With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse two weeks away from opening in theaters everywhere, producer and co-writer Phil Lord credits one specific comic book run with expanding what he thought possible with the medium.
Lord cited the original run of Spider-Gwen, quote-tweeting series colorist Rico Renzi, as changing what he thought "a comic could look and feel like," adding that the whole run, by writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez, was "so damn punk."
This book changed what I thought a comic could look and feel like. It’s so damn punk. https://t.co/3JL2up81Mg— philip lord (@philiplord) November 30, 2018
Spinning out of the 2014-2015 Spider-Man crossover event Spider-Verse, the Earth-65 character was created by Latour and Rodriguez in 2014's Edge of Spider-Verse #2. An immediate hit with readers, the character received her own ongoing series with the original creative team that ran for 41 issues across two volumes, including the Spider-Verse origin issue and an annual.
With Latour's superhero scripts with absurdist flourishes, Rodriguez's energetic linework and fan-favorite character designs, and Renzi's punk-rock infused color palette, the run clearly has a visual influence on the upcoming animated film.
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 opens on December 14.