A few years ago, specifically in 2018, Sony released a computer-animated superhero film about Miles Morales, which became a massive success among critics and fans. The animated aspect of the movie was unique. It showed that computer animation could look good when it’s used to propel the movie’s story and bring the viewers an incredible experience. With the trailer released in December, we got a confirmation that two sequels of the original movie will be released in June of 2023 and March 2024, respectively. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be the first movie of the two to hit the theaters, and we are so excited.
Across the Spider-Verse has different directors from the original, with Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson directing the movie. Phil Lord returns as a writer, accompanied by Christopher Miller and David Callaham.
Most of the original cast is back, with Shameik Moore voicing Miles Morales and great Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, and others featuring. One notable addition to the cast is Oscar Isaac, who portrays Miguel O’Hara, known as Spider-Man 2099, an alternate version of Spider-Man, who leads the Spider-Force.
We already mentioned that the rumors of sequels to Into the Spider-Verse began after the success of the movie, but the first trailer was released in December of the last year, where we saw Miles Morales getting used to being a hero after the happenings of the first movie and trying to figure out his destiny as a Spider-Man in the Multiverse.
Today, we got another trailer for Across the Spider-Verse, and it reveals more possible storylines of the movie and, more importantly, so many other Spider-Mans. If you have yet to see the trailer, check it out below, and trust me, you will absolutely love it. We will proceed with our trailer breakdown and discuss what we can expect from this movie.
‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse‘ trailer breakdown
Miles Morales struggles to juggle his normal and superhero life
In the previous movie, Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man after Peter Parker of his world dies. Into the Spider-Verse deals with Miles becoming Spider-Man and embracing his new responsibilities as a protector of Brooklyn, New York. However, in the Across the Spider-Verse trailer, Miles struggles to juggle his personal life with Spider-Man obligations.
Miles is still a teenager attending high school, and his parents realize that something isn’t right with their son – he is distracted, disappears without clearly telling them where he’s going, and is just straight up lying to them.
Maybe we will see if Miles will tell his parents about his superhero powers and life, realizing that trust is more powerful than he realizes.
Gwen introduces Miles to Spider-Force
Gwen Stacy as a Spider-Woman is back! In the previous movie, we saw Miles having a slight crush on Gwen, an alternate version of Spider-Woman, who is cool and a total badass. She supports Miles through his journey from the beginning, and we even discover that Gwen and Miles can communicate despite being from different dimensions.
Gwen is Miles’ potential love interest; frankly, the trailer hints that sparks between Miles and Gwen will certainly fly. Of course, Gwen’s role in Across the Spider-Verse is once again important, and she is the one who reaches out to Miles to introduce him to Spider-Force, after discovering that a new villain is going through the Multiverse and killing all Spider-Men in existence.
Furthermore, Gwen introduces Miles to Miguel O’Hara, an alternate version of Spider-Man from the future, who leads the Spider-Force in the efforts to protect all Spider-Men. But he doesn’t sit well with Miles.
Spider-Man 2099 is the leader of the Spider-Force
Miguel O’Hara, known as Spider-Man 2099, is an extremely interesting character that first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1992 and has since been part of multiple Spider-Man stories. Gwen introduces Miles to Spider-Man 2099, the leader of Spider-Force, and our hero isn’t that impressed with the leader. Miguel is clearly tired, distressed, and laden with problems of his world and the whole Multiverse.
Spider-Force is a group of alternate versions of Spider-Mans across the Multiverse trying to stop the new villain from trying to destroy them. Of course, Miguel preaches about sacrifice and how Miles cannot save everyone, while Miles opposes that narrative, insisting that he must give all to save the people he cares about.
We saw Miguel O’Hara in Into the Spider-Verse movie, where he is shown arguing with 1967 Spider-Man from the animated series, and it seems that Across the Spider-Verse is trying to set up Spider-Man 2099 as an antihero of the movie.
Moreover, we need to mention the return of Peter B. Parker, an older version of Peter Parker from the alternate universe that mentored Miles. Now, he has a daughter with Mary Jane Watson, named Mayday, known in Marvel Comics as Spider-Girl.
Uncle Ben seems like the main connection to Spider-Mans across the Multiverse
Uncle Ben is an important character in Spider-Man’s lore, whose death catalyzes Peter Parker to become the superhero we know and love. Of course, Uncle Ben is important for other versions of Peter Parker and other Spider-Men in the Multiverse, which Miguel O’Hara uses as an argument that they all have the same destiny.
Miles doesn’t like that, and despite his acknowledgment that Uncle Ben connects all Spider-Mans in the Multiverse, he also dismisses the notion that every version of the superhero needs to sacrifice everything they love to protect the Earth.
Miles’ outlook on things is interesting since he had his version of Uncle Ben in Uncle Aaron, who died in the first movie. In the trailer, Miguel O’Hara isn’t very happy about Miles’s different perspective.
Miles Morales will try to “do his own thing”
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will get released in June, and from what we saw in the trailers, Miles will try to “do his own thing.” The movie will obviously feature many versions of Spider-Men that will have their baggage and difficulties to deal with, but Miles is determined to live his own life.
Predetermined fate is visible throughout the Marvel stories that feature the Multiverse and different versions of the characters, which often leads to the tragedies of the superheroes. In Into the Spider-Verse, we saw an alternate version of Peter Parker almost ruining his life because he followed the “rule of the superhero,” which states that one cannot have both. However, after the adventure and mentorship with Miles and Gwen, Peter realizes he can have the life he always wanted and still be the superhero his city needs.
Miles wants to “break the rules” of being a superhero and continue his journey as Spider-Man and Miles Morales. Yes, there will be tragedies, but one needs to reach for what one wants to live life to the fullest.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse looks extremely good, with a seemingly better quality of animation and more vibrant colors that captivated the audience in 2018. The characters look a bit different, with Miles being more grown up since the last movie, and the possible antagonist in Miguel O’Hara is looking very promising.
Great humor, wholesome family moments, and notable cultural references will be amazing again. Still, the story and the characters combined with incredible animation will be at the forefront of the Across the Spider-Verse movie.
The movie will be released on the 2nd of June, and we honestly cannot wait. We will expect at least one more trailer before the movie’s release, and when that happens, we will bring you more novelties about this incredible animated masterpiece.