Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, slated to be released on June 2nd. The computer-animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man is produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel Entertainment. The movie is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson (in their feature directorial debuts), from a screenplay written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham.
The Basic Story
In this narrative, Miles Morales is unexpectedly approached by his best friend and love interest Gwen Stacy to complete a mission to save every universe of Spider-People from a mysterious new villain who could cause a catastrophic disaster. Miles is up for the challenge. He and Gwen journey through the Multiverse together and meet its protectors, a group of Spider-People known as the Spider-Society, led by Miguel O’Hara. However, Miles comes into conflict with them over handling this new threat.
The mysterious villain has already been confirmed as “The Spot”, a character from Marvel Comics who can manipulate portals of dark energy that can access the multiverse. Using this energy, he can transport parts of his body, allowing him to simultaneously attack opponents from different positions, or transport completely from one spot to another, pulling the spots in after him if he wishes.
Apart from Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O’Hara), voiced by Oscar Isaac, some of the other new Spider-People we will see in this movie include Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), voiced by Issa Rae, and Spider-Punk (Hobart “Hobie” Brown), voiced by Daniel Kaluuya. There are also hints at the involvement of Pavitr Prabhakar, the web-slinger of “Spider-Man: India”. Other returning characters include Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman (Earth-65), voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, and Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man (Earth-616), voiced by Jake Johnson. Dos Santos also dropped the clue that Scarlet Spider will have a cameo, voiced by a yet unknown surprise actor. Jason Schwartzman is set to voice The Spot in the movie.
According to producer Phil Lord, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will feature more than one animation style. In contrast to 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which used only one animation style, Across The Spider-Verse will have six dominant animation styles. The idea of going to different dimensions opened up an opportunity artistically to have each world have its own art style.
The starting point of the animation techniques used in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are a progression of the style of the movie Mitchells vs. The Machines, which used an amazing blend of art and animation styles that simulated a hand-drawn illustration, with organic shapes and watercolor textures but then taken that much further.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was originally set for release on October 7, 2022, but it has been delayed by Sony to June 2, 2023 – a delay of eight months. According to writer and producer Christopher Miller, the delay has offered the team “more time to make it great”.
To conclude, IOHO, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is highly anticipated by fans and critics alike. The movie features a star-studded cast and a talented crew, and it promises to be an exciting adventure through the Multiverse with stunning animation and visuals. So do plan to catch it when it drops!