Confused? Let us explain. Within the Spider-Man comics mythology, there exist a multitude of alternative universes containing different Spidey characters, who have since joined forces in the 2014 Spider-Verse graphic novel.
The new animated adventure is a direct adaptation of Spider-Verse, introducing us to Miles Morales, a mixed race teenager and incumbent of the Spidey suit. First introduced in the comics in 2011, the character of Morales was hailed as breakthrough in terms of diversity and representation.
Voiced by Shameik Moore, the big screen Morales is schooled in the art of becoming Spider-Man by an older Peter Parker (Jake Johnson). This is handy when he's faced with evil crime boss The Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) – but he can't do this alone.
Enter Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), who's Spidey but in pig form (seriously), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and a host of other allies, all of whom join forces with Morales.
Also in the cast: Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as Morales' uncle Aaron Davis (played in a cameo by Donald Glover in Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Widows actor Brian Tyree Henry as our hero's father, Jefferson.
Rest assured, it all clicks into place when you watch the trailer, which is fast, funny and crammed full of eye-grabbing animation. Check it out below.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is released on 14th December. Tweet us your thoughts on the trailer @Cineworld.