‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ Moves To Summer 2023; New Dates For ‘Madame Web’, The Equalizer 3′, & More

The shuffling around of release dates has been a thing long before COVID, but obviously was exacerbated by the outbreak. Studios continue to try and figure it out, and now Sony Pictures, which is reeling from the disappointing Morbius numbers, has found some new dates for some of their most anticipated projects, including two in the Spider-Verse.

Probably the one that has the most interest is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the anticipated sequel to Oscar-winner Into the Spider-Verse. The film had been set to open this year on October 7th, but has moved to June 2nd 2023. This sequel will introduce Oscar Isaac as Spider-Man 2099, and Issa Rae as Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. An already-announced third film will now open on March 29th 2024, but let’s see if that sticks.

Sticking with Spidey, the live-action Madame Web movie starring Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney will open July 7th 2023. That’s just five months after the current release date of of preceding Spider-verse film, Kraven the Hunter.

Meanwhile, Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington will reunite for The Equalizer 3 on September 1st 2023. We’ve known the sequel was coming but this is the first date that Sony has set for it. The franchise has combined for $382M worldwide, impressive for R-rated action movies geared towards adults. You can see why Sony wants to keep this one going, and Denzel probably enjoys doing stuff that doesn’t have the weight of Oscar expectations.

Also, the Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile animation/live-action hybrid movie starring Javier Bardem, Shawn Mendes, and more, has moved from its November 18th slot and into the October 7th date vacated by Across the Spider-Verse.

Finally, the Jonathan Majors/Glen Powell Korean War drama Devotion will open on October 28th. The film is directed by JD Dillard, known for his work on Sleight and Sweetheart.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.