Unlike The Flash, Across the Spider-Verse is a visual feast, and you have to see it a few times to catch all the details and callbacks. This week, some eagle-eyed fans noticed that there are at least two different versions of the film in theaters.
“I was wondering when people might start noticing…,” tweeted the film’s associate editor Andrew Leviton, referring to two shots of the scene where Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) asks Lyla (Greta Lee) to call for backup. In one version, she takes a selfie.
“I remember watching the selfie,” wrote @balisonqs. “It was opening week.” A week later, they say they watched it again in theaters and it was the non-selfie version.
Another fan pointed out a collider scene in which Spot (Jason Schwartzman) has different dialogue.
We reached out to Leviton for comment. It’s not clear how many different versions of ATSV exist yet, but more examples have been posted.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has different versions playing right now♬ original sound – Movie Maniacs
This is certainly a chaotic choice for a multiverse movie, one that was delayed multiple times during the pandemic. In Vulture‘s recent behind-the-scenes piece on the animation work that went into ATSV, four animators who worked on the film alleged that more than 100 artists left the project due to long hours and ongoing revisions and rewrites, and that executive producer Phil Lord was the source of much of this chaos.
They also allege that Beyond the Spider-Verse, the third and final film, is definitely not coming out in March 2024.