Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has gained widespread acclaim for its breathtaking animation and visual style. And now fans can get a glimpse at how the animation and style came to be.
Animator Alberto Mielgo, who was hired to direct the film's animation test, has shared the original Into the Spider-Verse storyboards and animatics he worked.
Fans who watch Mielgo's compilation will easily be able to identify numerous shots from the finished film and its trailers, such as Miles Morales staring into a mirror while wearing his store-bought Spider-Man costume, Miles standing with his hood up and his hands in his pockets as a train whizzes by and, of course, his now-iconic leap of faith from the top of a New York skyscraper.
The compilation also features clips that ultimately did not appear in the final cut of Into the Spider-Verse. Most notably, the death of Peter Parker scene is significantly more graphic than the one we ultimately got, involving the hero being caught in the beam of Kingpin's supercollider and having the flesh blasted from his body.
"I was hired to direct the first animation test for Into the Spider-Verse animated film," Mielgo explained via on-screen text. "My main goal was to explore the language of comics and cinema and merge them together."
"We fully finished only four of the shots. Those finished shots open a door to a pipeline and its possibilities and help to estimate the overall film," he continued. "I can see that the final film preserved many of my shots. I would like to congratulate and thank the whole team that finished the final film for preserving the compositions and the original intention of these shots. It shows that everyone felt inspired and that they really cared for this particular vision."
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.