Meet The Spot – the new Spider-Man villain headlining Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
How do you top Kingpin and Dr. Octavius? With an obscure Spider-Man villain from the ’80s, of course. The Spot made his first appearance in Spectacular Spider-Man #98 in 1985 and now, he’s finally heading to the big screen.
“For those who are not hardcore canon nerds, The Spot is one of the deepest cuts in Spider-Man’s rogue gallery,” said co-director Kemp Powers at the Annecy International Film Festival (per Variety). “But he has a super-power that really excited our entire team: His entire body is covered in little interdimensional portals that can send him anywhere he wants to go.”
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That’s right – if the multiverse wasn’t complicated enough, we now have a villain who can tear open interdimensional portals. Voiced by Jason Schwartzman, The Spot is able to use his portals as weapons – effectively slinging his opponent’s blows back at them… and making him one of Spider-Man’s most tricksy antagonists. You can see in the teaser art above that Miles is trying to kick The Spot, but his foot is inadvertently hitting Spider-Gwen in the background.
Powers, along with co-directors Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin L. Thompson explained that the villain’s character design is meant to evoke unfinished sketches, with blue construction lines representing the artist’s rough outline before the work is then sent to be inked. The Spot’s design will change and grow as the movie goes on, representing the character’s mastery of his own powers.
“We thought it would be really cool if the portals felt like living ink that had spilled or splattered on the comic artist’s drawing,” explained Powers. “His very simple power provided endless exciting challenges and permutations for our team.”
Of course, Miles Morales featured a similarly interesting approach in the first movie. Originally animated at 12 frames per second as a clumsy teenager, he begins to move more smoothly until reaching the height of his Spider-Man powers – eventually animated at a normal filmic 24 frames per second. It’s this attention to detail we can’t wait to see in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
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Although The Spot was originally known as Dr. Jonathan Ohnn in the comic books, it’s unknown whether this original backstory will make it to the big screen.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse sees Shameik Moore voice Miles Morales, alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, and Issa Rae. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin L. Thompson directed the film based on a screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham.
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