With all of the “Spider-Verses” set to feature in the Sony’s upcoming animated feature ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ a big question on the mind of fans is which version of Peter Parker will we be seeing in the movie. We know that he is an older and “wiser” version of the character, but is he the older version of the Tom Holland Peter seen in the MCU currently? Or of the Andrew Garfield Spidey from ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ reboot? Or the Tobey McGuire one from Sam Raimi’s original trilogy? Or a different one entirely?
While speaking to Fandango recently, co-director and producer Chris Miller helped clarify the matter by stating:
“I think the idea is that this Peter Parker is an amalgam of all the Peter Parkers that you have seen in popular culture. So there’s elements of the ‘Homecoming‘ Tom Holland Spider-Man, of an Andrew Garfield Spider-Man, of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, of Spider-Man from various comics and TV shows. And sort of in this universe the Spider-Man that comes to Miles’ world is one that looks similar to but is not exactly the same as the ones that you know. And so, that’s why all of those plots are similar, but there’s a twist to them.”
While co-director and producer Phil Lord added:
“Yeah, the Spider-Man in Miles’ universe that he meets early in the movie was meant to be as competent a Spider-Man as possible, and is meant to be living in an alternate universe that we would all consider the mainstream comics universe. So you’ll see that like he and M.J. kiss in the rain upside down, but she’s upside down, and he’s right side up. Just trying to find little ways to say, ‘This is a parallel dimension.'”
It seems like an interesting idea, that this Peter Parker has ties to all of the Sony Spider-Men we have seen so far, just “with a twist,” but it would have been cool had he actually been just an older version of a Peter we knew. I suppose with this way they could incorporate a lot more lore and jokes from the older movies and not isolate fans who may not know one version or another of Spider-Man (after all, not every movie-goer stuck with the franchise through every reboot).
What are your thoughts on the amalgamated Spider-Man? Do you also wish he was just based on one version we knew? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!