A sequel and all-female spinoff to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are in development at Sony Pictures Animation. Although Sony Pictures is experiencing giant success with their live-action Spider-Man titles, they are also venturing into the animated field. Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is the star of Into the Spider-Verse, but he's far from the only Spidey character.
The premise of the film allows for Spider people from various universes to cross paths for a special event. Miles is joined by Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir. The animated Spider-Verse film is also introducing several villains to the world, so Sony isn't wasting much time in establishing the huge potential of the franchise. Thanks to visually striking trailers and a fun tone, there's been plenty of excitement for Spider-Verse in the months building to its approaching release. Now we know it will be a true franchise launcher.
THR reports that Sony is already in development on a sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, as well as an all-female spinoff. The sequel will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron) after Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman co-directed the upcoming release. Sony is in talks with Lauren Montgomery (Voltron, Batman: Year One) to helm the untitled all-female spinoff, with Spider-Gwen believed to be the main character. She could be joined by Spider-Woman, Madame Web, Spider-Girl, and Silk.
Details on the Spider-Verse sequel have not been revealed, largely due to the fact that first film is not yet in theaters. However, since Sony already has a director attached for the followup, there are likely plenty of seeds planted in the upcoming animated blockbuster for future stories to be told. While we don't know exactly what they will be, this gives Sony another avenue to make Spider-Man content, but put Miles at the center - making him an even more well-known character before he could possibly make a live-action debut.
Giving Spider-Gwen a spinoff of her own also seems like a smart move on Sony's part. It not only keeps Steinfeld around (who is poised for a big December with Spider-Verse and Bumblebee), but gives them a chance to introduce several other characters. Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman is a fan-favorite character in her own right and makes sense to include due to her popularity. The rest of the lineup, though, could be based on Sony's live-action projects, too, where a Silk movie is said to be coming. She could be introduced to audiences in an animated form, before being brought to life in a new way down the road. In that same line of thinking, it wouldn't be surprising if characters like Jackpot, Black Cat, and Silver Sable also found a spot in the film.
As we wait for more details on these future projects, this shows a ton of confidence on Sony's part in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to begin with. Lining up a sequel and a spinoff ahead of its opening come right as the movie has started to screen. It appears the studio is truly going to capitalize on the "Spider-Verse" portion of their newest property.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018