Many upcoming movies take a turn on the CinemaCon spotlight, and Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse just had footage shown at the event. The sequel to the very well-received animated Spidey movie focusing on Miles Morales is participating in the event for movie makers, distributors and theatres from all over the world.
The moment the animated movie’s official trailer got uploaded a few months ago, people already can’t wait to see the follow-up to Morales’ spidey story. Since the animated Spider-Verse is already deep in its own multiverse narrative, it is very easy to consider that sooner or later, it would find that tie-up with the MCU. But for now, it’s Miles’ story arc that’s front and centre.
At this year’s CinemaCon in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Sony screened footage from the upcoming movie during its presentation.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Shows Footage at CinemaCon
Comicbook posts that the sequel to the animated friendly neighbourhood spider screens a 14-minute scene in this year’s CinemaCon. Kemp Powers, co-director of the animated film, presented saying:
The new Spider-Verse movie coming to your theaters in just over two months is a continuation of the story of Miles Morales. In this film, we’re going to explore new dimensions and bring in lots of characters old and new, but they still relate to the same emotional journey of Miles and his family.
Joining Powers on stage were Shamiek Moore, the voice of the lead character Morales, together with Hailee Steinfeld, who voiced Gwen Stacy and Issa Rae, who lent her voice to Jessica Drew. Moored talked about the movie. He said:
It’s been over a year after the events of the first movie. Miles is still trying to figure out how to be a superhero. In the first film he learned that anyone can wear the mask and in this film, Miles discovers that it’s how you wear the mask that really makes you a hero. And the only person who really understands what he’s going through is, of course, Gwen Stacy.
Many comic book fans are curious how the movie will show Jessica Drew, also known as Spider-Woman. Speaking about Drew, Rae said:
I play a Spider-Woman and she’s super cool. She is a Spider-Woman of another dimension and I really liked her attitude. She takes no prisoners. She’s no nonsense, and then like these jokers over here, she’s not living a double life.
Nearly a quarter of an hour’s footage included new original music from the movie. SPOILERS AHEAD. Part of the scene that they screened is from a previously ‘sneak peeked’ scene online where Miles was just in his room when Gwen appeared and then convinced him to swing out of his room.
However, the footage they showed continued on to added scenes where Gwen talks about Jessica Drew and Miguel O’Hara, whom she describes as “ninja, vampire, good guy” kind of spidey.
Swinging around the city, the animation was described as brilliant and picked up from the first animated movie taking it to a higher notch. It appeared that Gwen surreptitiously attached a device to Miles which seemed to ping back to a device outside of an apartment, revealing The Spot.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Displays a Scene in CinemaCon
The Spider-Man footage also showed unfinished versions of the animation in between scenes. It ends with Gwen and Miles talking about their points of view about being a spider-powered individual. The frame shows the city line where the two were hanging upside down. The footage shows Gwen saying:
In every other universe, Gwen Stacy falls for Spider-Man. And, in every other universe, it doesn’t end well.
More scenes depict Miles’ personal struggles in defining himself in the world. Notably, the family takes priority in his journey. His mother was shown talking to Gwen, saying:
For years I’ve been taking care of this little boy, right? Making sure that he’s loved. He wants to go out into the world and do great big things and what I worry about most is that they won’t look out for you like us.
For those who were there to see the footage in CinemaCon, they described it as emotionally engaging, considering the brief amount of time it displayed. Certainly, it was just a fraction of what people will see come June 2nd. But, it did its purpose of fueling the excitement for the upcoming movie.
Is Gwen actually working with The Spot? Will she really have Miles’ back throughout the movie?
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