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As a huge (huuuuge) fan of Spider-Man, 2018's Into The Spider-Verse quickly established itself as one of my favourite movies of all time.
According to a new report from The Illuminderdi, Sony is in talks with actor Christopher Daniel Barnes to reprise his role as the animated Spider-Man from the fittingly titled Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which ran from 1994 to 1998. Unsurprisingly, this remains one of the core Spider-Man adaptations for a lot of us who grew up in the 90s, myself included. You can see why I'm so excited.
"I can exclusively share that Christopher Daniel Barnes is in final talks to return to the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Into The Spider-Verse 2," The Illuminderdi's Nick Santos wrote "As most of you may know, Christopher played the character in the 90's animated cartoon."
This sounds kind of wild at first glance... right up until you remember that Into The Spider-Verse had a talking pig, and an anime character. An older animated version of Spidey would hardly be the biggest stretch. Still, do take this with a pinch of salt for now.
The report goes on to suggest that Barnes' Spider-Man will have a distinct visual style that blends the original cartoon with the Spider-Verse aesthetic. It also claims that this incarnation of Spider-Man may not have a particularly massive role, and will likely appear in more of an extended cameo capacity at various points.
That makes sense, especially if Sony wants to throw in more Spider-Men for the fans while keeping the focus on a core group. That core group, by the way, will most likely consist of Jake Johnson's Amazing Spider-Man, Shameik Moore's Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld's Spider-Woman, and Oscar Isaac's Spider-Man 2099, who appears in the post-credits scene of the first film. While I'm all for throwing as many Spider-Men into the film as humanly possible, they'll have to be pretty brief appearances.
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