Issa Rae on historic role as Marvel’s first pregnant superhero in ‘Spider-Man’

Issa Rae, Hailee Steinfield and Shameik Moore at the CinemaCon Photo Call for Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace.
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Welcome to the Spider-Verse! The creatives behind “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” are back for another round of movie magic, bringing stars like Issa Rae, Shameik Moore, and Hailee Steinfeld along for the ride.

The highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is the second film in Miles Morales’ Spider-Verse trilogy. Here’s what you can expect from the thrilling sequel:

“I’m such a huge fan, so to bring this character to life was such an honor,” Rae said excitedly.

The animated film embodies fun and action, but also some messaging that Rae says she admires.

“She (Jessica Drew) is so much of who I want to be with just her confidence, her bravery, her unapologetic-ness, her not rocking a mask while everybody else is, she’s just a hero 24/7, and her, despite being pregnant, coming to still try to save the multiverse,” Rae explained.

Rae began to get on audiences’ radar with the popularity of her YouTube series “Awkward Black Girl,” followed by a number of other projects, including her rise to fame with the HBO hit series, “Insecure.” The Los Angeles native has starred in a number of series and movies, including the upcoming “Barbie” movie and is currently filming season two of her newly created show, “Rap Sh!t.” While the creative continues to expand her star power, Rae hopes to inspire the next generation.

“As opposed to trying to directly influence creators, because I don’t feel like I’m there yet, I just hope my work will influence them to create their own and inspire them to figure out what they have to say if they don’t know it already, or that they can say something if they feel like they can’t.”

You can catch “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” in theaters now.

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