The success of Sony Pictures’ animated superhero movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse can be attributed to the film’s outstanding visual effects and animation created by directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, and their team.
In Ramin Zahed’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – The Art of the Movie, the film’s co-director Bob Persichetti revealed that the visuals of the movie were inspired from other superhero movies, especially from 2012’s Doctor Strange as both Spider-Verse and Doctor Strange deal with alternate dimensions and multiple universes.
“We didn’t want it to seem familiar,” Persichetti said. “It couldn’t be a tunnel or a derivative of anything we’d seen in Doctor Strange. We really wanted it to represent what would happen when you smash together these subatomic particles and create a tear in the space-time continuum. Other dimensions are drawn to Miles’ Brooklyn because that’s where the Collider is. These multiple universes are trying to resolve themselves through the portal.”
Instead of copying Doctor Strange and his magical ability that takes him to a completely different world, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse makers asked Sony Imageworks team to come up with a unique way to project multiple angles on to a screen simultaneously, each rendered in their own unique style.
“Once the portal opens, and we begin to realize that the Multiverse exists, it looks like a mosaic — except that you’re looking at seven different locations (the same locations in different universes) from subtly different angles with different render scripts on them,” Persichetti explained. “Then we had to develop animation to make all these things smash into each other and resolve into one spot. That’s why visually it looks like abstract art. We have taken perspective, unfolded it and laid it out on the big screen, which is pretty amazing!”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduced an animated half Puerto Rican, half African-American Spider-Man, Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), to the world. Interestingly, the film featured two Peter Parkers, one voiced by Star Trek star Chris Pine, and the other by New Girl’s Jake Johnson. It also introduced the web slinger’s spider-family from the comics including Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), May Parker (Lily Tomlin) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney).
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is currently running in theaters everywhere.
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