Sony Pictures gave Hall H a spider-problem at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year with up close and personal looks at both the upcoming live-action Venom starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and the stylishly animated Into the Spider-Verse featuring fan-favorites Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy in addition to Peter Parker.
Moderator Jessica Chobot kicked off the panel first focusing on Into the Spider-Verse including Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson along side writers Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
"We wanted to make a totally unique experience that felt like you were walking into a three dimensional comic book," said Miller, after the crowd gave an extremely enthusiastic response for the upcoming Miles Morales focused movie.
Miles' voice actor Shameik Moore then highlighted Miles' mixed race background as something that drew him to the project, "the project was such a blessing...When I was filming Dope I had a journal, the first thing I wrote in it was 'I Am Miles Morales' and 'I Am Spider-Man...and then two years later, here I am."
Johnson then took over to talk his take on Peter Parker, "this is Peter Parker at 40. This is Peter with a bad back who doesn't know if he wants to be Spider-Man anymore...and then he meets Miles who needs a mentor and Peter doesn't really want to be a mentor but he sees something really special in this guy."
Moore then explained that Miles "just wants a teacher, he doesn't to be a heroes, he doesn't really want to be anything but a student. Then he finds this guy, Peter, who doesn't want to help him but Miles needs it."
Steinfeld called out the fact that she's excited to be a female superhero with a great relationship with her co-stars.
"Comics fans have known Miles for a while, but the world at large doesn't know him. They don't have experience dealing with a new character in this mantle," director Peter Ramsey explained when addressing the challenges of the adaptation for film.
Fans were treated to an exclusive look at footage from the movie including a first look at Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Pend Parker who will be included in the film with their own unique animation styles.
Venom then took over the room complete with Venom masks for the audience and a chant of "We are Venom," to really get everyone in the mood.
Director Ruben Fleischer called out Venom as "grittier and grounded than other Marvel movies. There are no heroes in this movie."
Tom Hardy then explained his attraction to the character, "Venom is the coolest Marvel superhero. I just like the way he looks first and foremost, but there's also my son who is a massive, massive Venom fan. I really wanted to make something my son could watch."
"We stayed pretty close to the Lethal Protector," Hardy said of the approach the film took to Eddie Brock.
Fleischer then announced that the symbiote Riot will be a major adversary for Eddie in the movie. "Riot can kind of of show up anywhere," Fleischer said, explaining what will make him a big challenge for Venom to face.
The cast and Fleischer joked about the possibility of Tom Holland showing up, but though Fleischer seems hopeful for the studios will take notice and that he "can't wait to see it," but did not confirm any plans for Spider-Man to show up in the film.