With Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse coming next month, producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord spoke about their particular take on the oft-depicted Peter Parker.
Part of their solution was to embrace the past versions. "I think the idea is that this Peter Parker is an amalgam of all the Peter Parkers that you have seen in popular culture," Miller explained to Fandango. "So there's elements of the Homecoming Tom Holland Spider-Man, of an Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, of Spider-Man from various comics and TV shows."
Lord also teased that iconic moments from previous films would be depicted, but in an alternate universe, where certain details are slightly off. "Yeah, the Spider-Man in Miles' universe that he meets early in the movie was meant to be as competent a Spider-Man as possible, and is meant to be living in an alternate universe that we would all consider the mainstream comics universe," he said. "So you'll see that like he and M.J. kiss in the rain upside down, but she's upside down, and he's right side up. Just trying to find little ways to say, 'This is a parallel dimension.'"
Despite the many times audiences have witnessed Parker's origin, Spider-Verse immediately sets itself apart by making fan-favorite Miles Morales its protagonist and Peter Parker a "Mr. Miyagi who doesn't know anything," as Lord puts it. "I think [we're] imagining if there was a Spider-Man that was about the same age as the Spider-Man in the Sam Raimi movies, and he was now a little older, what would his point of view on the job be?"
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman and starring Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters Dec. 14.