– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This December, audiences will be treated to a whole new different take on Spider-Man in the upcoming animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This story will see several different iterations of the webslinger, including the likes of Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Spider-Man, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir.

But let’s talk about that final character listed there. Voicing him is none other than the living legend — dare I say “national treasure” — Nicolas Cage, and speaking with EW, he discussed the inspiration for Spider-man Noir:

“There are multiple Spider-Men in different dimensions that are kind of colliding together. My character’s Spider-Man Noir. He’s really Peter Parker from the ’30s. I tried to channel those noir films with [Humphrey] Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with [James] Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking. I tried to give the character that. It was a lot of fun. I think it should be quite funny. The movie definitely has a sense of humor, and that’s a good thing because it’s good for the whole family.”

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I’m admittedly more of a casual fan of the Spider-Man superhero, with my exposure pretty much starting and ending with the most popular and iconic Peter Parker stories, so I have zero idea what to expect from Spider-Man Noir, but I love the idea of Cage channeling Noir legend Humphrey Bogart and icon Edward G. Robinson.

I expect there to be a real clash between his way of speaking and thinking, and those of the other Spider-people in the film, and I expect lots of laughs to be made at his expense. Plus, since it’s Nicky C. playing the dude, you know he will commit to that voice and performance, for better or worse, and I already love him for it.

What do you think of these inspirations for Spider-Man Noir? Let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.