The sequel is being directed by a new trio in the form of Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, with yet another sequel due to arrive in 2024. That’s part of the reason it took so long to get the first sequel made. One thing that Lord and Miller know is that the eyes of the world are on them, and the pressure to deliver the goods is high.
Miller had this to add:
“There’s a lot of pressure on these films because you want the movie to deliver an engaging story and an emotional journey. You also want it to be all the things that people are hoping for but then also you need it to be something that people didn’t even know that they wanted. Because the whole idea of these movies is we’re showing you something you’ve never seen before. And if we just did a fun mild story that felt like the first movie, I think it would be a bit disappointing. You want to feel like you’re seeing visuals that you’ve never experienced before. To do all of those things and do them in a way that’s engaging and satisfying is a big challenge but it’s also part of the reason why we do these things. That’s the goal, just to make you laugh and cry and experience something that you’ve never experienced before.”
Lord and Miller have plenty of help, as “Into the Spider-Verse” directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman are all back as executive producers as well. Can they pull all of this insanity together to make a satisfying follow-up? We’ll find out next summer.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is set to hit theaters on June 2, 2023.