Spiderman Across the Spider-Verse Movie Review

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Spiderman Across the Spider-Verse Movie Review

Across the Spider-Verse is the brand new animated superhero film that is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and Kemp Powers, the film continues the multiverse adventure and brings back beloved characters while introducing new ones.

The story picks up sometime after the events of the first film. Miles Morales, the young Spider-Man, has been patrolling New York City and honing his skills as a superhero. However, he finds himself longing to explore beyond his own dimension and reunite with his friends from other dimensions.

The sequel takes audiences on a visually stunning journey as the characters traverse between different dimensions. Once again, each Spider-Man brings its own distinct style and personality. We welcome back the sarcastic and paternal Peter B. Parker and dive much deeper into the story of “Spider-Gwen.” The animation blends traditional hand-drawn and computer-generated techniques, creating a visually dynamic and vibrant world. It has the look and feel of a comic book come to life, and every frame of this film is gorgeous.

In this sequel, the supporting cast is equally diverse and memorable. Daniel Kaluuya adds a wonderfully jaded “Spider-Punk” to the film’s roster. Oscar Isaac is compelling as Miguel O’Hara, and Jason Schwartzman is perfect as “Spot.” What makes Across the Spiderverse so persuasive is this beautiful cast and the world-building that builds upon the first film’s success. Hailee Steinfeld returns as Spider Gwen, and Shameik Moore stars as Miles Morales.

The narrative of the film continues to build upon Miles’s grappling with the weight of his responsibilities. The film explores themes of self-discovery, identity, and the importance of embracing one’s unique qualities. This time, it’s all about Miles controlling his narrative and destiny and fighting the forces attempting to control his fate.

Related: Illustrated Guide to the Spider-Verse Comic from Marvel


While patrolling the city one night, Miles encounters a familiar face—Gwen Stacy, also known as Spider-Woman or Spider-Gwen. Excited by the unexpected reunion, they catch up and share stories of their recent adventures. Gwen reveals that she has been traveling across the multiverse, visiting different dimensions and encountering various versions of Spider-Man.

Intrigued and fueled by a desire for more adventure, Miles becomes a stowaway on a journey with Gwen across the multiverse. They swing through dazzling and unique dimensions, encountering different versions of Spider-Man. Miles learns jarring facts behind his exclusion in the “Spider-Verse” at large and additional threats to his family and universe.

A powerful villain whose true intentions remain shrouded in mystery seeks to disrupt the balance of the multiverse and rewrite history. With the fate of countless dimensions hanging in the balance, Miles faces the dangers somewhat isolated and alone.

Throughout their journey, Miles continues grappling with his identity and what it means to be Spider-Man. He faces personal challenges and confronts his insecurities, ultimately growing as a hero. Meanwhile, the bond between Miles and Gwen is strained, yet their friendship evolves by the film’s conclusion. Be warned the film will end with a jarring cliffhanger, so you’ll need to wait till 2024 for a resolution.

Ultimately if you loved the first film, Across the Spider-Verse is an oversized dose of what made the first film so wonderful. The film takes itself seriously, sometimes to its detriment, but this animated film is doing something special. The film sets up an exciting conclusion and pushes the genre forward in a world where superhero films are becoming tired. While there’s nothing new to see with Across the Spider-Verse, it does offer more of what fans adored about the franchise.

4/5 Stars.


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