Marvel comics have an impressive array of iconic superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk. But none of these heroes have made as much of an impact on fans as Spider-Man. The web-slinger’s popularity has resulted in a variety of movie adaptations, cartoons, games, and toys. Although Tom Holland is the latest actor to bring Spidey to life on the big screen the animated Miles Morales, who is set to appear in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, has left an indelible impression on the hearts of fans.
Miles Morales swung his way onto our screens in the 2018 Oscar-winning animated blockbuster Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Due to the film’s success potential, Sony began developing Across the Spider-Verse before its release. Now, much to the delight of fans, the movie’s producers have hinted at a crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord didn’t quite confirm or deny the collaboration.
But the Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse duo did address the nature of the wider multiverse which was wider opened by Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Spider-Man: No Way Home. And the possibility for connections. “The Multiverse is big and wide. And all things grow. Why would you think a Multiverse, in which many things are possible, that those things are not related,” Miller said. “Everything’s possible except for this one thing that everyone wants,” Lord added.
This isn’t the first time Miller and Lord have toyed with the idea of their animated wall-crawler crossing over with his live-action counterpart. The writers of the 2018 film had explored a potential post-credits scene with cameos from Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland. But the studio decided it was too risky a moment for the film that was breaking new ground on its own by introducing the concept of a comic book multiverse to the big screen before the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While the prospect of a crossover remains to be seen, fans can look forward to more adventures from Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse. The project is the first of a two-part sequel and is set in a shared multiverse of alternate universes commonly known as the Spider-Verse. It is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson from a screenplay by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham.
Details on the plot are pretty hard to come by, but Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is said to focus on the relationship between Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy who go on an adventure across the multiverse. There they meet a new team of Spider-People who must eventually face a powerful villain. The film features the voice talents of Shameik Moore as Miles Morales and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy.
Joining them in the voice cast is Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, an alternate version of Spider-Man from the future. Jake Johnson stars as Peter B. Parker, an older, disheveled version of Spider-Man, also from another dimension, who was a mentor to Miles. And Issa Rae makes her Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse debut as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) is set for release on October 7, 2022. Part Two is expected to be ready in 2023, and a female-focused spin-off film is currently in development.