The Simpsons boss explains Spider-Verse parody in new Treehouse of Horror

Chris Edwards
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Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

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The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean has explained how the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse parody in the 31st Treehouse of Horror came to be.

The Halloween special, which aired in the US last night (November 1), came packed with plenty of pop culture parodies, including one for Toy Story and another for Netflix's Russian Doll – but it's the Spider-Verse sendup that's bound to have fans talking.

Just how the Sony animation sees multiple versions of Spider-Man gather in the same universe, Treehouse of Horror XXXI saw various styles of Homer (from noir to 8-bit) collide after he sparked a quantum flash at the nuclear power plant and ripped a hole in the fabric of his reality. As you do.

Photo credit: Fox
Photo credit: Fox

Related: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 cast, release date and everything you need to know

Speaking to Give Me My Remote, Jean explained the reason for wanting to parody Spider-Verse, and why it's different to Treehouse of Horror XIII, in which Homer is cloned numerous times by a magic hammock.

"Well, the big difference was Spider-Verse just had this incredible variety of different Spider-Mans," he said.

"We had an episode where there were clones of Homer running around en mass. These are not just variances on Homers, but there are variances on Burns and Smithers.

"[This] came from a different starting point, so we thought it was a different story than the clones of the story that we did in 'Treehouse XIII.'"

Photo credit: Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

He added: "I thought it just provided an opportunity for amazing animation feats. Every segment has this really great look, and they're all different from each other. We were really happy with the way it came together."

The Simpsons is available to watch on Disney+ in the US and the UK.

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