When Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters in 2018, it’s incredible art direction was immediately praised. The animated film featured a distinct, and wildly unique, animation style that proved to be a hit with audiences and critics alike. Since the movie’s release, it’s look has been replicated in video games, comics, and countless pieces of fan art across the World Wide Web. As such, the return of this animation to the big screen has been a major talking point in regard to the upcoming sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. According to the creatives, however, the now-iconic style that dominated the first film won’t be the only one making an appearance in cinemas next year.
Speaking exclusively with Empire Magazine, executive producer Phil Lord revealed that Across the Spider-Verse will have six different styles presented throughout the movie. This falls in line with the title and the film’s first teaser, which hint the story will flip the concept of the first film, which saw the multiverse come to Miles Morales, and instead see Miles Morales traveling across the multiverse himself. A separate art style for each new world. Lord explained:
The first film had one animation style that dominates the movie. This movie has six. So we’re taking those tools, adding all the things we learned on The Mitchells Vs The Machines, and then growing them further to accommodate the ambition of this movie. Which is to wow you every time you enter a new environment, and also to make sure that the style of the movie reflect the story, and that the images are driven by feelings, as opposed to some egg-headed art project. Which it also is, by the way!Phil Lord
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse swings its way into theaters on June 2nd, 2023.