“Imagine the movie without him”: Not Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099, Across the Spider-Verse Nearly Kicked Out Fan-Favorite Character

Not Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099, Across the Spider-Verse Nearly Kicked Out Fan-Favorite Character
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Hobie Brown, played by Daniel Kaluuya, stands out among the many distinctive spider-themed heroes. The anarchic hero follows his own path and is not afraid to snub the established order. You might have seen this stylish superhero in Joaquim Dos Santos and Kemp Powers’ computer-animated recently released film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.


It is not hard to convince fans that Hobie Brown is cooler than any of the new Spider characters introduced in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Because of his rebellious nature, gorgeous animation, and distinctive voice, Hobie, aka Spider-Punk, quickly won the hearts of fans after the film debuted in theaters earlier this year.

Across the Spider-Verse's Fan-Favorite Character, Spider-Punk
Across the Spider-Verse’s Fan-Favorite Character, Spider-Punk

Although he has so far been one of our favorite Spider-Verse characters, his character development has lagged in the latest Superhero film. Let’s see what film writers have to say about this. 


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Creators Agree Spider-Punk Is Cooler Than Other Spider-Man Variants

Daniel Kaluuya’s Hobie Brown, aka Spider-Punk, quickly won over fans after the movie’s release earlier this year. It has even been said that Hobie is just as cool as or even cooler than Miles Morales, the protagonist of the film. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, two well-known franchise writers and producers, are among them.

In an interview with EW about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Lord and Miller discussed how they brought Hobie Brown to life on screen and turned him into an instant Spider-Icon. 

Across the Spider-Verse's Fan-Favorite Character, Spider-Punk
Across the Spider-Verse’s Fan-Favorite Character, Spider-Punk

This character was allegedly almost spared for Beyond the Spider-Verse, the third installment. But as soon as the creators met Kaluuya, they made the decision to give the character a more significant role as Lord clarified:

“He was in and out of the picture for a little while because we weren’t sure which elements we were going to stick in this part and which were going to migrate to the next movie. When we met Daniel Kaluuya, we realized that he had to be Hobie Brown, no matter the cost. And Hobie had to be in the movie because that personality needed to be part of the story.”

He further added:

“Some people were like, ‘Is there a way to simplify this? There’s so many characters. Do we really need Spider-Punk?’ But once we got to know Daniel, we rewrote the part so it became more necessary.”

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse

The creators continued by saying that one of the goals in developing the film’s version of Spider-Punk was to make him even cooler than Miles Morales, which was challenging. But it goes without saying that they were successful. Miller went on to say:


“The challenge is that Miles is a really cool character — one of the coolest Spider-men that you can think of. Coming up with a character who is even cooler somehow is a really fun challenge.”

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Fans think Spider-Punk Is The Real Hero Of Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

The now widely praised and financially successful Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse has introduced a slew of exciting new Superhero characters, one of which is Spider-Punk aka Hobart Brown.

Despite not having much presence in the film, Spider-Punk is among the most striking and enduring depictions of our favorite webhead. When Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was released in theaters this year, he brought a punk-rock, anti-establishment attitude to the big screen while sporting a spiked mohawk atop his mask.

Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), in 'Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse'
Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), in ‘Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse’

Spider-Punk, an anarchist freedom fighter with a rebellious demeanor and an electric guitar slung over his shoulder, embodies all the qualities required to win the viewers’ hearts. One fan tweeted:

While another one stated that this character was “need”:

According to one:


Even though the film lacked Spider-Punk’s presence, this character became important in the film, as one fan noted:

Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse
Spider-Man Across the Spider Verse

Another person said that this movie would not have been “good without a little punk”:

While one fan believed:


What is the future for Spider-Punk? Well, the story of Miles Morales will be continued in a third movie, Beyond the Spider-Verse. The release date has not yet been disclosed.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse can be bought on Apple TV or Amazon Video. 

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Source- Twitter; EW


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