Sony Pictures Animation has released a brand-new trailer for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.” The sequel continues Miles Morales’ story as he tries to balance out his life as a high school teenager and Brooklyn’s superhero. And if that wasn’t already hard enough, Miles finds travels to the Spider-Verse where he meets a tangled web network of fellow Spider heroes from across the multiverse. So when a villain named the Spot opens interdimensional portals breaks in, it creates problems for them and our title hero, who learns that being Spider-Man comes with a great sacrifice.
When “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” burst onto the cinematic animated superhero scene, it was breath of fresh air. The film introduced a new way of watching animation, some of which inspired other films that had similar visuals. More importantly, it expanded the Spider-Man story in ways where Afro-Latinos can see themselves as heroes. And while the coming-of-age story was great to see from Miles’ point of view, the sequel raises the takes and increases the responsibilities of being a kid from Brooklyn who attends an academically demanding high school and a superhero.
So when he meets his fellow Spider friends like Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), he learns about this network of Spider-People, and its leader Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac) aka Spider-Man 2099. Think of Spider-Man 2099 as the person who started the gathering of webslingers and the one who watches over the entire Multiverse. “”Don’t even get me started on Doctor Strange and the little nerd back on Earth-199999,” he says, hinting that he is aware of what happened in the MCU.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” also features the voices of Issa Rae as Spider-Woman, Daniel Kaluuya as Spider-Punk, Jason Schwartzman as the Spot, Brian Tyree Henry and Luna Lauren Vélez as Miles’ father and mother, respectively. Karan Soni, Greta Lee, Rachel Dratch, Jorma Taccone and Shea Whigham also have voice roles.
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson (in their feature directorial debuts), from a screenplay written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, “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.