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The creative minds behind Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse share their preferred appearances of various Spider-People and hidden references in a special video. One standout mention goes to Scarlet Spider (voiced by Andy Samberg), a character loved by fans and a clever nod to the character’s real-life narrative. Other intriguing Easter eggs encompass Web-Slinger’s horse obtaining superpowers and donning a mask, Bombastic Bag Man humorously sporting a paper bag on his head, and the inclusion of the Spider-Buggy, an amusingly absurd thematic car.
As Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse becomes available on Digital today, enthusiasts of the acclaimed animated film can delve even further into its sequel, particularly uncovering the Easter eggs scattered throughout. The movie’s creative team, in collaboration with Sony, offers insights into these subtleties that may have escaped our attention. Directors Joaquim dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson take the audience through their favorite Spidey appearances and Easter eggs featured throughout the film.
Dos Santos leads the featurette by highlighting Scarlet Spider, a character that has already gained significant popularity in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, portraying Ben Reilly (voiced by Andy Samberg). In the movie, Scarlet Spider is portrayed as an exaggerated, overconfident Spider-Man, a nod to an Easter egg that playfully mocks Reilly’s real-life comic story – which is famously considered one of the least successful Spider-Man comics ever created.
Powers then chimes in to express his affinity for Web-Slinger, also known as Patrick O’Hara (Taran Killam), whose moniker alludes to a gunslinger. This rendition of Spider-Man resides in a Wild West setting, and notably, his horse is also bitten by a radioactive spider, thereby granting both horse and rider superpowers; even the horse dons a mask.
Further delving into the Easter egg treasure trove, visual effects supervisor Mike Lasker reveals his favorite: Bombastic Bag Man. This incarnation of Spider-Man humorously substitutes a paper bag for a mask, a characteristic more commonly found in Marvel’s comedic tales. Given the film’s inherent humor, Bombastic Bag Man becomes just one of the many fleeting Easter eggs that add an extra layer of enjoyment. The filmmakers also pay a nod to the beloved Insomniac Spider-Man from the PlayStation game and the brief appearance of the live-action Prowler portrayed by Donald Glover (known for Atlanta).
Production designer Patrick O’Keefe adds to the conversation with his affection for Spider-Woman Canada, who wields a hockey stick and sports a jersey. Writers and producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord give a shout-out to Metro Spider-Man, an original creation for the movie inspired by Metro Boomin, the creative force behind the memorable Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse soundtrack, contributing a comical moment to the film.
Lastly, Thompson discloses his excitement about featuring Spider-Buggy in the movie, a vehicular inclusion that defies conventional logic. The running joke surrounding Spider-Buggy is its incongruity with Peter Parker’s mobility in navigating New York City, yet its quirky addition enhances the movie’s charm.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now available for purchase on various digital platforms. For an exclusive peek into the discussed Easter eggs, watch the featured video below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Easter eggs
What is the focus of the featurette about Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse?
The featurette delves into hidden Easter eggs and favorite Spidey cameos, providing insights from the creative team.
Who is Scarlet Spider in the context of the movie?
Scarlet Spider, voiced by Andy Samberg, is a fan-favorite character and an Easter egg that humorously references the character’s real-life comic story.
What intriguing detail does Web-Slinger’s iteration introduce?
Web-Slinger, portrayed as Patrick O’Hara (Taran Killam), exists in a Wild West world where both he and his spider-bitten horse possess superpowers, and the horse even wears a mask.
How does Bombastic Bag Man add humor to the movie?
Bombastic Bag Man, an incarnation of Spider-Man wearing a paper bag instead of a mask, introduces comedic elements, contributing to the movie’s lighthearted tone.
Which other Spidey variations and references are highlighted?
The featurette spotlights Spider-Woman Canada with her hockey stick, Metro Spider-Man inspired by Metro Boomin, and Spider-Buggy, an amusingly nonsensical theme car.
Where can I watch Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse?
The movie is available for purchase on digital platforms, allowing you to enjoy its Easter eggs and Spidey adventures.
How does the creative team contribute to the understanding of these details?
Directors Joaquim dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, along with other team members, offer insights into the Easter eggs and Spidey references present in the film.