Last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a hit on every level. The film gained a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, made $375.5 million at the box office on a $90 million budget, and became the first non-Disney films since 2011’s Rango to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The real surprise was it took this long to announce a sequel.
It’s been confirmed by producer Christopher Miller that a sequel to Into the Spider-Verse is set to occur with a release date of April 8, 2022. Miller announced this on his official Twitter page which you can see below:
While Miller and his producting partner Phil Lord are set to return, but the main creative forces for the sequel will be shaken up quite a bit. Joaquim Dos Santos is set to direct and David Callaham to write the story. The first film was co-directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman while Rothman had written the screenplay with Lord. Most, if not all, of the original voice cast is expected to return.
Santos is a veteran in the animated industry, having directed various episodes of several highly acclaimed animated shows including Justice League Unlimited, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Of which he directed the final two episode of the four-part series finale), The Legend of Korra, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. On a positive addition, some fans have given Santos the nickname “Dr. Fight” because of his skill at choreographing fight sequences and action set pieces. Given the action focus the sequel will entail, that without a doubt will help ease the minds of any worried a crew change will affect the quality of the new film.
On the writing side, Callaham first gained notice for helping come up with the story and screenplay for Sylvester Stallone’s original Expendables film, before he went on to come up for the story for 2014’s Godzilla, production rewrites for 2015’s Ant-Man, and co-wrote the script for this year’s Zombieland: Double Tap. He has written the script for next year’s Wonder Woman 1984 and is set to write the screenplay for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Hopefully, the sequel will deliver the same heavy dose of imagination, action, and emotion that made the first film so spectacular. Stay tuned!