Miles Morales made a splash in 2011 in Marvel’s Ultimate line, which was a big deal because up until that point most people only thought of one character when they thought of Spider-Man: Peter Parker. And while Morales has gained a significant following of his own, some were surprised to hear that he’d be the focal point for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
In an interview with Fandango, Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed that Sony wasn’t focused on Morales at first, instead that came from them. Says Miller:
“Well, Amy Pascal and Avi Arad came to us with the idea of doing Spider-Man as an animated movie. And of course, the first thing you think is, well, doing an animated movie with the source material of a comic book, you can really, really get into the artistry in a way that no live action version of a comic book movie ever did, and that was really exciting. But then we also were really excited to tell the story of Miles Morales. So, first we said, “Uh.” And then we said, “We’ll do it, but only if it’s the Miles Morales story.” And luckily, they were super on board.”
Lord goes on to say that Morales is much different than Peter Parker, and it was important to get certain elements of him right.
“Well, to me, it sort of all circles around to his family. He has a very different family than Peter Parker did. First of all, both of his parents are alive, so that’s a huge difference right there. And being able to portray a very grounded family with a mother and father who both want the best for their son, but go about it in different ways. Also an uncle that loves him, but is encouraging him to go down a different path. That whole dynamic is really the center of what the whole movie’s about, and it was really important to us to get right. And it really speaks to Miles trying to figure out who he is and who he’s gonna be, what kind of a person he’s going to become.”
You can see why a dynamic like that – one unexplored in film and TV for Spider-Man would draw creative geniuses like Lord and Miller to want to tell that story instead of a retread of something we’ve seen already.
Parker still has a presence in the film, (which our Editor-In-Chief loved, by the way), so the best of both worlds is represented.
This won’t be the last time we see Morales on the big screen. There are sequels and spinoffs being developed for the Spider-Verse. Hopefully they are as well received as this one seems to be.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse opens everywhere December 14th.