SPIDER-MAN: BEYOND THE SPIDER-VERSE First-Look Storyboards Feature Spider-Gwen &... The Abyss!?

SPIDER-MAN: BEYOND THE SPIDER-VERSE First-Look Storyboards Feature Spider-Gwen &... The Abyss!? SPIDER-MAN: BEYOND THE SPIDER-VERSE First-Look Storyboards Feature Spider-Gwen &... The Abyss!?

Sony Pictures has unveiled our first look at some storyboard art from Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, and it features Gwen Stacy and a much more powerful take on The Spot...

By MarkCassidy - Nov 21, 2023 08:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Into The Spider-Verse
Source: Via Toonado.com

Sony Pictures' animated Spider-Verse trilogy will conclude with Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, and a first look at the threequel has now been revealed via some storyboard art.

The artwork was spotlighted in a new behind-the-scenes featurette shared on the Across the Spider-Verse Twitter page, and sees Spider-Gwen looking on as The Spot grows to enormous size and goes on the rampage. 

Towards the end of Across the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales manages to escape back to what he believes to be his own reality, only to discover that he actually landed in a universe where he is the Prowler. The Spot, meanwhile, has become incredibly powerful, and is intent on making Miles pay by taking revenge on "everything he cares about."

Co-director Dos Santos discussed the cliffhanger ending during a recent interview.

"Across The Spider-Verse is a movie on its own, but it definitely ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. I think it's a good cliffhanger. We hope that it's a satisfying tee-up for what's coming in the third film, because you want people to be excited about what's coming next. And it helps that we knew going in that this was part two of a three-part story. Since you already know that that third story is guaranteed, you can tackle it a bit differently. That being said, there's a lot of key characters in this film, and there's a story in this film that has an arc of its own that we needed to complete."

In addition, CWGST is claiming that The Spot will ultimately transform into an incarnation of The Abyss after "augmenting his powers." As far as we're aware, the only character named The Abyss is a boss from an early Spider-Man video game.

"After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders. He must soon redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most."

Beyond the Spider-Verse will feature returning voice actors Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, Brian Tyree Henry as Jeff Morales, Luna Lauren Velez as Rio Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker, Oscar Isaac as Miguel O'Hara, Jason Schwartzman as Spot, Issa Rae as Jessica Drew, and Daniel Kaluuya, as Hobie Brown.

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Gabimaru - 11/21/2023, 8:16 AM
TheVandalore - 11/21/2023, 8:18 AM
@Gabimaru - the way his nose is all smooshed 😂😂😂
Doomsday8888 - 11/21/2023, 8:25 AM
Gabimaru - 11/21/2023, 8:28 AM
@TheVandalore - He can't get enough of that cake
Origame - 11/21/2023, 9:37 AM
@Gabimaru - what he doesn't know is that those fan theories based on that poster in her room are true.

Run, miles! It's a trap!
PC04 - 11/21/2023, 10:10 AM
@Gabimaru - would.
TheVandalore - 11/21/2023, 8:17 AM
I still haven't watched the second one. I'm gonna wait till the third is about to release in theaters, then I'm gonna rewatch the first, finally watch the second then immediately go see the third in theaters.
RoberTiger - 11/21/2023, 8:28 AM
@TheVandalore - You're missing out. 2 > 1

You could watch the 2nd one a dozen times between now and then and only get more hyped for round 3.
mountainman - 11/21/2023, 8:43 AM
@RoberTiger - I actually liked the first more, but both were good. I liked the character arcs more in the first, and I felt that the second went for more style over substance. That being said, it’s obvious that the sequel was a Part 1 of a 2 part story so it should best be judged as a part of that whole rather than on its own.
TheVandalore - 11/21/2023, 8:54 AM
@RoberTiger - I suppose you are right. For some reason I just haven't had much of a passion for this franchise. The animation can be a bit too much for me at times. I enjoyed the first a lot, but the trailers for the second didn't hook me with anything that interested me personally.

So, this idea I came up with about waiting till the 3rd to have kind of a marathon experience sounded like an event I could get more excited about. I know, it's just my own mental gymnastics lol 😂 I'm fully aware.

But it's not like once my marathon is over, that I won't have the rest of my life to rewatch them too. It's not like I'm currently lacking things to watch. I've got so many movies and shows I still have on my to watch list, I'm not planning on rewatching anything multiple times before the third movie hits theaters.
TheVandalore - 11/21/2023, 8:58 AM
@RoberTiger - it may be too much sharing that you don't care, but I also spend a lot of my free time gaming, and my still need to play list is probably longer than my still need to watch list. I'll probably die before I get to everything I wanna play and watch.

So, I over share this just to kinda give some reasoning behind my machinations.
RoberTiger - 11/21/2023, 9:14 AM
@mountainman - I liked the overall pacing of the first one better. The 2nd one felt like a roller coaster. You know you're slowly building to something in the first half but you can't see where it's going yet, then when it finally crests the hill and it takes off it just doesn't stop. And that ending was one of the better cliffhangers. Reminded me of Empire Strikes Back. Gave just enough hope but left plenty of hopelessness to make you anticipate part 2 move.
RoberTiger - 11/21/2023, 9:17 AM
@TheVandalore - I think the trailers for part 2 don't do it justice. They didn't get me hooked either. In hindsight, they were obviously just not trying to give away too much of the plot, but they mostly focus on the first half (which is a much slower paced story than part 1) before the movie really picks up and has some stakes.
TheVandalore - 11/21/2023, 9:33 AM
@RoberTiger - I kinda figured that might have been the case. I'm definitely looking forward to checking the whole story out when it's completed.
Origame - 11/21/2023, 9:38 AM
@mountainman - yeah. First is better. But that's because 2 doesn't really have an ending.
mountainman - 11/21/2023, 9:45 AM
@RoberTiger - The ending was a cool twist and the Spot became increasingly menacing. Miguel was a good enough villain, although I say Prowler was better due to the personal connection. Gwen’s story was good, but Miles’s in the first one was better. Miguel, Spider Woman and Spider India were all cool, but the overwhelming Spidermen in the second act was almost too much for me. Either way it was good, I just prefer the more personal stakes to the larger multiverse wide ones.
mountainman - 11/21/2023, 9:48 AM
@Origame - Actually the ending was good to me. Loved the dark twist. Heroes actually losing before the finale has always interested me.

Empire Strikes Back

Infinity War

I think the weakest part of the movie was that it went for spectacle over a character arc. I think it’ll pay off in the third one, but this one felt more like style over substance than the first.
Origame - 11/21/2023, 9:49 AM
@mountainman - yeah it went for spectacle over character arcs because those character arcs aren't finished.
RoberTiger - 11/21/2023, 3:36 PM
@mountainman - I felt Miles had a good arc in this one. He went from being the guy trying (and failing) to make everyone happy in the beginning, to being the "Imma do it my way" guy in the end. He gained some confidence you didn't see in him in part 1 or early in the movie.
mountainman - 11/21/2023, 4:10 PM
@RoberTiger - Sure man. I never said Beyond was bad, just that liked Into more. I think if they would have cut about 10 mins of the crazy Spider-cameos, they could have beefed up Miles story a little and Miguel’s a lot. Would have loved seeing Miguel more in his world before he went tyrannical.
RoberTiger - 11/21/2023, 4:12 PM
@mountainman - I have a feeling we will in the sequel. He's still pursuing Miles and crew.
mountainman - 11/21/2023, 4:22 PM
@RoberTiger - Yeah that’s what I said earlier. Part 2 will likely feel stronger to me when I can see the third one.
Scarilian - 11/21/2023, 8:48 AM
Only way to end it in a satisfying way is if Miles is wrong, that you cannot change canon.

It'd allow the story of 'Across' and 'Beyond' to be about dealing with the inevitability of loss, accepting the responsibility of being Spider-man that you cannot save everyone, to have the power to save your loved ones but know that sometimes the entire universe is against you and you have to accept and deal with that loss. To make the sacrifice of his father for the greater good of the multiverse.

As for Spot, I'd guess they go the Abyss route. Having him effectively absorb everything except himself and Miles. At which point Spot finally feels seen and acknowledged by Miles, something he wanted from the start, and ends up repairing the universe.

Having canon be changeable would make every other Spider-man look like a moron for never saving their loved ones, guess they just never tried enough.. Having Spot die would remove his development and be too easy an end for the character.
BB8ANG - 11/21/2023, 9:39 AM
@Scarilian - I'm glad you're not writing these movies lol. That would mean the trilogy ends with the main character losing. And I don't think that's satisfying at all... It would be like if Return of the Jedi ended with Vader being in-fact unredeemable, Vader killing Leia and Han, and Yoda and Obi-Wan saying, "See, told you so. This is just the will of the force, no use denying it."

The directors say that these movies are an analogy for fans who are too beholden to nostalgia and canon who won't except new ideas (like Miles Morales being Spiderman or Spiderman not always having to lose his loved ones) Everything single aspect of Across the Spiderverse has laid the groundwork to break from tradition, so I wouldn't get my hopes up they would get this far only to tread back to the familiar.
Origame - 11/21/2023, 9:42 AM
@Scarilian - I think there's a better way.

Have miles tell his dad to quit or he dies and he does quit. Then have miles casually mention the girl he's supposed to save, which convinces Jefferson to go along with it because "that's what heroes do".

It's not necessarily that he's wrong about Canon. Its that there's a reason why Canon events exist.
Scarilian - 11/21/2023, 12:01 PM
Spider-man is not relatable because he wins all the time, it's because he keeps going despite losing so much. Deaths of supporting characters happen a lot in the finales of films, especially in Spider-man. In every live action portrayal the film has ended with him losing someone or something close to him.

The Dad's death should be an inevitability, or as certain Sci-Fi shows prefer a 'fixed point' or 'canon event', it's predetermined and cannot be altered. As such its not Miles losing, it's him coming to terms with the idea that the death of his father is inevitable. Across the Spider-verse ended with him finding a universe where his father had died to really drive in that point.

If the director chooses to have Miles be this 'ultra special Spider-man who breaks canon and he's right and everyone else is wrong' then nobody is going to connect with that. It's the chosen one dynamic combined with a massive dump on every single other version of Spider-man. It'd alienate Miles as opposed to making him feel like Spider-man, people would reject it.

It's not the hero losing, it's the hero realizing that their is a greater goal. It'd be tragic and heroic. It'd make Miles insanely relatable, the idea of having all that power and being powerless to alter fate itself. People would revisit it over and over again and we'd talk about it for decades of how it had the balls to tackle such a subject. That loss won't stop him being Spider-man, either. It'd enable him to realize what matters most to him, to finally step-up and explain his feelings to Gwen.

You want people to connect with Miles, don't make him a Gary-Stu... make him a heroically tragic yet relatable character. Have him make the tough decision that only a hero could.

• Spider-man PS4 had the choice Peter makes between his Aunt and the city
• Beyond the Spider-verse would be the choice Miles makes between his Dad and his reality

It's a simple choice, but it's so personal and intimate to who Miles is as a character.

@Origame -
The Dad knowingly going to his death is the best option. If you've ever seen Final Space, they do something similar where the parental figure is informed about their loss and still goes willingly to protect their son and do the heroic thing.

Miles having a heart-to-heart with his Dad to try and convince him not to do it, but when the moment comes the Dad does the heroic thing and sacrifices himself to save someone from a collapsing building. You could add another level of tragedy if the person Miles' father is saving is Miles - though it also works if it is a random citizen. It allows Miles to bond with his father and leaves Jefferson going out in a heroic way knowing he's going to his death but doing so anyway because it's the right thing to do.
BB8ANG - 11/21/2023, 12:37 PM
@Scarilian - Defeating the odds and solving the trolley problem is one of the biggest staples of these stories. It wouldn't make him a Gary-Stu, it would make him a superhero.
Spiderman just happens to be a character who we've begun to associate almost entirely with personal loss and tragedy, and the writers of these movies are deconstructing that narrative.

Also, proving naysayers wrong and overcoming their preconceived notions of you, as well as having two loving parents in your life IS very much relatable. In fact I relate way more to Mile's family dynamic and personal life than I ever did to Peters and there's nothing wrong with that.

Lastly, Mile's doesn't need to have his family die to be relatable or a "real Spiderman". And believing that that needs to happen is literally what "Across" is SCREAMING at you to reconsider. Just trust the artists and the storytellers. They know and love these characters just as much, if not more than we do, and I bet you'll be happy with their outcome.
Scarilian - 11/21/2023, 2:48 PM
I don't see a way for them to have Miles be right without vilifying or showing all the other Spider-man as wrong/pathetic. Why didn't they break canon and save their loved ones? Or worst case scenario, Miles ends up altering the canon so nobody they loved died as some ultimate hero :L

Its worrying as those involved are also vilifying the Spider-men, trying to turn Miguel into a toxic hater of Miles as opposed to being simply misguided and basing his viewpoints on his personal tragedy.

Maybe it's just the extremely poor writing of 'Across' but the entire film both argues for and against canon events being real in ways that don't mesh together - so whatever the outcome whether canon evens can or can't be altered, it's going to damage the narrative structure of the third film, especially as a sequel and climax to what has come before.
BB8ANG - 11/21/2023, 4:04 PM
@Scarilian - I think your biases are making this movie into something its clearly not. The Spider-society is just an ideology personified to challenge Miles for this movie, to tell the MILES MORALES story the writers want to tell... It's not some dig at your favorite Spiderman for being too weak to break canon. Feels like you're taking that part of the plot waaaay too personally, and it makes you seem weirdly insecure.

Also, I'm not seeing any conflicting information about canon events... there's just information about them we don't know yet.
Scarilian - 11/21/2023, 4:53 PM
Understanding the story is not insecurity. This is just natural cause and effect of story telling and will impact characters in the story.

If Miguel is wrong, then Miguel has to be evil as he's directly stopped people from saving their loved ones and all the other Spider-men are complicit or actively chose to abide by the philosophy that Miguel follows.

The way it chooses to portray the story effects how we view the characters.

You have a bunch of Spider-men advocating for them to let people die to protect the multiverse, you can't just pretend that did not happen - so however they resolve that will affect how we view these characters and their actions.
KWilly - 11/21/2023, 9:40 AM
I miss the days when we thought this movie was gonna come out spring of next year lol
garu - 11/21/2023, 10:38 AM
just to save you I'd give aall of me
marvel72 - 11/21/2023, 10:45 AM
Needs more Spider-Man in this one, Miles Morales is just Miles Morales.
BlackSpider - 11/21/2023, 3:35 PM
@marvel72 - Nah. Both are Spider-Man
JonC - 11/22/2023, 8:22 PM
"where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence"

...so they are the spider-TVA?

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