With numerous new mutants meeting Miles Morales, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse presents a big challenge for the MCU's Secret Wars.
While the MCU's Avengers: Secret Wars was set to be the major multiverse culmination of their current saga, Sony's Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse created quite a challenge. The trailer stars Miles Morales, who will leave his home reality for the first time, previewing a horde of mutants. However, it's clear that they're all going to serve a specific purpose for the film's narrative, which Avengers: Secret Wars needs to recognize.
In the first trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales is introduced to the different Spider-Man variants in the Spider-Verse. However, it also hints that Miles will have serious tension with many of them, especially between him and Spider-Man 2099 (voiced by Oscar Isaac). So it seems like the narrative for the upcoming Spider-Man sequel will be very intentional when it uses all of these different variants.
Across The Spider-Verse Sets A High Bar For Secret Wars
From the trailer alone, it is clear that Into the Spider-Verse is massive in scale. As an example, almost every Spider-Man variant can be identified as an established variant in the Spider-Man mythology, and there may be more variants in the full animated film. It's been confirmed that Miles will visit multiple different realities, meeting Spider-Man heroes of all shapes and sizes along the way.
As such, the bar is very high for Avengers: Secret Wars, which undoubtedly has similarities to reality variants outside of the main MCU. The vast multiverse has already begun to be explored in TV shows like "Rocky" and movies like "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and Doctor Strange in the "Multiverse of Madness." However, the climactic movie in Marvel's multiverse saga needs to be careful about how and why it debuts so many variants when it hits theaters in 2026. ^Obviously, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be very story-focused and Miles chooses to do something that every other variant feels must be prevented. It's not going to cram as many heroes into a movie just to be a multiverse movie. There's a very clear intention behind most of the Spider-Verse variants appearing in the upcoming sequels.
Across The Spider-Verse Reveals Avengers 6's True Challenge
In contrast, Avengers: Secret Wars had to avoid the same problem. Just having variants is not enough if The movie hopes to have a chance to be as eventful and epicly decisive as Avengers: Endgame. Much like traversing the Spider-Verse, the Avengers: Secret Wars story needs to fully support anyone who emerges from another reality to help save the MCU's multiverse.
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