How Cinderella Made It Into ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’

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How Across the Spider-Verse Included Disney’s Cinderella

The New York Times broke down all the inspiration and influences the directors used in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. They note that the sequel drew from varying sources, “like Leonardo da Vinci to the movie ‘Say Anything.'” Audiences will notice that one classic Disney Princess has a big role to play in one of Gwen Stacy/ Spider-Gwen’s (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) most pivotal scenes.

So how exactly does Disney’s 1950 animated classic Cinderella show up in the Marvel Comics Universe? The New York Times explains that “Gwen’s world functions like a mood ring that reacts to her emotions.” For instance, a red aesthetic represents her anger, and fragmented colors immerse audiences in her overwhelming confusion.

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Here’s how Justin K. Thompson, one of the film’s three directors, explains the reference.

As a kid, I remember seeing the scene when Cinderella’s dress is being torn apart by the evil stepsisters, and the backgrounds and the environment start reacting to this emotional trauma that she’s going through. 

As a result, he wanted Gwen’s environment to be similarly emotionally reactive, evoking a more visceral movie-watching experience. Therefore, the shifting colors and temperatures in Gwen Stacy’s world come from Cinderella herself. Can you feel Cinderella’s dress being torn apart by her stepsisters during Gwen’s emotional scene with her dad?

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is also directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and Kemp Powers. This sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) follows Spider-Man Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy across the Multiverse. They clash with a team of Spider-People about how to protect the Multiverse, and Miles is forced to redefine what it means to be a hero.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is currently in theaters and runs 2 hours and 16 minutes.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!