Sony Unveils 14 Minutes of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” at CinemaCon
Things are heating up in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the annual gathering of theater owners, the studio unveiled the first look at their bloody, R-rated feature Kraven the Hunter, a new film starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the iconic Spider-Man villain. Then, they gave theater owners an even meatier look at another of their Spidey properties, the hotly anticipated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the sequel to their Oscar-winning 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The footage totaled 14 minutes of the upcoming film (which is not yet done), revealing the ongoing adventures of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Brooklyn’s one and only Spider-Man, as he learns about an elite crew of the best Spider-People, led by founder Miguel O’Hara (voiced by Oscar Isaac), also known as Spider-Man 2099. The problems multiply along with the Spider-People that Miles encounters, and although he’s got allies like Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), not everyone in Across the Spider-Verse will be rooting for him. Fresh faces include Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, Daniel Kaluuya as Hobart ‘Hobie’ Brown/Spider-Punk, Jason Schwartzman as Spot, Jorma Taccone as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, and Karan Soni as Spider-Man India.
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae, and Kemp Powers, one of the film’s three directors, were on hand in Vegas to introduce the film. The footage included a look at the visit Miles gets in his bedroom by Gwen, who lures him out for a web-swinging jaunt above Brooklyn. They’re eventually stopped by Miles’ parents, and Miles has a touching heart-to-heart with his mom, Rio (voiced by Luna Lauren Velez).
Powers, who wrote Regina King’s excellent 2020 film One Night In Miami and co-directed Pixar’s Soul, said the sequel will continue Miles’ emotional journey as he matures, both as a young man and as Spider-Man. Powers directs alongside Joachim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thompson. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return as producers and as writers, co-writing alongside David Callaham.
“It’s been over a year since the events of the first movie, and he’s still trying to learn to be a superhero,” Moore said of Miles Morales. He also offered a line that sounds ready for prime time (perhaps it’s straight from the movie); “How you wear the mask is what makes you a hero.”
Across the Spider-Verse is the second film in the planned trilogy, with Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse set for a March 29, 2024 release.
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Featured image: Spider-Man/Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations’ SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.