Sony Pictures Animation previewed an unfinished 14 minutes of the highly anticipated Spider-Man: About the Spider-Versethe sequel to Oscar winner for best animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseMonday at CinemaCon.
“In 2018, we delivered the most creatively ambitious film I’ve ever been a part of,” said SPA president Kristine Belson. “We are extremely proud of the sequel.”
The film again follows Marvel’s Miles Morales/Spider-Man, voiced by Shameik Moore, and Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, in the Spider-People multiverse. At CinemaCon, the pair were joined by new voice cast member Issa Rae (Jessica Drew) and Kemp Powers, one of the film’s trio of directors, to introduce the film.
It starts with Miles in his bedroom, when he receives an unexpected visit from Stacy. The swing and talk high above Brooklyn until they are interrupted by Miles’ parents.
Powers shared that the sequel is “the continuation of the Miles Morales story, taking many characters, old and new, on the same emotional journey.”
“It’s been over a year since the events of the first movie and he’s still trying to learn how to be a superhero,” added Moore, saying that this movie shows that “how you wear the mask, you’re a hero makes.”
Rae introduced her “no nonsense” Spider-Woman while Steinfeld said she’s glad Stacy’s Spider-Woman is “so inspiring to young girls.”
This time, a new trio of helmers will make their feature film debut: Powers, a 2021 adapted screenplay nominated for an Academy Award. One night in Miamiand co-director of Pixar’s Soul;Joachim Dos Santos, serialized storyboard artist Avatar: The Last Airbender; and Justin K. Thompson, production designer In the Spider-Verse. (In the Spider-Verse was led by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman.)
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return as producers and writers, with David Callaham also penning the screenplay.
The movie is followed by another sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Versein 2024.
Theater owners confab CinemaCon runs through Thursday.