Nic Cage Goes “Full Cage” in Delightful Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Video
The Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had almost an embarrassment of creative riches. A trio of talented directors. The super team of producer Chris Miller and writer-producer Phil Lord. That revolutionary animation. There was also, of course, that sensational cast. Shameik Moore was your star as Mile Morales, and his adventure as the up-and-coming Spider-Man put him into contact with a multiverse of other web-slingers. There was Jake Johnson’s Peter B. Parker, Hailee Steinfeld’s Gwen Stacy, John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham, Kimiko Glenn’s Peni Parker, and, last but not least, Nicolas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir. Now Sony has released a new video featurette of Cage in the sound booth performing the role, and it’s as fun as you’d assume it would be.
The fact that Nic Cage was going to be in an animated Spider-Man film to begin with was delightful news. We were even more hyped when we heard he’d be playing a noir version of the character. Yet no one could have guessed just how perfect a fit Cage was for Spider-Man Noir. That is, once he went “Full Cage” for the role.
Cage says he imagined his character being a fan of old Humphrey Bogart movies. Hard scrabbled. Likely hard drinking. A straight shooter with a gimlet eye. Someone who would fit right into one of Raymond Chandler’s iconic Phillip Marlowe novels. At one point, feeling his performance wasn’t quite right, he asked if the Spider-Verse team wanted him to go “Full Cage?” They did. He did. The rest is Oscar-winning history.
The new video is part of the celebration of Spider-Verse‘s home release. Voice acting is harder than it sounds (pun intended), yet Cage was up to the challenge and then some. The film sizzles throughout, but it gains an extra level of manic glee whenever Spider-Man Noir is punching and kicking and quipping his way through a scene.
Check out the video below. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available digitally in the U.S. now.
Featured image: Peni (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.