Remembering Luke Perry, King of Wishful Thinking Music Video, and Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Q&A

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, ABC News remembers Luke Perry after the actor’s sudden death earlier this week. Plus, Paul Rudd and Jimmy Fallon teamed up to recreate the music video for the “King of Wishful Thinking” from the Pretty Woman soundtrack, and Ava DuVernay sits down for an extensive Q&A with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Read More »

Spider-Verse opening scene

If seeing Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse win the Best Animated Feature Oscar at this past weekend’s Academy Awards made you want to rewatch the film immediately, we have good news: it’s available to own right now on Digital HD. But if you’d rather wait for the Blu-ray/DVD, the studio has released the first nine minutes of the film online for free as an extended preview. Revisit one of 2018’s very best cinematic offerings below. Read More »

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Score

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the Oscar for Best Animated Film last weekend. But even though the movie raked in $185 million at the domestic box office before leaving theaters, it wasn’t quite as big a hit as other comic book movies. Now that the movie has more credibility among those who pay attention to the Oscar winners, Sony Pictures is giving audiences another chance to see it the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen.

According to co-director Rodney Rothman (who worked with co-directors Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a “huge re-release” in theaters this weekend, including plenty of IMAX screens. But you’ll want to see it as soon as possible, because Captain Marvel will be taking over IMAX screens next weekend. Read More »

spider-man: into the spider-verse

On the February 26, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in Chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest film and tv news, including a Gremlins animated series, Rotten Tomatoes, A Quiet Place 2, The Eternals and the future of the MCU. And in Our Feature Presentation, Peter sits down with the filmmakers behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse to talk about deleted and alternate scenes.

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The home video release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – out today on Digital and March 19 on physical media – includes a special feature called “Alternate Universe Mode” which is an extended cut of the film featuring alternate scenes, deleted storylines, additional characters (like Ganke!), and more. One of the more interesting alternate sequences involves Miles Morales training to become Spider-Man…by watching a Spider-Man movie.

Sitting down with filmmakers Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti and Pete Ramsey, I learned about this original subplot. Instead of Miles learning about how to be Spider-Man from an old comic book, he originally learned how to become the webslinger from an audio commentary featuring Tom Cruise and James Cameron.
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After watching Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, I ran home and downloaded the Miles Morales comic books on Marvel Unlimited because I didn’t want my time with the characters to end. The heart of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book run is Miles Morales relationship with his best friend, a comic book-loving geek named Ganke. After reading the comics, it’s honestly the only thing I wish they had included in the animated film. We later learned that Ganke is actually Miles’ non-speaking roommate, and producers have promised he will have a much bigger role in the sequels.

During an interview to promote the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on home video, filmmakers Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman told me that Ganke was their favorite part of the initial three-hour cut of the film, but he ended up on the cutting room floor. And I learned that Pixar alum Pete Sohn was actually brought in to voice the character when he was a much larger part of the film.

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Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Deleted Jokes

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still in theaters, so if you haven’t seen what many have called the best Spider-Man movie ever, there’s still time. Since there’s plenty of love for the new Spider-Man to go around, including a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination, some interesting tidbits from behind the scenes have emerged all over the web (pun intended).

Below we’ve put together some Spider-Verse nuggets, including details on a couple hilarious jokes that got cut from the movie, a look at some early animatics before the film found its signature visual style, and a breakdown of one of the key sequences. There’s also word from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller on how their firing from Solo: A Star Wars Story benefited the animated movie. Read More »

Spider-Verse cameos

In early December, we wrote about how former Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire was once in consideration to play Peter B. Parker in Sony’s Oscar-nominated animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. That role as an older, out of shape web-slinger eventually went to New Girl actor Jake Johnson, but Maguire wasn’t the only former Spider-Man to be on a wishlist for the acclaimed animated feature.

It turns out that Andrew Garfield, who played Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, and Tom Holland, who currently plays Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, were both written into an early version of the screenplay. If all went according to plan, they would have shared a scene with Maguire, which would have united the Spideys for the first time.  Read More »

spider-man into the spider-verse script

The buzz around Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is at an all-time high, and Sony is taking advantage of that hype to release the entire script for the comic book movie for free online. Written by Rodney Rothman, who co-directed the eye-popping animated movie, and Phil Lord, one half of the high-profile Lord and Miller duo, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse script gives us a small taste of the final dazzling product.

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into the spider-verse interview

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is, in my estimation, the best Spidey story put on film so far. It’s full of jaw-dropping action, it introduces audiences to a new version of Spider-Man while paying tribute to the ones that have come before, and opens up a whole universe of terrific supporting characters. It’s emotional, hilarious, and an innovative visual triumph; who would have guessed that an animated Spider-Man story would be one of the best movies of 2018?

Late last month, I sat down with directors Bob Perschietti (The Little Prince), Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), and Rodney Rothman (writer of 22 Jump Street) to talk to them about the technical reasons their movie looks so incredible, how they collaborated to bring this story to life, racing to hit the release date, and much more. Read More »