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Published December 21, 2018

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Producers On That Post-Credit Scene

SPOILER ALERT! Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on the inspiration for the film's memorable concluding moments.

Note: SPOILERS for the post-closing credit scene of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” follow!

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” concludes with an incredibly funny and memorable post-credit scene, involving the cinematic debut of a very popular member of the Spider-Verse - followed by, as co-screenwriter/producer Phil Lord humorously described, when speaking to Marvel.com, “the dumbest thing of all time.” 

Fans have been thrilled to see none other than Miguel O’Hara, AKA Spider-Man 2099, appear in the post-credit scene, as the Spidey from the future (voiced by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Oscar Isaac) is given a bit of a recap on the events of the film, before deciding to make a cross-dimensional journey of his own. 

Regarding the choice to introduce Spider-Man 2099 at the very end, Lord’s producing partner, Christopher Miller, explained, “We talked about 2099 because he’s such a cool character. The movie, because it’s Miles’ story, couldn’t fit everyone in it and still be about Miles. We wanted to both tease the possibility of opening up the world and the possibility of the future. So he seemed like the perfect person to do that with.”

Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1

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That being said, what happens next takes things into a decidedly comic place. Lord and Miller’s credits include “The LEGO Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” and Miller joked, “We can’t just do something straight!” He added, “It’s not just a regular end credit tease and ‘Here’s the cool new character that you might see in the future!’ We had to subvert it somehow.” 

Their method of subversion was to have Miguel encounter the Spider-Man from the 1967 animated series – in a sequence that comes right from that classic show, albeit with the notable addition of Spider-Man 2099 to the footage. Moments after Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man ’67 encounter each other, they begin pointing at one another, in a manner that will be very familiar to plenty of people thanks to a very popular meme. 

 

The "Spider-Man" (1967) scene that launched the meme that launched the "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" post-credit scene

Miller remarked, “That meme felt like it was something that was the movie itself anyway and so it had to be in there somewhere. That seemed like the spot to do it.” 

The final touch was casting Jorma Taccone, who also voices the Green Goblin in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” as Spider-Man ’67. Lord grinned, noting, “And then Jorma… Jorma from The Lonely Island as 67 Spider-Man” – made all the better because Lord has particular affection for Spider-Man ’67, telling Marvel he’s “very obsessed” with that version of the character and Miller adding, “The comic he was in [AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11] was incredible.”

The Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #11

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Said Lord, of the Spider-Man 2099/Spider-Man ’67 encounter, “I want to see ‘Midnight Run’ with the two of them. That would be amazing.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is now playing.

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