Across the Spider-Verse has a 'new' opening on its digital release

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse fans have noticed an apparently new opening to the movie for its digital release.

The movie had its home release this week, though fans have been quick to pick up that the opening sequence – namely Gwen Stacey recounting her story with a comic book-style look at her background – wasn't in the theatrical version.

"I swear they weren’t there in the theatre and I saw it twice," one fan tweeted, while another added: "I'm a 100% sure they weren't there in the theater version".

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However, it was previously confirmed that there were actually two versions released in cinemas, with the second incarnation containing a few changes that appear to be in the version launched for home release.

The movie's associate editor Andrew Leviton previously confirmed there were two incarnations, quoting a fan on Twitter and writing: "I was wondering when people might start noticing…".

Across the Spider-Verse is set to get a sequel called Beyond the Spider-Verse, which was recently confirmed to be delayed due to the Hollywood strikes.

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It comes after animation artists previously suggested that it wouldn't be ready for next March, while producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller said they were willing to push back the movie.

"There's been progress on the pre-production side of things," one artist told Vulture. "But as far as the production side goes, the only progress that's been made on the third one is any exploration or tests that were done before the movie was split into two parts.

"Everyone's been fully focused on Across the Spider-Verse and barely crossing the finish line. And now it's like: 'Oh, yeah, now we have to do the other one'."

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is available digitally now.

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