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Shameik Moore slings webs as 1st biracial Spider-Man in film

December 14th, 2018 | by vBollywood Author
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A journal entry written when Shameik Moore was a teenager laid out one of his dreams — to play Spider-Man on the big screen. That dream seems to be partially realized with Shameik Moore serving as the voice of the webslinger in the new animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Shameik Moore is seen playing Miles Morales, a biracial Brooklyn teen who gains various superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Morales tampers with his superpowers, including enhanced hearing, wall-crawling and camouflage abilities. He is coming up with his own version of the character. Nothing like Peter’s Parker’s blue-and-red outfits, it is replaced by a red-and-black version and a smart pair of sneakers.

Moore wanted to be the face of Spider-Man in a live-action film, though he still hopes will happen. But for now, he’s happy to serve as Morales’ voice in Into the Spider-Verse, which is in theaters Friday and has already drawn rave reviews.

“The story now is coming out through me. So with great power, comes great responsibility,” he said, referencing an oft-repeated line from the Spider-verse of film and comics. “It’s a black Spider-Man and he looks like me.

“It’s a new time in Hollywood,” said Moore, who is 23 and of Jamaican descent. “Not only are we in live-action superhero movies, but they are animating us now,” he said. “I’m honored to be the first black Spider-Man (in a film).”

Into the Spider-Verse last week was nominated by the Golden Globes for best animated film, and has generated some Oscar buzz that could lead to a superhero showdown with Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Producers of Spider-Verse mentioned they went the animation route because computer graphic illustrators could mimic comic book movements better. With the process of blending CGI and hand-drawn animation, it took three years to develop Into the Spider-Verse.

“Our animation is so exaggerated that the best stuntman in world couldn’t do it,” said Chris Miller, who co-produced the film with Phil Lord, one of its co-writers. The filmmaking duo is known for “21 Jump Street” and The Lego Movie. ”At least in this film, he can move the same way as the comics. If anything, this doesn’t box out a live-action Miles movie. It actually brings more awareness to it.”

Moore says he hopes it happens sooner than later. “I’m very physical. I don’t need the mask to do flips,” he said. “I won’t need a stunt double. … But if they take like six, seven years, I’ll be older and won’t be able to play it.”

If Spider-Verse does well than more films could follow. “I think the studios would be very excited to make more of these,” said Peter Ramsey, co-director with Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti. “Right now, it still has to come out and allow the audience to fall in love with it. There’s so much potential.”

Photo courtesy: www.indianexpress.com

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