Who’s popping out of the Spider-Verse? We learned of three more characters that will appear in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse during the panel at SDCC. Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, and Bob Persichetti, and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were all in attendance. Jessica Chobot moderated.
Ever since Spider-Gwen was confirmed in the first trailer, I’ve thought to myself “they have no excuse for not putting Spider-Ham in there now.” Sure enough, he’s in there, and not only that, he’s voiced by John Mulaney. Lord and Miller know what they’re doing.
Two other alternate Spider-People were confirmed during the panel: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nicolas Cage, and Penny Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn. But don’t get the impression that the film is entirely smothered in cameos. Its main drive is Miles Morales, the central Spider-Man of the story, receiving mentorship from Peter Parker, the first alternate Spidey he meets.
“It’s Peter Parker at 40, it’s Peter Parker with a bad back..and who’s not sure if he still wants to be Spider-Man, and what it means to be Spider-Man after the excitement of being Spider-Man,” said Jonhson. “That just got really heavy, folks. But that’s Peter Parker. It’s chubby Peter Parker.”
Hailee Steinfeld is playing Gwen Stacy. The Stacy from Miles’ dimension is still alive (the Green Goblin never saw a reason to kidnap her), so with the arrival of Spider-Gwen, there are two. “I get to play a female superhero, which was pretty cool–and not just any female superhero, but the first Spider-Woman,” said Steinfeld. “That was so exciting to me, and the fact that she really is the toughest and the coolest and the smartest and the most capable one in the room, and she knows it.”
The full SDCC panel can be watched below, thanks to the miracle of YouTube. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will be out December 14.