Ditch those alternate dimensions and radioactive spiders, the true surprise in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse lies behind the scenes. We’re diving right into a secret mission that saved the day (and maybe even a future Spider-Man film!) 

Daniel Kaluuya speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Black Panther"
Daniel Kaluuya speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Black Panther” | Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore

Spider-Punk’s voice holds a surprising twist; get ready for a backstage adventure where a composer becomes… ah well, that’s a secret! But all thanks to his British charm, we multiverse travelers had a fulfilling trilogy experience. 

Spider-Punk’s Secret Gig: How a Composer Saved the Show (and Maybe the Sequel Too!)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse | Marvel Entertainment

Remember Hobie Brown, the charismatic British character Spider-Punk from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse? Just so you know, other aspects of him were going against the grain (and as fans, you may not even have noticed!) 

In a GamesRadar+ interview ahead of the UK premiere of the film’s live concert, Daniel Pemberton (composer and songwriter) confessed he occasionally moonlighted as Spider-Punk’s voice. You hear that? Daniel Kaluuya wasn’t the only voice actor contributing to Punk’s voice! Apparently, Pemberton also took over the mic when the action involving the web-slinging needed to happen quickly.  

While a spiked leather jacket may be more stylish than this covert identity, it does draw attention to the film’s “one genius trick.” It appears that there aren’t many ADR actors with English accents in Culver City, California. Ever the hero (and perhaps a secret punk rocker?) composer Pemberton filled the hole in sound with his (allegedly) awful rendition of a British man.

BUT wait, there’s more to this complex web of intrigue, though! Pemberton suggested that he’d return to his covert position in the next film Beyond the Spider-Verse. He made a cheeky request to make a cameo in the British universe of Spider-Punk, despite having sworn to secrecy regarding the narrative. He said, 

So, I have a soft spot for Spider-Punk and if there’s more of him – I’ve been sworn to secrecy about the next film – but I’ve been badgering if there’s stuff set in Spider-Punk’s British world I would like a voice cameo for like two seconds.

Pemberton is undoubtedly bringing his Spider-Punk enthusiasm to the stage. He’ll be performing live, and the next shows are expected to be full-fledged rock shows with his signature Spider-Punk electric guitar shredding. This composer is eager to indulge his aspirations of being a rock star and work with the orchestra! Thus, keep a watch (and an ear) out since, even if the accent is a little off-key, you might just recognize someone’s voice.

Spider-Verse composer says he’s not sad the trilogy is ending but is up for returning for the spin-off TV shows!

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse movie
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse | Marvel Entertainment

With the evergreen popularity of the Spider-Verse films, most fans (probably) won’t be happy with the trilogy ending with Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, but Daniel Pemberton isn’t exactly shedding tears. Writing scores for three films—Into, Across, and in-progress Beyond—he’s okay with the fact that it’ll soon come to an end. Reflecting on the GamesRadar+ interview, Pemberton says, 

These movies are so intense and take so much out of all of us who work on them – in a good way as you give it everything but it’s hard. It’s a bit like being a professional athlete as it’s not just about the film, it’s about the process leading up to it.

But fret not, web-heads! Though Beyond the Spider-Verse might wrap up the trilogy, the Spider-Verse ain’t over. There are still rumors circulating about a live-action Spider-Woman film, and Nicolas Cage’s beloved Spider-Man Noir series is coming to Prime Video. Watch the Spider-Verse trilogy only on Amazon Prime Video!

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