Fans who checked out the first-look trailer for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)” will see an interesting Easter Egg nestled in the trailer.
Watch the trailer below:
The trailer opens with Miles Morales daydreaming in his dorm room. Suddenly, Gwen Stacy appears; and while Miles is trying to clean his dorm room, viewers will spot a wooden moose that sits on his shelf of toys. The moose isn’t instantly recognizable to those who were focused on the interaction between Miles and Gwen; but viewers who watched Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines would instantly recognize it as belonging to Katie Mitchell, the lead protagonist in the Netflix film.
The wooden moose acts as a link between the two films by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who produced and wrote the screenplay for both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and The Mitchells vs. The Machines, and who will serve as writers in the latest Spider-Verse film. The Mitchells vs. The Machines came out in April of this year. It centers around The Mitchells, a family on a road trip when a robotic invasion suddenly occurs. Instead of enjoying their road trip, The Mitchells, led by Katie, have to retool their plans to save the world from the robot uprising.
According to the official description, the upcoming sequel will “transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.”
Sony isn’t saying who that villain is (although it’s possible the movie could draw on the 2014 Spider-Verse comic crossover, which saw the multiverse’s Spider-People under attack from Morlun and the Inheritors), although whatever the threat is, it appears that it couldn’t be contained to just a single film.
Originally scheduled to be released in theaters in January 2020, Sony Pictures pushed back the release of The Mitchells vs. The Machines until September 2020. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the film was put on the back burner again until October but was removed from the studio’s release calendar. Netflix brought the distribution right to The Mitchells vs. The Machines in January of this year and released it in April on the streaming service to critical acclaim.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)” is scheduled to be released in theaters in 2022, and “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is currently streaming on Netflix.