Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse has been given a disappointing update, suggesting viewers may be waiting longer for the third Spider-Verse story.
- Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse release date may be further out than expected, even after the movie's previous delay.
- Daniel Pemberton, the composer of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, reveals that work on Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse has barely begun.
- A longer gap between the Spider-Verse films allows more time for polishing and delivering a satisfying ending with innovative visuals. Audiences may have to wait, but the final product should be worth it.
The release date of Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse may be further away than expected after an update from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse composer Daniel Pemberton. Expected to bring Sony's Spider-Verse trilogy, which started in 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, to a close, Beyond the Spider-Verse was originally expected to release in 2023, though this was later pushed back to March 29, 2024, following the release of Across the Spider-Verse in June 2023. However, amid WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes and a lack of production progress, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse was removed from Sony's release schedule, and its uncertain future may have been exacerbated after a new update on the film's progress.
In a recent interview with GamesRadar+, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse composer Daniel Pemberton spoke in detail about his score for the 2023 film before being questioned about the progress of Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. Pemberton suggested that the crew of the second sequel have "a sort of pact" of silence about the film, stressing the point with a simple, "Don't talk about it." Pemberton's comments seem to suggest that work has barely begun on Beyond the Spider-Verse, meaning audiences may have to wait much longer than expected for the third Spider-Verse installment, as working on Across the Spider-Verse exhausted the entire crew behind-the-scenes. Read Pemberton's full quote below:
Don't talk about it. Everyone in this film, there’s a sort of pact, no one will talk about the next film because we're all still in recovery from the second one.
Why A Long Gap Between Spider-Verse Movies Is Actually Perfect
It was perhaps far too ambitious to expect Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse to release less than a year after its predecessor, particularly since there was a five-year gap between the original 2018 film and Across the Spider-Verse. While it might have been exciting to see Across' story continue almost immediately, especially because the cliffhanger ending of the 2023 film will lead directly into the events of Beyond, it's actually good news that there may be an even longer gap between projects. Many VFX artists on Across the Spider-Verse complained of long working hours and poor working conditions, which wouldn't have been helped by such a quick turnaround.
A longer gap between Across the Spider-Verse and Beyond the Spider-Verse means that more time can be taken to polish every moment. A huge number of talented artists and animators work on bringing the Spider-Verse films to life, and this painstaking process takes a great deal of time to perfect. With Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse set to bring the trilogy to a close, the film needs to deliver a satisfying ending with some innovative and interesting new visuals that might not have been seen before. This means that, while audiences will have to wait longer for the end of Miles Morales' story, the final product should be incredibly satisfying.