Sony Gives Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse An Alt-Universe Cut

Less than 24 hours after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took home Oscar gold, Sony has revealed that the upcoming home release will include a new cut of the film. Via CinemaBlend, Into the Spider-Verse directors Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti, and Peter Ramsey revealed the “Alt-Universe Cut” will restore several previously lost sequences back into the film.

“[Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse] had an unusual amount of material at every stage of production,” explained Rothman. “So, an insane amount of storyboard material, like insane, like break your high end edit systems insane. An insane amount of layout, an insane amount of finished animation that didn’t make it into the movie… an unusual amount. So the Alt-Universe Cut contains a bunch of that stuff that we chose not to put in the movie, but that in an alternate universe easily could have ended up in the movie…That’s kind of the premise behind it.”

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Spider-Ham’s animated short that was previewed earlier this month will also be a part of the new cut. Additionally, the directors revealed that the new cut will also include Miles Morales’ relationship with his roommate, Ganke Lee.

“The alt version is more beholden to the idea that Miles and Ganke were buddies and roommates,” said Persichetti. “And there’s a lot more of roommate stuff happening. And what we ended up running into was just to two things. It was just like, ‘Oh, wow. Homecoming, Ned – very similar to Ganke.’ Really. And then, ‘Well, maybe it’s actually better if Miles experiences these things without a really well-educated Sherpa holding his hand through all the powers coming on and everything,’ and it ended up helping us out for that place where Peter comes into the movie.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will hit digital on Tuesday, February 26. The Blu-ray and DVD editions will follow on March 19.

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