Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has quickly become a major favorite among Spider-Man films since the 2018 film dazzled audiences and earned Sony Pictures Animation an Oscar. And Miles Morales' journey is set to continue in 2022 when the yet-to-be-titled Spider-Verse sequel hits theaters. Production for the movie has been underway since last year, but fans will be excited to learn that one fan-favorite web-slinger from the original is coming back.
So far we’ve known that Shameik Moore will be back as Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld is playing Spider-Gwen again and Issa Rae has been cast to play Jessica Drew. But what about Jake Johnson’s Peter B. Parker? Here’s what the New Girl actor had to say:
I’ve been working on a contract, I believe Peter B. Parker is making a return.
Well, grab a slice and cancel your crying in the shower plans, because Miles Morales' father-figure from another universe is coming back! While speaking to The Movie Dweeb about his Marvel voice role, Jake Johnson teased the return of the alternate Spider-Man along with sharing his hopes for the character:
All I know is that I heard nothing for the longest time and I was very sad. I really loved playing Peter B. Parker. I would like to know what happens with Peter B. Parker. I think the way his journey ended in the first movie was very open-ended. And so when I got word that they were working on a deal and figuring it all out, I thought I truly can’t wait to see what the writers came up with.
Johnson shared that he has yet to read a script for Spider-Verse 2, but he is currently working up a contract with the folks at Sony to reprise his voice role of Peter B. Parker. Considering the movie’s release is still over a year away, it’s not out of line to think that this would be the time to get more of the Spider-Crew together as production continues.
At the end of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Peter B. Parker gets a happy ending as he is seen reconnecting with ex-wife Mary-Jane Watson and ready to commit to fatherhood. We’d imagine the next time we see him, he might be a parent with MJ. So would that mean he'll he step away momentarily to reunite with Miles for another dangerous adventure?
The dynamic between Miles Morales and Peter B. Parker was definitely one of the best parts of the original film, so we’re swinging with joy knowing that Jake Johnson’s character has a future. Along with Peter B. Parker’s return, the end-credit tease of Oscar Isaac’s Spider-Man 2099 is expected to be expanded upon further in the sequel. There's also the character of Takuya Yamashiro -- a.k.a. Spider-Man from the live-action 1970s Japanese TV series, who will apparently be in the movie as well.
The movie will be directed by Joaquin Dos Santos, Justin K. Thompson and Kemp Powers, the latter of which co-wrote and co-directed Pixar’s Soul. Spider-Verse 2 is expected to be released on October 7, 2022.