Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is, by most reputable accounts, the greatest Spider-Man movie ever made, but if you’re wondering how it all came together on the page, co-writers Rodney Rothman and Phil Lord have a special treat for you. Thanks to Sony, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse script is now available online in its entirety.
Co-writer Rodney Rothman tweeted out the link on Saturday.
It’s pretty impressive just how much of the zany style of something like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gets illustrated in plain text. A great example can be found on just the second page: “Spider-Man WINKS. Man, he’s cool.”
Unfortunately, the script is missing one of the funniest bits (the “BAGEL!” when Miles Morales tosses a pastry at a scientist’s head), but that’s more of a sight gag anyway.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still in theaters, but having the script on-hand has some folks on Twitter experiencing a rush of emotions, like Spider-Noir gazing into a Rubix cube.
Of course, there’s the unintentionally touching scene with the late Stan Lee in the costume shop.
STORE OWNER— Tomb Svalborg🦇 (@tombness) December 29, 2018
I’m going to miss him.
We were friends you know.
Can I return it if it doesn’t fit?
It always fits. Eventually.
Beat. Stan head tilts to a sign: NO RETURNS. He smiles. pic.twitter.com/u6ZGBrZpMc
Then there’s just the general excitement over having access to such a cool piece of cinema storytelling.
I got 11 pages in before realizing I wasn’t planning on reading this right now— Person Woman (@GwenStacyLives_) December 29, 2018
This exchange between Rothman and a fan is particularly nice. The fan notes that his friend has discouraged the use of smash cuts (abruptly jumping from one scene to the next) in scripting, only to see Rothman and Miller employing it constantly throughout their own work. Rothman is quick to note: “I’m sure there’s lots of stuff in there that was supposed to be bred out of us by now. I just go with whatever best expresses the feeling I’m looking for.”
Friend: You should take SMASH CUT out of your scripts. No one in the industry uses it.— James Davis (@16BitsOfAwesome) December 29, 2018
The first thing I notice in this script is a smash cut, and I felt /so much/ validation as a screenwriter lol.
Im sure there’s lots of stuff in there that was supposed to be bred out of us by now. I just go with whatever best expresses the feeling I’m looking for.— rodneyrothman (@rodneyrothman) December 29, 2018
If you’re interested in other Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse paraphernalia, you can listen to the entire Spider-Man Christmas album that you hear in the film’s intro sequence. You can also check out Daily Dot’s interview with production designer Justin K. Thompson to learn how they brought the movie’s eye-popping animation to life.