Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a big hit at the box office, and has since gone onto win an Oscar for Best Animated Movie of the past year. It is now finally home on Blu-ray and DVD, where fans can watch all the action and excitement on an indefinite loop in their own section of this parallel universe. One of the movie's many highlights is getting to see Nicolas Cage enter the Marvel universe as Spider-Man Noir.
As any Nicolas Cage fan knows, the iconic actor is a huge comic book fanatic. He even named his son Kal-El after his love of Superman. At one point, Nicolas Cage was supposed to make a Superman movie with Tim Burton, but that production turned into a huge disaster. It wasn't until 2007 that Nicolas Cage got to play a true Marvel hero on the big screen in Ghost Rider. He even reprised his Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirt of Vengeance. He finally got to play Superman in last year's animated hit Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.
But his most exciting superhero role to date is surely Spider-Man Noir, a black and white alternate universe take on Peter Parker. This Parker existed in 1933, during the Great Depression. He is an inexperienced but idealistic apprentice of a respected yet troubled reporter. His backstory is similar to the Peter we know here, on this Earth. He gets bitten by an illegally imported and highly-venomous spider, while secretly investigating a smuggling ring of ancient spider statues. Instead of killing him, the bite gave him super-human abilities, similar to that of a spider. Taking advantage of his new abilities, Parker begins to wage a one-man war against the criminal underworld in New York City.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has far too much stuff going on to let fans into this exciting background on the character. He's a spice sprinkled to perfection in the animated adventure. And in a new video, we get to see Nicolas Cage bring this character to life. The actor is seen voicing Spider-Man Noir. He also breaks down this particular version of the iconic superhero.
"He is probably the edgiest of the Spider-Men. Think Raymond Chandler, Paul Cain, those great old detective novels. I imagine he is a fan of the old Bogey movies. And Cagney movies. That's all in that dimension. At least, that is how I like to portray the character."
Nicolas Cage talks about going full Cage while doing his voice performance, something the directors pushed for, and something he was quite willing to give. Along with the video of Cage in the recording booth, doing what he does best, we have Concept art featuring design work by Vi-Dieu Ngyuen, and Jesús Alonso Iglesias. For more information, be sure to pick up a copy of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse The Art of the Movie, now in stores!
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