The inventive, animated Spider-Man remix “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is getting a sequel.
Sony Pictures on Friday set a follow-up to the 2018 Oscar-winning hit for an April 2022 release. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also celebrated the announcement on Twitter and signaled that they, too, are returning.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” grossed $375.5 million worldwide. Its deconstructionist approach to Spider-Man earned some of the best reviews of any recent superhero film, and won the Academy Award for best animated feature.
According to Sony, the first animated “Spider-Verse” earned an estimated $35.4 million against a $90 million production budget its opening weekend in Dec. 2018 – a record for animated movies during that month, although the hybrid “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movies were higher.
The film features an innovative animation style (both CGI and hand-drawn) and follows Miles Morales as he learns to become the famed web-slinger.
“Spider-Verse” was well-received among critics, and audiences in exit surveys gave it a rare A-plus on CinemaScore – a first for a Spider-Man film. It also took home the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film in 2019.
Friday’s news comes on the heels of another sigh of relief for Spidey. In August negotiations broke down between Disney and Sony Pictures for future live-action Spider-Man films, sending fans into a panic.
Following the public uproar – and a call from Spidey star Tom Holland to Disney chief Bob Iger – in September the two studios announced Marvel will produce the third film in the live-action “Spider-Man” series.