Movie Review: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse hit theaters today in limited countries. The worldwide release date for the movie is 2nd June 2023. Sony Pictures Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse impressed both audiences and critics in 2018. It set a benchmark for animated movies, setting impossibly high expectations for the next installment of the film.
Thankfully, Sony didn’t disappoint fans’ expectations with the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse part one. It lives up to the expectation of both critics and fans and continues to amaze with a more creative animation style. Here I will share a spoiler-free movie review for you. So, let’s delve into the world of Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Movie Review
In 2018’s first installment of the Spider-Verse saga, It was all about the Miles Morales universe. Although a few different versions of Spider-Man did appear in the movie, it was just a drop from the oceans of Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse shows an uncountable number of Spider-Man versions, including the live-action ones. A few memorable mentions are Miguel O’Hara, Peter B Parker, Jessica Drew, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Punk, Lego Spider-Man, and Pavitr Prabhakar.
We also get to see the different universes, which are represented beautifully with different animation styles. The movie explores the other characters this time, especially Gwen Stacy. We get to know why the chemistry between Miles and Gwen is like this.
The story of the movie leaves the audience in a situation where they want to support a character, but deep down, they know it’s not the right choice. That’s the time I asked a question to myself (With Great Powers Come Great Responsibilities) does this really matters? By the end of the movie, I had my answer.
It shows Miles Morales trying to do exactly what King Pin did in the first part of the Spider-Verse saga. He is ready to end the Multiverse just to save one person. The story also shows more aspects of Miles Morales becoming Spider-Man. As it was just an anomaly in the Multiverse, making Miles the villain of the rest of the Spider-Man Versions.
However, this isn’t like Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse part one is flawless. The movie just keeps building momentum for the final 40-30 minutes and ends right before the final fight. Meanwhile, the fight between Spider-Man was already spoiled by Sony in Tv-Spots.
I personally believe that the main villain of the movie (The Spot) needed more time on screen. The sudden changes in his behavior from goofy to a maniac villain were a bit awkward. However, the connection between Miles and the Spot was on point to continue the story of the movie.
In conclusion, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has turned out to be a better sequel and continues the story of the Spider-Verse saga further. The story doesn’t end in this part, as the sequel of the movie is scheduled in the first quarter of 2024. Across the Spider-Verse explores the beautiful different universes from Spider-Verse more than ever. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to feel this on the big screen if you are a Spider-Man fan.