Sony has revealed the first proper look at the villain from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and he clearly looks formidable.
Unveiled during a Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse panel at the 2022 Annecy Film Festival, Sony has confirmed The Spot – an adversary to Spider-Man and Daredevil in the Marvel comics – will be the main antagonist. of the film. Also, Sony revealed that Jason Schwartzman (Fargo, The Darjeeling Limited) hará the voice of The Spot in the lively sequel.
To give non-Annecy attendees a glimpse of The Spot in action, a still image of wrestling supervillain Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) was uploaded during the presentation. Check out the tweet below for more information, which shows that The Spot will be outfitted in the familiar black and white costume of him in the superhero movie:
This is The Spot, Miles Morales' most formidable foe to date, as he debuted at #AnnecyFestival. He is voiced by Jason Schwartzman. 🕳 See him in action in Spider-Man: Across the #SpiderVerse, in theaters June 2, 2023. pic.twitter.com/9V1fzvlR6A June 13, 2022
For those who don't know much about The Spot, he is a villain whose body is covered in interdimensional portals. These allow The Spot to traverse the Marvel Multiverse at will, traveling to different timelines to commit crimes before safely escaping from the authorities. He can also generate portals out of thin air and transport people or objects anywhere. It looks like the movie's Spider-People contingent will have a tough opponent to face at that point.
Across the Spider-Verse is about to explore, well, the Spider-Verse in more detail than its predecessor, Into the Spider-Verse. With interdimensional travel being a key part of its plot, a menacing foe like The Spot fits perfectly into Miles Morales' second cinematic outing.
In addition to Schwartzman's casting, Sony has announced/confirmed a number of other voice actors for their next project. The studio has revealed that Issa Rae (Insecure) will play Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, in the sequel, confirming months-long rumors that Rae was cast to play the fan-favorite character.
Meanwhile, Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire, the Fast and Furious series) will play Captain George Stacey, Gwen's father and New York's police chief. Finally, Jorma Taccone (The Lonely Island, MacGruber) will voice the villainous Adrian Toomes, also known as The Vulture.
The trio joins Moore and Steinfeld, as well as Oscar Isaac (Moon Knight, Dune), who will voice Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099, in Across the Spider-Verse. Jake Johnson, who played Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man in the first film, is also expected to return.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will hit theaters exclusively on June 2, 2023. A sequel, currently titled Beyond the Spider-Verse, will also be released in March 2024.
Analysis: Who is The Spot, Jason Schwartman's character in Across the Spider-Verse?
Miles and Gwen are in for a surprise when The Spot arrives. (Image credit: Sony Pictures Animation)
Need a little more history in The Spot? Let us help you.
The Spot debuted in Spectacular Spider-Man #97 in December 1984. Real name Jonathan Ohnn, The Spot began life as a scientist working for Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. The Kingpin hires Ohnn to attempt to replicate the radiation levels of the superhero known as Cloak, so the Kingpin can mimic Cloak's teleportation powers.
After conducting various experiments, Ohnn managed to create a solid black circular portal to another realm. Passing through it, Ohnn found himself in a weightless dimension with a seemingly endless number of doors to other worlds and universes. Ohnn eventually found his way back to his timeline, but his body had been transformed by his brief visit to the Nameless Location. Namely, his body was now covered in black dots, allowing Ohnn to travel to alternate realities and become a full-fledged supervillain.
With the ability to open numerous portals at will, The Spot's primary attack sees him using these portals to punch, kick, or throw objects at his enemies from unexpected angles and great distances. The Spot doesn't possess any other superpowers, but he is more than a match for most Spider-Man and Spider-Women, you name it.
Why? Because The Spot's interdimensional energy signatures can't be picked up by Spider-Man's spider-sense, or any similar hero's spider-sense. Afterwards, The Spot has the advantage of being able to launch surprise attacks against Spider-Man, forcing the webslinger to come up with unusual plans to combat that particular foe. Expect Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and company to come up with a creative game plan to try and take on The Spot in Across the Spider-Verse.
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