The Spider-Verse is expanding.
2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a beyond well-received animated take on the beloved Marvel (and Sony) superhero. Now it’s set to serve as a jumping off point for a wider animated Spider-Verse. The story of Miles Morales and all the various other spider-men, spider-women, and spider-creatures who come into his orbit is getting at least one sequel and several spinoffs. Today, Sony announced the release date for the sequel. The follow up to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will arrive on April 8, 2022.
That’s certainly quite a ways away but don’t forget all the TLC and time that goes in to crafting this series unique animation style. The Hollywood Reporter previously indicated that Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron) is set to direct the sequel with David Callaham (Wonder Woman: 1984) writing. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return in some capacity as well.
On Halloween, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Twitter account teased that their “Spidey sense was tingling,” indicating that some big news was on the way. Thankfully they waited until everyone was done trick-r-treating to launch said news.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t necessarily set the global box office on fire when it premiered at the end of 2018 but in terms of critical and fan reception, it was an unambigous hit for Sony. The film brought Peter Parker successor Miles Morales onto celluloid for the first time and spun a captivating origin story while also presenting other important spider-figures like “Spider-Gwen” Stacy, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Penni Parker/SP//dr, and an out-of-shape Peter B. Parker. In the live-action realm, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker carries on, tenuously tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Marvel and Sony made peace and cut a new deal.
Lord and Miller previously signed a deal with Sony Television to develop a Spider-Man TV universe. Further details have yet to trickle out about that but it seems entirely possible and perhaps even likely like the Spider-Verse will factor in in some way. Other Spider-Verse projects in development is an all female Spider-Verse adventure from Lauren Montgomery (Voltron) and Bek Smith (Captain Marvel) and a Madame Web movie.
All in all, it’s never been a better time to be a spider-person.