Following the success of 2018 Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, we have long known that a sequel is in the form of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse’, both will feature more sophisticated art and animation styles.
And in the case of at least the former (though possibly both), they will also boast the voice of ‘Get Out’, and ‘Nope’ actor Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Spider-Punk.
Kaluuya, of course, is already a major MCU veteran (which hasn’t been directly connected to Sony’s Spider-Verse films), having played W’Kabi in 2018’s ‘Black Panther’.
The new films continue the adventures of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) as they battle threats from across the Spider-Verse.
Both sequels were directed by Kemp Powers, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Justin K. Thompson, working from a script by Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Dave Callaham.
Alongside the returning heroes, we’ll get to see more of Spider-Man 2099 (AKA Miguel O’Hara, voiced by Oscar Isaac) and meet the likes of Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman), played by Issa Rae. .
The voice cast also includes Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Greta Lee.
Spider-Punk, AKA Hobart “Hobie” Brown, is a newer Marvel Comics arrival, created by writer Dan Slott and artist Olivier Coipel in 2015 through ‘The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3’ #10.
He is portrayed as a homeless teenager who becomes a hero to the oppressed New Yorkers in his dimensional universe.
On the evil side, there’s a deep cut from Spidey’s bastard gallery.
Voiced by Jason Schwartzman, The Dot will feature character designs meant to remember unfinished sketches, featuring blue construction lines that evoke the comic book artist’s rough drawings before the work went into ink. The design itself will evolve over the course of the film as the character changes and grows, taking on more terrifying forms as he learns to better apply his own powers.
There will also be appearances from the more familiar The Vulture; though not the Michael Keaton character from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and other live-action films. Instead, it will be a different dimension version, voiced by Jorma Taccone.
Aside from the knowledge that our heroes will have to face off against the villain (and, possibly some characters yet to be revealed), the story for both sequel films remains largely a mystery. But given Lord and Miller’s continued presence, we anticipate an inventive, funny, emotional and visually wild ride in both films.
We’ll have to wait for ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ as it won’t hit theaters until June 2 next year. And ‘Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse’ is getting further away, arriving on March 29, 2024.
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