Across the Spider-Verse Producer Reacts to Hollywood’s Current Multiverse Obsession

Miles Morales/Spider-Man running from The Spot in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse executive producer Peter Ramsey shared his thoughts on Hollywood’s current fixation with multiverses.

Ramsey, who also co-directed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, touched upon the multiverse obsession while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, during which he commented that it was “incredibly flattering” to see others going along with this trend. “[The multiverse is] an idea that’s been around, so it was bound to happen sooner or later,” he continued. “It is kind of amazing how much it’s happening now, it’s like, ‘Oh, wow.'” Ramsey concluded by stating that he’s interested in seeing what the post-multiverse trend is, further commenting, “Hopefully [the franchise’s third film] Beyond the Spider-Verse will tell us something.”


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Ironically, writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller previously said Hollywood executives thought the idea of multiverses would be too complex for moviegoers, with Miller recalling, “When we started on [Into The Spider-Verse], studios were nervous that audiences wouldn’t be able to follow this idea of parallel dimensions. But audiences are smarter than people give them credit for. [Our film] opened the door for people to do things they wanted to do, but were afraid would be too out-there.” Lord added that he and Miller “probably spurred the horses” regarding interest in multiverses, as audiences in test screenings for Into the Spider-Verse were electrified by the notion rather than confused, with Lord noting, “That must have been eye-opening for any studio executives in the room…”

The Many Spider Heroes of the Spider-Verse

As for the Spider-People who will appear in Across the Spider-Verse, co-director Justin Thompson recently discussed how many named characters the movie has, remarking that he thinks there’s “probably about 95.” Among those characters are returning wall-crawler Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099 and newcomers Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk and Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider, voiced by Oscar Isaac, Daniel Kaluuya and Andy Samberg, respectively. Prior to the confirmation that Samberg was voicing Scarlet Spider, the identity of the character’s voice actor was kept a secret by the movie’s creative team.

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On the topic of the role Spider-Man 2099 plays in Across the Spider-Verse, Miller remarked back in December 2022, “[Spider-Man 2099’s] not the villain of the movie, but he’s sort of an antagonist to Miles because they both think that what they’re doing is the right thing.” As for the character’s personality, Isaac himself revealed in April 2022 that Spider-Man 2099’s unique trait was his lack of a sense of humor, which the actor said makes Miguel funny.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse opens in theaters on June 2.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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