It took the artists on ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ a painstakingly long time to make the movie

Each second of the movie took an artist a week to complete

Released earlier this month, Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is proving a massive hit, grossing $138 million worldwide in just 12 days.

The animated movie, starring The Get Down‘s Shameik Moore, introduces fans to a whole new universe of Spider-Man characters, including Spider-Gwen.

With a current score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has also gained a rare A-plus CinemaScore. Now, details of the animating process have been revealed, making the movie even more impressive.

Speaking to the LA Times, filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed that it took 800 people four years to create the film.

“We wanted it to look like when you open a comic book or a graphic novel for the first time,” Lord explains, revealing that each second of the 117-minute film took an artist a week to complete.

The pair didn’t receive their first perfect shot until a year and a half into the process.

Due to the success of the film, a sequel is heavily rumoured, while a Spider-Gwen spinoff is also reportedly being discussed.

Last week, the ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – A Very Spidey Christmas EP’ was released, after the film featured a running joke about Spider-Man releasing his own Christmas album.

The EP is comprised of five tracks performed by members of the cast – ‘Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament)’ and ‘Up on the House Top’ performed by Chris Pine; ‘Deck the Halls’ performed by Jake Johnson; Shameik Moore’s ‘Joy To The World’ and a spoken word performance of ‘The Night Before Christmas 1967’ by Jorma Taccone’s aka Green Goblin (and member of The Lonely Island).