Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse isn't just the sequel to the acclaimed Into the Spider-Verse, but it's the middle part of a trilogy that will conclude with the Beyond the Spider-Verse.
Middle entries in trilogies can go one of two ways. They can either be just another entry in a franchise that wraps up nicely by the end, or it can be the darkest entry where things go badly for our heroes and leaves you wondering how they will achieve victory in the third film, even if it doesn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger.
It looks like Across the Spider-Verse might fall into the latter category, with writer/producer Christopher Miller comparing it to the trope-setter for dark and edgy sequels: Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
Speaking in the latest issue of Empire magazine, Miller teased: "People who’ve seen Across… have told us that it feels like The Empire Strikes Back of the Spider-Verse franchise.
"It shows you worlds you haven’t seen, and it’s an emotional story that ends in a place where you need to see the third one. So, yeah: this is our Empire."
Miles actor Shameik Moore also delved into his character's mindset in the sequel, stating: "He’s older, a little more experienced. But he’s missing his friends. He’s growing in skill, but he wants more of a challenge."
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has had quite the time when it comes to when we'll actually be able to see it. It was originally set to be released in cinemas in April 2022 but was then pushed back to the following October.
The release date was then moved for a third time, with the latest (and hopefully final!) release date being June 2, 2023.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has a cinema release date of June 2, 2023 in the US.
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