Like most people when they saw Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, as soon as it was over I immediately wanted the next movie. The idea of waiting a year for the end of Miles Morales’ story was just too painful to consider. Unfortunately, waiting is what we’ll all be doing, and for longer than we hoped. Sony Pictures has already removed Beyond the Spider-Verse from the schedule, and right now it doesn’t look like we’ll see the third movie in 2024.
While that’s disappointing news, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller Do offer a bit of upside in an interview with Digital Spy. With so much riding on Beyond the Spider-Verse living up to its predecessors, time is being taken to make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be…
“Those conversations are thankfully above our paygrade, but I can tell you we’re already hard at work on it, and we’ll take the time it takes to make it great,” Lord said.
Miller added, “What we’re trying to accomplish with the film is have it be the most satisfying conclusion to the story than it can be, and take it to places that you haven’t been before. And make you laugh and cry, and cheer and think.”
There’s a lot that factors into the sequel’s delay. Of course, there are the WGA and SAG strikes that have ground Hollywood to a halt. But the most controversial reason is a report from anonymous VFX animators on the film who say they are being overworked by producers and it’ll be impossible to hit the previous March 2024 date.
Basically, we’ll get Beyond the Spider-Verse when we get it, and hopefully it’ll be as great as we need it to be. They simply can’t drop the ball now.