Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse [2023] – Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is a masterpiece in visual design and storytelling even if it runs a bit too long. Can’t wait for the third movie next year!

Is it a perfect movie? Almost. Across the Spider-Verse picks up around a year after the original movie with Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) missing his spider friends and not fitting in his reality. Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) drops for a visit, and without any spoilers, the adventures finally start.

In fact, with all the marvel movies and projects that we saw lately with all the multiverse push, this movie’s story feels familiar. Multiverse of Madness meets No Way Home. While the visuals (and easter eggs) once again addictively shut down and reboot a viewer’s mind repeatedly, the scripting is not as enthralling or involving as it was before. Across the Spider-Verse proves that animation can be a liberating, fantasy-deepening medium that live-action can’t touch. Good luck making a live action spider-cat of even getting close to triggering the same emotions via live action. However, as I said, some scenes just went too long for no reason other than flexing animation muscles.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to hate the movie. If anything, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse manages to recapture all the magic that made the first film such a hit. I just wish it were slightly shorter and more focused. Plus, you won’t have to sit for the credit scenes after that cliffhanger.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Official Trailer
Should you watch it?

Cut around 10 minutes of fat and the movie would be perfect. If you liked the first, you’ll love this one. If not, just watch it for the visual design and easter eggs. You’re welcome.

Where can I watch it?

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now playing in theaters.