'Spider-Verse' 2: All the Spider-Man Sequels and Spin-Offs You Can Expect
As Into the Spider-Verse quickly becomes the number one animated film ever released in December, Sony is eyeing all sorts of spin-offs and sequels, which should be expected of a movie with a premise that’s all about infinite spider-people. To keep your head straight amid all this web-spinning, here’s a quick breakdown of every “confirmed” or openly-discussed potential follow-up to what is easily the most exciting new animated franchise of 2018.
4. Spider-Verse 2: Gwen and Miles
This one is a no brainer. In Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Woman of a different Earth (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) are set up to be an item, which doesn’t really happen in the movie. But a sequel? Yeah, you can expect some spider smooching there.
In a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair published last Thursday, Amy Pascal — former Chairperson of Sony Pictures and now head of production company Pascal Pictures, which produced Spider-Verse — said the next film will explore a romance between Miles and Gwen. The film will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (co-showrunner of Netflix’s Voltron Legendary Defender) and written by David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel’s Shang-Chi).
Gwen and Miles have some history: They were indeed an item for a time, in Brian Michael Bendis’ Spider-Man, the Miles Morales-led comic released after 2015’s Secret Wars. On a separate Earth, seen in Spider-Gwen #18, a Miles and Gwen had a daughter, Charlotte Morales-Stacy, who fought crime as Spider-Girl.
“We’ve thought a lot about where it could go,” producer Phil Lord told io9. “It’s really just trying to tie it down to something that works. Obviously, the possibilities are limitless. [But] how do you do that and stay focused on human beings and their relationships and their feelings? That’s the big trick.”
Another proposed spin-off confirmed by Sony is a film based on the 2016 mini-series crossover Spider-Women, where three different spider-heroines — Gwen Stacy, Cindy Moon (aka Silk), and Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) — joined forces to stop a multidimensional spy organization. Vanity Fair confirmed that Pascal is producing the movie, which will be written by Bek Smith.
Vanity Fair also reported a live-action Silk movie is in “early development.”
2. Sinister Six?
Back in the Andrew Garfield era of Spider-Man, Sony was hoping to bring some of Spider-Man’s most iconic villains together into one picture, thus bringing the Sinister Six to life.
Fans of the Spider-Man game on PlayStation 4 were introduced to the team, but comic book fans are more than familiar with this united force of Spidey villains (whose roster always changes but generally includes staples like Doc Ock, Vulture, and Electro). Sadly for Sony, the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014 bungled the studio’s hope for a Sinister Six movie. Or did it?
Apparently Sinister Six is still on the table. The success of Into the Spider-Verse and the October surprise of Venom has encouraged Pascal to reconsider Sinister Six, which originally had a script by Drew Goddard, whose credits include movies like Cloverfield, The Martian, and the Marvel television series Daredevil.
“I’m just waiting for Drew to be ready to direct it,” Pascal said. “I would do anything with Drew Goddard. I’m just waiting for him to tell me he wants to.”
Apparently the producers are into a Spider-Ham movie, and who can blame them.
“Of course! You can imagine how much the kids love that character,” Pascal told Vanity Fair.
Producer Avi Arad then added: “Yeah … We want piggy.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now in theaters.