Exploring the Spider-Verse

On December 4th, Sony Pictures Entertainment released its first-look at Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One), sequel to their most popular animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore return to play Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman and Miles Morales’ Spider-Man respectively. This trailer also introduces Oscar Isaac, playing Miguel O’Hara’s Spider-Man 2099.

The trailer picks up where the first movie left off, with Gwen Stacy greeting Miles Morales through an interdimensional gate. It seems as though this sequel will continue the first movie’s focus on visual effects and miniscule animation details. This is especially emphasized when Miles falls through multiple universes, each with their own animation style.

The trailer continues to display what appears to be Miles Morales fighting off Miguel O’Hara. Around O’Hara’s wrist is the dimension-hopping watch, the same one he wore in the end-credits scene of Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse.

The official description of this film is that it will “transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.” This is very similar to the first movie, as Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy team up against a team of multiversal enemies.

From the title and trailer alone, I believe that it’s possible for this movie to draw on the 2014 Spider-Verse comics, which explore Madame Web being attacked by Morlun and the Inheritors. This theory would explain the need for a multi-part film, since the original comic arc ties in every Spider-Man character.

The previous animated Spider-Man movie brought together Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker Spider-Man, and Spider-Ham, each from their own comic-book storyline. This trailer seems to hint at the Spider-Man: India from the comics, known as Pavitr Prabhakar.

Though the trailer does not explain why Miguel O’Hara or Miles Morales are fighting in Pavitr Prabhakar’s universe, it may explain what new band of Spider-Man characters will join to fight the new villain.

The biggest reveal of this trailer is the ending, showing that this first-look is only for the first part of this movie. It would be very exciting to see the animated Spider-Man franchise join the MCU, as both are choosing to explore a multiversal storyline seen previously like Avengers: End Game.