Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might have crept into theaters just before 2018 closed, but its impact will dive deep into 2019. The feature is being largely praised as Spider-Man’s best ever, and fans are desperate for a sequel already.
Still, they do have demands, and it turns out Leopardon is high up on their lists.
If you head to social media, the buzz for Into the Spider-Verse is thriving, and thousands of fans have started building their perfect sequel. For many, it turns out a Leopardon cameo is necessary to make any sequel successful, and they aren’t backing down from their stance.
For those of you unaware, Leopardon happens to hail from Japan’s iconic Spider-Man TV series. Decades ago, Marvel licensed the Queens hero to Toei Company, and his whacky origins and gun-toting missions have turned him into a cult hit since. While Marvel Comics have largely ignored Japanese Spider-Man, its ‘Spider-Verse’ runs have included Takuya Yamashiro and his massive mecha suit Leopardon. Now, fans are desperate for the pair to show up into a sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, and they think they know how the hero will fit.
After all, Peni Parker’s SP//dr mecha did meet a terrible fate just before her climatic battle in Into the Spider-Verse ended. The heroine might be in the market for a new robot, and the introduction of Leopardon would definitely cheer her up... and give her some unexpected inspiration. There is also the fact that this first film appears to reference Leopardon with a short easter egg. In the movie's opening scene, fans meet up with Miles Morales as he draws in his bedroom. A following shot reveals an intricate sketch on the boy's desk, and it appears the soon-to-be hero drew a mecha suit that looks suspiciously similar to Leopardon.
So far, there is no word on what stories the film's follow ups could explore, but executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller admit Into the Spider-Verse is just the "tip of the iceberg" in terms of story.
"Look, we wanted to make a movie that felt like it was the tip of the iceberg," Lord told ComicBook.com late last year. "You could imagine all of these other things. So it's music to our ears that people could imagine a Spider-Noir
"Right. We still have the horse," Miller added. "We've got to put the cart behind it. So we'll let it ride down the road a few blocks before we get too big for our britches."
So, do you think Leopardon will make it into the next Spider-Verse film?Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
Dream Spider-Verse sequel scenario: Leopardon being piloted by Penny Parker, while Italian Spider-Man plays a trumpet on top of the robot pic.twitter.com/mFAVShfx1z— Andy-Oh! (@GoGoAndyRobo) December 19, 2018
So the only disappointing part of #SpiderVerse is that Supaidaman and Leopardon do NOT show up. I fully expect to see them in a sequel.— Alex "158 Days Until Godzilla" Rushdy (@goji_guy) December 19, 2018
Japanese spiderman in the next spider-verse movie sequel? abso-fucking-lutely. LEOPARDON!! pic.twitter.com/IC9OuZHHSo— Serpentes Nawi (@syafiqnawi) January 2, 2019
If that post-credits scene in Spiderverse is teasing a sequel, I hope they focus on keeping it multiversal over focusing on single characters - I'd love to see what they'd do with Leopardon from Japanese Spiderman.— Loona (@IkariLoona) December 22, 2018
Spiderverse 2 better have Leopardon or we riot 🎉— Sleigh Calves (@jaycalves) December 22, 2018
My only wish for Into The Spider-Verse is that Leopardon shows up.
SUPAIDAMAN pic.twitter.com/a0dhF0sJiA— Space Cowboy (@BattyWanderer) December 22, 2018
Spideys that I wanna see in spider-verse 2:
1. 2099 😌— elmo (@elmojanuar) December 21, 2018
2. Ben Reilly
3. SUPAIDAMAN WITH HIS LEOPARDON, please replace Peni Parker with him instead :((