The Widening Web of Phil Lord and Chris Miller
The Oscar-winning duo on the intense pressure of the long-awaited ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’, navigating the writers strike as multihyphenates, and their ‘filthy’ talking dog movie ‘Strays’: ‘Historically, we have had the advantage of low expectations.’ A character presses a button on the watch and hears an error sound — a very minor moment in the hugely complex world of the Spider-Verse, but Lord and Miller can’t move past it. They try version after version, from serious to comical.
Finally, they land on a sound that they can’t describe, but they both feel it — it works. “There are a lot of silly things that matter,” Lord, 47, says of the late nights they’ve been pulling.
The obsessive attention to detail is par for the course for the duo, who collaborators say are harder on their projects than the studio executives they work for. But even by their standards, the pressure on
Across the Spider-Verse is immense. Its 2018 predecessor won the Oscar for best animated feature and grossed $375.5 million globally. Centering on Afro-Latino teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), it capped a year that began with Marvel Studios’ headtopics.com
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