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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: key info
– Sequel to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse
– Releasing in June 2023
– First trailer released in December 2022
– Cast from first movie all set to return
– Oscar Isaac, Issa Rae, and Daniel Kaluuya among new cast members
– Numerous Spider-People will feature
– Movie’s villain and plot details revealed
– Sequel set to arrive in late 2024
2023 has arrived, which means Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has never been closer to being released. The eagerly anticipated animated movie lands in theaters in June, so there’s never been a better time to catch up on everything worth knowing about it.
In this guide, you’ll find more details about Across the Spider-Verse. That includes its release date, trailers, story details, various cast members (some of whom were spoiled in a recent poster reveal), and how the latest Spider-Man movie sets up another animated Spidery flick, which is set to launch in late 2024.
Before you dive in, be aware that spoilers follow for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Caution is advised if you haven’t seen the first two movies or if you’re avoiding spoilers for the latter.
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 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. Speaking to Deadline (opens in new tab), executive producers Phil Lord and Chris 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.'”
Elsewhere, hip-hop and trap artist Metro Boomin is writing music for the movie – Miller revealing as much on Twitter (opens in new tab). Here’s hoping Metro Boomin’s other superhero-inspired albums influence Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s potentially banging soundtrack.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s first trailer debuted in December 2022 – and Lord, Miller, and company weren’t joking when they said how big this film is.
The teaser opens on Miles Morales and his mom Rio having a private chat. Rio laments how her “little boy” is growing up too fast before delivering an emboldening speech to Miles about looking after himself, which Miles agrees to. As Rio speaks, we’re greeted with many multiverse-based sequences, including an incredible amount of other Spider-People from across the, well, Spider-Verse.
As soon as Miles promises to take care of himself, the teaser quickly transitions into a fight for his life, with multiple Spider-Men chasing after him and Spider-Man 2099 shouting: “who do you think you are!?”. Cut to Gwen Stacey dramatically saying “we’re supposed to be the good guys”, to which Spider-Man 2099 replies: “we are”.
Parts of the trailer’s dialog and scenes have been spliced together to potentially throw viewers off the scent about how its plot will play out. Still, it makes for truly exciting viewing.
Missed the first teaser in December 2021? Check it out below:
Here’s the confirmed cast list for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse so far:
Moore, Steinfeld, Johnson, Henry, and Velez will reprise their roles from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Oscar Isaac co-stars after cameoing in the first movie’s post-credits scene. Lee also returns as Lyla from that end credits scene.
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) Rae voices the fan-favorite character, who’ll be pregnant in the film.
Three other characters were confirmed alongside Rae’s Drew. Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire, True Detective) is voicing Captain Stacy, 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.
Meanwhile, Jason Schwartzmann (Fargo, Moonrise Kingdom) has been cast as The Spot, 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. Per 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.
Finally, Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Nope) has also been cast as Hobart ‘Hobie’ Brown, aka Spider-Punk in November 2022, while Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) plays an unnamed counselor at Miles’ school.
Potentially big spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s cast follows.
Other Spider-People from the previous film could return, incuding Kimiko Glenn’s Peni Parker, Nicholas Cage’s Spider-Man Noir, and John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham. However, they weren’t revealed in the teaser.
Meanwhile, Cyborg Spider-Woman and Ben Reilly, aka Scarlet Spider, should also feature. They’re part of an Across the Spider-Verse puzzle (per Twitter user MCU Campus), so this confirms they’ll show up, even if they weren’t in the trailer.
Revealed during a YouTube Premium trailer afterparty, Phil Lord and Chris Miller also confirmed some other prominent Spider-People who’ll appear. Individuals set to debut in Across the Spider-Verse include Spider-Man India (i.e. Pavitr Prabhakar) and Peter B. Parker’s child, aka Mayday (thanks to Reddit for the images).
Here are some other Spider-People we picked out of the first trailer:
Additionally, Across the Spider-Verse’s official poster, which can see below, teased even more Spider-People who’ll make blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos. The international one sheet also spoiled other webslingers’ appearances, such as Spectacular Spider-Man (confirmed by Chris Miller (opens in new tab) on Twitter hours after the poster’s release), Lady-Spider, Spider Byte, and Spiderling.
It’s how you wear the mask that matters. Miles Morales returns in the next Spider-Man movie. 🕷 Spider-Man: Across the #SpiderVerse is exclusively in theaters June 2023. pic.twitter.com/tr5wWXf2f7December 20, 2022
Live-action Spider-Man stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon have expressed interest in appearing. Given Lord and Miller have strongly hinted that the upcoming movie could tie into the MCU, their involvement isn’t an outside possibility, either. 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 teased the possibility of other Spider-Men alumni in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield making appearances, too. The duo had supporting roles in Spider-Man: No Way Home but, 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, which is what we get in the trailer. Expect the same to be true in the final product.
Here’s the movie’s official synopsis: “Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
“After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) (EW) after the 2021 teaser, Lord and 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.”
Originally, Across the Spider-Verse was going to be an Avengers: Endgame-style movie, with a two-and-a-half hour runtime. Speaking to The Direct (opens in new tab), though, senior animator Ere Santos confirmed that splitting the film up into two parts (Beyond the Spider-Verse is slated to arrive in March 2024) gave the film room to breathe. In a separate Direct article (opens in new tab), Santos also claimed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse isn’t a traditional kids movie, thanks to decisions that certain characters make in the film.
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 2021 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 exploring 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 the team 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.”
Elsewhere, Lord and Miller have also hinted it might tie into the MCU. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused (opens in new tab) podcast, the duo teased 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.”
It sounds like Gwen Stacy will have a bigger role to play this time around, too. Not only does she appear to be torn about events that play out in the movie, co-director Kemp Powers also teased to Total Film (opens in new tab): “[This film explores] the unique dilemma of being Gwen Stacy. She’s a vigilante seen as responsible for the death of her world’s Peter Parker. [And] the cop in charge of tracking her down is her father.”
In fact, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be full of emotional story beats. Lord and Miller revealed there’s one Spider-Gwen scene (opens in new tab) that’ll really tug at our heartstrings. Based on the plot synopsis, we’ll see Miles grappling with what it truly means to be a Spider-Man in this film as well.
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 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.
Thompson and Powers also told Cartoon Brew that we’ll see more family-based drama play out between Miles, Gwen, and their respective parents, so maybe you’ll want to bring a pack of tissues with you to your screening next year.
With those official comments out of the way, what can we determine from what we’ve seen of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?
Potential spoilers follow. You’ve been warned.
.@philiplord and @chrizmillr on #OscarIsaac: pic.twitter.com/8Hug6jpGANDecember 5, 2021
Initially, we thought Spider-Man 2099 would be Miles’ new mentor. However, with Peter B. Parker confirmed to return, plus Spider-Man 2099 grappling with Miles in both trailers, they’ll end up be butting heads. The latest trailer and story synopsis make out that a Spidey civil war is on the way, so maybe Miles and Spider-Man 2099 become the figureheads of each faction, with Gwen caught in the middle. Speaking to EW (opens in new tab), Miller teased: “”He [Spider-Man 2009] is not the villain of the movie, but he’s sort of an antagonist to Miles because they both think that what they’re doing is the right thing.”
Is that really the case, though? Speaking during the YouTube Premium trailer afterparty, Phil Lord surprisingly revealed that Spider-Gwen is actually recruited by Spider-Man 2099 to join his Spider-Force/Spider-Society team. Miles, though, doesn’t, and she can’t tell him why. The plot thickens…
As for Spider-Woman, Chris Miller explained her movie look is inspired by a “comic run when she’s pregnant during Secret Wars”. Could we see elements of that comic series used in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse? Regardless, Spider-Gwen has a great relationship with Spider-Woman, someone she sees as a mentor figure.
Spider-Woman isn’t the only Spider-Force person that Spider-Gwen is close to. She’ll also have a tight bond with Spider-Punk, with the pair’s penchant for music a particularly cool shared interest. Understandably, Miles is jealous of their friendship.
And what of fans who have been shipping Gwen and Miles since 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse? Can they expect a romance to finally blossom in this film? According to Lord: “It’s… complicated. Long distance relationships are hard”. In short: wait and see.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s sequel, 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 needs additional development time.
Very little is known about Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. Given its title, 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.