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‘It’s Artistry Come To Life’: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Director Explains Why the Spot Can Never Work in Live-Action

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proved to be a shocking massive hit for Sony as the animated adventure ended up being both an important, financial, and award-winning achievement. Having been enlisted with Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker, and more, fans have been waiting for a sequel forever.

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

Upcoming June Across the Spider-Verse will bring back the cast while debuting Spider-Woman and Spider-Man 2099, making up to an amount of 200 characters in the sequel. Up until now, it’s still confusing to know who the Spidery team will be coming next, last time they played against Kingpin as he tried to bring alternate Variants of his family into his universe from across the Multiverse.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Director Reveals How New Villain Compares to Kingpin

Kemp Powers compared the Spot with Kingpin
Kemp Powers compared the Spot with Kingpin

This character is one of Spidey’s least-known enemies, holding the powers to create inter-dimensional portals akin to ink splotches. In the comics, Spot is known as Dr. Jonathan Ohnn, an MIT scientist who works for Kingpin, but later he becomes a supervillain after an experiment goes wrong. In an interview with CartoonBrew.com, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse directors Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin Thompson, and Kemp Powers talked about what makes “The Spot,” a perfect villain for the sequel.

“Pretty early on we knew the Spot was going to be our main villain. Without an awesome villain, who you sort of can understand with their through-line, you don’t really have a strong story for your main character. So he’s an awesome sort of opposite to Miles.”

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Kemp Powers boomed the audience by saying that “The Spot is very similar to Kingpin” and both villains have “such a strong story that was the perfect complement to Miles.” The director also said The Spot has “endless potential” from both a visual and narrative perspective:

“And similarly is Spot. From the very beginning he just seemed like endless potential, both visually and arc of the character. Because you know by the way that’s not a costume, that’s his skin. By the way that he’s wearing it you know, it’s not a guy in a polka dot suit. That’s actually his skin. So you know, the arc of Dr. Ohnn Spot is one that does really complement, without giving away the story, it really does compliment the journey of Miles in this film really well.”

“And his living ink really is just, I think we’ve all been saying, it’s not just an effect. Its artistry comes to life. It’s something that can only really happen in animation. You can imagine Spot as a dude in a sock suit in a live-action Spider-Man film. It’s not going to work. It’s just not going to work. So he’s art comes to life. He’s the inkwell spilled on the page. It all goes back to sort of comic books and comic book art.”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse rumored villain 'The Spot'
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse rumored villain ‘The Spot’

In contrast to the villains living ink powers, Dos Santos also said that “it’s not just an effect. It’s artistry come to life,” saying that it’s something that could only “really happen in animation.” When The Spot was revealed, some fans showed a little terror. The character does not have the name or recognition like the Green Goblin, Vulture, or even Kingpin. However, after listening to the directors it feels like they are planning to push the animated medium forward.

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will hit theatres on June 2, 2023.

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Written by Shreeparna Das