With the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its surging popularity among critics and fans alike, I am here to give you a special look at a very cool product that is sure to send Spider-Man fans and their spider-senses crazy.
The Official Movie special of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gives readers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production behind the hit animated film. Titan’s line of books is relatively new, with editions like Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and in March 2019, Captain Marvel.
This fantastic collector’s guide offers fans an in-depth journey into the minds that created the film with character descriptions, artwork, and exclusive interviews with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman who were incredibly excited about bringing the expansive Spider-Verse to life.
“It was refreshing to take a comic book property and embrace an aesthetic of what it feels like to read comics as a teenager.” – Peter Ramsey, Director
Did you guys know that Phil Lord, the mind behind Into the Spider-Verse’s ingenious script, started writing in early 2015? And production even started in 2016.
That is just one of the many amazing facts inside this book.
There is so much information in this book and it ultimately changes the way you see the film. When you consider the massive team, the time it took for the film to be animated, and even the level of care put into this one production, your feelings towards the film change since you realize that for some, this was not simply a film, but a dream.
As well as exploring the minds of the directors, fans are offered an awesome sneak peek at the concept art of many of the characters. My personal favorites were Gwen Stacy, Peni Parker and her robotic companion SP//dr. As an anime fan, seeing a collage of facial expressions for Peni was incredibly interesting since the art style is so different and it highlights how hard they worked to embody the anime format which relies heavily on various distinctive facial expressions.
Some of the early designs will amaze you.
Now, it’s not a superhero film without some bad guys, is it?
This special also allows fans to explore the menacing villains that plague the multiverse such as Prowler and Kingpin. Their villainous profiles are accompanied by art and even text straight from the script to illustrate how characters translate from the page to the big screen. Kingpin’s dedicated section is by far my favourite purely because you learn a lot about the inspiration behind his motives and the visual representation which draws heavily from Bill Sienkiewicz’s illustrations.
For any fan who is passionate about Spider-Man and is interested in the making of this incredibly ambitious and dazzling film, this is an absolute must. It’s interesting, fun, and above all, it is beautifully presented.
It has been available since the 18th December. Make sure to swing by your local bookstore and pick it up, or you can pick it up right here on Amazon.
If you haven’t already, check out my review for Into the Spider-Verse and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Which Spider would you like to see appear in the sequel? And what villains would you like to see battle Miles and the team?
James Lister is a University student in the UK, currently undertaking his Masters degree in Media & Communication. He has a strong passion for everything Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and Anime related.