While the world built in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is unlike just about anything comic book movie fans have seen unfold on the big screen, there was a time when the movie was almost even weirder. In fact, it almost included yet another Spider-Person.
Speaking to GameSpot for the digital and Blu-ray release of the film, co-director Rodney Rothman teased the potential of Australian Spider-Man, who would have put a ticking clock on the glitching danger that Peter B. Parker and his fellow Spideys faced. “Australian Spider-Man was there and made a point of saying he had arrived a whole twenty-four hours earlier because he’s a whole day ahead,” Rothman explained. “And then he glitched to death and turned to a pile of dust in front of everyone and then they were like, ‘Oh we have twenty-four hours to live,’ because this guy was dead.”
Turning into a pile of dust sounds like it was definitely inspired by Avengers: Infinity War, which would have been a truly funny nod to work into Spider-Verse. Then again, it’s hard to know how the death of Australian Spider-Man would have fit into the movie, given that Gwen Stacy arrived a week earlier than the rest of the Spider-People. If they could only stay there for 24 hours, she definitely would have been dusted by that point.
Still, while Spider-Verse was loaded with superheroes, Rothman thinks there’s definitely room to work more Spideys into the story. “Going forward, if there are more movies, I’m sure there will be more surprises,” he said.
And thankfully, when it comes to potential future films, the sky is the limit for the creative team. When asked about whether they ever considered featuring former Spider-Man movie stars Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield in Spider-Verse, producer Chris Miller admitted that possibility was discussed and could still happen. “It was something that we definitely talked about, more than once, and decided that ultimately, there are many more opportunities in the future,” he said.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is on digital now and Blu-ray follows on March 19.