The Oscar-winning animated feature film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse announces its sequel date as being April 8, 2022. The critically acclaimed Spider-Man movie is finally getting a sequel. While Sony is having to share their live-action Spider-Man with Marvel Studios, their biggest success came with Into The Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Shook The Multiverse
With Phil Lord as the writer, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was an amazing take on the superhero that referenced, tributed and homaged almost all the various iterations of the character that came before it. In new and creative ways.
The sequel date was officially confirmed as April 8, 2022. The announcement came from a small teaser clip released on Twitter. The clip sees the Miles Morales version of the Spider-Man logo, with the movie’s trademark glitches distorting it.
The (Brief) Exhaustive History Of Sony’s Spider-Man Before Into The Spider-Verse
The rights to Spider-Man, the Marvel Comics character is with Sony Pictures. While Marvel Comics have consolidated most of their characters into their own film production company in Marvel Studios, Spider-Man remains elusive.
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Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies marked an amazing era for the character with Tobey Maguire. The third movie derailed the franchise, but it found another life with Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb. (The pun was, entirely coincidental.) But even that fizzled out by the second film.
The Marvel Studios & Sony Pictures Spider-Man Alliance!
But alas, a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios saw the Tom Holland Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we all know and love. But even that Marvel / Sony relationship has been a little rocky in recent times.
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As Holland continues to be the live-action Spider-Man in the MCU, Sony still has all the rights to ancillary Spider-Man side characters, villains and the likes. That’s how they were able to produce the massively unexpected blockbuster Venom. And also how they’re planning the Jared Leto starring Morbius with a character who’s a living vampire. Not Blade.
How Into The Spider-Verse Revitalized Spider-Man For Sony
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse was a massively unique and creative movie. The story. The animation. The voice performances. All absolutely stunning and flawless. Instead of trying to adapt one version form many Spider-Man source material for the big-screen, the makers decided to create a story that homaged multiple iterations of the character that we’ve seen over the years. A genius idea.
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The hero was Miles Morales’s new Spider-Man character from the comics, who has a similar origin story to the Peter Parker Spider-Man, but in a different universe. Using the Multiverse, Spider-Verse saw various versions of the character come together to save multiple realities. It was brilliant.
Not to mention that the movie won awards, especially the coveted Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards. Proving that Sony didn’t really need Marvel to ‘save’ Spider-Man.
Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse Created A New Universe Spin-Offs!
On top of being a critically and award-winning movie, Into The Spider-Verse was an amazing business decision. The film sees two iterations of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, voiced by Jake Johnson and Chris Pine. Not to mention many off-shoots of the character from various graphic novels like Spider-Man: Noir and goofy animated shorts like Spider-Ham.
— Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (@SpiderVerse) November 1, 2019
This has now allowed Sony to create spin-off movies based on these characters. The first bit of news entered around an all-female spin-off featuring Spider-Gwen (Hailee Stanfield) who was an alternate reality Spider girl in the movie. Not to mention many other Into The Spider-Verse based TV shows, apparently in the works as well.
Trying To Decode The Into The Spider-Verse Sequel Logo
When the movie released, there were a lot of speculations on which other versions of Spider-Man may be in the sequel. Phil Lord even teased a few possibilities. But it seems the biggest hint has come directly from the source itself. The teaser shows the Morales’ Spidey logo glitch and twitch into other color schemes and styles. Prompting eagle-eyed fans to see some similarities between the logo and that of existing versions of the Spider-Man.
miguel ohara and jessica drew?!!!!?!?? pic.twitter.com/Fox49RGMST
— payel (@blackcanaries) November 1, 2019
The biggest clue seem to be Spider-Man 2099, who was already teased in the end credits of Into The Spider-Verse. Oscar Isaac voiced Spider-Man 2099 or his alter ego Miguel O’Hara. The other versions seem more out there, but definitely has fans excited for the sequel.
these is no other explanation pic.twitter.com/Dq3Ix73gum
— mio (@spdrvrs) November 1, 2019
The Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse sequel released April 8, 2022.
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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.