The Oscar Winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Had Its Roots in a Mostly Forgotten Spider-Man Video Game

The Oscar Winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Had Its Roots in a Mostly Forgotten Spider-Man Video Game

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions served as the basis for the hit film.

Sony just won big at the Academy Awards with a Best Animated Feature Oscar for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. While the premise is based on a Marvel comics miniseries of the same name, that miniseries was in turn influenced by Beenox's 2010 video game, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

Longtime Marvel Spider-Man comic writer, Dan Slott, posted a Twitter thread on the afternoon before the Academy Award ceremonies detailing the secret origins of the now Oscar-winning animated film, Into the Spider-Verse. While many fans could have guessed Spider-Verse's ties to Slott's own comic miniseries "Spider-Verse," Slott revealed it actually began in 2009 when he flew to Beenox Studios to write a story for an original Spider-Man game, Shattered Dimensions.

"#SpiderVerse origins: 6/9/09, @Beenox studios flew me to Quebec to show me their new game in development: Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions so I could write the story around it. It'd involve Spidey, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, & Spider-Man 2099, all in one big adventure," Slott revealed on Twitter.

Furthermore, after the meeting with Beenox, Slott apparently called his editor at Marvel to pitch an even bigger version of the game for Marvel comics. "I called my editor, Steve Wacker, from the studio. Told him the game looked GREAT and that we should do this story in the comics, but one up them, make it BIGGER and do something they couldn't do, have all the Spideys interact, and use EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER!"

Slott's "Spider-Verse" miniseries would officially launch in 2014 with new characters like Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and Peni Parker. The Spider-Verse storyline would be adapted in games and TV shows, all culminating with Into the Spider-Verse, which broke Disney's seven year winning-streak.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions received average reviews upon release, scoring around the 75-range on Metacritic. Shattered Dimensions was later removed from Steam and digital retailers after Activision's Spider-Man license expired. However, Shattered Dimensions' legacy appears secure after knowing it formed the basis of one of the best films of 2018. Slott would later go on to contribute to more Spider-Man video games, most recently in Insomniac's Spider-Man PS4.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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