Fans waiting for the sequel to 2018 Oscar-winning feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will have to wait a bit longer, as Sony has delayed the film’s release to June 2, 2023. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters this October.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the first of a two-part sequel planned for the franchise, with Across the Spider-Verse II set to hit theaters in March 2024. Sony also made a minor change to the films’ titles, dropping Part One from the first film and changing Part 2 to the roman numeral post-script for the second.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return as writers and producers for the sequel, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson. Dave Callaham is working with Miller and Lord on the script. Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, and Christina Steinberg are also on board as producers.
As was the case with the first film, major plot details are being kept mostly under wraps. Sony’s current synopsis reads:
Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.
Taking over Spidey’s October 2022 theatrical window is a live-action/cg hybrid adaptation of the popular children’s book Lyle, Lyle, the Crocodile, starring Javier Bardem, Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley, and Scoot McNairy with Shawn Mendes voicing the legendary reptile. The film is executive produced by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are also writing original songs for the film with Mendes, Ari Afsar, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Mark Sonnenblick and Joriah Kwamé.