Spider-Verse 2 hires the directing trio who in the past have made movies like Soul, Legends of Korra, and Justice League Unlimited.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had three directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, the tradition is continuing with the Spider-Verse sequel which will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson.
Kemp Powers has been enjoying an incredible film season, with being Oscar-nominated for his adapted screenplay for Prime Video’s One Night In Miami and his co-directed Pixar animated film Soul. This is a feature film debut for Joaquim Dos Santos, but still, he has created some episodes of acclaimed TV series like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legends of Korra, and Justice League Unlimited. Justin K. Thompson will also be making his feature debuts with Spider-Verse 2, but he has previously worked on the first Spider-Verse film as a production designer. The trio gave us this statement on their work on the movie:
“The crew behind the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse set such a ridiculously high bar, and we’re humbled to take on the challenge of charting the next chapter in the story of Miles Morales.”
In addition to the directors it was also announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller who produced the first Spider-Verse film will be joining David Callaham (Sang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings) to write a screenplay for Spider-Verse 2, giving this statement to Variety:
“We are so lucky to have Joaquim, Justin and Kemp on the Spider-Verse team. We are huge fans of Joaquim’s work — he makes his characters so heartfelt and unique, and he can tell an emotional story with an action sequence the way a musical does through a song. Justin is a maverick filmmaker who relentlessly pursues visual innovation and surprise but always in support of the emotional storytelling. Kemp’s work is incisive and ambitious and funny — with a writer’s wisdom and a director’s heart — he just knows what matters in every scene. All three of them elevate every project they take on, and they are certainly raising our game. We honestly just like them and want to be their friends and we’re hoping working on this movie together for the next few years will totally make that happen.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set for theatrical release on October 7, 2022.