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New synopsis for Spider-verse animated short, The Spider Within, arrives

September 26th, 2023 by Marc Comments

While we all sit around waiting to hear when we’ll get to meet up with Miles and Gwen again in Beyond the Spider-verse, we’ll take any little morsel we can of Spidey-related goodness and it seems we have something fun to look forward to soon.

We reported back in April that a new Spider-verse short was set to be shown in France at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this June but we’ve heard very little since.

At the time we had a short synopsis which read: Miles Morales struggles to balance his responsibilities as a teenager, friend and student while acting as Brooklyn’s friendly neighborhood superhero. After a particularly challenging day living with these pressures, Miles experiences a panic attack that forces him to confront the manifestations of his anxiety and learn that reaching out for help can be just as brave an act as protecting his city from evil.

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But now Sony has released an all-new synopsis of the short, The Spider Within, which, in fairness, kinda just reaffirms what the earlier one said:

In the short film, Miles has to fight a silent but deadly enemy that many people across the world (and ‘Across the Spider-Verse’) have to deal with as well: Anxiety.

In the story, the teenager starts getting anxious when his responsibilities as a student, friend, and city savior start to pile up.

The pressure ends up making Miles have a panic attack – which in turn forces him to have to confront manifestations of his anxiety.

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It’s always nice to see a hero like Miles – like Robert Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 (the best Iron Man movie deal with it) – struggle with something that many of us, if not all, deal with at some stage or another; not a supervillain or an evil plot but rather just the weight and pressure of life that weighs heavy on us all from time-to-time.

My guess is that, with the third movie delayed, we might see this get a fairly large release and reveal in the near future to help tide the fans over until the big theatrical release of Beyond the Spider-verse.

Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing it, to seeing anything in this world, in fact.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….