Have you been chomping at the bit for the next Miles Morales movie as much as we have? The hotly anticipated but frustratingly pandemic-delayed release is finally fast approaching, as enticing insights steadily swing onto the scene to ignite our anticipation even further.
Ever since 2018 when rumours began to swirl of a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, those with a penchant for all things lycra-clad and spidey have been casting a periodic web for news of its progress. As with so many of our most yearned-after sequels of late, the freshly-titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse 2022 release date gradually slid all the way into 2023—and at times felt as if it might never arrive. However, following the epic landing of this key sequel's first look trailer, we here at World of Kidz are finally gearing up for all of the excitement that will accompany this better-late-than-never arrival.
Yes, the second film set in the animated Spider-Verse will soon see Marvel Comics protagonist Miles Morales venture further into the multiverse from his Brooklyn base while also joining forces with fan-favourite Gwen Stacy and an amazing new team of characters. Scaling up substantially from the last instalment, Across the Spider-Verse is already boasting the largest crew ever on an animated movie, tasked with manifesting 240 characters spanning six uniquely illustrated universes.
Expanding on the ground-breaking but singular artistic style of the first film, this feature will up the ante with a striking diversity of visually distinct Spider-realities; each drawing on specific spidery source material—something that franchise fans are bound to relish. Teasing this ambitious evolution on Twitter, producer Chris Miller shared: "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."
When is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Coming Out?
If kicking back to play the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales PS4 or PS5 game and diligently rotating through your top Miles Morales wallpaper is no longer keeping the pangs of anticipation at bay, your wait for a return to the Spider-Verse is soon to be rewarded. All of that build-up was pretty inescapable, of course, given that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was officially announced in 2019 and its animation started back in 2020. Making the wait all the more challenging, the release date was pushed back twice from April 2022 and then again from October 2022. So, when is Across the Spider-Verse out for real?
The great news is that the release date of 2nd June 2023 is looking rock-solid, with a fantastic amount of info emerging on everything from the expanded cast to a new Miles Morales costume. Even more tantalizingly, we now know that this is going to be Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse part 1, with another instalment following pretty closely behind.
What About a Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Release Date Part 2?
Of course, the inevitable next question has to be when can we expect a drop for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse part 2? Well, the first thing to note is that the third instalment is going to be called Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse—a title that surely sets the imagination racing. The next is that the wait for our third dose of the Spider-Verse won't be anywhere near as long, with that release date currently set for 29th March 2024. Better yet, the epic indulgence of not one but two sequels isn't even where the story is likely to end—so read on to hear about another potential off-shoot project towards the end of this article!
For now, all eyes are on the calendar for the Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, made in association with Marvel and to be distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. You can expect to encounter the touch of an entirely new trio of directors this time around, in Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, plus some additional writing flair from Christopher Miller.
All of this probably leaves you wondering, “Where can I watch Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?” After cinematic release on 2nd June 2023, we can hope to eventually see this sequel and the next hit many of the same streaming platforms as their predecessor, such as Disney Plus, Netflix, and HBO Plus.
How Did Miles Morales Get His Powers?
If you're feeling a little rusty on the Miles Morales origin story after all this time, you're certainly not alone. We can trace this contemporary take on Spider-Man back to 2011 when writer Brian Michael Bendis and Italian artist Sara Pichelli introduced him in Ultimate Fallout #4. Continuing the legacy of Peter Parker and other spider-centric power possessing superheroes, Miles Gonzalo Morales became the first biracial wearer of a spidey
Since that fateful Miles Morales first appearance, we have learned that he was bitten by another genetically modified spider known as specimen 42, offering similar capabilities to that of Peter Parker, but with a couple of extra bonuses. Plus, in addition to carrying the Spider-Man mantle, he also claimed the undeniably cool alias of Kid Arachnid.
But what are Miles Morales' powers exactly? Well, alongside spider-sense, being able to stick to walls, and enhanced strength, agility, and reflexes, Miles Morales MCU powers include the ability to camouflage himself against any backdrop and the so-called “venom strike”. This latter doesn't actually involve venom but rather a directed energy that can paralyse living targets and break through inanimate ones. We here at World of Kidz anticipate the Miles Morales venom blast becoming a go-to gesture among franchise followers as soon as the next film lands!
Who's in the Cast of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?
All captivated by the characters in the first film will be thrilled to know that Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld are reprising their roles as Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, aka Ghost Spider. Also returning is Oscar Isaac as Miguel O'Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099; Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, and Brian Tyree Henry and Luna Lauren Vélez as Miles Morales' dad and mum respectively.
New additions to the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse cast include Issa Rae as Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman; Daniel Kaluuya as Hobart Brown, aka Spider-Punk; Shea Wigham as George Stacy, and Jorma Taccone as The Vulture. As for who is set to be the central Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse villain, all signs point to inter-dimensional mega-villain The Spot who is set to be voiced by Jason Schwartzman.
Of course, to many a Spider-Man fan, the symbiote spidey suit is practically a character in its own right, so plenty have been hungering to know whether we'll see the same kind of Miles Morales suit comics have historically featured. A recent leak gave us a sneak peek at the return of the self-created Miles Morales logo of the first Spider-Verse film, but this time on a sleekly monochromatic black Spiderman suit paired with the distinctly stylised
What Else Lies Ahead for Miles Morales and the Spider-Verse?
The news that not one but two Spider-Verse sequel films are being lined up to make their landing might already have you feeling as if all Christmases have come at once, but the gifts are likely to just keep on coming. What makes us think so? Well, all the way back in November 2018, Sony Pictures shared that alongside developing sequels to the first Miles Morales movie, they were already working on a parallel Spider-Woman project.
The spin-off was poised to focus on three generations of female, Spider-related characters—namely the aforementioned Gwen Stacy; Cindy Moon, and Jessica Drew. In terms of creative clout, Bek Smith was said to be writing, Lauren Montgomery was in talks to direct, and Amy Pascal was set to produce. Here's hoping that the momentum for this additional opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Spider-Verse is still going strong.
In parallel, many franchise followers have their fingers tightly crossed for the manifestation of a live-action Miles Morales movie. To express this wish, one hardcore fan recently got in on the action with a seriously impressive concept version of a Miles Morales picture motion trailer. We at World of Kidz must say, it looks great and I for one wouldn’t mind a live picture film to add to the Spidey verse.
Whether a new era of female leads draws you to the franchise or you've been along for the ride through every iteration of the Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man journey so far, the World of Kidz team is here to keep you in the know. We'll continue to hold our grip on the pulse, alongside being your one-stop shop for must-have Miles Morales collectibles and more. So keep checking back to make sure you get in on the pre-order action—or subscribe to save and never miss a beat! We'll keep you supplied with the perfect accessories to support your own unique journey across the Spider-Verse.