The Ending of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Explained

Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy have just reunited on yet another web-slinging multiverse-jumping adventure in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. But now that they’re facing a new threat in their midst, how will this set up Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse?

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ahead, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

What Happened at the End of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?

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Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) has always struggled finding where he belongs in this world, whether it be the place he grew up in, Brooklyn, finding the right school, and friends, and now, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse slid another existential crisis for our 15-year-old super.

Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) may have returned as his friend, but she’s got a new mission: saving the multiverse from The Spot (Jason Schwartzman).

The mission requires having no strings attached to Miles for some reason, which was later on revealed that Miles is the cause of chaos of the multiverse.

Unbeknownst to Miles, though, the only important thing to him was never losing his ‘friend’ again, so he ends up following Gwen through the other universes.

The Spot: The Villain Miles Morales Created

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The Spot is the main villain of the story, and though he started off as a comic relief-type of villain, he had come to the conclusion that Miles Morales’ Spider-Man is his sworn nemesis.

To dig deeper, Miles is the reason why The Spot existed in the first place. Miles accidentally pushed him (when he was still an MIT scientist working for Kingpin) that caused the collider machine to turn him into the villain we now know as The Spot.

This brought The Spot to declare being the super nemesis Miles wouldn’t want to forget and that is by traveling through a bigger-scale of dimensions to gain more power overtime, which he succeeded in doing after the Spider-people lost track of him.

Unfortunately, this is when things get awry.

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Miles Morales Broke The Multiverse

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After Gwen, Hobie (Spider-Punk), and Pavitr Prabhakar (Spider-Man India) presumed they had taken care of The Spot by having him leave Earth-50101, the four of them (along with Miles) went back to main headquarters where every Spider-Men and Spider-Women resided.

Only then was Miles kept up to real speed on what started the multiverse-jumping in the first place.

Remember the spider that bit Miles and turned him into the Spider-Man we know him today? As it turned out, he was not actually supposed to be the Spider-Man in his universe, as revealed by Spider-Man 2099 otherwise known as Miguel O’Hara.

Miles was a ‘mistake’. He was not supposed to be the Spider-Man of his world, Earth-1610, and Miguel made sure Miles knew that.

Apparently, although Miles, Gwen, Peter B. Parker, and the other Spider-people who joined them in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse saved their own multiverses from the Kingpin’s machinery, it only caused a greater hole for ‘destroying the canon story.’

The ‘canon story’ in question here is that Spider-Man is always supposed to end his story with their father figure dying. In this case, Miles is supposed to lose his dad once he gets his promotion, which was happening in two days’ time.

Well, this leads the Spider-people on a chase to the death with their goal in mind to imprison Miles Morales until the day his father canonically dies.

Considering Miles’ abilities and quick wit, he managed to outrun and outsmart every Spider-people from headquarters and made it to the chamber that could bring him back home, so he could save his father.

Miles Morales Ends Up In The Wrong Universe

However, instead of getting sent back to Earth-1610, he ends up where the spider that bit him belonged, where the machine read his DNA from (which came from the spider bite) and that is Earth-42.

There, he found a world that had no existing Spider-Man. There, he found his father dead, and yet his Uncle Aaron lived, but not in the way that you expect.

While Miles was chained to a punching bag, a new threat emerges from the shadows: Miles Morales’ Earth-42 version, the one who lost his dad, the one they called the Prowler in their world.

Just when Miles was asking to be taken home to his family, his ‘real’ universe, Earth-42 Miles shows no mercy, shows no sign of wanting to help his other version return home.

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Amidst this, Spider-Man 2099 is on the run to stop Miles from returning home, determined to prevent Miles from repeating the mistake he made in his own world, which destroyed every person he loved.

Meanwhile, Gwen gathered some alliances to help Miles out and their team includes Peter B. Parker, Spider-Punk, Spider-Man India, Spider-Ham, Peni, and Spider-Man Noir.

Now, this sets up the perfect Part 2 for the Spider-Verse, which is titled Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse.

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How Does This Set Up Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (Part 2)?

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Considering we have yet to see how Miles escapes the clutches of his Earth-42 version, the Prowler, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse has a lot more story to explore and expand on.

Now, Miguel O’Hara revealed that tampering with the canon story is forbidden, as he explained in his own story where he took the life of his dead version and claimed his other version’s family as his own. This only led to losing them in the end.

Miguel thoroughly emphasized the consequences Miles would have to live with if he ends up saving his father from death, and what it would do to the multiverse, which means creating more complications.

In this sense, the complications would involve what Spider-Man: No Way Home introduced — letting other universe’s villains jump into different dimensions they aren’t supposed to be in.

If you know Miles, he would stop at nothing to protect his family from any danger. This includes potentially destroying the universe in an attempt to prove that saving his father would not destroy his life the way it destroyed Spider-Man 2099’s.

Miles has shown great progress with his unique Spidey abilities which include turning invisible and absorbing electro energy he could use against his enemies. He has certainly used it against Spider-Man 2099, what could stop him from doing it again against his Earth-42 Miles?

Not to mention, with The Spot transporting himself right in front of Miles’ home in Earth-1610, Gwen may have gathered their alliances to either help save Miles in Earth-42 or perhaps make more time before The Spot could hunt down his family.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now in cinemas! Stay tuned for more updates on this story here on EpicStream.

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