"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" Ending Explained: Navigating Dimensions

In this much-anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," our friendly neighborhood hero, Miles Morales, is back in action. Voiced by the talented Shameik Moore, Miles takes us on another thrilling journey through the Multiverse.

The creators gifted us a suspense-packed masterpiece that will keep us theorizing until the next installment.

Background: Into the Spider-Verse

In the animated gem "Into the Spider-Verse," we witnessed the birth of a new Spidey sensation – Miles Morales.

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A regular Brooklyn teenager, Miles Morales, gets bitten by a radioactive spider, gains superpowers, and suddenly finds himself thrust into the chaotic world of superhero-dom. In his universe, Peter Parker meets an untimely demise while saving Miles from a particle collider explosion.

As Miles grapples with his newfound powers, he becomes the unexpected heir to the Spider-Man legacy. And let's not forget the big baddie in the picture – Wilson Fisk, the menacing Kingpin (voiced by Liev Schreiber). Fisk's plan to shatter the barrier between worlds sets the stage for a mind-bending adventure across the Multiverse.

But here's where things get even spicier. While researching Multiverse travel, a certain Dr. Jonathan Ohnn (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) inadvertently sends a radioactive spider to Miles' timeline. This spider, hailing from Earth-42, transforms Miles into the Spider-Man we've come to know and love. Oh, and that same experiment turns Dr. Jonathan into the villainous powerhouse known as The Spot.

Miles steps into his Spidey shoes, faces off against Kingpin, and inadvertently creates his own arch-nemesis.

Why "The Spot"?

So, remember how Miles Morales unintentionally became the web-slinger in "Into the Spider-Verse"? Well, that little adventure comes back to bite him in "Across the Spider-Verse" – literally.

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Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man accidentally played matchmaker with a radioactive spider and his soon-to-be nemesis, The Spot.

Now, why "The Spot"? Well, this guy can use portals to hop between dimensions. It's like he took a crash course in dimension-hopping 101. The Spot decides that his less-than-ideal origin story is reason enough to become Spider-Man's arch-enemy.

But the drama doesn't end there. The Spot, craving attention and power, starts wreaking havoc across the Multiverse. This is where the Spider Society swings into action. These folks are the real heroes, a team of Spider-People dedicated to fixing the messes caused by time-space anomalies – and The Spot is now at the top of their to-do list.

Across the Spider-Verse: Expanding the Multiverse

The story picks up about a year after the chaos of "Into the Spider-Verse." Our girl Gwen Stacy is keeping busy on Earth-65, juggling the responsibilities of being Spider-Woman while trying to keep her identity under wraps from her dad, Captain George Stacy.

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But things take a turn for the unexpected. An anachronistic version of the Vulture and the sudden arrival of Spider-Man 99, Miguel O'Hara (Oscar Isaac), along with Jessica Drew (Issa Rae), kick off a series of events that send shockwaves through the Spidey-Verse.

Miguel, it turns out, is not just any Spider-Man. He's the leader of the Spider Society, a group dedicated to corralling "anomalies" across the Multiverse – those Spideys who end up in universes other than their own. Things get wild when Gwen joins forces with Miguel and Jessica to capture the Vulture.

But there's a bigger, badder picture unfolding. The Spot is causing chaos by recreating the super collider explosion across different universes. Gwen is sent to Earth-1610 to check on the situation, and this is where the Multiverse madness truly begins.

The Spider Society, with Miguel O'Hara are at the helm. This fearless leader is steering the ship, trying to maintain order in a Multiverse gone haywire. Anomalies, canon events, and Spideys from all corners – it's a lot for the Spider Society to handle, but they're on a mission to keep the balance.

Canon Events and the Original Anomaly

Let's talk about canon events. These are like the holy grail of every Spider-Person's journey across the Multiverse. Think of them as the key moments that make a Spider-Man who they are. Losing a loved one that propels them into hero-dom? Check. A brave police captain sacrificing their life during a showdown with a supervillain? Double-check. These events are the glue that holds the Multiverse together, maintaining stability and order.

Now, here's where it gets interesting. Our main man, Miles Morales, turns out to be the original anomaly. Yeah, he's the guy who inadvertently set off the whole Multiverse mayhem. See, the spider that bit Miles wasn't supposed to be there. It was destined for a different Peter Parker in a different dimension. But thanks to some experimental shenanigans, Miles became the Spider-Man, and Earth-42 was left Spidey-less.

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This revelation doesn't sit well with the Spider Society, the Multiverse's self-appointed guardians. They're all about maintaining the balance, following the script of canon events. But here's the twist – Miles wants to rewrite his story. And that puts him on a collision course with the Spider Society.

It's a clash of ideologies, a Spidey standoff if you will. The Spider Society, led by Miguel O'Hara, wants Miles to play by the Multiverse rules. But our boy Miles? He's tired of people dictating how his story should unfold.

Miles is on a quest to defy destiny, alter canon events, and save his own father from a tragic fate. It's a high-stakes game, and the Multiverse is holding its breath.

Miles' Escape and Wrong Dimension

Miles Morales decides he's had enough of the Spider Society's rulebook and makes a daring escape.

High-tech teleporters, sleek web-shooters, and a dash of rebellious spirit, that's our boy Miles breaking free from the clutches of the Spider Society. I mean, who wouldn't want to slip away from an organization trying to dictate the course of your superhero destiny?

But here's where the plot takes a spin – the teleportation device Miles uses is a bit too picky about destination details. It scans DNA, looking for that perfect match to send you back to the right timeline. But remember that radioactive spider from Earth-42 that bit Miles and turned him into the Spidey we all know and love? Well, that little detail messes with the machine's itinerary.

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So, instead of landing back in good ol' Earth-1610, Miles finds himself in the chaos of Earth-42. And if that weren't enough, his arrival throws him into a universe where his dad's fate took a different turn – a universe where Miles' uncle is alive, but things are far from the Spidey-normal we're used to.

It's a classic case of wrong place, wrong dimension, and Miles is left scratching his head, wondering how in the name of Stan Lee did he end up in this tangled mess. The journey through the Spider-Verse just got a whole lot more complicated.

Across the Spider-Verse Ending

Miles Morales, back from his teleportation misadventure, lands in what should be his home universe, Earth-1610. But he's not in Brooklyn anymore. Miles realizes he's in the midst of Earth-42, a dimension that's seen some serious Spidey-related chaos.

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Just as Miles is processing this dimension-jumping debacle, who walks in but good ol' Uncle Aaron. Now, in any regular Spidey story, that might be a heartwarming family reunion, but not here. See, in Earth-42, Uncle Aaron is no friendly uncle; he's the Prowler, a villainous force to be reckoned with.

Miles tries to reason with his uncle. I mean, who wouldn't want to turn a bad guy to the side of good? But surprise, surprise – the real Prowler, Earth-42's Miles, strolls in, and things go from complicated to downright chaotic.

This sets the stage for the next installment, and the Spidey senses are tingling with anticipation. Miles, stuck in a universe where his dad met a different fate, faces off against a Prowler who's anything but friendly.

Grim Reality of Earth-42

Imagine a world where the streets of New York are more chaotic than a villain convention, and there's no friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to clean up the mess. That's right, chaos has a new address, and it's Earth-42.

As Miles Morales takes in the sights of this alternate reality, he witnesses the aftermath of what happens when a dimension is left without its Spidey guardian. The Sinister Six is running rampant, the city is in shambles, and the forces of darkness are having a field day.

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But wait, it gets darker. Miles comes face to face with his own reflection – well, not exactly. Enter Prowler-Miles, a version of himself who took a turn down the wrong path in a universe without a Spider-Man. Instead of heroics, this Miles embraced the life of a criminal, donning the Prowler's suit and wreaking havoc on the city he once aimed to protect.

It's a grim reality. The absence of a Spider-Person has tipped the scales, and Earth-42 is paying the price. Miles finds himself entangled in a showdown with his darker variant, and the stakes get high.

The consequences of his presence, or rather absence, in this universe are playing out in ways he never imagined. The Spidey saga takes a darker turn, and we're left wondering – can Miles set things right, or is this alternate reality destined to be trapped in the clutches of chaos?

Gwen Stacy to the Rescue

In the tangled web of "Across the Spider-Verse," Gwen Stacy proves she's a key player in the multiverse drama.

Rewind a bit to Gwen's backstory. Our girl had a rough go in her own dimension – accidentally causing the demise of her version of Peter Parker, who turned into the Lizard. And as if that weren't enough, her dad, Captain George Stacy, was out for Spider-Woman's web-fluid.

But here's where it gets interesting. A Vulture variant decides to crash the party in Gwen's dimension, cueing the chaos. Amidst the chaos, Gwen spills the secret sauce – her true identity as Spider-Woman.

Now, usually, that's a one-way ticket to trouble, but Gwen takes matters into her own web-shooters. She bolts into the Multiverse, leaving her problems behind – or so she thought.

Gwen discovers Miles Morales is in a sticky situation. The Spider Society's mission is known, the Spot is on the loose, and Miles is stuck in a dimension not his own.

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What does Gwen do? Does she sit this one out? Nope! Against all odds and a few warnings from the Spider Society, Gwen decides to assemble a team. It's a lineup that includes the likes of Peter B. Parker, Spider-Noir, Peni Parker, Spider-Ham, Spider-Punk, and a few more arachnid allies.

Why? Because when your Spidey-sense tingles, you swing into action. Gwen's on a mission to save Miles, defy the Spider Society's rules, and maybe – just maybe – rewrite the rules of the Spider-Verse.

Spider-War and Fated Events

The Spot, the villain with a knack for creating portals and causing multiverse mayhem, is on the move. And where's he headed? Straight for Miles Morales' home on Earth-1610. Why? Because destiny has a cruel sense of humor, and it's Miles' father, Jefferson Davis, who's in the crosshairs of a tragic fate.

Earlier in the movie, Miles gets a glimpse of a vision – his dad sacrificing himself to save a child from a crumbling building. The Spot, with his dark matter-infused portals, seems to be the architect of this impending tragedy. The Spider-Society, believes this event is a crucial "canon moment" that must unfold to maintain the delicate balance of the Multiverse.

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But Miles has other plans – plans that involve defying destiny, rewriting the rules, and, most importantly, saving his dad from a tragic end. Gwen's got wind of the Spot's devious plans, Miles' predicament, and her team, a spectacular lineup, are on a mission to alter the fate of Miles Morales.

As the Spider-War looms large, the Spideys are gearing up to face the Spot, defy the Spider Society's stern rules, and rewrite the fated events that threaten to cast a dark shadow over Miles' life.

Major Questions for "Beyond the Spider-Verse"

As we eagerly await the next installment, "Beyond the Spider-Verse," here are the burning questions keeping us up at night:

  1. Will Miles Defy Spider-Man Canon and Save His Father? The Multiverse is known for its twists and turns, but can Miles defy the established Spider-Man canon and rewrite the fate of his father? We've seen Miles challenge destiny before, and this time, it's personal.
  2. What Will Happen to Spider-Gwen's Universe? Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Woman of Earth-65, has been juggling dimensions and battling bad guys with style. But with the Multiverse in flux, what awaits her home universe? Will it remain a stable haven, or is Earth-65 in for a wild ride of its own? The fate of Gwen's world hangs in the balance.
  3. The Potential Romance Between Miles and Gwen Sparks have been flying – not just from web-shooters, but between Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. The chemistry is undeniable, and fans are shipping this dynamic duo. Will "Beyond the Spider-Verse" explore the blossoming romance between Miles and Gwen? Love is in the air, and the Multiverse might just be the perfect backdrop for a superhero love story.
  4. Possibility of Tom Holland's Spider-Man Appearing The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a vast web of interconnected stories. With "Across the Spider-Verse" pushing the boundaries of the Multiverse, could we see Tom Holland's Spider-Man swinging into the animated realm? The prospect of a live-action Spidey crossing paths with his animated counterparts has fans buzzing with excitement. Will the walls between live-action and animation finally crumble?

As we swing into the unknown, these questions are the building blocks of anticipation for "Beyond the Spider-Verse." The Multiverse is a wild ride, and with Miles Morales at the helm, we're in for a spectacular journey that might just redefine what it means to be Spider-Man.

Wrapping Up the Spider-Verse

Across the Spider-Verse took us on a Multiversal joyride, weaving together heart, humor, and high-flying action. The animation, as always, was a visual feast, painting each dimension with vibrant strokes that popped off the screen. And that cliffhanger ending? Talk about leaving us hanging on the edge of our seats – or should I say, webs.

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Miles Morales, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, faced challenges that transcended dimensions. From the introduction of The Spot to the revelation of Miles as the original anomaly, the plot swung us through twists and turns that kept us guessing at every web swing.

The expansion of the Multiverse introduced us to Spider-Man 99, Jessica Drew, and the intricate web woven by the Spider Society. And let's not forget Gwen Stacy, who, armed with her wit and web-shooters, brought an extra dose of badassery to the Spider-Verse.

The journey through Earth-42 was a stark reminder of the consequences when a Spider-Person is absent. Prowler-Miles and the somber state of that alternate universe added layers of depth to the narrative, showcasing the impact our friendly neighborhood hero can have on the worlds he touches.

As we brace ourselves for Beyond the Spider-Verse, the major questions loom large. Will Miles rewrite Spider-Man history? What awaits Spider-Gwen's universe? Is love in the air for Miles and Gwen? And could we witness the live-action Spidey, Tom Holland, swinging into the animated fray?

Anticipation hangs in the air thicker than spider silk. The Multiverse has never been more enticing, and with Miles Morales at the helm, we're ready for whatever twists and turns come our way.

Watch "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" on Apple TV+.

Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Ending Explained Navigating Dimensions

Author: Ted Lasso

Author/Writer - Ted Lasso

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