Even before he takes off his mask, the newly released trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse makes it clear this isn’t your Uncle Ben’s Spidey. Wearing a hoodie and a pair of Air Jordan 1s, he visits what looks like Peter Parker’s grave, leaps off a tall building, and chases his uncle, the Prowler, through New York City traffic. If the tombstone and alternate costumes didn’t signal a new-and-improved web slinger, this becomes clear when the mask finally comes off. When it does, Miles Morales’ wide-eyed look shows the fear of a teenager who might feel overwhelmed with his new abilities. But that panic eventually subsides, and a wry smile – indicating he might be about this new life – comes across his face.
The fast-moving trailer, soundtracked by Vince Staples, takes place entirely at night, showing off the neon-colored lights of NYC. The one-minute, 22-second trailer shows a Spider-Man world that is grittier than Peter Parker’s.
Considering his appearance in Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man video game and his familial easter egg in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it feels like only a matter of time before Miles Morales is featured in a live-action Spidey film. While we’re not there yet this trailer for gives us our first look at the first-ever movie to star the Afro-Latino Spider-Man, and it looks good.
In addition to the promising trailer for the animated movie, the voice cast (so far) looks incredible, with Shameik Moore as Miles; Brian Tyree Henry and Mahershala Ali portraying Miles’ father and uncle, respectively; and Liev Schreiber as an unamed villain.
Created by Brian Michael Bendis in 2011, Morales is a fairly recent, but increasingly popular, addition to the Spider-Man universe.
There’s no word on who will voice Miles’ mother, Rio Morales, so it’s unclear if she will even form part of the cast. Maria Canals-Barrera previously voiced the character on Ultimate Spider-Man in 2016. With the film more than a year away, information’s still limited.
Check out the trailer below:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14, 2018.