As Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters everywhere, Sony and producer Amy Pascal already have their sights set on the sequel and a planned spinoff film.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Pascal confirmed the announced sequel to Spider-Verse is moving forward with Voltron: Legendary Defender showrunner Joaquin Dos Santos directing the film from a script written by David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984). Pascal then revealed that the sequel would focus on Miles Morales and Earth-65's Gwen Stacy as their multiversal friendship develops into a romantic relationship.
The potential for romance is hinted at in Spider-Verse before Gwen returns to her own dimension and was reportedly included in early versions of the script before producer Christina Steinberg decided to remove the subplot to better introduce the character. "I will say that Christina kept us honest," co-writer and producer Phil Lord explained. "As five boys making a movie, it was really good to have another filmmaker there going, ‘I don't think you guys want to do it like this.’”
Also in development is a planned spinoff for Spider-Gwen, which Pascal confirms will also introduce Silk and Jessica Drew's incarnation of Spider-Woman. The animated film is being written by Bek Smith with Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One) attached to direct.
Additionally, Pascal hints there may be tentative plans for the other heroes introduced in Into the Spider-Verse to star in their own animated spinoffs, including John Mulaney's Spider-Ham. "Of course! You can imagine how much the kids love that character," admitted Pascal.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber, Luna Lauren Velez, Lily Tomlin, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn. The film is in theaters nationwide.