Into The Spider-Verse, Winner Of All Movies Last Year, Is Getting A Sequel
The Spider-Man franchise has, on the screen at least, had a fairly turbulent time of it in the past few decades. The ship was righted significantly once Tom Holland took up the mantle of Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while the PS4 game that came late last year also helped breathe new life into the Web-Slinger's traditional identity as a New York-based crime fighter.
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And yet despite this, neither of these served as the highlight of the Spider-Man franchise in 2018. That title safely went to animated film Into The Spider-Verse, which stormed its way to an Oscar for Best Animated Feature at this year's oscars, cementing itself as arguably one of the greatest ever Animated films in the process.
Telling the story of Miles Morales, who incidentally is also the first person of colour to take on the role of Spider-Man, the visual splendour with which Spider-Verse's story was brought to life quickly cemented it as a genre-defying favourite among casuals and die-hard movie buffs alike.
Now, reports are saying Sony, who are desperate to squeeze the most they can out of the Spider-Man character after years of clinging on to its rights, are set to bring Morales back for another round of animated wizadry in a sequel.
Given the intricacy of the animation that went into the first Spider-Verse, it's likely that the film will take significant time to develop. Sony currently have the film slated for a May 2022 release.
However initial signs about the sequel are promising. We're yet to receive any word about whether the film's original cast (led by Shameik Moore as Morales and Jake Johnson as Peter Parker) will return, but per Polygon, the sequel will come courtesy of director Joaquim Dos Santos (Voltron: Legendary Defenders), with David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) writing.
It's also known that Hailee Steinfeld's Spider-Woman will be receiving a spin-off film focusing on the franchise's female characters.
The only question that remains is whether or not Sony will use the success of its many stand-alone projects to form its own cinematic franchise.The current speculation is that Morales could feature as the star of a Sony 'Spider-Verse' that also includes Tom Hardy's Venom, Jared Leto's Morbius, and perhaps even Tom Holland's own take on Spider-Man, depending on how things go with Disney's Marvel.