Last year, Sony revealed the highly anticipated sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, titled Across the Spider-Verse, which will be the first movie of a two-parter. Judging by the teaser, we’ll be hopping across different dimensions this time. According to the creators, each dimension will also have its own unique art style.
When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse released in 2018, it was praised for its bold art style, using animation that looked like a comic book came to life. Sony will continue using this incredible style for Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), and will also take it up a notch by having multiple unique art styles influence the look of each dimension.
During an interview with Collider, filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller explained their approach to making Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) more “ambitious” than its predecessor. To achieve this, they will use a distinct art style for every dimension that Miles Morales visits. Miller, who co-wrote the script, said:
“It is, as Phil said, a very ambitious sequel because we didn’t want to just sort of do the same thing again. 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.”
In Into the Spider-Verse, various art styles were already touched upon when the film introduced its Spider-Verse variants, which included grittier visuals for Noir Spider-Man and Peni Parker’s Japanese-inspired visuals. It sounds like Lord and Miller want to expand upon this idea with the sequel, but instead take us to entirely new worlds that are drenched in their own visual flare.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) releases on 7 October 2022 exclusively in cinemas.