A Live-Action 'Spider-Verse' Movie? Fans Want It — But Not Yet

“A Spider-Verse movie? Didn’t they already do that?” a casual Marvel fan might ask. Yes, indeed, Sony did, but in animation.

Now some fans would like to see Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse become live action, and we might be closer to it than it seems.

For one thing, the MCU has already introduced the multiverse in one movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel has the word “Multiverse” in the title. As usual, fans are divided on whether a live action Spider-Verse should actually happen. 

What is the Spider-Verse?

The Spider-Verse is a fancy way of saying “parallel universe,” meaning a realm where events play out similarly to the reality we know, but a series of alternate choices leads to a very different world. For instance, In our world, Spider-Pig was a joke Homer Simpson made in The Simpsons Movie. In the Spider-Verse, he was the spectacular Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney. 

Bizarre but imaginative choices like that helped make the animated Into the Spider-Verse a stealth hit when it came out in 2018. It wasn’t expected to do great business, but it managed to make $192 million in North America, which was better than many people expected. Critics praised the movie effusively, with the movie scoring a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the film became one of the few non Disney/Pixar films to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. 

Some viewers loved the movie so much they declared it one of the best superhero movies of any kind, not just of the animated kind. Naturally, a sequel is in development, but some fans would like to see the lead character, Miles Morales, make his way into a live action movie. It has even been suggested that Caleb McLaughlin of Stranger Things would be ideal casting. 

Fans are for and against a Spider-Verse movie

That said, not every fan is all for a Spider-Verse live-action movie. One fan started a Reddit thread with a lengthy list of reasons as to why there should not be a live-action Spider-Verse movie. One of them was: “Spider-Man, as a character and a concept, is not about multiverse team-ups. Spider-Man is a self-reliant loner who deals with street-level threats. He’s a friendly neighborhood hero who is at his best when his problems are grounded and mundane”

But another fan dissented, saying there should be a live-action Spider-Verse movie, although it should not be a continuation of the Tom Holland series.

That fan wrote: “Do I want a live action Spider-Verse? Yes, I think it would be awesome. Do I want it to be Spider-Man 3? No. I’m much more interested in resolving Far From Home’s cliffhanger and seeing this Peter come into his own, firmly out of the shadow of any mentors. Maybe if/when they’re doing movies about Peter in college, then they could do Spider-Verse.”

So what will happen with the next Spider-Man movie?

After a delay prompted by the coronavirus, filming began last month on the third Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland. Very little is known about the plot, but IMDB lists an appearance by Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. He might seem like an odd mentor for Spider-Man, if that’s what he’s actually doing. 

More likely, his character will open the door to the actual multiverse, which was teased in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio claimed to be from the multiverse, but was really a disgruntled ex-employee of Stark Industries. Now, though, people expect the multiverse will truly come into play, especially considering the Doctor Strange sequel coming in 2022 is called Multiverse of Madness.

Whether we’ll see Miles Morales in flesh and blood rather than ink and paint remains to be seen, but as the Spider-Man movies get more far out, signs point to it happening someday. That silly Aquaman finally got his movie – why not Spider-Ham and the gang?  

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