With Sony Pictures Animation’s Oscar-winning animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse all ready to land on home media, the directors, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti, have now revealed that an extended version of this film, dubbed the “Alt-Universe Cut” will be included.
“[Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse] had an unusual amount of material at every stage of production,” Rothman had said.
“So, an insane amount of storyboard material, like insane, like break your high-end edit systems insane. An insane amount of layout, an insane amount of finished animation that didn’t make it into the movie… an unusual amount. So the Alt-Universe cut contains a bunch of that stuff that we chose not to put in the movie, but that in an alternate universe easily could have ended up in the movie. So, uh, that’s kind of the premise behind it.”
The Alt-Universe Cut is packed with content that all the fans will be excited to see, like the new Spider-Ham short added to the start of this movie and also a deleted scene that features Peter Parker and Miles Morales having a heart-to-heart talk on a billboard. There is also a pretty different dynamic between Milesand Ganke Lee, his roommate which is closer to the one that is shared by these characters in the comic books:
“The alt version is more beholden to the idea that Miles and Ganke were buddies and roommates, and there’s a lot more roommate stuff happening,” Persichetti had said.
“And what we ended up running into was just two things. It was like, ‘Oh, wow. [Spider-Man:] Homecoming, Ned – very similar to Ganke.’ Really. And then, ‘Well, maybe it’s actually better if Miles experiences these things without a really well-educated Sherpa holding his hand through all the powers coming on and everything, and it ended up helping us out for that place where Peter comes into the movie.”
The directors have explained that the very point of the Alt-Universe Cut was not just to include the cut content but also get some extra laughs and help the viewers understand why a few things had to be cut:
“One of the cool things about this movie, and especially since its been released, is that we do actually like to share a lot about the process of making it, and the different iterations we went through because so many people worked for so long on this movie, and we did really try a lot of different things,” Rothman had explained.
“So that version of the movie is like a great window into how the movie evolved, and different things that we were working on. And for any filmmakers out there, anyone interested in our movie or movies generally it will be interesting. I know I love that stuff when I see it.”
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, HaileeSteinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film will be coming to home release on Blu-Ray, UltraHD, 4K and DVD on March 19 and on digital HD February 26.