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What To Expect From Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2

2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was many things: a brilliantly innovative piece of animation, one of the best Spider-Man stories ever put to film, and one heck of a good time at the movies, to name a few. It also featured the big-screen debut of a character that audiences had been waiting to see in theaters for a long time: Miles Morales, who was first introduced in 2011 in the pages of Marvel Comics' Ultimate line. Miles is a 13-year old student who suffers an accident very similar to the one that befell Peter Parker, gaining powers that are nearly identical to (but in some ways, even more formidable than) the original Spidey's. Miles initially resists the calling to become a hero, but when Peter Parker is killed in battle, the youth slowly comes to terms with the fact that with great power... well, you know the rest.

Into the Spider-Verse followed this origin story fairly closely, while also unspooling a fantastic original plot involving a scheme by Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, to open a portal to another dimension so that he might bring his wife and child back from the dead. The scheme goes just a little bit awry: as a result of a major equipment malfunction, a couple of Spider-Men, a couple of Spider-Women, and... well, a Spider-Ham, all from alternate universes, arrive to join Miles in his effort to close the interdimensional rift before it destroys New York City.

The flick borrowed from the films of the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe by including a couple of post-credits sequences, one of which hinted heavily that the multiversal shenanigans were far from over. Indeed, the as-yet untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse began production in June 2020, with a target release date of October 7, 2022. Here's what you can expect.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 promises a continuation of Miles and Gwen's story and even crazier visuals

While the sequel's creative minds have yet to reveal the specific plot developments that will once again require the intervention of an entire phalanx of Spider-Beings from across all realities, Amy Pascal — the former head of Sony Pictures and one of the film's producers — has clued us in to what the movie's main focus will be: the burgeoning relationship between Miles (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), the Spider-Woman of her dimension and one of the first flick's many standout characters. In a conversation with Vanity Fair in the immediate wake of the Into the Spider-Verse's success, Pascal shared that a romantic subplot between the pair had been featured in co-writer Phil Lord's original script, but that producer Christina Steinberg had convinced the creative team to save it for the next movie.

As to whether the sequel will feature more of the crazy, comics-inspired art style that made the original so incredibly unique, word on the web is, "Yes, but even more crazy." This comes straight from producer Christopher Miller, who took to Twitter in July 2020 with a missive that made Spider-fans start salivating. "The development of new groundbreaking art techniques being done for the next Spider-Verse movie are already blowing me away," Miller tweeted. "It's going to make the first movie look quaint." Considering that the "quaint" first outing won near-unanimous praise for its ridiculously bold visual style and earned the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, that is... pretty exciting.  

We'll see some new Spider-Men (and Spider-Women)

Of course, it wouldn't be a Spider-Verse movie without some alternate universe web-slingers joining the party. We know that Gwen Stacy will return, and it stands to reason we might at least see brief appearances from the first movie's squad: Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Peter Porker a.k.a. Spider-Ham (John Mulaney). Doubtless, though, we'll be seeing plenty of new faces — and in fact, we already know who two of them will be. 

In November 2019, Lord confirmed that the Japanese Spider-Man — or Supaidaman, a version of the character from a short-lived '70s live-action Japanese TV series with a very different background from most Spideys — will be part of the festivities. Also, in January 2021, the official Spider-Verse Twitter account tweeted, "One year closer to 2022," with a couple of images of Miguel O'Hara, the hero known as Spider-Man 2099. He appeared, voiced by Oscar Isaac (who has also recently scored another Marvel gig as the star of the upcoming Disney+ series Moon Knight), in one of the first movie's post-credits scenes. Judging by that provocative tweet, we can probably expect to see a much bigger role for him in the sequel.

It's also worth mentioning that Pascal, in her Vanity Fair chat, teased that Stacy's expanded role will lead into a female-centric Spider-Verse spin-off. With that in mind, it would certainly make sense to introduce one or two of the alternate Spider-Women that we'll be seeing in that flick. One of these is almost certain to be Jessica Drew, the O.G. Spider-Woman in the pages of Marvel Comics, but in July 2020, Miller teased fans by tweeting a picture of Cindy Moon, the Korean American superhero known as Silk, which in our humble opinion makes the inclusion of that fan-favorite character a shoo-in.

Expect some crazy, new, possibly interdimensional baddies

As far as villains go, we can say with a fair amount of confidence that the sinister Olivia Octavius, a.k.a. Doc Ock (voiced by Kathryn Hahn, who also scored a supporting role on the hit Disney+ series WandaVision) will be back to wreak more havoc on our band of intrepid wall-crawlers. While Hahn herself has been coy about her possible return (we even got to ask her for ourselves), Into the Spider-Verse co-director Rodney Rothman may have tipped his hand during a conversation with Total Film magazine. "We definitely think of [Doc Ock] as someone who is not gone from the story, and who in many ways, is our most powerful bad guy," Rothman said (via Goliath). "She's manipulating a lot of things to achieve her own grand ambitions."

We'd bet our bottom dollar, though, that Octavius will have some help dealing with the Spider-Squad — and considering the whole multiverse angle, we'd be surprised if we didn't see either an alternate version of a classic Marvel baddie (like Octavius herself, who is a female version of the comics' Otto Octavius) or a villain whose powers specifically relate to accessing alternate dimensions. One scintillating rumor, which is in no way even close to confirmed, holds that Spider-Verse 2 will see the big-screen debut of the Spot — a Daredevil and Spidey antagonist who can open portals to other dimensions at will, on any surface, including his own body (via CinemaBlend).

Of course, until we get an announcement or some official artwork (or someone blabs, Tom Holland-style, with some plot details), we'll just have to keep speculating. Keep it here, because as soon as any of those things happen, we'll be beating down your door with the news.