“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” Clip Recreates Iconic Moment From Classic Cartoon
A bevy of Spider-People in “Across the Spider-Verse” made recreating this iconic moment from a beloved episode of a cartoon something of a cinch. It’s also a moment that was lovingly recreated in Jon Watts’ beloved live-action Spider-Man: No Way Home. You’ve seen it yourself in countless memes, two cartoon Spider-Men pointing at each other. Or, in the case of Jon Watts’ live-action film, three Spider-Men pointing at each other. In Across the Spider-Verse, you can jack that number way up.
In the clip, we’re in a world filled with Spider-People. These include a Spider-Cat, a Spider-Tyrannosaurus Rex (yes, you read that correctly), and more, all having a leisurely time at what appears to be a cafeteria created specifically for them. Then the alarm sounds and Spider-Man 2099 (voiced by Oscar Isaac) calls for everyone to be on the lookout for Spider-Man. This leads to that iconic moment pulled from the old cartoon—a slew of Spider-people all pointing at each other, like, are you the one we’re looking for? Then Spider-Man 2099 specifies they’re looking for Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), Brooklyn’s one-and-only Spider-Man and the star of this Oscar-winning franchise. They find him hiding on one of the Spider-People’s backs. Cue an epic chase scene.
The Spider-Man-pointing-at-Spider-Man moment originally hails from the very first Spider-Man cartoon, which aired on ABC for two seasons beginning in 1967. In season 1, episode 19, naturally titled “Double Identity,” Peter Parker faces off against the actor-turned-criminal Charles Cameo, who impersonates Spider-Man to steal art treasures. When he’s interrupted by the real Spider-Man, they point at each other. Decades later, a viral meme was born. Now, thanks to the trio of Spider-Men in No Way Home and the dozens, if not hundreds of Spider-People in Across the Spider-Verse, the original cartoon and following meme have helped inspire a brand new world.
Miles will be introduced to this world of Spider-People, and to an elite group that functions within it led by Spider-Man 2099, by Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld). As we learned in a previous clip, Gwen explains to Miles that this super-group of Spider-People is led by a “Ninja/Vampire Spider-Man, but a good guy.” But soon enough, Spider-Man 2099 thinks that Miles is a threat and the thrust of Across the Spider-Verse‘s action will be instigated by this belief.
Joining Isaac as newcomers to the franchise are Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, Daniel Kaluuya as Hobart ‘Hobie’ Brown/Spider-Punk, Jason Schwartzman as Spot, Jorma Taccone as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, and Karan Soni as Spider-Man India.
Across the Spider-Verse is directed by the trio of Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, and Joaquim Dos Santos. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return as producers and as writers, co-writing alongside David Callaham.
Across the Spider-Verse is the second film in the planned trilogy, with Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse set for a March 29, 2024 release.
Check out the clip below. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on June 2:
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Featured image: Spider-Man/Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations’ SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.