Tom Holland’s Peter Parker isn’t the only Spider-Man to tamper with the multi-verse. Shameik Moore’s Miles Morales was doing it in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and now he’s doing it again.
Long-awaited follow-up Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse sees Morales’ web-head venture deep into another animated trip across the multi-verse in a story that’s so big, it needs to be split into two parts.
Following the events of his previous (and critically acclaimed) adventure that saw him team up with a gang of parallel universe Spider-Men/Women in order to bring down a web of villains controlled by Kingpin, Morales is pulled into the multi-verse once more by his Spidey-friend Gwen Stacey, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld.
This two-part adventure promises more of the mind-melting action and glorious blend of eclectic animation styles that not only gave its live-action MCU counterpart a run for its money but bagged an Oscar gold for 2019’s Best Animated Feature.
Here’s everything we currently know about Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse plot
Set shortly after the events of the first movie, Morales finds himself approached by Stacy AKA multi-verse Spider-Woman who enlists his help with a perilous mission that could help to save every Spider-Man in every universe.
With a shady new villain on the loose with powers that threaten multiple realities, Morales and Stacy join forces with a supergroup of Spider-Man protectors made up of web-slingers from different universes.
Together, they devise a plan to help bring down their mysterious new foe but when Morales finds himself at odds with their leader’s grand plan, saving the day becomes infinitely trickier.
This time, directors Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson take over from part one’s Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, working from a script penned by The Lego Movie Phil Lord and Chris Miller, alongside Wonder Woman 1984 scribe David Callaham.
As it stands, little is currently known about the plot of trilogy-closer Spider-Man: Beyond The Spider-Verse besides a tentative release date of Friday, 29 March 2024.
How to watch Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
Miss Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse on the big screen? Fear not, as it’s now available to view on video-on-demand.
While the film is also available to watch via a range of other digital retailers, those looking for a physical copy of the film can pre-order it on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD from various outlets ahead of its official release on Monday, 11 September.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse voice cast
Leading the voice cast for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is Shameik Moore who once again stars as Miles Morales / Spider-Man and Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacey / Spider-Woman.
Morales' mentor Peter B. Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson, also returns, alongside Brian Tyree Henry as Morales’ father and The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone who voiced Norman Osborne and the Green Goblin in part one but here brings Vulture to life.
Newcomers to the Spider-Verse include Jason Schwartzman as the movie’s evil threat, The Spot, a baddie whose body is made up of portals that allow him to skip between different universes.
Issa Rae plays pregnant Spider-Society member Jessica Drew, with Daniel Kaluuya playing Brit-rock-inspired Spider-Punk / Hobart "Hobie" Brown, Deadpool’s Karan Soni as Indian Spider-Man Pavitr Prabhakar and Star Wars’ Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, a Spider-Man from the year 2099 whose plans to stop The Spot clash with Morales morals.
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Rounding out the cast are Luna Lauren Vélez as Morales’ mother, former Saturday Night Live cast member Rachel Dratch and Shea Whigham as Stacy’s father.
It is believed that a host of additional Spider-People will also make an appearance, each harking back to beloved interactions of the character from the comic books, animated series and more.
As such, expect to see the likes of Scarlet-Spider and the Japanese Spider-Man Takuya Yamashiro, alongside versions of the red and blue hero from the popular animated series Spider-Man Unlimited and The Spectacular Spider-Man in O’Hara’s Spider-Society.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse reviews
Reviews for the new Spider-Verse film arrived on Wednesday, 31 May. Critics were almost unanimous in their praise for the "dazzling" and "spectacular" animated sequel, helping the blockbuster to rack up an impressive 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Read some of the critics' verdicts below:
The Independent: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review – Dazzling sequel continues to push the boundaries of animation (3-min read)
Digital Spy: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is another spectacular Spidey outing (5-min read)
The Telegraph: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, review: too many multiverses by half (3-min read)
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse trailer
An expanded full trailer for Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse dropped in early April in all its colour-spewing glory. The trailer quickly became Sony Pictures UK biggest ever trailer launch, amassing 32.7 million views across Sony Pictures & partner’s UK platforms.
In it, we find Morales in a classic Spider-Man scrape: juggling a healthy school life with saving the world. Scratch that — every world. No biggie.
Thankfully, a quick nod to a popular Spider-Man meme helps to keep things light. Watch it below:
Meanwhile, our first look at the next instalment of this colourful franchise arrived back in late 2022 with a teaser trailer to help whet our appetites. Picking up right where part one left off, it wasted no time getting into the action.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is available on VOD now.