A Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse writer explains the big difference between the Spider-Verse and Marvel Cinematic Universe’s versions of the multiverse. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has arrived on digital, and numerous details from the behind-the-scenes of the movie have started to emerge as either part of the film’s bonus features, such as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse‘s deleted scene setting up Spider-Man 2099’s team for the threequel, or with those who worked on the movie sharing never-before-seen details.
On Twitter, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse writer Christopher Miller shared the drawings that were made by the team behind the movie to explain the complex concept of Spider-Verse’s Canon Events.
Happy Spider-Verse Digital Release Day!
One of the hardest things was to convey the idea of Canon Events visually. I drew these sketches in a mtg w @shinypinkbottle @bob_persichetti @octavio991 @mlasker + more as many departments came together to make this complex idea make sense pic.twitter.com/vuTdKWs2R7
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) August 8, 2023
The drawings allow a clearer inspection of how the Canon Events and the franchise’s multiverse are said to operate, evidencing the difference between the Spider-Verse and the MCU’s depictions of the multiverse.
Why Spider-Verse’s Multiverse Differences Are Important
There are some key differences between the MCU’s version of the multiverse and the one that serves as the main driving force of the animated Miles Morales franchise. As revealed by the drawings shared by Miller, the Spider-Verse movies’ multiverse starts from the same traditional depiction of the multiverse that is seen in other franchises, a branching tree structure with no intersections.
That detail is already different from the MCU’s take on the multiverse, as Marvel Studios’ depiction of the concept is seen as more linear than that of a tree with branches or the next step of the Spider-Verse franchise’s multiverse revealed by the drawings. After starting with a tree-like structure, the Spider-Verse grows and wraps around itself, beginning to intersect and form a web.
The drawings also show how the destruction of the world where Miguel O’Hara’s daughter came from in the movie happens, with that alternate world being cut off from the rest of the Spider-Verse’s web. Based on the drawing, it seems like the snapped reality could still exist, just with no connection to the multiverse. That concept contrasts with the MCU’s incursions, which consist of two realities colliding with one another, not separating. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse introducing differences from the MCU’s multiverse to the franchise is good, as it keeps things exciting and sets the animated movies apart.