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Despite there being a string of successful comic book films in 2018, Into the Spider-Verse managed to be a pleasant surprise for critics, comic book fans, and the general public when it burst onto the big screen close to the tail end of that year. Hailed for its innovative take on the Spider-Man lore, the movie – that was created by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and led by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman – followed the Miles Morales’ (Shameik Moore) variant of the web-slinging hero since he met with different iterations of the character from other realities.
One of the many recognizable names attached to the film was Liev Schreiber (Kingpin), Hailee Steinfeld (Spider-Gwen), John Mulaney (Spider-Ham), Nicolas Cage (Spider-Noir), Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), and Mahershala Ali (Aaron Davis). Since it dealt with multiple characters from alternative realities, Spider-Verse had the creative freedom to incorporate a lot of fun cameos as a cure for audiences. At one stage too, the Spider-Verse directors were even considering including looks from Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland only for fun.
As cool as the thought was, however, Ramsey reveals in a new interview with Comic Book Movie which Marvel and Sony weren’t on board with the thought since the studios thought it was too odd for the film. While they eventually ended up scrapping the idea, the filmmaker noticed that when they got the feedback, the executives had not seen the movie yet, and had not yet really experienced its unique tone and feel. Given that, Ramsay states they might be able to push through with this plan in the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse two, that is slated for a 2022 release. When asked whether there were ever any talks of including a number of those live-action Spider-Man actors in the film,”.
In hindsight, it is probably for the best that they did not push through with this idea. Although not much is understood about how this assumed scene was going to pan out, there was a lot of Spider-Men in the movie, and incorporating more, regardless if they are just cameos, could’ve been demonstrated to be overly much. Whatever the case, now that the Spider-Verse was completely established onscreen following Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the film’s creatives probably have the space to be a little bit more entertaining and generous with their cameos from the 2022 sequel. DC and Marvel continued to dabble with their multiverses should also further help audiences get comfortable with seeing numerous versions of certain characters onscreen. This means that finally executing the scrapped cameos for Maguire, Garfield, and Holland in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse two would more likely work this time.
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