WARNING: Spoilers for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ ahead! Turn back now if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
Now that ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse’ has officially hit theaters and is gaining both critical and audience acclaim, everyone is curious about the making of the newest ‘Spider-Man’ film. Luckily, producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (of ‘The Lego Movie’ fame, and ‘Solo’ infamy) sat down recently with Slashfilm to share some information about the production, speaking in particular about the hilarious post-credits scene where Spider-Man 2099 visits the world of Spider-Man ’67 and they recreate the famous internet meme (seen above). Clearly, everyone was particularly happy with how that post-credits scene turned out, making it well worth waiting for the end of the credits (which is not always the case).
When asked about using the meme and Spider-Man 2099, Lord and Miller had the following to say:
Miller: Yeah, it seemed sort of almost obligatory because that meme encapsulates what the movie is. So there were many opportunities for it, but that seemed like the best opportunity to do it. We also felt like 2099 is such a cool character and –
Lord: What’s the worst situation we could put him in? (laughs) He’s really maintaining a degree of professionalism and grittiness. That’s the possibility of the multi-verse, is that you can slam two completely different people together. I want to see the De Niro and Groden movie with the two of them.
Miller: Obviously we did want to tease what the possibilities of the future could be if we could be so lucky as to open up this world even more. So that was sort of the point of that whole thing.
Fans were also excited, and surprised, to hear the likes of Chris Pine and Oscar Isaac show up in the movie, as the original Peter Parker of Miles’ world and Spider-Man 2099, casting that had not been announced previously. Miller and Lord also had a few thoughts on how that went down:
Lord: We’re really smart. We put all of our biggest names –
Miller: (laughs) The biggest movie stars, we don’t promote that they’re in the movie!
Lord: (laughs) Exactly. We put them in small, un-promotable roles where literally it’s a secret we can’t tell you, that they’re doing it.
Miller: But yeah, it was so fun. Both of them are amazing actors and really funny and give their all. They don’t just phone it in. Chris was such a sport to not only do all the stuff for Peter Parker, the ideal version, but also just at the last minute, to be like, “Hey, will you sing a Christmas album and give it your all?” (laughs)
Lord: And then Oscar, I talked to him – he was in Jordan and I was in L.A. having the most awkward phone call you could have trying to explain to him what we thought this was going to be. God love him, he was very polite, and we had to write it down and send it to him. Then he’s recording and we’re just going, “All right, Oscar, get in an argument with Rodney. And Rodney, frustrate Oscar as much as you possibly can.” You know who plays ’67 is Jorma Taccone from The Lonely Island, who oddly, is also Green Goblin.
These surprises were only icing on the cake in my opinion, as the movie itself delivered in every other manner conceivable, and will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest entries in the franchise to date. But the fact that the producers and directors had the time and enthusiasm to chase down (and get) big actors, and do scenes like the Spider-Man meme really demonstrates the love and dedication to this film, which is surely why it turned out as well as it did.
Were you surprised to hear Chris Pine and Oscar Isaac’s voices in the movie? Did you stay to watch that post-credits scene? Feel free to share your stories and thoughts in the comments below!