Why Spider-Man 2 Isn't a Kids' Movie, According to the Spider-Man Animator
While some may think Into the Spider-Verse is a kids movie just because it's an animation, one of the animators says that's not the case.
A veteran animator explains why the upcoming Spider-Verse isn't a kids' movie. Across The Spider-Verse is the sequel to the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, starring Shameik Moore as Miles Morales. The highly anticipated 2023 film brings several new Spider-Man to the forefront, including Oscar Isaac's Spider-Man 2099, as Miles begins to explore the wider Spider-Verse.
In an interview with The Direct, Into the Spider-Verse senior character animator Ere Santos explained why he doesn't think the film is necessarily suitable for children. When it comes down to the story itself, Santos finds it very exciting. Check out the full quote below: ^Whether it's in the original comics, the animated series/movies, or in live-action, Spider-Man is known for doing little things. This attitude has earned the Wallcrawler the nickname of the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, which is true of nearly every version of the hero. Peter Parker is the most famous, but there are others, like Miles from Spider-Man. Based on Santos' comments, it sounds like Miles will face some tough decisions in Into the Spider-Verse, just like other versions of Spider-Man have faced in different media.
It was really challenging project. So it was a lot of frustrating times, something every production has. But what kind of kept us going was we'd be frustrated, or something would change, or a sequence was cut, and then we'd see a new render, and we'd be like, 'Okay, alright? Let's go, let's go,' And also, some of the choices characters were making in the story were like, 'What? Okay, all right. This is a kid's movie? I guess it's not a kid's movie. Okay, cool. Yeah, that's good.' So it's very, very, super exciting to me.
Spider-Man Has Many Mature Choices In Media
One of the most popular examples of Spider-Man's utter selflessness comes at the end of Insomniac's Marvel's Spider-Man game. The Sinister Six managed to unleash the Devil's Breath virus in Times Square, causing a massive outbreak. After Spider-Man stops the villains and finds a cure for the virus, he faces one of the toughest choices of his life. There's only enough antidote to save Peter's dying Aunt May, or to synthesize a vaccine that could save New York's population. In order to save everyone else, Peter makes the difficult choice of letting May die.
Spider-Man has also shown some mature decision-making throughout his live-action history, such as in 2021's Spider-Man: No Way Home, where Tom Holland's Peter makes everyone he loves forget about him , to save the multiverse from collapse. Whether Miles will face as challenging a decision as he did in Into the Spider-Verse remains to be seen, but there's clearly precedent for this kind of story in previous Spider-Man media. If the first film followed Miles growing into his powers, the sequel will likely find him growing into a hero. everything will become clear When Into the Spider-Verse debuted in June.
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Source: The Direct