Co-writer Chris Miller teases Miles Morales’ story in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, indicating his journey of self-discovery has just begun.
After already being thrown into the deep end in his first adventure, Chris Miller teases that Miles Morales’ story in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will be a coming-of-age one. Miller returns to co-write the script to the Oscar-winning animated film, which will once again revolve around Shameik Moore’s Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales, now more confident in his webslinging abilities, as he is recruited by Hailee Steinfeld’s Spider-Gwen for a journey through the multiverse. The two will have to form a team of new and familiar Spider-people, including Oscar Isaac’s Miguel O’Hara, in order to stop Jason Schwartzman’s The Spot.
In a recent interview with Empire (via The Direct) for the long-awaited animated sequel, Chris Miller offered some insight for what’s to come from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. When asked about Miles’ story in the film, the co-writer teased that the young hero will be embarking on a journey of self-discovery, which will largely play out across his multiverse adventure. Check out what Miller shared below:
Miles is going through different phases in his life. Now he’s got confidence, but he’s starting to find out where his place in the world is, and he’s feeling ready for his next challenges. He wants to leave the nest. He has to figure out who he is and who in his life matters, and what’s important. As a teenager those are a lot of the big questions that you’re asking yourself, and this is playing it out on a big, multi-dimensional superhero scale.
How Across the Spider-Verse Is Different Than Into The Spider-Verse
Miller’s comments on Miles’ story in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is sure to feel largely reminiscent of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man journey through his Marvel Cinematic Universe trilogy, with the 2017 film picking up as Peter Parker is eager to take on bigger challenges than being a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. It is interesting to note Miller states that Miles will be determining “who in his life matters,” as the first film largely saw his parents and uncle, Aaron, being the biggest people in his life as he struggled to adjust to his new prep school before quickly being thrown into the fire to take down the Kingpin with other Spider-people. Given most details shared about the film have indicated Miles has kept a focus on his crime-fighting, it seems likely he hasn’t properly made friends at his school, putting him on a path of isolation.
Given Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is said to take place across six different universes, and feature 240 characters, it will be interesting to see how it balances Miles’ growth with its wilder adventure. With the sequel expected to include a variety of Spider-people, from Jake Johnson’s redeemed Peter B. Parker from the original to Jessica Drew’s pregnant Spider-Woman and Daniel Kaluuya’s electric guitar-playing Spider-Punk, Miles will have a range of perspectives to take in while he determines the future of his path. However, with Miller previously promising to shake up the story heading into the new film, one can hope the creative team divert from the formula of the original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Even if Miles’ story takes similar steps from its predecessor, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse holds plenty of other avenues to be different from its Oscar-winning original film. Not only will it actually take the young webslinger into the multiverse, but every new universe he visits will feature a unique animation style, which Miller previously hyped as being “mind-boggling and stupendous.” Only time will tell if it clears the high bar of its predecessor when Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse hits theaters on June 2, 2023.
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