‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse‘ VFX Supervisor Michael Lasker revealed that in the film, Earth-42 takes on a dark tone with rampant criminality. The visuals showcase a noir aesthetic, where colors fade into deep shadows and a heavy, gritty inking style dominates, erasing light. This visual approach highlights how a world can descend into darkness without Spider-Man.
According to Lasker, they incorporated the Earth-42 inking and splatter style into the shots before the big reveal. This subtly differentiated the world without making it too obvious. Notably, they used heavier ink lines on Rio Morales but not on Miles Morales to indicate that it’s her universe, not his.
Earth 42’s Dark Aesthetic in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’: VFX Supervisor’s Insights
On Twitter/x, Lasker wrote, “Earth 42 is dark, with criminality rampant. Its look has a noir aesthetic where colors recede into blocked-up shadows and the inking style is heavy and gritty, obliterating light.” He added, “Before the big reveal, we added the Earth-42 style of inking and splatter to these shots so the world felt different, but not so much that it would be obvious to the viewer. One thing you’ll notice is that those heavier ink lines are added to Rio, but not Miles since it’s her universe, not his.”
What happened when the alternate Miles Morales returned to his universe in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’?
When the other Miles Morales accidentally returned to his universe in “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” it showed that the original Miles was meant to be Earth-42’s Spider-Man. But a scientific experiment sent the spider to a different universe, leaving Earth-42 without its own Spider-Man. Before this, Miles’ dad had passed away, and his uncle Aaron helped raise him.
In this universe, Aaron tricked the alternate Miles, who had the Prowler suit, into a trap. After catching him, both Aaron and the main Miles questioned him. It turned out the alternate Miles was the Prowler of this universe. Things got tense as Miles, wearing his Prowler suit, confronted his alternate self with a threat.
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.