It’s a very, very good time to be a fan of Spider-Man. Your friendly neighborhood hero is seemingly everywhere these days, experiencing a huge surge in popularity – not that he ever fell out of the public eye, mind you – and spawning countless projects across screens both big and small. Undoubtedly, the lion’s share of the spotlight is being placed on Tom Holland’s version over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s another Spidey crawling around that’s starting to generate a lot of buzz, too.
Of course, we’re talking about Miles Morales, who’s set to feature in Sony’s upcoming animated flick, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. With the first trailer for the film having debuted this past weekend to a great response, interest in the project has skyrocketed, with fans wondering if there will be any ties between it and the MCU.
After all, Morales was hinted at in this year’s Homecoming and there’s been a strong call for him to join the Avengers up on the big screen for some time now. But, at least if Into the Spider-Verse writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are to be believed, there won’t be any sort of crossover between the two.
Speaking at a Q&A panel during the Comic Con Experience convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil this weekend, they confirmed that there won’t be any link between their film and what’s going on over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That being said, Sony’s animated pic will still include Peter Parker, but it’ll be a different version of the character than what we’re seeing now in the MCU, as he’ll be middle-aged and act as a mentor to Miles, who’s the real focus of the story here.
Having no connection to the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe could go one of two ways, as far as we see it. On the one hand, Morales is a pretty popular character, one who should be able to anchor his own franchise, and without being tied down to the continuity of the MCU, Sony can do some really interesting things here with the story.
However, it’s also important to note that audiences may get fatigue from seeing so many different versions of the hero or, worse yet, may be confused as to why there are two different Spider-Men swinging around on screen. Not to mention that Marvel also doesn’t have the best track record with animated pics.
Still, after seeing that first trailer, we’re feeling a sense of cautious optimism about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and are certainly willing to give it a chance at this point.