In this day and age, it is not unusual to have studios spin a buzz-worthy movie into a series of sequels and spin-offs before the original film even hits theaters. But the problems Warner Brothers are having with the DC Extended Universe should be a cautionary tale against that when you are dealing with superheros. It’s also a lesson Sony should know as well, but it isn’t stopping them from expanding the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film.
The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline are reporting that that film, which hits theaters on December 14th, will be getting an animated sequel and a female-centric spinoff. The sequel will be directed by animation veteran Joaquim Dos Santos and written by Wonder Woman 1984‘s David Callaham, The spin-off is in the hands of another animation veteran, director Lauren Montgomery and writer Bek Smith.
After that, very little is known about the projects at this time. The sequel will most likely be set up by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s ending, so we should more about what the sequel entails then.
As for the spin-off, Deadline states it “will focus on three generations of women with Spidey powers. The Hollywood Reporter states that one of those three generations will be Spider-Gwen, who appears in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. They also list Spider-Woman, Madame Web, Spider-Girl and Silk as being candidates for the spinoff.
You can get a description of Spider-Gwen, Spider-Girl and Silk here. Spider-Woman was rumored to be part of the Silver and Black spin-off before that film was sent back to the drawing board. I briefly covered her backstory here.
Madame Web is a blind, elderly psychic who would often help Spider-Man out with his adventures. If this will be a generational saga, she’d be the most likely the oldest generation in the mix.
There was a “Spider-Women” crossover in the comic books which ran in 2016 that featured Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen and Silk fighting an evil version of Silk from Spider-Gwen’s Earth. That is also a possibility for an adaption, but it doesn’t really lend itself to a generational saga.
More on this as it develops.