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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Poster

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It was announced shortly after Stan Lee's death, at age 95, that he had recorded a cameo for the film and that it would be his final voice-acting role. Lord and Miller felt it was important that Lee was given a bigger moment compared to previous Marvel films because he was "so integral to the spirit of this movie," and considered his role "extra meaningful" following his death.
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At the beginning of the film, the famous phrase "With great power comes great responsibility" is actually said by Cliff Robertson, who played Uncle Ben in the original "Spider-Man" trilogy with Tobey Maguire. The quote was pulled from "Spider-Man" archival footage, as Robertson passed away in 2011.
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Completing the animation for the film required up to 180 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film.
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This film was dedicated in memory of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who died on July 6, 2018, while this film was finishing production. However, this was not the only dedication, as a month before the film released, Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018; the film was dedicated to both of Spider-Man's creators.
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When Miles first visits Uncle Aaron's apartment, the television is playing the television show Community (2009) (Season 2, Episode 1 "Anthropology 101"). The beginning of that episode shows Donald Glover's character Troy getting out of bed wearing Spider-Man pajamas. This was a reference to an unsuccessful 2010 online campaign to get Donald Glover a chance to audition for the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Miles Morales co-creator Brian Michael Bendis describes that image of Glover in the Spider-Man pajamas as one of the major inspirations for the creation of the character and the character's design. Additionally, Glover appeared as another version of Aaron Davis in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), in which he makes brief reference to his nephew. Glover also voiced Miles Morales in Disney's "Ultimate Spider-Man" cartoon series.
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Upon closer attention, Miles Morales can be seen doing to one of his friends the long handshake Peter Parker and Ned Leeds shared in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), when he walks to school.
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One of the many ways the Imageworks team paid tribute to old comic books through the visual style was to imitate the imperfections of offset printing.
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There are many small details in Miles' universe that set it apart from ours, such as using "PDNY" in place of "NYPD," and instead of Chance the Rapper wearing a "3" hat, he has a "4" on it (evident from a poster in Miles' room).
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According to John Mulaney, the producers encouraged him to "have fun" with his role as Spider-Ham, so he added cuss words to his dialogue. He eventually asked what the rating of the film was; which was PG.
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This was stand-up comedian John Mulaney's first theatrical film role.
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When Miles is scrolling through the contacts on his phone, the name "B Bendis" appears. This is a reference to Brian Michael Bendis, long-time author of the "Ultimate Spider-Man" series and one of Miles' creators.
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One of the billboards in Time Square is for a film called Clone College, which is a reference to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's canceled series Clone High (2002), which must have been more popular in this universe.
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A restaurant named Romita Ramen can be briefly seen. This is a reference to longtime "Spider-Man" artists John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr., who created "The Prowler" while still a teenager, his first professional work in comics.
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Among the logos shown for Columbia Pictures is a woman in western wear shooting six guns. This is from the film Cat Ballou (1965) starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.
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When Jefferson is scrolling through his phone contacts, "S. Ditko" is shown as one of the contacts. This is a reference to Steve Ditko, one of the original creators of "Spider-Man" and one of the two men the film is dedicated to.
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In the background of the scene in Times Square, there's a billboard advertising "Hi, Hello," an alternate universe version of "Oh, Hello," featuring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. John Mulaney is the voice of Spider-Ham. Kroll and Mulaney also voice the two lead characters on Netflix's Big Mouth (2017), a show they both produce as well.
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With Lily Tomlin playing Aunt May, all four actresses to play her in a theatrical film have been Academy Award nominees, after Rosemary Harris, Sally Field and Marisa Tomei. Tomlin was nominated for Nashville (1975).
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The movie was announced during the 2014 Sony hack.
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This was the second adaptation of the "Spider-Verse" comic. It had previously been adapted into the third/fourth seasons of Ultimate Spider-Man (2012).
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The film received a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
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The first Spider-Man related movie to feature Gwen Stacy as her super heroine ego, Spider-Woman (Spider-Gwen). While Gwen Stacy did previously appear in the movies Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), & The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), she however never gained spider powers or became Spider-Woman in any of the live action movies.
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The trainers Miles wears are Nike Air Jordan 1 retro high tops.
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This was animator Bob Persichetti's directorial debut.
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This was Nicolas Cage's third animated film released in 2018, after Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) and Astroboy, which were both also based on a comic book.
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The Air Jordan 1 Retro OG "Origin Story" sneakers were inspired by the ones Miles Morales wears in the film.
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This was the second comic book and Marvel film Liev Schreiber starred in, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
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When Miles is scrolling through his phone, the name "Sara Pichelli" appears. Pichelli is one of the artists who had worked on the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics with Brian Michael Bendis, creator of Miles Morales.
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Danny Dimian, an Imageworks veteran in charge of the visual effects of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), saw the film's creative journey as a natural evolution of what the studio had been able to achieve over the last twenty years.
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When Miles' father Jefferson is going through his phone while trying to call his son, one of his listed contacts is Steve Ditko.
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With his role as the voice of Peter Parker, Chris Pine becomes the fourth "Chris" to play a Marvel hero on the big screen after Chris Evans (The Human Torch and Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord).
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In the "Meet Spider-Gwen" movie clip, Gwen says she is "the one and only Spider-Gwen". When her origin is told in the movie itself, she says she is "the one and only Spider-Woman". In the comic book universe, Spider-Gwen is just her solo series' title (therefore, that code-name is used only for marketing purposes) while Gwen uses "Spider-Woman" as her in-universe hero name.
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) marked Spider-Man's debut theatrical animated feature, both from Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. However, Big Hero 6 (2014) was released in 2014, sans Marvel Entertainment's involvement with the project; that film was exclusively a Walt Disney Pictures production in spite of the original property being a Marvel I.P. (intellectual property).
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In late December 2017, the writing and directing credits changed. The original writers in early December 2017 were Phil Lord (co-director of 21 Jump Street (2012)/The Lego Movie (2014)) , Christopher Miller (co-director of 21 Jump Street (2012)/The Lego Movie (2014)) and Rodney Rothman (co-writer of 21 Jump Street (2012)). With Alex Hirsch (creator of Gravity Falls (2012)) as a story-contributor. Also, the directors would have been Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians (2012)) and Bob Persichetti (this was his directorial debut). The final script was written by Phil Lord and the final directors were Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman. So, three writers have been taken off of the final script and there has been one new director added to the film, making it a total of three directors.
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The film held its premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018, and featured a tribute to Stan Lee.
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The film was IGN's 2018 Movie of the Year.
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This was Peter Ramsey's first co-director credit and first after Rise of the Guardians (2012) from DreamWorks Animation, which also starred Chris Pine.
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This was the nineteenth theatrical film produced by Sony Pictures Animation.
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Liev Schreiber's 3rd animated film, after My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) and Isle of Dogs (2018), the latter of which also released in 2018.
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Unlike Over the Hedge (2006), Big Hero 6 (2014) and The Peanuts Movie (2015), which were also based off of comic strips, this movie also borrowed elements from the live-action films. The previous three movies were straight-up adaptations of the comics without any live-action films beforehand.
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Co-writer Rodney Rothman became co-director in late 2017 as the film entered post-production.
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This was Hailee Steinfeld's second animated film after Omoide no Mânî (2014).
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This was Jake Johnson's third animated film, after The Lego Movie (2014) and Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), the latter of which is also from Sony Animation.
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One of the montages features the theme song from St. Elmo's Fire (1985). That film starred Emilio Estevez, whose real-life father, Martin Sheen, played Uncle Ben in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
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This was the first animated film to feature a song with Puerto Rican reggaeton and trap star Anuel AA. The single was titled "Familia" (Family).
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This was Sony Animation's first film to be released in December.
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This was the eighth Sony Pictures Animation film to be produced in 2.35:1, after Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Goosebumps (2015), The Emoji Movie (2017), Peter Rabbit (2018) and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018).
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This was Kathryn Hahn's second Sony Animation film, after Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018), which was also released in 2018.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Amongst all of the alternate Spider-Man suits in the deceased Spider-Man's underground lair are the Iron Spider suit from the "Civil War" comic arc and the suit from the Sony's PlayStation 4 game with the white spider detail.
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There are several visual recreations of scenes from the various live action adaptions of Spider-Man. These include the famous upside down kiss from Spider-Man (2002), the train stopping sequence from Spider-Man 2 (2004), Peter Parker's infamous finger guns strut scene from Spider-Man 3 (2007) and an altered version of the ferry splitting sequence from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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Originally, Peni was going to die along with SP//DR, but this was deemed too brutal for a "kids movie," so she survived the destruction of her mech.
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The Peter Parker of Miles' universe being blonde is a reference to Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider and a clone of Peter Parker, who for a time took over as Spider-Man and even dyed his hair blonde during his time as Spider-Man.
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Though brief in his appearance in the post credits scene with Spider-Man 2099 and the 1967 Spider-Man, this film marks the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson in a Spider-Man film since Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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During the early scenes of Miles as Spider-Man, there are references to the specimen number 42 on screen. "42" is the specimen number of the spider that bites Miles in the comics.
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This was Mahershala Ali's second time portraying a Marvel villain. He also played Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes on Netflix's Luke Cage (2016) series.
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