Sony released a teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s really just a tease as the movie comes out in a full year, but what a tease it is! It showcases the astonishing art style. It’s like nothing we’ve seen before, especially in a mainstream movie. It makes great use of 3D, CGI and cell-shading to give the images the flipping look of a comic book. Let’s have a closer look.
The first shot is an amazing view of New York City by night. It looks sleek and expensive. It looks as if it were hand-painted. The colors are moody and mesmerizing.
Then a street shot. Once again, the CGI looks like it’s covered in a painterly texture. The lights look vibrant. You can spot subtle comic book-style dots in the halos.
It’s followed by a shot of a hooded figure waiting for a train and standing uncomfortably close to the tracks. The way they position the camera here reminds me of anime.
Next, the hooded figure walks into a snowy cemetery, apparently visiting the tombstone of Peter Parker. He hears something and does an iconic head whip.
We then see Spider-Man hanging off the side of a building. Once again, the camera angles are playing tricks. It conveys a sense of dynamism and heights.
Here’s the money shot. A slow-mo head-first free fall among skyscrapers “filmed” with an inverted camera to give us a unique perspective, as if we’re falling head-first too.
Spider-Man is then seen chasing a motorcycle in a busy street. The camera is positioned right in the middle of the action. The neon lights are popping off the screen.
The scene flashes into two comic book stills: once when Spider-Man is jumping, another time when he’s stepping on a taxi. The colors are out of this world.
Spider-Man swings and flips and propulses himself back in the air. I love the way his movements are animated. His body seems incredibly agile and nimble.
Finally he removes his mask and reveals he is Miles Morales. This is huge for animation. I think this is the first major animated film with a black male hero.
This is another shot that looks like a concept art came to life. That’s exactly what I like. I love the small touch of the spider crawling out of focus on the wall.
Who is responsible for this incredible animation? It is being animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, the studio responsible for animating most Sony Pictures Animation films (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Emoji Movie), but also The Angry Birds Movie and Warner Animation Group’s non-Lego movies (Storks, Smallfoot).
What is the Spider-Verse? Apparently all the different versions of Spider-Man are connected through a multi-verse. That means there’s a universe where Peter Parker is alive. There is also a universe where Gwen Stacy was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. Miles Morales could potentially meet Spider-Gwen in this movie, as they did in the comics.