Warning: This article contains spoilers for items from the movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Although Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the sequel to one of the most beloved animated films in recent memory, it almost included “massive realistic cutscenes.”
While the movie had glimpses of the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from previous Spider-Man films, it looks like fans could have gotten a look at some other real-life Spider-Man characters.
During an interview with VarietyAcross the Spider-Verse directors Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson revealed that they had originally planned to do more of this real-life footage.
“We had even bigger ambitions,” Thompson said.
Powers added: “There were times when we had huge realistic scenes in the movie, and it turned into a bad joke. We didn’t even like it after that. We said, ‘Okay, enough, let’s make sure it’s set for the best results, and it’s consistent.'” with the story'”.
Neither Thompson nor Powers revealed what these scenes were about, but it appears they were scrapped fairly early in the process, existing only as storyboards and animations with cut versions of the characters.
“They looked like characters from South Park,” Powers said. “We have to do it as a character,” Thompson added.
Across the Spider-Verse has already made quite an impression on audiences around the world, raking in $208.6 million during its world premiere. In fact, its North American opening was almost three times that of the original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.