Miles Morales returns this summer to re-enter the Spider-Verse, making some new friends and reuniting with some old ones.
The 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse shouldn't exist. It goes against everything we expect from superhero movies and the big studio system behind them. It's animated when the rest are live-action. It's about Miles Morales, instead of Peter Parker. It also has not one Spider-Man, but seven of them (two of which are Peter Parker, though he's a supporting character at best). It doesn't pull inspiration from a classic Spider-Man story, but rather one of the most complex and goofy ones, in which Spider-Man works with all of the other Spider-People from other Marvel Earths. It's a weird movie. It's a really, really good, weird movie, though. It uses its weirdness to tell a satisfying story about responsibility, family, and self-confidence that works as well as, or better than, every Spider-Man movie to come before it.
It not only is a great movie, but also a commercial success. It did quite well for Sony Pictures, despite being an animated picture not aimed squarely at kids. On a $90 million budget, Spider-Verse raked in $384 million. It also sits atop the other Spider-flicks among critics with a 97% fresh rating, higher than any other Spider-Man movie. The closest are Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home, each of which sits at 93% fresh.
We're excited, then, to see what happens with the sequel, which will introduce the Spider-Man of 2099, Miguel O'Hara, as well as Spider-Woman, Spider-Punk, and a bunch of other favorites.
What's the release date for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is currently scheduled for release on June 2, 2023.
Who's the director?
Across the Spider-Verse is being co-directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender), Kemp Powers (Soul), and Justin K. Thompson (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). Phil Lord, who co-wrote Into the Spider-Verse, is writing this movie again, with his frequent writing partner Christopher Miller, as well as Shang-Chi writer David Callaham.
Who is returning from the first Spider-Verse movie?
Most of the core cast from the first Spider-Verse movie is back: Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker), Brian Tyree Henry (Jefferson Davis), and Luna Lauren Velez (Rio Morales) are all returning to voice their characters from the first movie. Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) don't seem to be returning for the second film--probably to make room for the other new Spiders, listed below. Interestingly, though, a Spider-Man Noir live-action show is in the works.
Who is new to the sequel?
The new cast is just as star-studded, though. Oscar Isaac will make good on his teased role from the end credits stinger from the first movie, playing the part of Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara. Issa Rae will play Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew, and Daniel Kaluuya will play Spider-Punk/Hobie Brown. On the villain side, the Spiders will be facing off against Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, voiced by Jorma Taccone, as well as The Spot/Jonathan Ohnn, voiced by Jason Schwartzman. Rachel Dratch will also appear in the film as the principal at Miles' high school.
What do we know about the story?
Plot details are light ahead of the movie's June release, but instead of various Spider-People coming to Miles, he'll go to them, diving into the multiverse to work with friends new and old to defend existence itself.
Is there a trailer?
Sony released a trailer for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse on December 13, which you can watch below. Keep your eyes open and pause button ready for blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos from Bombasti Bag-Head Spider-Man and the Spider-Man from Insomniac's PlayStation games, as well as a first look at the renaissance-inspired take on the Vulture.
Will there be a third Spider-Verse movie?
Yes! Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be followed by Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, which is currently set to release on March 29, 2024.