The latest Spider-Man film, the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, presents a satisfying spider-people team-up story in under 2 hours, but it could have been longer.
Speaking to Collider, Bob Persichetti -- one of Into the Spider-Verse's three directors -- revealed that around 10 minutes of completely animated film ended up on the cutting room floor, which is a rarity for animation. "[A] rare thing for an animated film is that there’s animation on the cutting room floor. There’s about 10 minutes of that from this movie, which is a really high number," he explained.
There are many steps required to create a fully animated film sequence and each step along the way costs money. As a result, directors typically decide which scenes to remove from the film at the animatic stage when the scenes are sketched in black and white.
Persichetti confessed that filmmakers really wanted to make the footage they deleted work in the movie but ultimately couldn't. "There’s one scene specifically that was one we all really loved, but the movie just kept pushing it out. It was like a splinter, and your body’s like, ‘Nope, you’re not gonna fit there. Get out,'" he recalled.
Unfortunately, the director offered no details about the contents of the deleted scene but, in a movie full of multiple spider-people from different dimensions, the idea of more footage from the film is no doubt tantalizing to fans. Hopefully, the Into the Spider-Verse Blu-ray will include those extra ten minutes of deleted scenes.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars 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. The film is in theaters now.