Sony Pictures Imageworks briefly animated Miles Morales with Hobie Brown’s Punk animation style during the production of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The film takes the animation from the first movie to new heights, with each character drawing inspiration from a different source. Spider-Punk’s animation style reflects his free-spirited personality and association with the Punk movement.
Transformation of Miles Morales into Spider-Punk
In a video released by Sony Global’s YouTube channel, the animation team explains the production process and reveals a draft scene where Miles is animated like Hobie, with alternating outfits, guitars, and paper cutout outlines. However, the final film maintains Spider-Punk’s distinct visual identity.
Spider-Punk’s animation style is integral to his character. As the most free-spirited member of the Spider-Society, Hobie Brown is unapologetically Punk, which is evident in his clothing and sharp spikes. His constantly changing animation style reflects his ever-changing outlook on life.
The Punk movement, which includes street art forms like graffiti, murals, stickers, chalk, and wheatpaste, influences Spider-Punk’s animation style. His body, suit, and hair constantly change patterns and colors, reflecting his mood. The animation flickers rapidly between colors when he abandons the Spider-Society in battle.
If Miles Morales had been given Hobie Brown’s Punk animation style, both characters would have lost their uniqueness. While Miles also draws inspiration from graffiti and street art, his personal signature is different from Spider-Punk’s. Hobie fully embraces the wild Punk scene, making him one of the most visually striking Spider-People in the film.
Overall, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse pushes the boundaries of animation and showcases unique character styles. The film is set to be released on October 7, 2022.