On Tuesday, Sony Pictures released a new trailer for upcoming Spider-Verse sequel, Across the Spider-Verse, which eagle-eyed Lead Features Editor at TheGamer Jade King noticed shows off a “protect trans kids” sign.
This new trailer gives us a lot of insight into what the plot of this sequel looks like. Miles Morales has taken over as his universe’s primary Spider-Man working in Brooklyn, New York, and things are hectic. His superhero duties are starting to bleed into his everyday life, and his parents are getting suspicious. As this is all coming to a head, Gwen appears from her own dimension to invite Miles to join her and the other Spider-People from across the various universes in a place called The Lobby. Here, they seem to work together to save all of their dimensions, but Miles finds himself at odds with the group’s leader, which seems to be the driving conflict of the film.
During a scene in this trailer, where we see Gwen in what looks like a bedroom, King noticed that there is a sign on the wall that reads: “Protect Trans Kids.” This scene is particularly interesting, as it’s shown while Gwen is saying, “I can’t lose one more friend.” There may be an implication here that she’s referring to the loss of a trans friend at one point, though that’s only speculation, as we know Gwen also lost an important friend thanks to dialogue from the first film.
Regardless, Across the Spider-Verse is clearly interested in having a diverse and interesting cast for this film, as we see Spider-People and other characters of multiple races, body-types and genders in just this trailer alone.