This is absolute insanity!
Sony Pictures Animation has done it again with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the sequel to the 2018 hit superhero movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film, which began showing in theatres on June 2, 2023, is a massive hit amongst fans. The Spider-Verse movies masterfully blend epic storytelling with artful animation, and the result is something unlike anything audiences have seen before.
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse follows the epic adventure of Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, who takes on the mantle of Spider-Man. The cast also included actors like Hailee Steinfeld, Donald Glover, Oscar Isaac, Karan Soni, Daniel Kaluuya, Jake Johnson, and Andy Samberg.
Multiverse Takes Shape in Real Life
The film dives into the idea of multiple universes existing in different timelines. Fans love how complex and well-thought-out this story is, but little did they know that an even bigger plan was playing out in theatres. One fan on Twitter shocked the community when they pointed out that there are two different versions of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse currently playing in theatres.
The best way we can see this is in the scene where Lyla gets Miguel to ask for backup. One version shows a selfie, and another shows a pointed hand.
Other differences according to viewers pic.twitter.com/ZAvNFbyGYY
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) June 23, 2023
Fans have gone on to notice tons of other tiny differences between the films.
What Is Going On?
Fans are floored by this news. It became especially real when Andy Leviton, an associate editor on the Spider-Verse movies, confirmed that there are alternate versions. He tweeted,
I was wondering when people might start noticing… https://t.co/E6G9tUXmDE
— Andy! Leviton (@AlliterAndy) June 23, 2023
Now fans are trying to piece together what is happening. It seems that different versions are playing in different regions. Now that this has been confirmed, it is easy to assume that many more fans will be heading to the movies to see if they can spot the differences!