Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse pushed the boundaries of animation in 2018, and it looks like its sequels will continue to do the same.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning to write and produce the forthcoming installments, and the duo shed more light on Across the Spider-Verse and its ambitious production in conversation with Collider,.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Has Different Animation Styles for Each Dimension
Into the Spider-Verse told a unique origin story for Miles Morales, but Lord and Miller are hoping the sequel pushes the superhero's story further:
It is, as Phil said, a very ambitious sequel, because we didn’t want to just sort of do the same thing again.
With Across the Spider-Verse heading across into different dimensions, the duo mentions how each world opens up various creative opportunities. This has led the animation team to develop unique art styles for each dimension.
And so the idea that we’d be going to different dimensions really opened up an opportunity artistically to have each world have its own art style, and to be able to push the folks at ImageWorks to develop a way to have each dimension feel like it was drawn by a different artist’s hand.
Varying styles were captured in the Oscar-Winning film, as Miles was joined by the black-and-white Spider-Man Noir and a more cartoonish Spider-Ham. Peni Parker's character model had more of an anime style, lending a touch of distinction to each Spider-person's personality.
You can also see some of these changing styles in the teaser trailer for Across the Spider-Verse, where Miles is thrown from a sketch-like haven to a futuristic, 3D world, lending truth to Lord and Miller's words.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's ambitious animation is matched by its story, with Part One slated for this year and Part Two in 2023.
The sequels will feature the return of Shameik Moore as the leading hero, along with Hailee Steinfeld's Gwen Stacy and Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker. Oscar Isaac and Issa Rae will be joining the cast as Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) and 1977 Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) respectively.