Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Gets Record-Breaking Runtime

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Miles Morales, Spider-Men in background

As the release of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse inches closer, a new rumor shed some light on how long exactly Sony Pictures' Marvel sequel will be. 

Marketing for Spider-Verse 2 has been ramping up in the past few weeks, with Sony Pictures releasing a new trailer and a variety of character posters to boost anticipation for the sequel. 

Aside from the fact that Miles Morales is confirmed to meet tons of Spider-people in the Multiverse alongside a surprise reference to Spider-Man: No Way Home, the exact plot details of the movie are still being kept under wraps, but it is expected to highlight a lot of moving parts. 

What Is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's Runtime?

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse poster

As per scooper Cryptic4KQual, who has been a reliable source for runtime info on recent projects, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has a runtime of 2 hours and 20 minutes, making it the longest-ever major Hollywood studio animated movie. 

Spider-Verse 2's rumored runtime beats the previous record-holder, Consuming Spirits, which has a length of 2 hours and 16 minutes. The full list of the longest American-made animated movies can be seen below: 

  1. Consuming Spirits - 2 hours, 16 minutes
  2. The Lord of the Rings - 2 hours, 12 minutes
  3. I am Nightmare - 2 hours, 8 minutes
  4. Fantasia - 2 hours, 6 minutes
  5. Heart String Marionette - 2 hours, 1 minute

If the rumor is true, then Across the Spider-Verse will rank third among all Spider-Man movies in terms of runtime. 

At this point, Spider-Man: No Way Home still holds the record for the longest runtime for a Spider-Man-led movie. 

The full list can be seen below: 

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home - 2 hours, 28 minutes
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - 2 hours, 22 minutes
  3. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - 2 hours, 20 minutes
  4. Spider-Man 3 - 2 hours, 19 minutes
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man - 2 hours, 16 minutes
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming - 2 hours, 13 minutes
  7. Spider-Man: Far From Home - 2 hours, 10 minutes
  8. Spider-Man 2 - 2 hours, 7 minutes
  9. Spider-Man - 2 hours, 1 minute
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - 1 hour, 56 minutes 

Why Is Spider-Verse 2’s Runtime Longer Than Expected?

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's rumored lengthy runtime isn't surprising, considering that the sequel is expected to resolve and introduce many storylines, such as the love triangle between Spider-Punk, Spider-Gwen, and Miles Morales, and the arrival of the secret Spider Society. 

The movie's unprecedented length could also mean that Spider-Verse 2 may spend more time introducing new characters to the audience, such as Issa Rae's Spider-Woman, Daniel Kaluuya's Spider-Punk, and Oscar Isaac's Spider-Man 2099. 

Moreover, Spider-Verse 2 is also rumored to potentially include cameos from live-action characters from the likes of Venom and even Tom Holland's Spider-Man. If true, then a longer-than-expected runtime would be required in order to balance all the moving pieces. 

Hopefully, everything goes according to plan for the upcoming Multiversal sequel.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is set to premiere in theaters on Friday, June 2. 

Release Date
June 02, 2023
- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.