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  • Acting for Two:
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Peter B. Parker is subtly implied to be Jewish. Jake Johnson is Jewish on his father's side.
    • Peni Parker is Japanese-American, much like her voice actress Kimiko Glenn.
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    • Tombstone is an Albino African-American, which is reflected by his voice actor Marvin Jones III.
  • All-Star Cast:
  • Approval of God:
  • Casting Gag: In the Danish dub, the old man who sells Miles his suit (Stan Lee) is voiced by Jakob Stegelmann, the grand old man of geek culture in Denmark.
  • Colbert Bump: Peni Parker went from being pretty obscure and overlookednote  to getting tons of searches and fan-art practically overnight following her trailer reveal. She was the most searched main character in the movie because of it, by far, especially in Japan.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • The movie is titled Spider-Man: New Generation in France (still in English, somehow).
    • In Germany it is called Spider-Man: A New Universe also similarly still in English.
    • In Latin America and Spain, the movie is titled Spider-Man: Un Nuevo Universo ("A New Universe" in Spanish). The Chinese language release also uses "New Universe" (in Mandarin of course) and Korean too.
    • In Polish, the film is titled simply Spider-Man: Universe.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Not that it matters as much since it's animation, but 38-year-old Chris Pine plays a 26-year-old Peter Parker.
    • The teenage Miles Morales is voiced by 23-year-old Shameik Moore, while Gwen is voiced by 22-year-old Hailee Steinfeld. note 
    • Actors who are slightly older than their characters are 40-year-old Jake Johnson as the late thirties Peter B. Parker and 30-year-old Zoë Kravitz as the mid twenties Mary Jane Watson.
  • Defictionalization: A Spider-Man Christmas album, with songs sung by members of the cast, was actually released to coincide with the film. It features "Spidey Bells" and "Up on the Housetop" by blonde Peter, while Miles, Peter B. and Earth-67 Peter get a track each.
  • Development Gag: If you freeze-frame Spider-Ham's flashback at the beginning, the hot dog place he's shown getting one from is called Uncle Frankfurter's. His cut line from the "You can't save everybody" sequence (mentioned in What Could Have Been) reveals Uncle Frank to be that universe's equivalent of Ben Parker.
  • Deleted Scene: In a rarity for an animated film, Spider-Verse has 10 minutes worth of completed animation that was cut from the final film.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Both Tombstone and his voice actor, Marvin "Krondon" Jones, are albino.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Miles is Afro-Latino but his voice actor, Shameik Moore, is Jamaican-American.
  • Fan Nickname: Fans have designated the two Peters as Blond Peter and Peter B. (mostly because the latter's nametag has Peter B. Parker listed and no Peter in any version has ever called himself that way).
  • Foiler Footage:
    • There is a scene in the teaser trailer where Miles is seen chasing after Prowler. In the movie proper, it's actually Peter and he is not chasing anybody.
    • In an audio example, Chris Pine's role as Miles' first Peter Parker was kept under wraps until the film's release. In the trailers, his opening narration is read by Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, making it seem like the two Peters were the same character.
    • One of the preview clips for the movie features Miles and Peter escaping Alchemax with a computer, being chased by scientists and then being rescued by Gwen after Peter glitches. The scene plays mostly the same in the movie, with a few notable exemptions: Dr. Olivia, aka Doctor Octopus, is chasing Miles and Peter too in the film proper, and gets into a fight with Gwen as well.
  • Genre Relaunch: For a genre whose initial "launch" didn't really take the first time: animated action/adventure movies aimed at teenage audiences. A number of these movies were high-profile failures, and the genre was often thought of as box-office poison.
  • I Knew It!:
    • A lot of fans who noticed the Alchemax Freeze-Frame Bonus were able to accurately predict that Spider-Man 2099 would have a cameo in the film.
    • The director confirmed that Miles breaks the skyscraper's window when he takes his "Leap of Faith" because he's scared and still sticking.
  • In Memoriam: The film is dedicated to the memory of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, co-creators of Spider-Man. Both died in 2018, the year of the film's release. The movie deals with the death of their famed creation, Peter Parker, while Miles Morales tries to take up the Spider-Mantle à la Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The trailer scene where Peter Parker compares Miles's universe to a soggy, gross fry is absent in the movie itself. Apparently, it was removed out of concern that it would both slow down the movie and be explaining information the audience already understood. And because Legion also had a scene where a character uses french fries to explain alternate universes.
    • The scene where Peter and Miles sit in the subway discussing "saving one person" is also absent. Word of God confirmed it's an animation test footage.
    • In the trailer only, Gwen's introduction as Spider-Woman has her landing on a tree branch en pointe and rising gracefully to her feet.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Joaquin Cosio voices Scorpion in both the original English and also in the Latin American Spanish dub.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Jorma Taccone fills in for Paul Soles as the 1967 Spider-Man. On that note, Stan Lee voiced Jameson in place of the late Paul Kligman.
    • The same goes in the Japanese dub, as Tetsu Inada replaces Hideyuki Tanaka as the 1967 Spidey, despite the later is still alive and active as a voice actor
  • Playing Gertrude: Brian Tyree Henry, who was 36 when the film released, voices Jefferson Davis, who is likely in his 40s at least, given that Miles is around 13 or so during the events of the film. In fact, he originally declined the part as he felt he was too young to play a father, but accepted the role after finding out the movie would feature the first non-white portrayal of Spider-Man on film.
  • Playing Against Type: Those familiar with Brian Tyree Henry's Star-Making Role as the grumpy and worldly drug dealer/rapper Paper Boi in Atlanta may be a bit surprised to hear him voicing a loving father who is also a police officer.
  • Posthumous Credit:
    • The film is released a month after Stan Lee's death. He was Acting for Two here, as mentioned above.
    • Cliff Robertson's voice is reused via archival audio from the Spider-Man Trilogy. He died in 2011.
  • Production Nickname: According to the screenplay and art-book, the production nickname for Miles' Peter is RIPeter. Peter B. was known as Burrito Peter due to an him eating those instead of pizza in an earlier version of the film. The Spider-Man from the 1967 cartoon who appears after the credits is referred to as ‘67 Animated Meme Spider-Man!
  • Reality Subtext: Stan Lee's Creator Cameo features a line noting that he'll miss Spider-Man. This carried extra poignance when the movie was released several months after his death.
  • Recycled Set: A variant. The Lizard shown in silhouette in Gwen's recap flashback is actually a modified Green Goblin model.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Peter B.'s story arc reuses ideas from the unmade Spider-Man 4, specifically him divorcing Mary Jane. The original script had it come as a result of him cheating on her and ended with him abandoning her and their child, but Sam Raimi felt that this made Peter come across as an unlikable jerk, contributing to the problems that ultimately got the film scrapped. Spider-Verse tackles the problem by giving it a much more mundane and tragic explanation — Peter B. simply underwent a mid-life crisis that went From Bad to Worse after Aunt May died, causing him to act in an impulsive and self-destructive manner that ruined his marriage. It also ends on a much happier note, with him regaining his resolve and trying to patch things up with MJ.
  • Release Date Change: The film was originally slated for release on July 20, 2018, before being moved to December 21 at the end of 2015 and then up one week in 2017.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Via archive audio, the late Cliff Robertson briefly reprises his role as Uncle Ben from the Spider-Man Trilogy.
    • In the Latin-American Spanish dub, Edson Matus, who voiced Spidey in MAD and the Marvel Adventures: Iron Man animated shorts' dubs, reprises the role for the trailernote .
    • Armando Coria, who also voiced Peter Parker in the Latin American dub of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, also comes back as Peter for the trailer... albeit, the 1930s version that is Spider-Man Noirnote .
    • Also from the same dubbed version, Humberto Solorzano reprises his role as J. Jonah Jameson from the original live-action trilogy in The Stinger.note 
    • The Brazilian Dub has the voice actors of Peter Parker, Mary Jane and Aunt May in the Raimi trilogy reprise their roles, fittingly considering the "main" Peter Parker gets several callbacks to the Raimi Trilogy.
    • In the Japanese dub, Mary Jane is voiced by Yuko Kaida, who already voiced her in many of the animated adaptations, mainly in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spider-Man Unlimited and Ultimate Spider-Man. Also from the same dub, Tessho Genda reprises his role as the Kingpin from Spider-Man (PS4).
  • Shrug of God:
    • Rodney Rothman personally thinks Peter B. Parker is indeed Jewish, but willingly leaves it up in the air for whether or not he already was or converted for Mary Jane.
    • When asked if Aunt May and Olivia Octavius have ever dated, Peter Ramsey's response was that "there's a universe where that is true" but stayed coy on whether that universe is Miles's.
  • Sleeper Hit: This film had a good but not great opening weekend with $35 million in the US but still managed to be #1. The following week was when all the big-budget live-action films came out for Christmas, including Aquaman (2018), Mary Poppins Returns, and Bumblebee, and it dropped to #4. As the winter went on, it began to hold much better than its competition, likely because after Christmas there was no reason for anyone to see The Grinch which was the only other kids' movie out. It managed to pass Mary Poppins Returns both internationally and domestically even though it made $58 million in its opening weekend and stomped Bumblebee 's domestic total by over $50 million. It stayed in the top five for seven weeks and eight weekends. It was even "leggier" than the billion-dollar juggernaut Aquaman as this managed to 5.29x its opening weekend whereas Aquaman 's multiplier was 4.6x.
  • Throw It In!: Peni rolling into the living room on heelys was due to the animators realizing that there wasn't enough time for her to simply walk.
  • Voices in One Room: It's not with everyone and not all the time, but Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, and Brian Tyree Henry did occasionally record together.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough to have its own page


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