A new report indicates that Sony Pictures Animation and Marvel Entertainment are working on a bold spin-off of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Sony and Marvel’s idea of further expanding the Spider-Verse franchise makes perfect sense. After all, the two films released under this banner were both critically and commercially successful.
The 2018 film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, grossed $384.3 million at the box office and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Its 2023 sequel, Across the Spider-Verse, has woven itself into even more impressive success with $690.8 million in revenue and another Oscar nomination.
A side project from the Spider-Verse – Spider-Woman – is already confirmed, and it seems that it doesn’t stop there: because a second spin-off is also planned for the big screen.
An Across the Spider-Verse spin-off is reportedly in the works, and it would be rated R in the United States!
According to an update for CanWeGetSomeToast subscribers, a film about the British character Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk, played by Daniel Kaluuya, is on the way.
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In addition, the production would apparently aim for an R rating, i.e. not recommended for those under 17, in keeping with Spider-Punk’s rebellious and anarchist attitude. CanWeGetSomeToast did not provide further details on this punk-style spin-off, other than to confirm that it would be animated and not live-action.
If a Spider-Punk movie does eventually make its way into theaters – which hasn’t been officially confirmed at this point – it would complete Hobie Brown’s dramatic turnaround on the big screen. The Spidey from an alternate universe almost didn’t appear in Across the Spider-Verse, but ultimately became one of the film’s breakout characters.
Daniel Kaluuya discusses the possibility of a Spider-Punk film
For his part, Daniel Kaluuya is up for a solo adventure in the Spider-Verse. The British actor made this clear during a June 2023 interview with Total Film, highlighting the dystopian nature of Spider-Punk’s reality as a great starting point for future stories.
“I think his world is really interesting, for this mixture of London and New York,” he explained. “It’s very oppressive, we talked about George Orwell’s 1984, that’s what Hobie’s reality reminded us of. As a fan I would love to see it and if it happens it would be amazing.”
Justin K. Thompson, co-director of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, later confirmed that he was also excited about a Hobie-centric adventure. The filmmaker even noted that Miles Morales’ core group of allies in Across the Spider-Verse, Hobie included, were written with the idea of potential spinoff projects in mind.
“We put a lot of emphasis on each of them so that they could have their story if necessary,” he told GamesRadar. “And we wanted to give the public the feeling of visiting something as accomplished as a full-fledged film.”
In the meantime, the sequel to Across the Spider-Verse, Beyond the Spider-Verse, is expected in French theaters in spring 2024.