Spoilers for Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse inside.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is shaping up to be the most talked-about movie of the year so far. From the brilliant animated art styles to the surprising live-action cameo reveals. Marvel fans and moviegoers alike all agree it was a smash hit.
The movie itself is the second part of a trilogy that sequels its 2018 predecessor Into the Spider-Verse with Beyond the Spider-Verse being the title of the next and final instalment.
As mentioned, Across the Spider-Verse features a fair few surprising live-action cameos that garnered quite the audience response in theatres. One is Donald Glover’s Prowler whose character was teased in Marvel Studios’ Homecoming back in 2017. Another is Peggy Lu’s Mrs. Chen from Venom and Let There Be Carnage alongside Tom Hardy.
Donald Glover’s Last-Minute Cameo Shoot
Director Kemp Powers explained that Glover’s live-action cameo was filmed so close to release that a “little cardboard cutout” of Donald Glover was used during the sequel’s audience preview screenings.
“It was shot at a studio in New York, Chris Miller flew to be there in person, and Phil Lord and I were on the video feed giving direction. We got it in at the 11th hour. As a matter of fact, even in audience preview screenings, it was a little cardboard cutout of Donald Glover.”Kemp Powers
Director Joaquim Dos Santos explained that despite Glover’s appearance during the early audience previews only being in cardboard form. The directors still knew it would land well due to the response it managed to acquire.
“We knew it was still going to land, though, because the idea of it still got people geeked. That’s when you know you have something.”Joaquim Dos Santos
It’s still too early to tell as to whether or not these live-action cameos are setting something up for the future of Sony’s animated franchise to interact more with Tom Hardy’s Venom-Verse and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
However, one thing is clear, all the Spidey universes belong to the same overall Spider-Verse whether it’s an animated franchise or Insomniac’s latest web-slinger.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is now playing in theatres.