Test audiences didn’t like Across the Spider-Verse’s original ending, so its directors looked to Star Wars

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s ending was apparently a bit of a last minute addition after test screenings were negative, and it all came together thanks to Star Wars.

Spoilers ahead for the ending of Across the Spider-Verse, obviously.

It’s pretty safe to say that Across the Spider-Verse is very much a middle movie. While it does do interesting things in its own right, the final 20 minutes or so had to do a lot of legwork to set up the upcoming threequel, Beyond the Spider-Verse. Those of you that have seen it will know that in attempt to get home, Miles Morales actually ended up the universe that the spider that bit him is from, where he discovers that this universe’s version of him is none other than the Prowler, the villainous moniker his uncle donned in the first film. And in a recent interview with Collider, directors Justin K. Thompson, Kemp Powers, and Joaquim Dos Santos shared that the film originally ended there, with the two Miles’ staring each other down.

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