Ever since Miles Morales swung his way onto our screens in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, fans have been clamoring for more. That wish was granted when Sony announced that a two-part sequel called Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was in development. With everything seamlessly falling into place at the time, the first part of the animated Spidey adventure was due to hit cinemas on October 7th this year. But now, the project has been hit by a crushing delay.
According to Deadline, Miles Morales’ next foray onto the big screen will only happen on June 2, 2023. That means Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part II has also been pushed back to March 29, 2024. The cause of the delay is still unknown, but the movie’s writer and producer Christopher Miller told Twitter that it gives the team more time to make it great. The news comes just before the studio’s presentation at CinemaCon next week, where more information might be disclosed.
The exact plot details for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part I are a little scarce. However, the first trailer sees the story pick up right where the last movie ended – with Miles lounging around his bedroom before a portal to Gwen Stacy’s universe opens. From there, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be transported across the multiverse with Gwen Stacey.
Finding themselves in the middle of another epic adventure, the duo enlists the help of other Spidey-powered people to battle a villain more powerful than anything they’ve ever encountered. There’s still no word on who the supervillain might be. But the story could use elements from the 2014 Spider-Verse comic book crossover, which saw various Spider-Men under attack from Morlun and the Inheritors.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Part I is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson. The screenplay was written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham. The highly anticipated movie will feature the voice talents of Shameik Moore as Miles Morales and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy.
They are accompanied by a stellar supporting cast that includes Oscar Isaac as an alternate version of Spider-Man from the future named Miguel O’Hara. Jake Johnson portrays an older, disheveled version of the web-slinger known as Peter B. Parker, who was a mentor to Miles in another dimension. Additionally, Issa Rae stars as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman in her Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse debut.
Following the delay of both Across the Spider-Verse movies, Sony has also given their female-led Spider-Man spinoff, Madame Web a new release date of July 7, 2023. The project will be directed by S.J. Clarkson, from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Kerem Sanga previously wrote the film’s first draft, reports ComicBook. Dakota Johnson is set to star as the titular character alongside Sydney Sweeney. Madame Web (also known as Cassandra Webb) made her Marvel comic book debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #210, published in November 1980. Created by Denny O’Neil and John Romita Jr., she is usually depicted as a supporting character in the Spider-Man series.