‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Team Reflects on the Movie’s Best Moment

Fans panicked in 2019 when it seemed Spider-Man might be poised to exit the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thankfully, Sony and Marvel Studios reached an agreement, and a new contract was created. While Tom Holland’s Spidey future hinges on his role in the MCU, Sony already has an entirely new web of stories to tell with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The 2018 animated film earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. It ultimately went on to earn the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Now with the coronavirus pandemic, the creative team behind the movie took a chance to revisit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, actors Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, Lauren Vélez, and Brian Tyree Henry
Directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, actors Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, Lauren Vélez, and Brian Tyree Henry | Craig Barritt/Getty Images for New York Comic Con

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ just got its own virtual watch party

As a result of “social distancing,” Hollywood productions have shut down. And filmmakers, cast, and crew have suddenly found themselves with a lot of downtime. So the creative teams behind some huge crowd-pleasers have seized this opportunity to host watch parties for their movies. These events allow filmmakers to connect with fans and keep their brands strong.

Notably, the directors and writers of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame held such a watch party. And now Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse got its chance to shine. Many of the cast and crew members participated in the event on Twitter, sharing tidbits of the production as they watched along with fans. But one moment earned special mention.

Miles Morales’ big moment got some direct shout-outs on Twitter

Following a touching scene with his father (Brian Tyree Henry), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is inspired to take a leap of faith, truly becoming Spider-Man for the first time. As he does, audiences see Miles’ world literally turn upside down. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is renowned for its gorgeous visual style. But this particular shot has stood out for fans.

Michael Lasker, computer graphics supervisor on the film, revealed the footage was the first completed for the movie. In fact, these shots were — as fans may remember — included in the movie’s initial teaser trailer. But what elevates Miles’ jump from thrilling to iconic is how the music works alongside the imagery.

As Blackway’s “What’s Up Danger” kicks in, Daniel Pemberton’s original score amps up to match it. And Pemberton took the time out during the watch party to acknowledge the power in this scene. The moment it all comes together, he said, marks the culmination of Miles’ theme music. Likewise, it is the hero finally stepping up to seize his destiny.

Fans are getting a ‘Spider-Verse’ sequel in 2022

Fans who are amped up by the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse watch party should be thrilled to note the movie has a sequel on the way. Sony has already announced an April 8, 2022 release date for the untitled animated film. The principal cast is expected to return, though right now there’s no telling whether the first film’s post-credits scene will pay off.

The Sony Universal of Marvel Characters still has plenty of other movies on the way for those who can’t get enough of Spider-Man and his rogues gallery. Both Venom 2 and Morbius will hit theaters in 2021, following delays caused by the pandemic.

And there’s still the very real chance multiple live-action Spider-Men could cross paths sometime in the foreseeable future. With the MCU set to introduce the multiverse, fans could see Holland share the screen with Tobey Maguire soon. Stay tuned, true believers.