"We wanted to make a movie about Miles," Phil Lord says of his and Chris Miller's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film. "The thing that's excited to us is the idea that anyone can be behind the mask."
"It seemed like a really good opportunity to subvert your expectations of what you thought a Spider-Man movie could be," Lord continued. And with his track record, it's a safe bet that when he says he plans to subvert something, it's more than just idle talk. He and Miller were considered too subversive for the upcoming Han Solo movie, and although they seem upbeat, the loss of that job is apparently no deterrent to taking a few risks in crafting their Spidey film.
In the full clip, they also talk about their plans with the larger story, and the unique opportunities they get from animation. They see Miles as an underdog, who fights to make good choices. They want to create a Spider-Man that represents all of the audience. Details about the film's storyline are scarce for now, but they do tease some future Spider-allies, though who, exactly, remains to be seen.
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Miles Morales was created in 2011 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli as part of Marvel’s Ultimate line of comics. Miles assumed the identity of Spider-Man after the death of that universe’s Peter Parker. Following the end of Marvel’s Ultimate imprint in 2015, Miles was integrated into Marvel’s main universe and is currently a part of the Champions team lineup.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is scheduled to arrive in theaters December 14, 2018.