In ‘Across the Spider-Verse,’ Kaluuya played the role of Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk, a black British punk rock version of Spider-Man from Earth-138 who uses his guitar as his main weapon.
How Daniel Kaluuya Changed Spider-Punk’s Importance in ‘Across the Spider-Verse’?
During an interview with EW, Chris Miller, the writer-producer of ‘Across the Spider-Verse’, said, “Some people were like, ‘Is there a way to simplify this? There are so many characters. Do we really need Spider-Punk?'” Miller added, “But once we got to know Daniel, we rewrote the part so it became more necessary.”
Miller continued, “The challenge is that Miles is a really cool character — one of the coolest Spider-Men that you can think of.” He adds, “Coming up with a character who is even cooler somehow is a really fun challenge.”
Hobie’s style is as wild as he is, resembling a punk rock poster in motion. The directors blended ’70s rock and Afro-punk influences, giving him a vibrant, shifting design. He’s also one of the tallest on screen, towering over Miguel.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and is set in a shared multiverse of alternate universes called the “Spider-Verse“. The film is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson (in their feature directorial debuts) from a screenplay written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham. The cast of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis, Luna Lauren Vélez as Rio Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, Jason Schwartzman as Scorpion/Mac Gargan, Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, Karan Soni as Alistair Smythe, Daniel Kaluuya as Aaron Davis/Prowler, and Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099.
According to the film’s plot:
After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders. He must soon redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.