Jake Johnson has revealed that his character, Peter B. Parker is supposedly returning in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. The 2018 animated superhero movie revolves around Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) inheriting the Spider-Man power after being bitten by a radioactive spider. The origin story is already familiar, however, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also sees Kingpin open portals to alternate universes. This leads to the introduction of multiple variants of Spider-Man in Miles’ world.
Peter B. Parker becomes Miles’ mentor. His adventure with Miles restores his belief in the superhero gig and he goes back to his universe to fix things at the end of the film. As Peter B. Parker, Johnson brought the signature comedic and heartfelt persona fans have come to associated him with via New Girl’s Nick Miller.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 has already entered production last year. The sequel will revolve around the relationship between Miles and Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfield). In a conversation with The Movie Dweeb, Johnson briefly introduced the status of Peter B. Parker. The actor said that negotiations are going well and that he should readjust his role in the Spider-Man sequel.
Johnson said, “I’ve been working on a contract. I believe Peter B. Parker is making a return…All I know is that I heard nothing for the longest time and I was very sad. I really loved playing Peter B. Parker. I would like to know what happens with Peter B. Parker. I think the way his journey ended in the first movie was very open-ended. So, when I got word that they were working on a deal or figuring it all out, I thought I truly can’t wait to see what the writers came up with.”
The character is one of the most beloved aspects of the film as many celebrate it to be the greatest superhero film of all time. It won the Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards. Johnson’s return is quite exciting as the actor has previously mentioned his desire to see Peter B. Parker get back together with Mary Jane, balance fatherhood and all the responsibilities as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
In addition to probably featuring Johnson, Moore, and Steinfeld, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 will see Issa Rae join the cast as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman and, presumably, Oscar Issac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099—something set up by the first film’s post-credits scene. Peter Ramsey, who directed the original, is executive producing the sequel which is slated to release on October 7, 2022. There’s also talk of a TV spinoff, giving Johnson even more opportunities to reprise his role in the future.