Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Even with the long duration of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the abundant influx of new and returning Spider-heroes creates an overflowing trove of Easter eggs that can astonish even the most passionate Marvel devotee. In a FilmSweep Q&A session, co-director Joaquim dos Santos shared insights about the minor characters in the movie and the background of their emergence.
During the Q&A, hosted after an IMAX and FilmSweep screening of Across the Spider-Verse, De Santos informed the viewers and our Editor-in-Chief Steve Weintraub that although Madam Web’s presence in this franchise is uncertain, she will indeed appear at some point. Sony is diligently working on a spin-off featuring the character, with Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) in the lead role. De Santos further acknowledged Spider-Man ’67 and detailed how the Spectacular Spider-Man surprise appearance transpired:
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“I was a board artist on ‘The Spectacular Spider-Man’. Consequently, Josh Keaton, the voice of Spider-Man in the show, and I became friends. He also knows my wife since childhood… He was one of the lead characters in a Voltron show that I worked on. So, he was invited to participate. It’s surreal, like ‘Hey, do you want to join us and contribute to this multimillion-dollar project, or voice a character you thought you would never portray again?’ That was essentially the process. It was completely logical.”
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Spider-Verse Brimming with Easter Eggs – More Still to be Uncovered
Naturally, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse contains numerous surprise appearances and hidden references, which fans will dissect for at least the next year as they anticipate Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, scheduled to complete the animated trilogy in 2024. And the franchise still has more Spider-heroes to introduce, as revealed by scriptwriters and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller last month. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse narrates the adventures of Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) as he attempts to locate and defeat a villain who is disrupting the balance of the multiverse. The voice cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Karan Soni, Daniel Kaluuya, Luna Lauren Velez, Jason Schwartzman, and Rachel Dratch. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is currently playing in theaters worldwide. Watch our interview with Joaquim dos Santos and co-directors Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Who is the director of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’?
The movie ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ is co-directed by Joaquim dos Santos, along with Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson.
What does the director reveal about the movie in the Q&A session?
In the Q&A session, co-director Joaquim dos Santos talks about the numerous Easter eggs and cameos in the movie, including a surprise appearance from ‘Spectacular Spider-Man’. He also mentions a potential spin-off featuring the character Madam Web, to be played by Dakota Johnson.
Who voiced Spider-Man in the ‘Spectacular Spider-Man’ cameo?
Josh Keaton, a friend of co-director Joaquim dos Santos, voiced Spider-Man for the ‘Spectacular Spider-Man’ cameo in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’.
Is there a sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ planned?
Yes, a sequel titled ‘Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse’ is scheduled to be released in 2024. This movie is set to cap off the animated trilogy.
Who are some of the voice cast members in ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’?
The voice cast of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ includes Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Oscar Isaac, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Karan Soni, Daniel Kaluuya, Luna Lauren Velez, Jason Schwartzman, and Rachel Dratch.