Get to Know All the Spider-People
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theatres soon, on December 14, 2018. Sony Pictures gives the spotlight to Mile Morales, formerly the new Ultimate Spider-Man. Now he inhabits the main continuity in the Marvel Comics Universe. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also shines a movie light on several other Spider-characters; there is the ever-popular Spider-Gwen, the anomaly known as Spider-Ham, and several others. As geek tyrant notes, the biggest hurdle for Into the Spider-Verse may be explaining all of these other Spider-characters to non-comic book readers. The trailers have done a pretty good job of explaining the multiverse theory. This new TV spot hopes to help introduce these “new” characters.
Look I know firsthand explaining alternate, “else worlds” or time displaced, whatever you want to call them characters to non-insert fandom people. My wife loves the Spider-Gwen costume but doesn’t care anything about comic books. I very poorly tried to describe how she fit in in the comic-book world. Luckily, she watches CW’s The Flash and Supergirl, so she gets the concept of alternate universes and characters. So it wasn’t too hard for her to catch the gist of the character.
I think, as things like this are pretty popular, most people won’t struggle with understanding multiple Spider-people from different Universes or timelines. If you did not already know about Miles Morales or Spider-Gwen it could be a little jarring at first, but I think the trailers have done a nice job of explaining the situation with the characters. Plus these characters have been in the Spider-Man cartoon as well, so for kids and fans of the cartoon, they are not unknown commodities either.
I am interested to see how this plays to audiences. Having the Spider-Man brand will definitely help and Venom continues to make impressive amounts of money, so despite all odds, Sony might be on to something here. I think being animated also helps tremendously on the weirder aspects of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as characters like Spider-Ham will seem more at home.
Spider-Man is one of the most well-known superheroes worldwide, so no doubt Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will make money. It will be interesting to see how much it makes. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse premiers December 14. It gets a little breathing room, as heavy hitters like Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee all premiere a week later.
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