When Sony approached filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller over an animated Spider-Man movie, they had a claim: Miles Morales.
Most moviegoers know that Spider-Man's alter ego is Peter Parker. a high school nerd whose encounter with a radioactive spider makes him a super-powered vigilante. But Morales, an Afro-Latino teenager with uncanny ability, became a fan favorite after seeing Spidey Mask in a series of comics with a separate continuity from the mainstream Marvel Universe. He is also the hero of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse", an upcoming animated adventure by Lord and Miller.
"He's a black spider-man, black and Mexican," Lord said during a panel discussion in San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. "I think that's very powerful and iconic."
The filmmaking duo was accompanied in Hall H by the voice of the film, which also includes Shameik Moore ("Dope") as Morales. Moore said it had long been his dream to play the role. Years before he was cast in "Into the Spider Verse," he wrote on a notebook, "I'm Miles Morales, I'm Spider-Man."
But he'll have to share the honor. Footage screened for the geek-centered crowd boasted about several wall-mounted crawlers, including Parker (Jake Johnson), who seeded in this release, became chubby and did not settle into mid-age so comfortably. There is also Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen, and, with a bit of votes confirmation, Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and Spider-Ham. And yes, Spider-Ham is all pork.
The footage featured the joke, disrespectful tone familiar to fans of Lord and Miller's "21
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verses" opens on December 14th.