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Get ready for a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel

What's up, danger?

Sony Pictures has just announced that a sequel to 2018's Academy Award-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is officially in the works. 

The news drop came after several days of teasing and a pair of cryptic tweets posted to the official Twitter account for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. On October 27, the account posted a GIF of a genetically modified spider silk-gliding down to the streets of New York and creepy-crawling toward the camera — a moment fans will remember from the aesthetically striking film. The post was accompanied by an emoji of a pair of eyes, often used to indicate that secrecy, sneaky behavior, or some kind of deceitful act is taking place. Then, on October 31, the Into the Spider-Verse Twitter page shared a hype-boosting warning: "Something's up. Our Spidey sense is tingling. RT if yours is, too."

Just one day later, on November 1, confirmation came: Sony is working on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, scheduled to hit theaters on April 8, 2022. 

It's been common knowledge for well over a year that a Spider-Verse sequel would happen, but it's nonetheless exciting hearing the first details about the film.

In August 2018, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-directors Peter Ramsey, Bob Perischetti, and Rodney Rothman told Collider that the movie would definitely open the door for more stories to be told, but that any follow-up film(s) would be contingent upon the success of the original. By November of that year, hype for Into the Spider-Verse had grown so high that Sony and Marvel were certain the pic would perform well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, and thus put into development a second movie and a spin-off project

The Hollywood Reporter announced at the time that Joaquim Dos Santos (Justice League Unlimited, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra) will direct the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel, set to be written by Dave Callaham (Zombieland: Double Tap, Wonder Woman 1984). According to Variety, this plan in still in place as of November 2019.

What will happen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2?

Sony Pictures hasn't announced any other details beyond the two basics — that the studio is starting to spin a web for a second Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie, and that the flick will wall-crawl its way into cinemas in April 2022, roughly two and a half years from the time of this writing. 

As far as the sequel's story goes, it will most definitely continue to tell the tale of Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) — the ambitious, music-loving Brooklynite who became his universe's newest Spider-Man after the untimely death of the blonde-haired Peter Parker (Chris Pine). In the first Spider-Verse film, Miles teams with the alternate-dimension Spider-Man named Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), who teaches him what it means to be Spidey, after the Super-Collider particle accelerator that the villainous Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) built opens up a portal to different dimensions. Along the way, Miles and Peter meet several other Spideys from various places: Peni Parker, a.k.a. SP//dr (Kimiko Glenn), from an anime-like dimension; Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), from a black-and-white 1930s-esque dimension; and Peter Porker, a.k.a. Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), from an anthropomorphic universe. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ended with the alternate Spideys heading home and Miles Morales destroying Kingpin's collider after realizing that anyone can wear the Spider-Man mask, so long as they have a good heart. That conclusion sets up a sequel in which Miles continues to grow as a superhero, but what happens in the post-credits scene in Into the Spider-Verse teases something even cooler: the introduction of another Spidey – Spider-Man 2099, also known as Miguel O'Hara (voiced by Oscar Isaac). In the Marvel comics, O'Hara is a genius geneticist living in Nueva York in the year 2099, aiming to use DNA to imbue in other people the abilities of the original Spider-Man. 

Could Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse feature some time travel and/or additional dimension-hopping? The post-credits scene featuring Spider-Man 2099 showed the character becoming "the first person to make an autonomous multiverse jump" when he traveled back to Earth in 1967, so there's a chance O'Hara will make his way to Miles' dimension at the start of the new movie. 

For now, most everything's a mystery when it comes to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. Rest assured Looper will keep you, well, in the loop about any and all future updates on the film leading up to its April 8, 2022 debut.