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‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ director reveals film is not part of MCU crossover

Kemp Powers says the upcoming film is not based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, contrary to fans’ expectations.

Kemp Powers says the upcoming film is not based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, contrary to fans’ expectations.
Gage Skidmore

The director of ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ co-director, Kemp Powers, has opened up about the Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover and how the new movie fits — or doesn’t fit — into its development.

Powers has revealed that the new ‘Spider-Man’ has nothing to do with the MCU crossover.

Not related to the new MCU

Kemp Powers told SFX, as per the publication’s latest issue, that contrary to popular speculation, the new ‘Spider-Man’ is not actually connected to the MCU. Instead, the directors aimed to portray the history of ‘Spider-Man’ — and to do so facetiously.

“The world of Miles Morales and ‘Spider-Verse’, it’s not tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe or anything like that,” the director revealed. “But this is a Lord and Miller film.”

We like to have a little bit of fun, we like to be a little bit meta and to acknowledge the world in which we are creating these stories.”

“That’s the best way to explain it.”

Not what fan are expecting

Powers elaborated that not meeting fan’s expectations for the film to fit into the much-hyped Marvel Cinematic Universe was part of the fun of it. Now viewers won’t really know what to expect.

“This isn’t something where we did anything in conjunction with Marvel,” Powers declared. “Miles’s universe, trust me, there’s plenty to work with.”

That gag is one of many, and my favorite gag is one that people don’t know about yet,” the director said. “But I think when they see it, they’re going to be pretty stunned. It’s a serious film, but it’s also a film with a lot of fun in it.”

What is the new ‘Spider-Man’ about?

The film, which is a sequel to the 2018 film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, was teased in a trailer released in April 2023.

The trailer shows Miles Morales, played by Shameik Moore, who has reprised his role for the occasion, and Gwen Stacy, whose voice is played by Hailee Steinfeld, as they set out to save the “multiverse” from a burgeoning antagonist. One image from the video shows Miles and Gwen hanging upside-down as they gaze at the city below.


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