Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-writer Phil Lord officially declares the film a Christmas movie.
Well, it’s official. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Christmas movie.
The proclamation came from the film’s co-writer, Phil Lord, who responded to a Twitter user’s question on whether “the movie [is] a Christmas Movie” or not with a resounding “Yes.” With that, it joins the pantheon of Christmas superhero movies that also includes Batman Returns, Iron Man 3 and Shazam!, along with the TV series Hawkeye and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
A Very Spidey Christmas
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse does not have much to do with Christmas itself. However, the film does feature a throwaway joke about Peter Parker singing for the holiday album, A Very Spidey Christmas. Sony then actually released the album, which includes stars Shameik Moore, Chris Pine and Jake Johnson singing holiday classics such as “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls” and “Spidey-Bells” in character.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman and written by Lord and Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opened in theaters on Dec. 14, 2018. The film follows Miles Morales as he learns how to control his newfound spider powers with the help of different versions of Spider-Man from alternate dimensions, including classic Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, SP//dr and Spider-Ham. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning $375.5 million at the box office off a $90 million budget. It also won Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards and Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
Lord is now working on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The sequel will see Miles further explore the Spider-Verse and feature appearances by Spider-Punk, Scarlet Spider, Lady Spider and the Spectacular Spider-Man from the beloved animated series. While plot details remain under wraps, the film’s trailer hints that the movie’s main antagonist will be Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099, who will be voiced by Oscar Isaac.
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson, and written by Lord, Christopher Miller and David Callaham, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse stars Moore, Johnson, Isaac, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Schwartzman, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Greta Lee, Rachel Dratch, Jorma Taccone and Shea Whigham. The film releases in theaters on June 23, 2023.