"Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse" Animated Feature Pre-Release News & Discussion (Spoilers)

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Rounding up the news from Comic-Con, via ComicBook.com. Also posted by @Frontier in the Comic-Con thread, but added it here as well to keep the topic up to date.
The first question from moderator Jessica Chobot is about why Miles Morales is so important to the film.
"We love Miles Morales," Lord said. "When Sony came to us and said we want to do an animated Spider-Man movie, 'We said we'll do it but it has to be Miles.' And then we got carried away in a groove from there. He's just an inspiring character. The whole idea is ho to we tell this story in a refreshing way...How to we put a good spin on it and Miles is a good start."
Why was Shameik the perfect Miles?
We love him ever since we saw him for the first time in Dope. We've known him for a while from different auditions and things," Miller said. "He's got a really unique, positive take on life. This is his first Comic Con, the first time he's been here, and from the beginning we're like this guy is the guy and we were right."
Why does Moore like Miles Morales so much.
"He's a black Spider-Man, black and Mexican. I think that that's very powerful and iconic. I was thankful for the opportunity. The fact that it looks this beautiful...was a pleasant surprise. The fact that I was able to have the opportunity to audition, book, and become the original Miles Morales it was like, 'Oh my god, this is amazing!'"
Growing up, Moore wanted to be Spider-Man.
Jake Johnson is asked about his role as Peter Parker.
"It's Peter Parker at 40 and it's Peter Parker with a bad back and it's Peter Parker who is not sure he wants to be Spider-Man," Johnson said. "It's chubby Peter Parker!"
"Miles needs him to be a mentor but he doesn't see himself as a mentor," Johnson said. "He sees something special in this guy and it reminds him of what's important about having these powers."
What's their relationship like?
"There's two different perspectives," Moore said. "
What was it like to play Spider-Gwen for Hailee Steinfeld?
"The fact that she is really just the toughest and the coolest and the smartest and the most capable one in the room and she knows it, there's something really incredible about her," Steinfeld said. "She's got so much to her and it was really fantastic playing a character like her."
"Miles story takes place in an alternate dimension to our own," Lord said. "The thought of this movie was what if those different stories intersected. What would it do? How would it shake them up if these people met? I think that's the power of this character. We told this character's story so many different ways."
The team brought clips from the film.
Miles get dressed for school, as his pants shrink. He realizes he might have hit puberty. As he walks through school continuing his thought, text boxes showing the thoughts pop up on the screen like a comic panel. In school, he gets his hand stuck in Gwen's hair and can't get them out. After he fails to get his hand out, the nurse has to shave her head to get him free from her.
At night, Miles visits Peter's grave and apologizes for not doing what he wanted him to do. He thinks he can't do it alone. At his own grave, Peter Parker approaches from behind. Miles accidentally knocks him. As police approach, Miles grabs Peter and flees. Peter accidentally we web shoots onto a train and they both end up being dragged with it. It plays like a music video with witty beats of dialogue interspersed.
Later, Peter is tied to a punching bag. Miles realizes he is Peter Parker and questions why he isn't dead. He goes on to figure out that Peter is from a different universe and can teach him how to be Spider-Man. Peter freed himself.
Later, there is a hall of Spider-Man suits. Kingpin reveals himself, his body is massive. He is going to hunt Spider-Man. The two flee from a lab and use trees in the woods to run. They are pursue by armed scientists with laser guns. After getting caught in webs, Gwen Stacy saves them, and says she is from another, another dimension.
The Lizard chases them in a quick cut. Explosions in New York City. Action beats.
In a Spider-Cave, Spider-Man Noir greets them, with Penny Parker her giant robot voiced by Komiko Glenn, and Spider-Ham voiced by John Mulaney.