Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson are all on board to direct Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is considered by many to be one of the greatest comic book movies of all time. The animated film also earned itself an Academy Award, and now Sony is moving forward with the highly anticipated sequel. Variety revealed Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Kemp Powers (Soul), and Justin K. Thompson (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) are all set to direct the next film in the Spider-Verse series.
The trio takes over Spider-Verse directing duties from Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Avi Arad, and Christina Steinberg will be back as producers, with Alonzo Ruvalcaba co-producing the project. Ramsey and Aditya Sood will executive produce. The newly announced directors said the following in a joint statement:
“The crew behind the ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ set such a ridiculously high bar, and we’re humbled to take on the challenge of charting the next chapter in the story of Miles Morales.”
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who will also co-write the screenplay with Shang-Chi‘s David Callaham, had this to say about the new Spider-Man directors:
“We are so lucky to have Joaquim, Justin and Kemp on the ‘Spider-Verse’ team. We are huge fans of Joaquim’s work — he makes his characters so heartfelt and unique, and he can tell an emotional story with an action sequence the way a musical does through a song. Justin is a maverick filmmaker who relentlessly pursues visual innovation and surprise but always in support of the emotional storytelling. Kemp’s work is incisive and ambitious and funny — with a writer’s wisdom and a director’s heart — he just knows what matters in every scene. All three of them elevate every project they take on, and they are certainly raising our game. We honestly just like them and want to be their friends and we’re hoping working on this movie together for the next few years will totally make that happen.”
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Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman with a screenplay by Phil Lord, the film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital. The sequel is set for October 7, 2022. Stay tuned for the latest news on the Spider-Verse sequel, and be sure to check out and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more great video content!
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