Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse exceeded expectations, making a significant impact at the box office and securing the second-highest opening of 2023. The animated film has garnered attention within a short span since its release, leaving audiences with questions, particularly concerning the dynamic between Hobie Brown and Gwen Stacy. Daniel Kaluuya, the voice actor behind Hobie, has offered his theories on these two characters and suggests that “something was happening.”
Hobie, also known as Spider-Punk, initially appeared as a potential “third party” in the supposed love triangle involving Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) and Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore). However, the movie takes a different direction, revealing that Hobie was actually looking out for Miles all along. He protected him from the Spider Society and assisted in evading Miguel O’Hara’s (voiced by Oscar Isaac) sinister plans. Despite the film dispelling the notion of a cliché love triangle, Kaluuya holds a different perspective. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the talented actor shared his thoughts:
“Gwen and Hobie, I think something was happening. (Laughs.) She left a lot of stuff at his house. They’re part of this band, and one of the reasons why Hobie was there was to have Gwen’s back. He wouldn’t be rolling around with the [Spider Society] otherwise, but he felt that Gwen was not well. So I don’t think Gwen used Hobie for that. I think they have a genuine friendship, but how deep that goes is between Gwen and Hobie.”
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Hobie Emerges as the Ultimate Hero in Across the Spider-Verse
Despite Hobie’s distrust of the Spider Society, Kaluuya offers a compelling explanation as to why his character chooses to remain involved. He further elaborated:
“It was to have Gwen’s back. At the end of the film, he gives a gesture to Gwen again. He just has her back, you know what I mean? Someone’s gotta watch somebody, and he wants to hide how much he cares. He watches over people that are coming from the same type of place that he feels he comes from. So, him being in the Spider Society is a lot of that.”
Picking up where its predecessor left off, Across the Spider-Verse follows Miles as he grapples with his understanding of heroism. As he confronts other Spider-People from different dimensions, he must unite with fellow web-slingers and his old friends to defeat an impending threat and protect his own reality.
Across the Spider-Verse has received widespread acclaim from critics due to its portrayal of various iterations of beloved web-slingers, including Spider-Man ’67, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man India, Peter B. Parker, and more. Currently boasting an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%, the film has emerged as one of the most exceptional Spider-Man adaptations to date.
As a film that explores infinite possibilities, the creative team behind Across the Spider-Verse has gone above and beyond to deliver what is arguably the most significant cinematic experience of 2023. For more insights, you can check out our exclusive interview with the film’s writers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Hobie and Gwen, Daniel Kaluuya, love triangle
What is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is an animated film that continues the story from the previous Spider-Verse movie. It follows the journey of Miles Morales as he navigates different dimensions and teams up with various versions of Spider-Man to face a new threat.
Who is Daniel Kaluuya in the film?
Daniel Kaluuya is the voice actor who portrays the character Hobie Brown, also known as Spider-Punk, in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. He shares his insights and theories about the relationship between Hobie and Gwen Stacy.
Is there a love triangle in the movie?
While initially hinted at, the film takes a different direction and reveals that Hobie’s role is primarily to support and protect Miles Morales. Daniel Kaluuya, however, suggests that there may be more to the connection between Hobie and Gwen, leaving the nature of their relationship open to interpretation.
What is the critical reception of the film?
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has received positive critical acclaim. The film has been praised for its portrayal of various Spider-Man characters from different universes, offering fans a diverse and exciting cinematic experience. It currently holds a high Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%.
Will there be more Spider-Man movies in the future?
As of now, there are plans for further Spider-Man movies, including sequels and spin-offs. The success of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse indicates a continued interest in exploring the Spider-Man universe, with the potential for more exciting adventures and characters to come.