Here we have one of the most anticipated art books for 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Art of the Movie by Ramin Zahed. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was one of the best animated movies of 2018, combining so many different art-styles into one motion picture. If you’re interested in a review for the movie, we have you covered; otherwise keep scrolling for art that will blow your socks off.
Note: this is a spoiler-free review of the art for the movie. We won’t discuss any details regarding enemies, major plot points, or the final result. We will discuss the characters and comic book theme design behind the movie.
When going into Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony Pictures Animation made making the movie look and feel like a comic book was essential – cause it was. Sony combined many different versions of Spider-Man including Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man Noire, Peni Parker, Peter Porker, and alternate-universe Peter Parker where the art styles differed drastically and required varying comic book styles.
But essentially, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was focused on introducing a new age modern Spidey named Miles Morales, which we got a taste of in the new PlayStation 4 Spider-Man game.
Miles Morales is an adolescent who is still learning who he is, with a family of two loving parents; one being a nurse and one being a police officer. The design behind the character is to resemble the comic book character created by Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli who is half-black and half-Puerto Rican that was inspired by both Barack Obama and Donald Glover.
Peni Parker & SP//dr
Peni Paker was designed in Marvel’s Edge of Spider-Verse: Miniseries and is completely anime-influenced from the thirtieth century with high technological advancements.
Gwen Stacy – Spider-Gwen
Gwen was themed like a strong adolescent woman, who is not only muscular but powerful. She was not made to look just like a pretty blonde girl with a typical princess-thin body. She has a full-blown attitude and way of dealing with her problems.
First appearing in Marvel comics during 2009, Spider-Man Noire is based off of a 1930s gumshoe detective with a darker tone on the comics and movie.
One character you wouldn’t expect in the movie and design was Peter Porker, known as Spider-Ham created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong in 1983. He’s a type of classic Looney Tunes character, with highly animated qualities and visuals that stand out in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
“We just follow the possibilities that are inherent in the concept, but we also do stuff that we’re usually not allowed to. We have an anime character interacting with Spider-Ham, who is somehting out of a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon, next to a black-and-white character. You think to yourself, ‘Wow, it feels like nobody is supervising us. We’re not supposed to do this.’ That level of fun and freedom gives us a lot of joy!” – Producer Phil Lord
Comic Book Quips & Design
One major part of the movie and design that stands out are the comic book quips and throw-backs that are exhibited. Characters make noise and reactions or thoughts and it’s shown in comic book fashion with text on screen. This brings the movie even further into the comic book design because it’s a classic theme.
In addition, the design of the images around the movie from the Spidey-O’s cereal to the newspapers flow well with the movie theme and are on-spot with what you’d expect within a comic book series. These little features created by Sony make the movie all more enjoyable.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the most interesting movie designs we’ve seen in awhile for animated films. It incorporates many visual affects that differ from the characters and their origin, alongside themes of comic books from the visual text, to the background imagery. This art book is gorgeous and shows the production, design, and implementation for the movie and I think it’s a great companion if you enjoyed the film and want to know more about how it was created.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Art of the Movie is now available at Titan Books through your local retailer.
“One of the key messages of the movie is that anyone can wear a mask. We all have the power and the responsibility. It’s up to the future generation of this country to stand up and do the right thing.” – Sony Pictures Animation President, Kristine Belson