Not only did the vibrant, kinetic, dazzling new trailer for the upcoming Sony sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse confirm the return of several characters, including Miles Morales and Spider-Man 2099, but it also revealed that it will be the first of two sequels, with the full title ending with the words: Part One. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have now opened up about splitting Across the Spider-Verse in two, revealing that the second part will hit theaters in 2023.
“Miles’ story is an epic. 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. Part Two will be out sometime in 2023. We will sleep again in 2024.”
It sounds like the scope of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be epic, even more epic than the hugely talented Lord and Miller ever anticipated, as Miles’ continuing adventures into the madness of the multiverse are spread out over two movies. The sheer depth of the story being told is sure to include multiple Spider-People, and while the recent footage has confirmed the return of the likes of Oscar Isaac’s futuristic wall-crawler, Miguel O’Hara AKA Spider-Man 2099, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy AKA Spider-Woman, there will no doubt be many more Spider-variants to come, with Lord and Miller teasing the inclusion of both old and new faces.
“Miles will reunite with some old friends and meet… a lot of new ones.”
While the first Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse saw Miles stay put while the other versions visited him, the trailer reveals that this time it will be Miles who does the traveling, with the young Spider-Man being thrown into all manner of different dimensions. The producing pair of Lord and Miller have now teased the visuals involved in bringing these dimensions to life, saying…
“Every dimension looks and feels radically different from all the others. They all look like they were drawn by a different artist.”
Much praise was heaped on the visual prowess of the first outing, and rightly so, as the movie managed to create a bright, energetic, layered experience, bringing comic books to life in a way that has never been done before. Thus, the expectations on the sequel are stacked ludicrously high, but it sounds like Lord, Miller and the rest of the creative team may have found a way to meet, and perhaps even top them, with the newly released trailer giving us just a glimpse at the “radically different” dimensions involved. Miller previously teased the expertise at work saying, “The development of new groundbreaking art techniques being done for the next Spider-Verse movie are already blowing me away. It’s going to make the first movie look quaint.”
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson from a screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham, and starring Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) finds Miles further exploring the multiverse with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People, who must join forces and defeat a powerful villain. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 7, 2022, having been delayed from an initial release date of April 2022. This comes to us courtesy of EW.
The web-crawler’s animated adventure continues as Across the Spider-Verse picks up where the last movie left off.
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