Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: key info
– Sequel to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse
– Releasing in June 2023
– Official trailer drops December 13
– Cast from first movie all set to return
– Oscar Isaac and Issa Rae among new cast members
– Movie’s villain and plot details revealed
– Numerous leaks tease other Spider-People identities
– Sequel set to arrive in late 2024
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is six months away from being released, so it’s about time we saw some new footage from the highly anticipated movie.
Thankfully, Christmas (or the holiday season, if you don’t celebrate Christmas) is coming early in that regard. The official trailer for Miles Morales’ next animated adventure drops tomorrow (Tuesday, December 13), and you can rest assured we’ll be on hand to cover the superhero movie’s first footage in over 12 months.
In the meantime, there’s plenty for you to catch up on concerning Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Below, we’ve compiled all of the biggest news surrounding the next Spider-Man movie (check out how to watch the Spider-Man movies in order while you’re here). That includes its release date, confirmed cast, plot details, sequel plans, and more.
Full spoilers follow Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Additionally, possible spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse are incoming. You’ve been warned.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse release date
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse arrives in theaters on June 2, 2023. The film was originally supposed to wallcrawl its way into cinemas in April 2022, but its launch was pushed back to October due to the pandemic.
A shift in the multi-verse.🕸 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – June 2, 2023🕸 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part II – March 29, 2024#SpiderVerse pic.twitter.com/cUTdCej5NzApril 21, 2022
It was delayed for a second time, owing to the fact it needs more work. This is an incredibly ambitious animated flick – over 1,000 people are working on it, according to co-screenwriters and executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (via Deadline (opens in new tab)) – so everyone needs time to make it as good as possible.
Speaking to Deadline (opens in new tab), Lord and Miller said: “We could try to get it out at the original date and it would be fine. But the expectation for this film is it has to be as groundbreaking and special and wonderful as the first one was. So we thought ‘let’s make it great.'”
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse trailer
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s first teaser debuted at 2021’s edition of Brazil Comic-Con (CCXP Worlds).
The teaser shows Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy reuniting in the former’s universe, Miles travelling to new dimensions, and his first encounter with Spider-Man 2099, who’ll be voiced by Moon Knight and Dune star Oscar Isaac. There’s plenty of humor and action to be had, too, which shows that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will retain a lot of elements that made the first movie a huge success.
New footage was debuted at Annecy Film Festival in June, but those clips haven’t been released online. However, an official trailer will arrive on December 13, with Across the Spider-Verse’s social media channels confirming as much on December 3:
A new view from across the #SpiderVerse coming 12.13 pic.twitter.com/fPK7WVuavKDecember 3, 2022
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse cast
Here’s the confirmed cast list for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse so far:
- Shameik Moore as Miles Morales
- Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen
- Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099
- Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man
- Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman
- Shea Wigham as Captain George Stacey
- Jorma Taccone as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture
- Jason Schwartzmann as Johanthan Ohnn/The Spot
- Daniel Kaluuya as Hobart Brown/Spider-Punk
Moore, Steinfeld and Johnson will reprise their roles from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac will co-star after making a cameo appearance in the first movie’s post-credits scene.
Speaking to ScreenRant (opens in new tab), Isaac teased what we can expect his character, personality wise, saying: “What makes this character so funny is that he’s the one Spider-Man that doesn’t have a sense of humor. Because all of them act like – they’re wisecracks, right? Everybody wisecracks, except this guy just doesn’t. He’s a very serious Spider-Man.”
Issa Rae (Insecure, Rap Sh!t) will play Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman. During Across the Spider-Verse’s 2022 Annecy Film Festival presentation, Sony revealed (opens in new tab) that Rae would voice the fan favorite character, who’ll also be pregnant in the film. Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Nope) has also been cast as Hobart Brown, aka Spider-Punk, the Earth-138 version of the webslinger who leads New York’s oppressed community against Norman Osborn’s V.E.N.O.M troops in the comics.
Three other characters were confirmed alongside Rae’s Drew. Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire, True Detective) is voicing Captain Stacey, the father of Steinfeld’s Spider-Gwen, in his first-ever voice acting role. Jorma Taccona (The Lonely Island) will play the Earth-65’s version of The Vulture, who cinephiles will remember from 2016’s Marvel movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Finally, Jason Schwartzmann (Fargo, Moonrise Kingdom) has been cast as The Spot, aka the movie’s primary antagonist. One of the lesser known Spider-Villains, The Spot – real name Johnathan Ohnn – is a scientist who tried to mimic Marvel superhero Cloak’s superpowers (in the comics, anyway). Unsurprisingly, the experiment goes awry, with Ohnn’s body becoming covered in giant, black spots. However, Ohnn realizes these are portals to other worlds and dimensions and begins using them for nefarious means.
Considering Across the Spider-Verse will continue to explore the Spider-Man multiverse, The Spot seems like the perfect villain. Expect him to pose a big threat to Miles and company. According to co-director Kemp Powers, Valve’s iconic videogame series Portal was a key influence on The Spot’s aesthetic (via IndieWire (opens in new tab)). Additionally, a new toy leak (thanks to Reddit (opens in new tab) for the, erm, spot), reveals “If The Spot can realize the true power of his abilities, he could become a threat to entire universe”. Sounds ominous.
Potentially massive spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s cast follows. Do not read past the tweet below if you’re avoiding spoilers.
EXCLUSIVE 🚨Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse will have six dominant animation styles: “The ambition of this movie is to wow you,” producer Phil Lord tells Empire.READ MORE: https://t.co/qT0c9hAk6o pic.twitter.com/YXAg2wqGY6November 22, 2022
Other Spider-People from the previous film should return, incuding Kimiko Glenn’s Peni Parker, Nicholas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir, and John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham.
Meanwhile, social media users, including preterniadotcom (opens in new tab) and haileestan2007 (opens in new tab), posted images of toys that reveal Cyborg Spider-Woman and Ben Reilly, aka Scarlet Spider, will also feature. The duo are also part of an Across the Spider-Verse puzzle (per Twitter user MCU Campus (opens in new tab)), so this pretty much confirms they’ll show up.
Additionally, Across the Spider-Verse’s first teaser teased the potential arrival of Spider-Man India, with CanWeGetSomeToast (opens in new tab) suggesting this iteration is in the movie. Japanese Spider-Man’s appearance has also been hinted at by Phil Lord (via ScreenRant (opens in new tab)), but it’s unclear if he’ll feature.
Live-action Spider-Man stars Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon have expressed interest in appearing. The trio are reportedly “just waiting for the phone call,” and given that both Lord and Miller have strongly hinted that the upcoming movie could tie into the MCU, their involvement no longer seems like an outside possibility. Speaking to Collider (opens in new tab), Lord and Miller declined to comment on the trio cameo-ing, but The Cosmic Circus (opens in new tab) and CanWeGetSomeToast (opens in new tab) claim Holland will appear.
Lord and Miller also teased the possibility of other Spider-Men alumni in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield making appearances. The duo had supporting roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home and, with Across the Spider-Verse continuing Miles’ exploration of the Spider-Man multiverse, fans think they could show up. Speaking to Variety (via Fandom (opens in new tab)), Lord said of those rumors: “It’s a high bar to clear. The gauntlet has been thrown [by Spider-Man: No Way Home]”, before Miller added: “All things are possible in the multiverse.” Watch this space, then.
In total, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse may contain around 240 characters (per Variety (opens in new tab)). However, Miller has clarified (opens in new tab) that 95% of these individuals will be background characters, so don’t expect a massive Spider-Man team up.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse plot
Here’s the movie’s official synopsis (via Collider (opens in new tab)): “Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) (EW) after the first teaser’s reveal, Phil Lord and Chris Miller explained why they made the decision to tell the next chapter in Miles’ arc across two movies. “Miles’ story is an epic,” Miller and Lord said. “We wrote what we thought the story needed to be, and to our surprise we realized it was two movies instead of one. We’re working on them both as we speak.”
Lord and Miller also cryptically hinted at the numerous universes that Miles and company will travel to, adding: “Every dimension looks and feels radically different from all the others. They all look like they were drawn by a different artist.”
Per Empire (opens in new tab), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s story will comprise six main universes – each with their own signature animation style. Two are seen in the first teaser – the Indian-inspired Earth-50101, aka Mumbatten, and Nueva York, which is Spider-Man 2099’s world and based on Syd Mead’s neofuturistic illustrations. We’ll also visit the worlds of Miles (Earth-1610) and Spider-Gwen (Earth-65, which is a watercolor-inspired realm), but the other two are a mystery.
Miller doubled down on their promise to explore other realities with Collider (opens in new tab), saying: “The idea that we’d be going to different dimensions really opened up an opportunity artistically to have each world have its own art style, and to be able to push the folks at [Sony Pictures] ImageWorks to develop a way to have each dimension feel like it was drawn by a different artist’s hand. Seeing the development of that stuff is breath taking, and really, it’s the reason we keep doing it, because it’s so hard to get it right.”
Here is a fun little poster made for the Across the Spider-Verse crew. pic.twitter.com/ERcEsFDxnnAugust 19, 2022
Speaking to IndieWire (opens in new tab), co-director Joaquim Dos Santos revealed that Across the Spider-Verse’s team had worked closely with real-life Marvel artists, such as Spider-Man 2099’s creators – including Rick Leonardi and Kris Anka – to bring their work to life. “Comics are the R&D and the foundation for all these franchises,” Dos Santos said. “But oftentimes the creators barely get a mention in the credits, so making sure they’re a part of this is super important.”
Meanwhile, Lord and Miller also hinted that Across the Spider-Verse may tie into the MCU. Speaking on an episode of the Happy Sad Confused (opens in new tab) podcast, the duo teased that MCU flick Spider-Man: No Way Home could have implications for Miles Morales and Gwen Stacey in their movie.
“The multiverse is big and wide,” Miller said, “And all things grow. Why would you think [that in] a multiverse, in which many things are possible, that [those things are] not related?”
“The writers and director[s] are all buddies of ours, so we sort of have been in the loop as far as what’s going on [in other movies],” Lord said on the same podcast. “And we are always trying to make sure we’re not stepping on each other’s toes and telling different types of stories, and different themes, and all that stuff – because people want an original story that feels new and interesting. It’s our job to give it to them.”
Lord also told IndieWire (opens in new tab) that The Mitchells Vs. The Machines (another of Lord and Miller’s animated movies) gave them the confidence to push Across the Spider-Verse’s visuals even further, saying: “It’s been fun to have the confidence, to go even harder and push the medium even further and take Miles [Morales] to places you couldn’t imagine.”
A cure for the Mondays: a new image from Spider-Man: Across the #SpiderVerse pic.twitter.com/fWyoroV6tkNovember 28, 2022
Where The Spot is concerned, co-director Kemp Powers told Cartoon Brew (opens in new tab): “From the very beginning, he just seemed like endless potential visually and the arc of the character. His arc really complements the journey of Miles in this film really well.”
Meanwhile, co-directer Justin K Thompson revealed that 17 new tools were created to help The Spot’s various ink-style spots function fluidly. So it sounds like The Spot won’t just be a tragic villain of sorts, but one as visually spectacular as any other aspect of the flick.
With those official comments out of the way, what can we determine from what we’ve seen of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and where its predecessor left off? (Potential spoilers follow).
For starters, it’ll take place sometime after Into the Spider-Verse. Miles and Gwen are older – they’re 15 or 16 years old, according to Powers – so there’s been a time jump since the first film.
As for Spider-Man 2099’s role, we think he’ll be Miles’ new mentor. He’s seen grappling with Miles in the movie’s first teaser, but we’re confident that he’s simply trying to recruit Miles in order to stop The Spot wreaking havoc across the multiverse. Read our Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Easter eggs article for more details on how that dynamic could play out.
It sounds like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be full of emotional story beats, too. Lord and Miller revealed that there’s one Spider-Gwen scene (opens in new tab) that’ll really tug at our heartstrings. Based on another of their answers in a tweet above, we’ll see Miles grappling with what it truly means to be a Spider-Man in this film.
Thompson and Powers told Cartoon Brew that we’ll see more family-based drama play out between Miles, Gwen, and their respective parents as well, so maybe you’ll want to bring a pack of tissues with you to your screening next year.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse sequel
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s sequel, which is now called Beyond the Spider-Verse, is expected to land in cinemas on March 29, 2024. Its release date was revealed alongside Across the Spider-Verse’s revised launch date (opens in new tab), although Beyond the Spider-Verse’s date could change if it requires a longer development cycle.
Understandably, very little is known about Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. Given its title, though, could we see Miles and company make the jump into live-action and potentially appear in the MCU? It would be a hugely crowd pleasing moment if that happened, but we’ll have to wait and see how Across the Spider-Verse ends first.
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