Given that Spider-Verse 2 has already premiered in theaters, the attention now shifts to Spider-Verse 3, especially after the sequel's cliffhanger ending.
It is widely expected that the threequel will explore the ramifications of Spider-Verse 2's ending. In fact, Across the Spider-Verse producer Peter Ramsey even teased that "the sky really is the limit" when it comes to what the third entry will bring to the table.
Why Spider-Verse 3’s Release Date Is Special
Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse's release date is set for March 29, 2024, which is 301 days after Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse's theatrical premiere on June 2, 2023.
If Spider-Verse 3's current date sticks, then this gap will make history as the shortest window between release dates for a Marvel movie and its direct sequel.
Interestingly, it was a much longer wait between Spider-Verse 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which premiered on December 14, 2018. This resulted in a gap of 1631 days between the first two movies.
No other MCU sequels have come remotely close to this release proximity, with the nearest being the time between Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home with 725 days and the time between the first Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with 735 days.
Meanwhile, other Hollywood movies have also had short release date gaps between a movie and its direct sequel.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (October 10, 2003) and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (April 16, 2004) were released 189 days apart from each other.
Back to the Future Part II (November 22, 1989) and Back to the Future Part III (May 25, 1990) had a 184-day gap between their theatrical premieres.
The Matrix Reloaded (May 15, 2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (November 5, 2003) had the shortest gap in-between release dates with 174 days.
There is, of course, the chance that Spider-Verse 3 could face a delay, which could its history-making release strategy. Beyond the Spider-Verse's release date was recently removed from the official Spider-Verse Twitter bio, possibly pointing towards its planned release date being more liquid.
Hailee Steinfeld also recently revealed that she has yet to record lines for the Spider-Verse threequel, which may indicate that production on the movie may take a bit longer than expected.
The Wait for Spider-Verse 3 Should Build Enough Hype
When Avengers: Infinity War ended with half of the titular team (and the universe) turning into dust, the anticipation for its follow-up (Avengers: Endgame) was through the roof.
The same kind of anticipation could also be building for Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, especially after how Spider-Verse 2 managed to showcase a massive yet perfect cliffhanger.
The short gap between the two movies benefits Spider-Verse 3 since it will not take long for fans to know the answer to how the franchise will wrap up its trilogy.
The decision to not include a post-credits scene in Across the Spider-Verse is also quite fitting since it allows more questions to arise that would build more hype for the threequel.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now playing in theaters worldwide.