<p><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-is-the-best-superhero-movie-of-the-decade/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse</a> in no way needs to be improved -- but it almost saw a very special set of cameos. Producer Christopher Miller revealed in Wednesday's quarantine watch party that he wanted cameos for <a href="https://www.metacritic.com/person/tom-holland" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Tom Holland</a>, <a href="https://www.metacritic.com/person/tobey-maguire" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Tobey Maguire</a> and <a href="https://www.metacritic.com/person/andrew-garfield" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Andrew Garfield</a>, all three actors to play Spider-Man in the <a href="https://www.cnet.com/tags/sony/" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Sony</a> Spider-Man Universe of Characters (yes, that's the official title).
"We pitched the Sony brass an ambitious tag involving Spider-Ham, Tobey, Andrew, and Tom. They felt it was 'too soon,'" Miller tweeted.
While that trio would have been special, Spider-Verse already has plenty of Spider-folk on its plate: Miles Morales, Peter B. Parker, Chris Pine's Peter Parker, Spider-Woman, Peni Parker, Spider-Man Noir and last but not least, Peter Porker, aka Spider-Ham. I hope you're planning your next Verse rewatch right now.
Co-producer Phil Lord also got in on the party teasing the "surprises in store" for the Spider-Verse sequel. "We were reminded several times today NOT to say anything about it. I guess they know we can't be trusted," he tweeted. "All I can say is… worked on it all day yesterday and had a ball. Watching this got me pumped for all the surprises in store for 2022."
Miller confirmed that Spider-Verse's sequel will be October, 2022 (the lockdown will have wrapped up by then, surely).
Other Spider-Verse tidbits
Miles' lottery number that won him a place in Brooklyn Visions Academy was 42 because "synergy."
"Yes, the 42 at the beginning was the lottery ball that got Miles into Visions Academy. 42 and Miles have a lot of synergy."
This is cool: "One rule was no dialogue boxes or anything too comic book-y until after Miles is bitten."
Another fascinating tidbit on development: "Kingpin was inspired by the @sinKEVitch version in the comics. His personal flashback later in the film was a special homage to his incredible style."
An inside joke (that's now for everyone): "We have a back-and-forth prank war with our friend director @willgluckwhat who embarrassed us putting our names in Easy A among other movies. In this film, we had his name in the post-credits scene but it got cut for legal reasons."
For more Miller and Lord genius, the producers have animated comedy Connected coming this October all things going to plan. Here's the trailer:
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