For fans of the various films that depict the multiverse that was released recently, the characters featured have been incredibly interesting to follow. Whether it’s Michelle Yeoh battling time and space in Everything Everywhere All at Once or Benedict Cumberbatch fighting Elizabeth Olsen and himself in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, there hasn’t been a shortage of plots that involve different dimensions and timelines within our favorite characters’ universes. One such example is the upcoming feature Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, containing a villain that is apparently a fan favorite.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the sequel to the blockbuster 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which became a surprise hit for Sony Pictures and Marvel. The joint effort between the two studios saw a box office gross of over $375 million, creating the initial demand for more stories featuring the film’s protagonist, Miles Morales. The sequel is due to be released in June 2023, and the filmmakers have recently let the cat out of the bag on Twitter that the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse villain will be The Spot.
Meet The Spot, Miles Morales’s most formidable foe yet. 🕳 Voiced by Jason Schwartzman, see him in action in Spider-Man: Across the #SpiderVerse, exclusively in movie theaters June 2, 2023. pic.twitter.com/1aAmMjMcpX— Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (@SpiderVerse) June 13, 2022
In the post to the film’s official Twitter account, the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse villain announcement could not be more exciting for fans of the franchise. The Spot will be voiced by actor Jason Schwartzman, well-known for his prior roles in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, as well as appearing in the television series Mozart in the Jungle and Bored to Death. The son of The Godfather’s Talia Shire and film producer Jack Schwartzman, Jason Schwartzman may be a great choice to play the “most formidable foe” to the main character, as the social media post describes.
With the introduction of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse villain The Spot, Miles Morales may have his work cut out for him. According to Variety, The Spot may not be the most well-known villain in comic books, but his ability to use the portals on his body to traverse between dimensions and travel wherever he wants will be a confusing maneuver for Miles to contend with. Schwartzman’s voice acting may come in handy as he balances The Spot’s personality between being menacing and humorous.
In addition to the new Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse villain, the sequel’s remaining cast will most likely delight audiences. Shameik Moore is set to reprise his role as protagonist and main superhero Miles Morales, as well as Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Issa Rae will be voicing the character of Jessica Drew, who in the comics becomes Spider-Woman. Rounding out the cast is the inclusion of Disney/Marvel heavyweight Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, who is also known as Spider-Man 2099, a character that was originally introduced in the post-credits scene for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.