‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’: The First 15 Minutes Reveal Shocking New Details About the Characters

Marvel fans were disappointed to learn that Sony delayed Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. But just when they were down, the studio presented a crowd full of fans with the first 15 minutes of the movie. So, we guess the lesson is always to expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to Spider-Man on the big screen.

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' stars Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, and Hailee Steinfeld pose for pictures in front of a 3-D poster for the movie. Johnson wears a black button-up shirt and black pants. Moore wears a black hoodie and light green plaid pants. Steinfeld wears a gray suit.
Jake Johnson, Shameik Moore, and Hailee Steinfeld | Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Sony previewed the first 15 minutes of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ at CinemaCon

If the first 15 minutes of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse are any indication, the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be grander and more epic than the first film.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the sequel’s producers and co-writers, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, appeared at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Monday, April 25, to make a presentation about the upcoming movie. They told the audience that the film will be “way, way, way bigger than the last one.” And then Lord and Miller explained how much bigger it’s going to be.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse features 240 characters, whereas the first film only had 40. Plus, the movie is going to explore six or more universes. And 1000 people are working on the movie, making it the largest crew of any animated film ever.

Then, Lord and Miller presented the audience with the opening scenes of the sequel.

A description of the sequel’s opening scenes

Per ComicBook.com, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse begins on Earth-65 with Gwen Stacy. Gwen greets her father, Captain George Stacy, when she gets home. George informs her that they “caught a break in the Spider-Man case.” A hostage situation with the Vulture at a museum interrupts them. Gwen suits up as Spider-Woman, and she springs into action to catch the Vulture.

At the museum, Spider-Woman and the Vulture fight, and the villain has the upper hand on her when a multiversal portal opens. Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099 of Earth-298, comes through the portal and helps Gwen fight the Vulture. Miguel asks his virtual assistant for backup, and Jessica Drew, the Spider-Woman from another Earth, arrives. She is five months pregnant, and together, the three of them face off against the Vulture.

Gwen saves a helicopter from crashing after the Vulture knocks it out of the sky. However, when she is winded, her father approaches her and tries to arrest her for “the murder of Peter Parker.” Gwen reveals her identity to George. She also tells him, “I thought about telling you. I didn’t know it was him! I’m not a murderer … I’m your daughter.”

George ignores his daughter and begins to arrest her. However, Miguel saves her, and he gives her a temporal wrist device. Miguel opens a portal, and Gwen considers going with him and Jessica.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse then jumps to Miles Morales on Earth-610. He is late for a meeting with a guidance counselor and his parents about Miles missing classes. His Spidey senses go off at the meeting, and Miles leaves with a lame excuse.

Everything we know about ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’

The cast of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, and Issa Rae as Jessica Drew.

The sequel’s premise reads, “Miles Morales/Spider-Man goes on an adventure across the multiverse with Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman and a new team of Spider-People who must face a powerful villain.”

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse premieres exclusively in theaters on June 2, 2023. The third film, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, will release on March 29, 2024.

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