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, Vulture is speaking to the screenwriters behind the awards season’s most acclaimed movies about the scenes they found most difficult to crack. For this installment, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse writers Rodney Rothman and Phil Lord talk through the introduction of Miles Morales, the half-black, half–Puerto Rican teen stepping into Spider-Man’s suit.

Miles Morales, for fans of comic books and Spider-Man, is very well known. But for people outside of that world, he’s not very well known. With Into the Spider-Verse, we’re introducing a character who our audience already knows is going to become a new Spider-Man. But the audience loves Peter Parker, the Spider-Man they’ve got. It’s a challenging introduction of a character: Our movie doesn’t work if you don’t fall in love with Miles Morales.

We open the movie with a montage that introduces the real Spider-Man. The scale of that scene is enormous. It’s like seeing an entire superhero movie in 45 seconds, guided by this very confident narrator. Then we cut to Miles, and things slow down a lot. In an elegant script, everything is deliberate, and everything is a microcosm for something larger: When you meet Miles, we see him singing a song with headphones on. We made a very deliberate choice to spend the first couple of minutes we’re with Miles really just watching him. We wanted Miles to be kind of lovable. We see him drawing and making stickers; we’re establishing that he’s a creative person, he’s an artist, who is able to create without feeling self-conscious or encumbered.

The most important thing for this scene to communicate is that Spider-Man, as a character, is always punching up. In Miles, we have a kid who’s not ready — he’s not ready for school; he’s not ready for this mission. He doesn’t have all the tools, but he has spirit, and we fall for him because of that. We start the movie looking at Miles, and then we end it with him looking right at us.

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We needed Miles to score a foolproof laugh at the beginning of the movie, right when you meet him. There aren’t exactly jokes in this stretch, or any clever lines. It’s just what a reasonably clever kid would say. We had this idea that if he sang a song that was out of his register, it would make the audience laugh. It got a big laugh in the preview screening a year ago, but there was one problem: The song we initially used was the Donald Glover song “Redbone,” and we liked the double-layered joke of opening with a Donald Glover song because of his history with Spider-Man. “Redbone” killed … until Get Out premiered.

It was critical that the song gag landed. We had a feeling it was because people knew the song, and they knew how he was messing it up. We were in big trouble when we couldn’t use it anymore — we needed to replace one of the greatest songs of the year, and we had to do it in time to spend the three months we would need to animate that shot. It turns out “Sunflower” is a massive hit song. We heard it as part of a batch of songs that Republic Records presented to us.

We also liked the metaphor this presents: Miles is singing a song that theoretically he’s a little too young for and he doesn’t know the words yet. That’s the metaphor we’re going to be working with for most of the rest of the movie. He’s going to be asked to step into shoes that he feels he’s not ready for, he’s not going to know the words, and he’s going to feel very self-conscious and nervous about that.

With Jefferson, we need to convey the authority he has in Miles’s life. His lines are delivered from either off camera, or passing. In a very subtle way, there’s a bit of a disconnect between these characters: Miles and his dad talk to each other, but they don’t necessarily look at each other, or face each other. Jefferson is a character who’s searching for a way to communicate with his son. This line — “you’re a grown man now” — was improvised by Brian.

Jeff and Rio are both helicopter parents in some ways. We were always riding a line, we didn’t want Jeff to feel punitive or naggy. We always wanted him to seem like he was a good dad.

We had to have Spanish in this scene. We worked really hard with Shameik [Moore] and Luna [Velez] to have enough Spanish in there that felt credible and that didn’t alienate English speakers when they heard it. It was important that it wasn’t subtitled, that it felt completely normal, and was never presented as foreign or other.

Sometimes we overdid it. And at one point we underdid it. We spent a lot of time fine-tuning that stuff. Even in recording sessions where sometimes Rodney would be on the phone with his mom, and Luna would be on the phone with hers, and we’d be saying, “What would you say if I didn’t do my homework, and you were going to call me out?”

We tried a lot of different versions of this scene, but sometimes the most down-the-middle structure works the best. A lot of these sequences were grounded in conversations we were having about how a lot of the characters in the movie were fighting against inevitable change, and were seeking to go back to a comfortable place in the past that didn’t really exist anymore. That was the intention behind Miles and his old school, and wanting to go back to it. We decided that Miles’s school was around the corner from his house, because it let us say a lot of stuff very quickly.

The initial versions of this scene, in some ways, hit a lot of the same things but in a different order. You saw Miles hanging out a lot with a specific group of friends that we no longer meet specifically. There was a dinner-table scene with the parents, and a lot of the dynamic of that was eventually moved to the scene where he drives to school with his dad. You had stuff about how Jefferson feels about Spider-Man. In those drafts, the movie started with him telling his parents that he decided to quit school.

You don’t get the sense that Miles is Mr. Popular, but you definitely get the sense that he’s a well-liked kid who has history and rapport with the people around him. In some ways we started to draft a lot on Shameik, and his charm. This is just a piece of flavor that popped up, between the writing and the recording sessions. Miles is not in control of his powers; it’s almost like setting up what’s to come. He is a charming kid. He is starting to make connections with other people that may or may not be romantic; it’s unclear. He’s capable of getting the connection, but he just isn’t quite in control of what he’s doing yet.

The stickers that Miles works on came from Bob Persichetti and his rebellious, street-art-skateboarder past. In the initial treatment, we wanted him to have something that was a little lie that he would keep from his parents, because it felt like a good microcosm of the big lie that he has to keep from them, going forward into the next stage of his life. What’s cool with the stickers, too, is that they literally say “My name is.” It very uniquely set up that Miles was someone who was still searching for himself and identity and wasn’t quite sure who he was, and was almost trying out different versions of who he was, graphically, on these stickers.

There were many versions of this scene, even in its current structure. We tried over and over again to write more jokes for Miles. Beyond meeting Miles, this first scene with him is about mapping out the visual contours of what you’re doing, and the tonal contours of what you’re doing. You’re conveying the overture for your whole movie, and the audience is paying attention. Sometimes if you don’t establish that stuff early enough, it feels jarring later on if you take a sharp turn and do something that you haven’t set up as one of the colors you’re playing with. A lot of jokes just didn’t work. They either felt fake, or written. So we just said, “Forget it.” All we want to do is fall in love with this kid, fall in love with his family, and convey a couple of very simple things. The kid feels a little overwhelmed; he’s not prepared. He’s a regular kid who fibs to his parents, parents who have very high expectations of him because they love him and are trying to do as much as they can to help him. And, of course, we had to do all that in 45 seconds.

Below read the scripted version of the scene:



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Every Spider-Man Movie Spin-Off in Development
Spider-Man and his amazing friends are keeping very busy.
By Jesse Schedeen, Scott Collura
Updated: 28 Jun 2019 1:40 pm
Posted: 28 Jun 2019 1:37 pm

Spider-Man is one of the few Marvel heroes with a supporting cast and rogues gallery wide enough to support an entire cinematic universe. And that's exactly what Sony is trying to launch. Even as Tom Holland's Spider-Man makes his mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his latest film being Far From Home, Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC (as the studio is reportedly calling the series internally), is drawing from all corners of the Spider-Man franchise in order to create new movies starring characters like Venom, Morbius and Black Cat.

We recently learned that Sony has "seven or eight years" planned for the Spidey universe both on film and TV, which raises the question... what projects are actually happening? It's a lot to keep track of, so we've put together a handy guide breaking down every Spider-Man-centric movie currently in the works at both Marvel and Sony and how exactly these projects are meant to fit together. Check them all out below!
Every Spider-Man Movie Spin-Off in Development

After Venom, Morbius will be the next Spider-Man supporting character to star in his own SUMC (Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters) movie. Jared Leto has been cast as Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant scientist who inadvertently transforms himself into a "living vampire" and becomes an outcast. Matt Sazama and Buck Sharpless (Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt) penned the screenplay, and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) directs. The film is currently scheduled for release on July 31, 2020. Learn more about Morbius here.
Venom 2

Venom was the first Spider-Man character to get a movie out of the new Sony universe line. The first film was a hit, and the sequel is expected to see the return of Tom Hardy as the anti-hero Eddie Brock/Venom. The first film's screenwriter Kelly Marcel is reportedly returning for Venom 2 as well, and ditto for Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson... which means we're in all likelihood going to finally get a live-action Carnage. A director has not yet been named, and it's unlikely we'll see the original Venom helmer Ruben Fleischer return as he's busy with Zombieland 2. Look for this one on October 2, 2020.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2

Into the Spider-Verse was another big hit for Sony, in this case both critically and commercially, so it's no surprise that a sequel to the innovative film is in the works. Joaquim Dos Santos, known for his work on Justice League Unlimited, Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, is being tapped to direct the sequel. Details are scarce, though reports indicate that “seeds have been planted” in the first film for a sequel. Learn more about the Spider-Verse here.
Untitled Female Cast Into the Spider-Verse Spin-Off

An Into the Spider-Verse spin-off featuring an all-female cast is also said to be in the works, with Spider-Gwen likely to make her return. Other characters like Spider-Girl, Spider-Woman, Madame Web, Silk and even Black Cat could be featured.
Kraven the Hunter

Sony is also shining a spotlight on Kraven the Hunter. One of Spider-Man's oldest rogues, Kraven is a skilled hunter who sets his sights on Spider-Man after conquering all other prey in the animal kingdom. He's also the central antagonist in the seminal comic storyline Kraven's Last Hunt, which could easily serve as a source of inspiration for the movie. For now, though, all that's known is that Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) has been hired to write the screenplay.
Black Cat

Along with Venom, one of the earliest Spider-Man spinoff movies Sony pursued was Silver & Black, a team-up movie featuring mercenary Silver Sable and master thief/occasional Spider-Man love interest Black Cat. While Sony went as far as hiring director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) and dating the film for a February 2019 release, it's since fallen off the schedule. Instead, the studio is now reworking Silver & Black into solo movies for the characters. Prince-Bythewood remains attached as a producer.
Silver Sable

Silver Sable got her perhaps biggest role recently in the Spider-Man PS4 game. Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was supposed to direct Silver & Black, will probably stay on the Silver Sable solo film as a producer. But a female director is expected to replace her if and when the film actually happens. Learn more about Silver Sable with our explainer.

Nightwatch is easily the most obscure Marvel character being tapped for the SUMC. This vigilante hero wears a durable nanotechnology costume that enhances his strength by stimulating his adrenal glands. Interestingly, Variety reported in March 2018 that director Spike Lee is in talks to direct the film.

A more recent addition to Spider-Man's world, Silk is a heroine who was bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his powers. Resurfacing after a decade spent locked in an underground bunker, Cindy Moon has followed the example of Spider-Man and become a costumed superhero. Cindy has actually made small appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War (played by Tiffany Espensen). But as it looks like the SUMC is separate from the MCU, we assume the role will be recast for the Silk movie. Little else is known about the project right now, other than that Sony hopes to use it as an opportunity to boost superhero representation by spotlighting a Korean-American heroine.

Another fairly recent addition to the Spider-Man universe, Jackpot has often fought alongside Spider-Man in defense of New York City. When she was first introduced, readers were led to believe she was actually Mary Jane Watson in disguise. Instead, it was eventually revealed that Jackpot is an identity used by two different women - genetic researcher Sara Ehret and her admirer, Alana Jobson. Variety reported in August 2018 that a Jackpot movie is currently in development, but no cast, director or writer have been revealed so far.
The Future...

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tony Vinciquerra and Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins recently said that the studio has “seven or eight years” of its Marvel properties planned for both film and TV. “We have the next seven or eight years laid out as to what we’re going to do with that asset, and that will not only be on the film side -- it’ll be on the TV side,” said Vinciquerra. “Our television group will have its own set of characters from within that universe that we will seek to develop.” How many of the projects already reported on fall into these plans is unclear, but one thing is certain: The Spider-Man universe is only going to get bigger on the big and small screens in the coming years.


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The Sequel Is Confirmed and We Will Go Back Into The Spider-Verse In April of 2022
By Jordan Crucchiola@jorcru
Photo: Sony Pictures Animation

You’ve already waited long enough, but at least you know now exactly how much longer you will have to wait to go back Into the Spider-Verse. Producer Chris Miller tweeted a very short little promo video today (seriously, it’s just the Spider-Man symbol) with the news that a sequel to the Oscar-winning animated film will hit theaters on April 8, 2022. Since the multiverse has been broken open, who knows what wonders will await in the next chapter, but we would very much like to see more Spider-Ham and Spider-Gwen and Jake Johnson’s Peter Parker and, honestly, all the Spiders from the first movie could come back alongside Miles Morales and that would be cool.



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The Sequel Is Confirmed and We Will Go Back Into The Spider-Verse In April of 2022
By Jordan Crucchiola@jorcru
Photo: Sony Pictures Animation

You’ve already waited long enough, but at least you know now exactly how much longer you will have to wait to go back Into the Spider-Verse. Producer Chris Miller tweeted a very short little promo video today (seriously, it’s just the Spider-Man symbol) with the news that a sequel to the Oscar-winning animated film will hit theaters on April 8, 2022. Since the multiverse has been broken open, who knows what wonders will await in the next chapter, but we would very much like to see more Spider-Ham and Spider-Gwen and Jake Johnson’s Peter Parker and, honestly, all the Spiders from the first movie could come back alongside Miles Morales and that would be cool.

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