Miles Morales Shines In First Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer

Miles Morales in the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer.
Miles Morales in the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer. (c) Marvel

At last, at last, at long freaking last: fans of Miles Morales, the biracial kid from Brooklyn who picks up Peter Parker’s mantle in the Spider-Man comics, will get to see their hero on the big screen.

A stylish animated trailer for Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse , which features a new song from Vince Staples, was revealed on Saturday at the Comic-Con Experience CCXP17 in São Paolo, Brazil, and it’s a doozy. Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse is written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie).

The new Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse trailer introduces us to Miles, who is voiced by The Get Down star Shameik Moore, and also introduces us to a critical concept: more than one person can wear the Spider-Man mask. In fact, Miles runs into what seems to be another Spider-Man and asks, “So how many of us are there?” as a spider dangles in the foreground. The trailer also shares a scene of Miles standing before the grave of Peter Parker (it’s about time Peter Parker got some rest in between all these reboots).

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unlike the traditional Spider-Man. This film stands apart from those stories and appears to be an origin story for a broader universe of its own. It’s a welcome sight in many ways: a Marvel movie without a half-dozen superheroes fighting for screen time, a biracial teenage hero in a hooded sweatshirt and Jordans, and a striking trailer that hints at authentic, moody, urban energy in a way the jocular Marvel movies haven’t really captured before.

As for Morales, he was first introduced in August 2011 in Ultimate Fallout #4. Like Parker, he was bitten by a radioactive spider and developed superpowers, though he only became Spider-Man after the Green Goblin killed Peter. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe currently features incarnation #3 of Parker and a handful of hints that Morales might, maybe, appear eventually, it’s past time for a Spider-Man movie to really bring something new to the table.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is headed our way in Dec. 2018, so we have a long way to go until we see Morales light up the big screen. While some of us (me. It’s me) might have wished for a big budget, live-action spectacle, some of us (me. I’m talking about myself) can’t deny that the animation looks slick, smooth and awesome. Plus, with the pedigree of writers on board, I’m actually looking forward to seeing Morales brought to digital life.

What are your thoughts on the new trailer? Are you excited to see a new take on the Spiderman mythos? Are you looking forward to seeing Miles Morales in action? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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