Prepare yourself for the thrilling experience of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse! Familiarize yourself with the diverse lineup of Spider-People you’ll encounter in this highly anticipated sequel. The second installment of the Spider-Verse trilogy will be hitting Philippine cinemas on May 31. Don’t miss out on the excitement and catch the film’s final trailer here: https://youtu.be/yEU_jRepaQg
Miles Morales is Spider-Man
After navigating the challenges of his first year as a teenage superhero, Miles Morales has matured, gained wisdom, and enhanced his abilities. The sequel to the film picks up a few months later, as writer-producer Phil Lord explains. Miles has experienced a growth spurt, leading to a fresh character design and a new costume. However, he is still grappling with the complexities of being a superhero. The absence of others like him, who understood his journey, has left both Miles and Gwen feeling the void.
Actor Shameik Moore, the voice of Miles in the sequel, highlights the timeless struggle of Spider-Man: finding purpose while still discovering one’s own identity. This relatable theme resonates with audiences on a universal level.
Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman
In the sequel, Gwen Stacy, also known as the incredible Spider-Woman from Earth-65, confronts a series of fresh obstacles using her enhanced strength, speed, agility, and spider-sense. Actress Hailee Steinfeld, reprising her role as Gwen, sheds light on the complexities of Gwen’s relationship with Miles. There exists a deep bond between the two characters, but Gwen finds herself in a conflicting position. While she wants to encourage and challenge Miles to reach his full potential, they also yearn to face the world together. However, various factors complicate their journey. The upcoming film promises an exciting exploration of where their paths lead them.
Miguel O’Hara is Spider-Man 2099
Miguel, voiced by Oscar Isaac, is among the initial new characters that Miles encounters as he embarks on his journey across the Spider-Verse. In the sequel, Miguel takes on the role of the creator and leader of the Spider-Society, making him incredibly busy. Oscar Isaac expresses his pride in portraying Miguel O’Hara, a Latino Spider-Man, and considers it an honor. Bringing Miguel to life involved the enjoyable creative process of discovering his unique voice, intensity, tragic backstory, humor (or lack thereof), and overall complexity.
Peter B. Parker is Mayday’s dad
According to writer and producer Christopher Miller, Peter B. Parker’s journey in the first film led him to realize his desire to be a father and reconcile with Mary Jane. Therefore, it was natural to depict him in a state of “new daddy” chaos in the sequel. Jake Johnson, who portrays Peter as a new dad, explains that his character is determined to fulfill his responsibilities as Spider-Man. However, having a child brings about changes and shifts in priorities. Peter’s focus now includes balancing his superhero duties with his parental role. Interestingly, there is a suggestion that Peter’s daughter, Mayday, holds potential within the realm of Spider-People, hinting that she may possess special qualities or abilities that go beyond what meets the eye.
Jessica Drew is Spider-Woman
Director Kemp Powers describes Jessica Drew, also known as the super-cool and pregnant Spider-Woman from Earth-332, as an absolute badass. Issa Rae, who lends her voice to the character and has been a fan of Spider-Man since her childhood, wholeheartedly agrees. Jessica embodies the qualities of a true hero, which often involve making sacrifices for the greater good. With the prospect of starting her own family, Jessica is determined to create a safe world for her child. She takes on the responsibility of not only combating evil but also serving as a mentor to the emerging generation of Spider-People, including Gwen. Jessica’s character showcases her commitment to both protecting the world and nurturing the next wave of heroes.
Pavitr Prabhakar is Spider-Man India
Director Kemp Powers explains that Pavitr, a Spider-Man from Earth-50101, possesses powers derived from magic, setting him apart from other Spider-People who were bitten by radioactive spiders. Despite experiencing a personal loss, like many of his counterparts, Pavitr stands out as one of the most optimistic characters in the movie. Karan Soni, who voices Pavitr, describes the enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding his portrayal of the character. The announcement generated excitement among fans, with some sending serious messages, emphasizing the importance of doing justice to the role. Soni feels confident that they have successfully captured Pavitr’s essence, honoring the character and his unique place in the Spider-Verse.
Hobie Brown is Spider-Punk
According to director Kemp Powers, Hobie Brown, hailing from a world that blends elements of ’70s and ’80s London with present-day New York, can be likened to a fusion of Iggy Pop, Bad Brains, and Spider-Man. Hobie wields a rock guitar, using it both as a musical instrument and a sonic weapon. He exudes a cool and slightly older vibe that makes him attractive to many. Actor Daniel Kaluuya, who voices Spider-Punk, expresses his childhood obsession with Spider-Man and his delight in portraying a character from his own background. The serendipity of voicing a character tied to his own roots is something he couldn’t have imagined.
Ben Reilly is Scarlet Spider
The visual design of Ben Reilly in the film draws inspiration from 1990s comic books. Writer-producer Lord describes Ben’s appearance as muscular to the extreme, with exaggerated anatomy that defies normal human proportions. Ben’s physique features muscles upon muscles, showcasing a level of definition that goes beyond typical human anatomy. His agility is emphasized by his double and triple joints, giving him a unique and distinctive physicality. Ben’s overall appearance reflects that of an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who spends significant time at the gym and exudes a constant sense of excitement.
Spider-Cat is Spider-Cat
The Spot is…
According to writer-producer Miller, Dr. Jonathan Ohnn, known as The Spot, was present in the Super-Collider that was destroyed in the first movie. As a result, he was exposed to dark matter, which transformed him into a character with numerous holes and portals within his body. Initially, The Spot appears to be a clumsy and comical villain-of-the-week, with his Looney Tunes-esque holes leading everywhere. However, he gradually discovers the potential of these portals to traverse between dimensions, growing more powerful over time. Ultimately, The Spot evolves into a formidable adversary for Miles, posing a significant threat as the story progresses.
About Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales takes center stage once again in the upcoming installment of the Spider-Verse saga, titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. This time, after reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Miles, who serves as Brooklyn’s dedicated Spider-Man, embarks on an adventure that takes him across the Multiverse. Along his journey, he encounters the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People entrusted with safeguarding the very existence of the Multiverse. However, when conflicts arise regarding the approach to a new threat, Miles finds himself at odds with his fellow Spiders. Now, he must venture forth alone to save those he holds dear. The film emphasizes that anyone can wear the mask, but it is the way one wears it that defines their heroism.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson. The screenplay is crafted by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callaham, drawing inspiration from the MARVEL Comic Books.
The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.
The film’s talented cast is led by Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld, accompanied by Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Jason Schwartzman, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Greta Lee, Rachel Dratch, Jorma Taccone, Shea Whigham, and Oscar Isaac.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will make its debut in Philippine cinemas on May 31. The film is distributed by Columbia Pictures, the local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Fans can join the conversation and engage with the film using the hashtag #SpiderVerse.
Photo & Video Credit: “Columbia Pictures”