‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Editor Reveals How FX’s ‘Legion’ Changed a Pivotal Scene

     March 4, 2019

spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-miles-gwen-sliceGetting newly-minted Oscar-winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from page to screen must’ve been an absurd process, considering the fact it combines art styles, comic book generations, and multi-verse hopping characters into one, eye-popping package. So it wasn’t exactly a surprise when some footage from the first trailers didn’t make it to the final cut of the film. What is surprising, according to a fascinating thread from Spider-Verse associate editor Andy Leviton, is the way Noah Hawley‘s X-Men series Legion affected a pivotal scene from the film.

Early trailers showed Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) explaining the concept of multiple dimensions to Miles Morales (Shamiek Moore) using diner fries. The diner scene remains in the final cut, but the potato-aided exposition—most of which was covered, sans fries, in an earlier scene—was nowhere to be seen. There were a few reasons, but “the real nail in the coffin”, according to Leviton, was when he happened to catch the sixth episode of Legion‘s second season, which sees Dan Stevens‘ David Haller explaining the endless multi-verse versions of himself. In a diner. Using french fries.

The lesson here is clearly that if you ever need to explain the complexities of multiple dimension theory, french fries are the go-to visual aid. The change didn’t affect Spider-Verse too much—honestly it makes more character-building sense for Peter B. Parker to just be straight chowing down hard in that scene—and if you try hard enough and ignore all context, you can chalk this up as yet another of the many comic book crossovers featured in the film.

Check out Leviton’s full explanation below.