Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is one of the most anticipated movies of 2023, and the views on the new trailer surely prove it. The first trailer for 2018’s Into The Spider-Verse gained just around 16M views in 5 years, while the trailer for its sequel amassed nearly 30M views in less than a week.
While Sony is planning on expanding its slate of live-action films with yet another villain-focused ‘Spider-Man’ movie, its animated section continues to grow the Spider-Verse franchise. The synopsis and first look at the movie look promising, and with all the delays so that the crew would have “more time to make it great”, we know the cape flick won’t disappoint.
As a part of their 2023 summer preview, Entertainment Weekly released a new still from Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse. Included with the still were more details on the film’s plot, along with an interview with the film’s producers, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
According to Miller, a key part of the film’s set-up is having the franchise lead Miles Morales go through all the usual struggles of a teen while also dealing with his additional responsibilities as a hero.
As he’s growing up, he’s trying to figure out how he can go out and see the world and spread his wings and leave the nest. But he also feels rooted to his home and his family. It’s that push-pull of your life as a teenager, where you’re like, How do I get to be my own person, but also not lose where I came from?Christopher Miller
One of those teenage things on Miles’s plate will be a developing relationship with Gwen Stacey, who he met in the first film. Gwen is also the key to an increased load of those new hero things as well, introducing Miles to a whole slew of characters, including Spider-Woman. EW further revealed that Spider-Woman will be Gwen’s mentor in the film, and will be voiced by Insecure’s Issa Rae. Lord affirms that “a lot of work has gone into making that character look great,” and adds “If you’ve ever been around Issa, she’s such a dynamo of talent and grace, so you just want to make the character look as cool as she is.”
Spider-Woman isn’t the only spider-person Miles is set to meet in the new film. Chris Miller has confirmed yet again that Oscar Isaac‘s Miguel O’Hara, who appeared in a post-credit scene in the original film and seems to butt heads with Miles in the trailer, will not be the villain of the movie, but just “sort of an antagonist to Miles because they both think that what they’re doing is the right thing”. Rather, as already confirmed by the film’s synopsis, The Spot will be the movie’s main villain. Here’s what Phil Lord had to say about him:
I like the villains best when they reflect the journeys of the hero — sort of a dark mirror of the protagonist, and I think Spot’s no different. He wants to be seen as legitimate. He’s a character that has a silly costume and is not always seen as the top tier of Spider-Man foes, but like all of us, he wants to be taken seriously.Phil Lord
With The Spot on board as the villain for both this film and the sequel, he’ll certainly have his chance to make an impact on Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse releases in theaters on June 2, 2023.