About a week after its premiere in cinemas worldwide, Marvel and Columbia-Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has established itself as a surprise hit animated movie that has wowed critics, thrilled audiences, filled box offices and snagged a variety of award nominations for next year. One of its greatest strengths is easily agreed by many to be its rich sense of self-aware humor. One might recall Peter Parker’s Spider-Man talking in-film about how in passing years of super-heroics he got comic books, cereals and a Christmas album to his name. Even better, said album was partially realized by the producers.
Comic Book Resources has it that Sony Pictures Animation is set on de-fictionalizing the comically parody of Christmas songs briefly shown in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” into actual recordings, a real Christmas EP on digital release. It is set to hit digital music platforms this Friday, December 21, and it promises to be as much of a hoot as it implies. Viewers of the film who watched the end credits all the way through might have even heard a sample of one of those Spider-carols.
That song would be “Spidey-Bells” as sung by actor Chris Pine who voiced the Peter Parker/Spider-Man of the movie universe where Miles Morales lives (the alternate Peter who actually trains Miles later is voiced by Jake Johnson). What starts off as a fun, “realistic” take on a non-singer covering a well-known song dissolves into a hilarious bout of self-depreciating lines.
“Spidey-Bells” will be one of five songs in the digital “A Very Spidey Christmas” EP, featuring the voice talents of Pine, Johnson, and Jorma Taccone (voice of the Green Goblin). The former two sing a couple of Spider-Man themed carols apiece while Taccone as the Goblin “recites” the famous yuletide poem “The Night Before Christmas”.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is still showing in theaters, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. It also stars Shameik Moore as the movie’s lead Spider-Man Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Kimiko Glenn, John Mulaney, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Luna Lauren, Lily Tomlin and Liev Schreiber. Aside from the “A Very Spidey Christmas” EP, the film’s official soundtrack and score have already released, the former including performances from Post Malone, Blackway and Black Caviar, Nicki Minaj, Vince Staples and Jaden Smith.
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