The heroic tale of everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has been told over and over again in cinematic form, and it’s easy to forget that there are other web-slinging alter-egos when Peter Parker is now a household name. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse went against conventional expectations in 2018, and instead focused on Miles Morales as the protagonist, while laying his journey out in slick, vibrant animation.
The film quickly won over the hearts of many, receiving much praise and awe from both audiences and critics alike. When a sequel was officially announced last year, it certainly made for a gleeful surprise, with an accompanying 10-second teaser reigniting the Spider-Verse hype. As the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world, however, things were brought to a standstill – until now, that is.
Word on the block is that production on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 1 is officially underway, as lead animator Nick Kondo shared his excitement about the project on Twitter. Attached to his tweet is the same 10-second reel of Miles’ glitching spider emblem as before, except with a dramatic, techno-beat track in the background.
With the sequel fresh into the production phase, nothing much is known about it. Still, it’s shaping up to a promising prospect: prolific artist Kris Anka, best known for his work on Captain Marvel, X-Men, and the 2014 Spider-Verse comic-book storyline, will be joining the team, which also sees Joaquim Dos Santos and David Callaham as writer and director respectively. Like Anka, the pair each boasts a rich portfolio as well – where Santos directed Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Voltron: The Legendary Defender, Callaham wrote The Expendables, Zombieland: Double Tap, and Wonder Woman 1984.
The team has hit the ground running, so it seems plausible that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 is on track to meet its release date of 7 October 2022, six months after its original window. The delay, as is the case with most Sony movies, was a result of closed workspaces and disrupted workflow due to COVID-19.