the Green Goblin when he was fighting his arch enemy, the Spider-Man.
The story of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse revolves around Peter Parker voiced by Jake Johnson mentoring a teen Miles Morales voiced by Shameik Moore to become the next web-slinging superhero. When Moore was interviewed about the character of Miles, he had some interesting revelations to make.
“This power is kind of handed to [Miles] when he’s not really looking for more responsibility,” Moore told EW. “That phrase — ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ — it means the same thing, but it comes from a different place with this Spider-Man.”
Obviously, becoming a superhero is a sudden change and to be mentored by the original Spider-Man makes it even more of a burden. But being the hero on whom the people rely so much is a responsibility which Miles must understand.
The older Peter Parker is just one of the Spider-heroes Miles will encounter, coming across superheroes like Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) and Spider-Man Noir (voiced by Nicolas Cage) and villains such as the Kingpin (voiced by Liev Schreiber).
“Everybody has a purpose and a reason and a place,” Moore said. “I think that’s what [Miles’] conflict is — finding his place. He’s like, ‘If there’s Peter, then how do I be Spider-Man? Can you teach me? How do I do this?’”. Mentoring a 13 year old teen could become a very huge task because of the age difference between them.
The creator Lord Miller was asked about the kind of potential Sony Pictures expect from an animated franchisee, he said “Everything good we’ve ever done has started with a bad idea, “And then we slowly figure out a way that seems like it would be surprising. An animated Spider-Man movie, on the surface it felt like, well, do we really need that? But you start to think about the opportunities that it gives you. Because it’s like the 19th Spider-Man movie, it forces you to make different choices than everybody else.”
The positive attitude towards the animated franchisee is a bold one of course but it also does open up new avenues and opportunities.
“The idea was: Let’s make a movie that feels like you’re walking into an immersive comic book,” Miller said. “We were just really intrigued with the possibility of making an animated movie in a completely different way with a completely different set of characters that didn’t have to abide by the normal rules,” Lord added. “A big franchise can either back you into safe choices or it can give you the opportunity to take huge risks. And that risk version was what was intriguing to us.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse releases on December 14th.