Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 Reveals New Directing Trio

The directing trio of Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will team up for the much-anticipated sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The filmmakers have been working together for some time among themselves, and with producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Peter Ramsey, among others, to shape the forthcoming animated Spider-sequel, although up to this point only Dos Santos's name had been reported in connection with the movie. There are few details yet known about the sequel, but with about a year before its planned release date, fans are starting to get anxious.

Powers was the co-director of the recent Pixar hit Soul, with Pete Docter and Mike Jones. Dos Santos has a resume that includes The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Thompson worked in production design on Into the Spider-Verse.

Earlier this month, rumors started to swirl about casting and cameos for the movie, but nothing has been confirmed as yet and the recent spate of rumors that Christopher Barnes would reprise his role from the '90s animated series were denied. The previous movie ended with a tease of Spider-Man 2099 showing up, but given that it was played for laughs, it's impossible to know whether that was actually meant to set anything up for the sequel or just a fun Easter egg for people who stuck around after the credits.

Co-director Rodney Rothman had previously said that the first time around, the creative team was thinking of going big and bringing the live-action versions of the hero to the party. That is likely part of what has created a scenario where most of the rumors circling this new movie are about who might show up as a surprise.

"There was [discussion]," Rothman told the outlet. "There were many thoughts about where we could put Tobey Maguire and others. I think after this film, those thoughts might have a little more traction. But before this movie, and introducing the idea of the 'Spider-Verse' to the audience, I think everybody was afraid that it would just really confuse people. But wow, it would have been fun."

In terms of people who really are coming back? Composer Daniel Pemberton is definitely returning to help shape the soundscape of the movie. Kathryn Hahn, who had a minor role in the first movie, hopes to reprise her role as Dr. Octopus in the follow-up.

"I would love to," Hahn told ComicBook when asked about a potential return. "But not that I've heard. Who knows? [The first one] is amazing. I'm so proud of that thing."

Lord and Miller are set to be joined by Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings writer David Callaham on the screenplay.

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Keep your eye on ComicBook for details on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel before it hits theaters on October 7, 2022.

h/t Variety