Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: release date, trailer, cast, and more

Miles Morales poses as he flips through the air in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse thwips into theaters later this year. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: key information

- Sequel to 2018's Into the Spider-Verse
- Now available on PVOD services
- Official trailer debuted in April
- Cast from first movie set to return
- Oscar Isaac, Issa Rae, and Daniel Kaluuya among new cast members
- Numerous Spider-People will feature
- Movie's villain and plot details revealed
- Set across six different universes
- Might have ties to live-action cinematic universes
- Sequel set to arrive in early 2024

After ending its theatrical run, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has finally swung into homes across the land – and, as expected, it's a cinematic masterpiece.

That's a bold claim for us to make, but there are plenty of reasons why that's the case. You'll need to read our Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse review to find out more, though – and, once you've seen the film, read our Across the Spider-Verse ending explainer to get the lowdown on how it sets up its sequel.

Before you rush out to watch the latest Spider-Man movie via a Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) service, though, you need the lowdown on what to expect from it. Below, we've compiled a list of all the information you need about the joint Sony Pictures and Marvel movie, including its trailers, cast list, spoiler-free story details, and more.

Full spoilers follow for 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (find out where it ranks in our Spider-Man movies in order guide while you're here). Potential spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse are also discussed.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse release date

Gwen leans against Miles as they hang upside down in an inverted shot from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse reunites Miles Morales and Gwen Stacey. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is out now, having arrived in theaters worldwide in late May and early June 2023.

The animated spectacle thwipped its way to a $120 million global haul during its opening weekend (per Variety), which is hugely impressive for an animated movie. That may not sound like much but, given Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opened with a $35.4 million taking, Across the Spider-Verse's ticket sales were massive in comparison.

It's now available at home, too, having been released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 5. It's not yet available to stream via a subscription service, but can also be bought or rented on demand on the likes of Prime Video and Apple TV. 

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse trailer

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's second official trailer debuted in April – and, not only is it the most-viewed Sony movie trailer of all-time, there's also a ton to unpack. For an in-depth rundown, and what we think it's teasing, read our Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse trailer breakdown article.

Missed the first official trailer, which aired in December 2022 and showcased the incredible amount of other Spider-People from across the, well, Spider-Verse? Check it out below:

Lastly, here's the first teaser, which arrived in December 2021:

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse cast

Spider-Man 2099 leaps towards Miles on a train in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man 2099 is one of the new main cast members in Across the Spider-Verse. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Here's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's confirmed cast list: 

  • Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen 
  • Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099 
  • Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man 
  • Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Hobart 'Hobie' Brown/Spider-Punk
  • Jason Schwartzmann as Johanthan Ohnn/The Spot
  • Bryan Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis
  • Luna Lauren Velez as Rio Morales
  • Andy Samberg as Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider
  • Amandla Stenberg as Margo Kess/Spider-Byte
  • Greta Lee as Lyla, Spider-Man 2099's AI assistant
  • Shea Wigham as Captain George Stacey
  • Jorma Taccone as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture
  • Rachel Dratch as Miles' school counselor
  • Josh Keaton as Peter Parker/Spectacular Spider-Man

Moore, Steinfeld, Johnson, Henry, and Velez reprise their roles from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Oscar Isaac (Star Wars, Dune, Moon Knight) co-stars after cameoing in the first movie’s post-credits scene. Lee also returns as Lyla, Spider-Man 2099's AI assistant, from that end credits scene. 

Issa Rae (Insecure) will play Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, who'll be pregnant in the film. Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire, True Detective) voices Captain Stacy, the father of Steinfeld's Spider-Gwen, in his first-ever voice acting role. Jorma Taccona (The Lonely Island) plays a multiversal version of The Vulture.

Jason Schwartzmann (Fargo, Moonrise Kingdom) portrays The Spot, who we got our first menacing look at in mid-2022. A lesser known supervillain, The Spot – real name Johnathan Ohnn – is a scientist who tried to mimic Marvel superhero Cloak's superpowers (in the comics, anyway). Unsurprisingly, the experiment goes awry, with Ohnn's body becoming covered in giant, black spots. However, Ohnn realizes these are portals to other dimensions and begins using them for nefarious means.

Miles Morales fights The Spot in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The Spot is the primary villain for the next two animated Spider-Man movies. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

With Across the Spider-Verse continuing to explore the Spider-Man multiverse, The Spot seems like the perfect villain. According to director Kemp Powers, Valve's iconic videogame series Portal was a key influence on The Spot's aesthetic (via IndieWire).

Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther, Nope) portrays Hobart 'Hobie' Brown, aka Spider-Punk. Karan Soni (Deadpool) voices Pavitr Prabhakar, aka Spider-Man India, while Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) plays an unnamed counselor at Miles' school.

Lastly, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg was confirmed to be voicing Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider in the days leading up to the film's release. Amandla Stenberg (Bodies Bodies Bodies) was also revealed to be playing Margo Kess/Spider-Byte, while Josh Keaton returns to portray The Spectactular Spider-Man (as confirmed by the star himself).

Potential Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse cast spoilers follow.

A pregnant Jessica Drew fires some webbing from her motorbike in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Woman is one of many new Spider-People in Across the Spider-Verse. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Other Spider-People from the previous film could feature, including Kimiko Glenn’s Peni Parker and John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham, but there wasn't any mention of their returns pre-release. Nicolas Cage wasn't asked back as Spider-Man Noir (via ScreenRant). Yuri Lowenthal, who voiced Peter Parker in Sony's PS4/PS5 Spider-Man game, reportedly wasn't tapped to appear, either (per ComicBookMovie.com).

Additionally, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's official poster spoiled some Spider-People appearances, such as Lady-Spider, Spiderling, Spider-Wolf, and the Web-Slinger (who also appeared briefly in the film's second official trailer).

Finally, live-action Spider-Man stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon have expressed interest in appearing here or in its sequel (more on this later). Rumors abound that other Spider-Men alumni in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could feature, too.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse plot

Miles walks away from his parents on a roof top in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales will continue to explore the Spider-Man multiverse in the animated sequel. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Here's the movie’s official synopsis: "Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

"After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most."

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly (EW) in 2021, executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller explained why the next chapter in Miles' story is being told over two movies: "Miles' story is an epic. We wrote what we thought the story needed to be, and to our surprise we realized it was two movies instead of one." The pair have also described it as "The Empire Strikes Back of the trilogy" (via Empire), while Miller has confirmed it's set one year and four months after Into the Spider-Verse.

Per Empire, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's story will comprise six main universes, each with their own signature animation style. Two are seen in the 2021 teaser – Mumbatten, the Indian-inspired Earth-50101, and Nueva York, which is Spider-Man 2099's world and is based on Syd Mead's neofuturistic illustrations. We'll also visit Miles' world (Earth-1610), Spider-Gwen's universe (Earth-65, which is a watercolor-inspired realm), and Spider-Punk's New London (Earth-138). Empire claims the final universe is being kept tightly under wraps, likely due to some major spoilers.

Lord and Miller have also hinted it might tie into the MCU and Sony's wider Spider-Man universe (SSU). Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Miller said: "The multiverse is big and wide, and all things grow. Why would you think [that in] a multiverse, in which many things are possible, that [those things are] not related?"

Lord added: "The writers and directors [on Spider-Man: No Way Home] are all buddies of ours, so we sort of have been in the loop as far as what's going on [in other movies]. And we are always trying to make sure we're not stepping on each other's toes and telling different types of stories, and different themes, and all that stuff – because people want an original story that feels new and interesting. It's our job to give it to them."

Elsewhere, director Joaquim Dos Santos revealed (via IndieWire) that the film's 1000-plus team worked closely with real-life Marvel artists, including Spider-Man 2099 creators Rick Leonardi and Kris Anka, to bring their work to life. Dos Santos and Powers doubled-down on the importance of this in an exclusive chat with TechRadar, too, as they explained how Across the Spider-Verse found the freedom to swing into new animated frontiers

The pair also told TechRadar that most fan theories are "way off base". Make of that what you will before we enter potential spoiler territory, which is happening right about... now.

Potential Across the Spider-Verse story spoilers follow.

Initially, we thought Spider-Man 2099 would be Miles' new mentor. However, with Peter B. Parker confirmed to return, plus Spider-Man 2099 grappling with Miles in every trailer, it seems they'll end up clashing. The story synopsis also makes out that a Spidey civil war is on the way, so maybe Miles and Spider-Man 2099 become the figureheads of each faction, with Gwen caught in the middle. Speaking to EW, Miller teased: "He [Spider-Man 2009] is not the villain of the movie, but he's sort of an antagonist to Miles because they both think that what they're doing is the right thing."

As for Spider-Woman, Chris Miller explained she'll be a mentor to Gwen and that her movie look is inspired by a "comic run when she's pregnant during Secret Wars". Spider-Woman isn't the only Spider-Force individual that Spider-Gwen is close to, either. She's also pretty close to Spider-Punk, which makes Miles a little more than jealous of their friendship.

And what of fans who have been shipping Gwen and Miles since 2018's Into the Spider-Verse and want them to become romantically entangled? According to Lord: "It's... complicated. Long distance relationships are hard". However, Amy Pascal, one of the movie's executive producers, has described Across the Spider-Verse as a "love story between Miles and Gwen" (per Empire), so sparks may fly after all.

Lastly, given the secrecy around the live-action Spider-Man stars' appearances and Across the Spider-Verse's final universe, will this movie actually cross over with Sony and Marvel's live-action Spider-Man universe and the MCU? Industry leaker Daniel Richtman suggests it will, but Kemp Powers told SFX magazine (via SlashFilm) that it won't. That's despite Spider-Man 2099's meta commentary on events in MCU flick Spider-Man: No Way Home.

With the movie out now in theaters, there are bound to be tons of spoilers floating around the *ahem* web. If you're not seeing the film for a few days, then, be careful out there!

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse sequel

Spider-Gwen slings a web at an enemy in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

When will Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse land in theaters? (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's sequel, titled Beyond the Spider-Verse, is expected to land in cinemas on March 29, 2024. Its release date was revealed alongside Across the Spider-Verse's revised launch date, although Beyond the Spider-Verse's arrival could change if it needs additional development time (or the ongoing writers' strike impacts it).

Very little is known about this movie. Well, that's the case if you haven't seen Across the Spider-Verse yet. We could discuss its ending here, but we don't want to ruin any of the big surprises for you. As mentioned in our introduction, you can read our spoiler-heavy ending explainer to find out how it sets up Beyond the Spider-Verse.

For more Spider-Man content, find out which Spider-Person will be the first to receive a live-action show on Prime Video, plus the second Spider-Person who'll follow in their footsteps on Amazon's streaming service. Alternatively, read our Spider-Man movies ranked piece, or read about which Spider-Man films are available on Disney Plus again.

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