Easily the biggest surprise of December was “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” Far more than just a softened and animated take on Spider-Man for the kids, the film showcased an astounding animation style, brilliant comedy, and a story that carries real weight as a true Spider-Man film, surpassing its live-action counterparts by leagues. And now you can read the whole script to see how this masterpiece came together.
While Sony made a looney bid at one point to essentially own the animation techniques on display in the film, they have also been gracious enough to allow the script to be posted online. The movie’s co-writer and co-director Rodney Rothman made the announcement on his Twitter:
— rodneyrothman (@rodneyrothman) December 29, 2018
“Spider-Verse” has proven to be a film worth repeat viewings if not for the groundbreaking computer graphics that look more like a comic book than any other superhero film, then for the abundance of Easter eggs slipped into numerous frames. The 131-page script, also written by Phil Lord of “The LEGO Movie” and other comedy projects, offers a bigger glimpse of how such a film packed so much content in just under two hours.
Of course, just reading the script is no substitute for seeing the film itself, currently in theaters. If you still haven’t caught it yet, here’s what you’re missing:
Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.