Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse director addresses MCU crossover

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse co-director Kemp Powers has addressed the MCU crossover.

Last month, a newly released trailer for the sequel to 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poked fun at MCU Spider-Man Tom Holland.

In the trailer, which sees Shameik Moore reprise his role as Miles Morales, Miles and Gwen Stacy, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, embark on a mission to save the multiverse from a new villain.

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Explaining the multiverse to Miles in the trailer, Oscar Isaac's Miguel O'Hara (aka Spider-Man 2099) takes a dig at No Way Home's universe-jumping shenanigans, saying: "And don't even get me started on Doctor Strange and that little nerd on Earth 199999."

Speaking to SFX for its latest issue, co-director Kemp Powers said the new movie is not connected to the MCU, and that the joke is a tongue-in-cheek way of acknowledging the history of the character.

"The world of Miles Morales and Spider-Verse, it's not tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe or anything like that," Powers explained. "But this is a Lord and Miller film. We like to have a little bit of fun, we like to be a little bit meta and to acknowledge the world in which we are creating these stories. That's the best way to explain it."

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Teasing fans with what's to come, Powers told viewers to expect another gag that will leave them 'stunned'.

"This isn't something where we did anything in conjunction with Marvel. Miles's universe, trust me, there's plenty to work with. That gag is one of many, and my favourite gag is one that people don't know about yet. But I think when they see it, they're going to be pretty stunned. It's a serious film, but it's also a film with a lot of fun in it."

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has a cinema release date of June 2, 2023 in the US.

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