Across the Spider-Verse Producers Tease “Romantic Possibilities” in Sequels

Spider-Man: About the Spider-Verse producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord tease fans with the “will they, won’t they” potential romance between Spider heroes Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy in the upcoming sequel to Sony’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. As Phil Lord says in a recent interview, Across the Spider-Verse will mine the “tension between the romantic possibilities” between Gwen and Miles as the larger story unfolds in the multiverse.

Speak with Empire MagazineChris Miller spoke about where Spider-Man: About the Spider-Verse finds Gwen Stacy at the beginning and reveals that “The movie starts in Gwen’s world, and she has a lot of things to do. There’s a lot of her world in this movie.”

That’s something of a curious detail, like About the Spider-Verse teases a journey through multiple alternate Spider-Man universes, which required no less than six different wild animation styles to create on screen. Fans of Hailee Steinfeld’s (Hawkeye) Gwen Stacy character are sure to be pleased to hear that Gwen’s universe is getting some attention — and hope she eventually gets a spin-off.

Gwen & Miles’ Relationship In About the Spider-Verse

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Phil Lord revealed that the relationship between Gwen and Miles (Shameik Moore) will be a major subplot focus of Spider-Man: About the Spider-Verse:

“There’s tension between the romantic possibilities for her and Miles, and their desire to keep their friendship intact and not risk it,” Lord explains. “That’s a really interesting place for two characters, especially when they’re so young.”

In the comics, Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy (aka Ghost-Spider) were in a romantic relationship at one point – something Into the Spider-Verse was well aware of, as it sowed seeds for a possible Miles/Gwen romance from the beginning. However, it’s also the Spider-Man character’s greater legacy – whatever form he/she/it comes in – to be constantly pulled between heart’s desires and hero duties – and it sounds like About the Spider-Verse will explore that in a way that goes far beyond Peter Parker’s teenage angst. Like everything in the animated Spider-Verse franchise, this storyline between Miles and Gwen hopefully reinforces both core elements of Spider-Man’s lore while doing it in an all-new, new way.

Synopsis: Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to take on a villain more powerful than anything they’ve ever encountered.”

Spider-Man: About the Spider-Verse dimension jumps into theaters June 2, 2023.

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