The four-year wait for the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel is nearly over, but Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has some disappointing news to share. Apparently, the character he voiced in the first film, Spider-Man Noir, will not be appearing in the upcoming film, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
In an interview with Screen Rant, while promoting his upcoming western The Old Way, he was asked about the possibility of Noir appearing in the upcoming sequel. Unfortunately, Cage doesn’t know anything about the sequel. He stated the following:
“You’d have to ask Sony. I don’t know what’s going on with that. No one’s spoken to me about that. Ask them. I don’t know. I really don’t. I wish they would. I love Spider-Man Noir, too. I think that’s a great character. Spider-Man’s the coolest superhero. And then you combine that with Cagney and Bogart and Edward G. Robinson, come on, it’s a great character.”
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WHO WILL APPEAR IN SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE?
A lot of Spider-Man variants will appear in the upcoming film. We already got a quick glimpse in the trailer, but the official poster released in December really let us know that we should expect many of the Spider-Men and Spider-Heroes we’ve been meeting and seeing over the years, from publishing to the screen, to appear in the film. We know, of course, that Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is back as the main character, as is Jake Johnson’s Peter Parker.
Hailee Steinfeld is back as Spider-Gwen, and Issa Rae and Daniel Kaluuya are joining the cast as Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) and Spider-Punk, respectively. Also, Oscar Isaac returns after his brief cameo in the last film as Spider-Man 2099, aka Miguel O’Hara. Miguel joins the main cast in a featured role for the sequel.
Producer Chris Miller also confirmed on Twitter that Spectacular Spider-Man will be in the film (voice actor unknown for now). There is also speculation that the character from the PS4 video game, as well as the Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland iterations will be appearing in the film. As far as the villains go, The Spot is confirmed to be the main villain of both Across the Spider-Verse and next year’s sequel, Beyond the Spider-Verse. Jason Schwartzman will be providing the voice.
In an interview with The Direct, senior character animator on the movie Ere Santos confirmed that the original plan was to have a two-and-a-half-hour culminating event to the story initiated in the 2018 film, before they decided to split it into two parts, Across the Spider-Verse and Beyond the Spider-Verse (out in 2024). While he didn’t go into details, the amount of characters the movie will be dealing with certainly helped make the case for a two-parter. He said:
“[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.
But it would have been good. It would have been like, what they were planning was gonna be like Endgame-esque stuff. Like it was huge. And what they’re planning is still huge.
But then kind of 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.”
HOW WILL SPIDER-MAN NOIR’S ABSENCE AFFECT ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE?
It’s completely unknown, and quite frankly, it will probably not be noticeable. The movie has so many characters that missing one from the first movie might not be more than an afterthought. Also, it’s not like Noir was an integral part of the first movie, or that the character couldn’t have been any other Spider-variant different than him filling that role in the team.
From introducing Jessica Drew (who non-comic readers are not familiar with yet) or Spider-Punk to giving Spider-Gwen a larger role, the movie has a lot of characters to balance. And still, Beyond the Spider-Verse could Noir bring back into the fold. The truth is that it’s quite late in the game now for Cage to be called by Sony to voice the character again, as the movie might be very close to locking the picture.
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However, the sequel is still more than a year away and plenty of work is likely not yet complete. It’s true that Sony Pictures should have notified the actor by now of their plans if they are to bring him back, but we are leaving the door open because the truth is that he was quite fun in the first movie.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be released in theaters on June 2, 2023. Are you looking forward to it? Do you think Nicolas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir will be missed? How many times have you watched Into the Spider-Verse by now? Let us know by dropping us a tweet on our social media!
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SOURCE: Screen Rant