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‘What they’re planning is still huge’: Sony Originally Wanted Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse To Be 2.5 Hours Long Like Avengers: Endgame

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It is not uncommon for modern superhero movies to last up to more than two hours, and according to a lead Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse animator, the movie was originally fashioned for an Avengers: Endgame-like runtime.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse planned to be as long as Avengers: Endgame

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is one of the highly anticipated Marvel projects this 2023, and it seems that there is no stopping Marvel Studios and Sony from creating more content for fans now that people are back to their movie-going escapades.

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Sony Planned Across The Spider-Verse To Last For Two And A Half Hours

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows the life of Miles Morales (portrayed by Shameik Moore) who finds himself entangled in the web of his own destiny. The movie is a giant leap for the studio and the Spider-Man franchise, and an animator from the team revealed that Across the Spider-Verse was originally planned to be as massive as Avengers: Endgame.

In an exclusive interview with The Direct, animator of Across the Spider-Verse Ere Santos shared the studio’s original intentions for the movie. While they were in the initial stages, the assumption was to have the sequel and the third installment run for 2.5 hours:

[We were asking] ‘Wait, so this is what a two-and-a-half-hour movie?’ This is a really large story that they’re telling. And with all the arcs that they wanted to put in, we were just thinking this was going to be an intense, quick, fast-paced, high-energy movie.”

Santos revealed that the producers planned to have an Endgame-like ambiance and turn the movie into an epic blockbuster.

What they were planning was gonna be like ‘Endgame’-esque stuff. Like it was huge. And what they’re planning is still huge.”

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Across the Spider-Verse experienced a delay, and in that time, it was given the label ‘Part One’, which they eventually removed. The people behind the project took this time to thoroughly think about their plans for the second and third installments.

Spreading it out and into two gives it that breathing room we all felt that it really needed to kind of go, ‘Okay, what do you what do we need to set up in the second movie? And how can we resolve it in the third movie? Or not?’ I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”

Santos also noted that the plans were lofty and ambitious, even more in the beginning. Soon, they realized it was still ambitious, but this time, they did not have to fit two movies into one. Like many Marvel projects, Across the Spider-Verse was a challenging but fun and exciting job. And as the animator puts it, the delay “didn’t surprise us, but it did surprise us at the same time.”

What Fans Should Expect From Across The Spider-Verse

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Miles Morales, Spider-Man, and Spider-Gwen

Nothing is concrete and permanent, and while many changes could still be implemented, the story will remain the same and have the same epic ending. The allowance they have given into the films will provide essential characters like Miles, Peter, and Gwen the time to fully flesh out their stories.

Fans will have to wait and see until the movie comes out in theaters on June 2, 2023.

Source: The Direct

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.