Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse introduced us to the thought that just because we know one person has worn the mask, doesn’t mean you can’t. Because, anyone can wear the mask. You can wear the mask. But to become Spider-Man, means accepting certain responsibilities and sacrifices of being a webslinger. And as the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse trailer teases, Miles Morales discovers that just because he wants to be like his fellow Spider-Men, that doesn’t mean he has to do their thing. He’s going to do his own thing.
As with all sequels, our title hero has new concerns and problems. He’s a teenager, a high schooler, and a superhero. Which means he has to balance those responsibilities. That’s not easy when you have parents who want nothing but the best for you, an academically demanding high school, and a new villain called Spot.
Of course, having a villain who can open portals opens the door to reintroduce us to some friends like Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Peter B Parker (Jake Johnson). However, Spider-Man 2099’s Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac) doesn’t think he ready to take on the name of Spider-Man. In fact, he seems to be familiar with the various problems of the multiverse. “Don’t even get me started on Doctor Strange and the little nerd back on Earth-199999,” O’Hara says hinting at what is happening in the MCU. But Peter B. Parker says to give Miles a chance because he’s had a bad teacher.
While the trailer hints at a continuation of the coming-of-age story and multiverse story, it looks like there are larger stakes. Miles doesn’t want to be bound by the rules that he has to lose someone the way that Peter B. Parker lost his Uncle Ben in order to become Spider-Man. And how will his decision affect the larger story that these Spider-Verse films want to tell remains to be seen.
One thing is for sure, it’s going to be an epic story with striking visuals and a very cool soundtrack. Something of which the superhero movies need right about now.
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson (in their feature directorial debuts), from a screenplay written by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse features the voice talents of Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Karan Soni, Jason Schwartzman, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Greta Lee, Rachel Dratch, Jorma Taccone, and Shea Whigham.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse opens in theaters on June 2, 2023.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse:
Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.