Bad news, Spider-Fans: although the cliffhanger ending of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was originally meant to be resolved within a year, the third movie in the series started by 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse — Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse — has been taken off Sony’s release calendar entirely in the wake of WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike-related delays… as well as some other complications. Want to know more? Read on.
When is the Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse release date?
Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse was originally scheduled to be released on March 29, 2024, before Sony took it off its release calendar altogether amid a number of re-schedulings of upcoming movies. As things currently stand, it’s unknown when the movie will appear.
According to Sony, the reason for the delay is that the SAG-AFTRA strike means that actors are unable to complete their voice work on the movie. The reality may be more complicated than that, however. As recently as early June, Hailee Steinfeld was telling reporters that she hadn’t even started recording anything for the second movie, while a May profile of writers and producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord revealed that the story for the third movie was unfinished, with Miller admitting, “the middle is still a little squishy.” Even in that profile, the possibility that the movie could be delayed was raised.
These reports should also be taken in context with an expose of the working conditions animators experience on Across the Spider-Verse, which revealed that animators were expected to create and re-create work on a near-impossible deadline because of last-minute writing changes, with one animator describing working “more than 11 hours a day, seven days a week,” and another saying, “I know people who were on the project for over a year who left, and now they have little to show for it because everything was changed. They went through the hell of the production and then got none of their work coming out the other side.”
With so much of Beyond the Spider-Verse seemingly unfinished by the time the movie’s removal from the calendar was announced (July 28, 2023), it’s possible that animators are looking at an even more intense crunch if the film is to be released in 2024 at all — or perhaps the entire thing will move to 2025 or beyond. Sorry, Miles.
Who is in the Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse cast?
Currently, only two cast members have been officially confirmed for the third installment of the series: Shameik Moore as Miles Morales and Jason Schwartzman as Jonathan Ohnn/The Spot.
It’s a relatively safe bet that we can expect appearances from the following, however:
- Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman
- Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man
- Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis, Miles’ father
- Luna Lauren Vélez as Rio Morales, Miles’ mother
- Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man (2099)
- Greta Lee as Lyla, Miguel’s artificially intelligent virtual assistant
- Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman
- Daniel Kaluuya as Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk
Given the cameos at the very end of Across the Spider-Verse, we shouldn't be surprised if Nicolas Cage and John Mullaney reappear as Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Pig, either...
What will Spider-Verse 3 be about?
As became clear at the end of Across the Spider-Verse, Beyond will be the conclusion of the storyline that sees Miles attempt to avert the death of his father, thereby undoing a so-called “canon event” and risking the survival of the multiverse as a result. The assembled Spider-Society is out to stop him, but he’s not alone: Gwen Stacy and a group of like-minded spiders — including the core cast of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — are coming to help, as long as they can find him. By the time Across ended, Miles was lost on Earth-42, the world where his own spider originally came from, and the only world where there is no Spider-Man… and the Miles Morales of that world is the supervillain known as the Prowler.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, there’s also the threat of the Spot looming in the background… but something tells me it won’t be in the background for too long.
Is Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse for kids?
As with the earlier two installments in the series, Beyond the Spider-Verse is likely to be kid-friendly, although not to the point of talking down to its core audience. Think of it as the kid-friendly movie we wish we had when we were younger.
Is Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse PG-13?
The Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse rating has not been decided upon yet. That said, both of the first two movies in the series got PG ratings, so it’s not unrealistic to suspect that this one will, as well.
When will Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse be streaming?
With the movie's release being taken off Sony's current calendar, it's an entirely open question when Beyond the Spider-Verse will be available on a streaming platform.
Is Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse Marvel?
As with the earlier Spider-Verse movies, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse features Marvel characters and was co-produced by Marvel Entertainment — which is a separate entity from Marvel Studios entirely — but it is actually a Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures movie. As to whether or not it’s connected to the MCU…? Well, there is a Spider-Verse out there, right…?
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While you're waiting for the trailer for Beyond the Spider-Verse, check out the trailer for Across the Spider-Verse!
We're certainly excited about Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. So much so that we've written about Miles swinging into Fortnite, covered the Spider-Verse Burger King takeover, looked into the new Spider-Jordans, and even eaten a Spider-Whopper.
If you want to get up to date on all Spider-movies before watching this one, check out our Spider-Man movies watch order. Or maybe you want to go a little more complex with our comprehensive Spider-Verse watch order (it has EVERYTHING). If that isn't enough Spider-writing for you, check out Five Spider-hero comics to read that aren’t about Peter Parker's Spider-Man.