Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) is the latest installment in Sony’s animated Spider-Man franchise — although it's now been revealed that fans will have to wait until 2023 for its release.
Still, it’s fair to say the idea of superhero fatigue remains a myth. With Spidey’s MCU counterpart Tom Holland recently helping Spider-Man: No Way Home break box office records, demand and anticipation are high.
What’s more, it doesn’t feel like four years since 2018’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stunned critics and audiences alike, leading producers to confirm back-to-back sequels in the form of Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) and (Part Two) — the latter now due in 2024 having originally been planned for 2023. But will this new Miles Morales adventure live up to the hype?
Here’s everything we know including the new release date and the newly-announced villain of the piece...
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) release date
Miles is now due his comeback on June 2, 2023. Originally the film was due to arrive on October 7, 2022, but it was subsequently pushed back.
Following its theatrical window, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) will hit streaming for a fixed period first on Netflix (likely 18 months) before moving to Disney Plus, thanks to lucrative deals signed between the streamers and the studio last year.
What's the plot?
As with any superhero film these days, the studio is keeping plotlines close to its chest. However, thanks to a teaser trailer released late last year, there are some things we know, and others we can discern.
It’s likely the movie picks up a good time after the previous one ended, as early shots show an older-looking Miles out of sorts after Gwen makes a surprise stop in his bedroom. We also know Spider-Gwen will be a major player. Producer Amy Pascal has confirmed the film will explore elements of Miles and Gwen’s relationship that couldn’t fit into Into the Spider-Verse.
Spiderman 2099, the futuristic version of everyone’s favorite wallcrawler who appeared in Neuva York in the Into the Spider-Verse post-credits sting, is seen grappling with Miles’ Spider-Man in the teaser and looks to be a key component of events this time around.
It’s hard to know if they’re fighting or just struggling, but what we can glean is that Miguel turns his wrist gadget to 928, implying he’s attempting to bring Miles into his timeline. Gwen also sports a similar wrist device, suggesting she may have partnered with Miguel and is hoping to recruit Miles into the duo’s mission.
One of the tastiest rumors in circulation however is the idea of an MCU/Sony character crossover. Following the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home — which brought historic Spidermen together in the form of Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland — plus loaded comments from writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller about the endless possibilities of the multiverse, there’s the distinct possibility that characters from No Way Home could appear in this animated outing. It’d certainly be in line with the tone of this franchise, which likes to play with the perceived boundaries of the superhero pantheon.
Other hints this Marvel-melding might become a reality could be seen in the prevalence of hexagons in the trailer. Hexagons were used as portals in Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — as well as in the TV show WandaVision to represent the Westview Anomaly (or “The Hex”) to connect realities.
It’s a certainty that other Spider-people will be part of this year’s gang (Spider-Woman and Japanese Spider-Man have been confirmed) though whether indications of Spider-Man India, Punk or Silk in the teaser are accurate is yet to be seen.
On June 13, we finally learned the identity of the villain. Speculation had previously pointed to The Spot, a rumor which has now been confirmed by a new announcement over on the SpiderVerse Twitter account. Although The Spot is definitely a lesser-known villain, the tweet describes him as 'Miles Morales's most formidable foe yet'.
The Spot's dimension-hopping powers are on clear display in the accompanying art, as Miles' foot has slipped right through a portal, and he's instead kicking Gwen Stacey square in the face
Meet The Spot, Miles Morales's most formidable foe yet. 🕳 Voiced by Jason Schwartzman, see him in action in Spider-Man: Across the #SpiderVerse, exclusively in movie theaters June 2, 2023. pic.twitter.com/1aAmMjMcpXJune 13, 2022
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) cast
It’s no surprise that the leads in the star-studded original film return for this installment, with Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld voicing Miles Morales and Gwen Stacey, and Jake Johnson once again picking up his mantle as Peter B. Parker (Miles’ mentor from another universe in Into the Spider-Verse).
Issa Rae is down to play Spider-Woman and Oscar Isaac is confirmed as Spider-Man 2099. Fan favorites such as Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir and John Mulaney as the logic-fond Spider-Ham remain unknown quantities.
We also know that Jason Schwartzman has joined the cast, as he was revealed to be providing his voice for the new villain, The Spot. Jorma Taccone has also been cast as the voice of The Vulture, and Shea Whigham is voicing police captain George Stacey, Gwen's "by-the-books" father.
Is there a trailer?
Yes, on December 5, 2021, Sony released a 2-minute 30-second teaser trailer for the film. As well as showing Gwen dropping in on Miles unannounced (for reasons TBC) and the easter egg-strewn tumble of Miguel and Miles through the multiverse, it also shows a style and tone very much in line with its predecessor. Expect a variety of impressive new animation styles to match time periods, characters and worlds, and an equally addictive soundtrack. Hear some of it in the trailer below:
Who's making it?
Much of the creative team from Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) has been imported for Into the Spider-Verse, most notably movie-making masters Phil Lord and Chris Miller — the brains behind 22 Jump Street and the surprise success of The Lego Movie — who play both producers and writers, along with extra scriptwriting from Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).
The aforementioned Amy Pascal also produces, along with Avi Arad (producer of many a Sony superhero flick) and Christina Steinberg (National Treasure, Rise of the Guardians). New to the team are accomplished animation directors Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson.
With a potential MCU crossover in the works, things could get even harder to keep track of. As a refresher, here are all the Spider-Man movies to date, up to and including Across the Spider-Verse (Part One).
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- Spider-Man actor Tom Holland reveals one of the Spideys wore a fake bum
- Spider-Man (2002) dir. Sam Raimi, Spidey: Tobey Maguire
- Spider-Man 2 (2004) dir. Sam Raimi, Spidey: Tobey Maguire
- Spider-Man 2 (2007) dir. Sam Raimi, Spidey: Tobey Maguire
- The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) dir. Mark Webb, Spidey: Andrew Garfield
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) dir. Mark Webb, Spidey: Andrew Garfield
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) dir. Jon Watts, Spidey: Tom Holland
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) dir. Jon Watts, Spidey: Tom Holland
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) dir. Jon Watts, Spideys: Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
- Spidey: (voiced by) Shameik Moore Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) (2022) dirs. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, Spidey: (voiced by) Shameik Moore
- Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part Two) (2023) dirs. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, Spidey: (voiced by) Shameik Moore
Ally Wybrew is a London-based entertainment and travel writer with an MA in Film Studies. She has contributed to What To Watch, Empire, Curzon Journal, The Independent. High Life Magazine and more.
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