Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the world by storm in 2018. The film’s unique art style captivated comic book and non-comic book fans alike. Into the Spider-Verse is 3D animated made to look like it’s 2D animated, that’s artistically pixelated, with noticeable lines and dots. It feels like you’ve been sucked into your favourite graphic novel — there are even page flip transitions and yellow boxes with words that pop up whenever a character is internally monologuing. The way the colours pop, the way the characters move, man, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. This is of course, on top of the wonderful story centred around Miles Morales that’s engrossing and emotional. The film received widespread critical acclaim and even went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is also set in a multiverse and in true comic book manner, we got a plethora of Spider-people, including Japanese anime Spider-girl, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. And if you’re wondering, how could this film been any cooler? Well, the creators actually pitched an after-credits scene that was so awesome, it would’ve altered the very fabric of reality. The proposed after-credits scene would’ve featured MCU Spider-Man as played by Tom Holland, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) and Marc Webb’s Andrew Garfield version of the character.
During the Spider-Verse quarantine watch party, a fan asked producer Chris Miller if he can tell us anything about the cameo that Tom Holland was supposed to make at one point. To which Miller replied:
We pitched the Sony brass an ambitious tag involving Spider-Ham, Tobey, Andrew, and Tom. They felt it was ‘too soon’
It’s still unclear what Sony meant by “too soon.” Were the top brass at Sony worried that it might confuse the general moviegoing audience, especially since Tom Holland’s Spider-Man had only just made his debut in the MCU a couple of years back? Perhaps. That said, “too soon” also means that it’s only a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’. Could we see all our favourite Spider-men on-screen together in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2? Well, I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed!