Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023): Review

Shikhar Jauhari

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Review: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: is the long-awaited sequel to the ground-breaking Spider-Man: Homecoming. Fans have been waiting patiently for the second installment of Miles Morales’ journey since the original film’s massive success in 2018.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) continues his Spider-Man adventures in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which takes up shortly after the previous film. Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) are among the new squad of Spider-People from across the Multiverse that joins Miles this time. Miles must face a new danger and make difficult choices when he crosses paths with the Spider Society, a Spider-People entrusted with preserving the Multiverse.

After the Oscar-winning success of the first film, the studio wisely decided to establish the series as one that would run for several installments. That said, it does make “Across the Spider-Verse” feel like a long-winded prelude for what may be a more gratifying sequel.

This “Spider-Verse” movie focuses on Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) once again, but it also features Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), one of the other spider-folk whom Miles met on his first adventure into the Multiverse. He longs for her but also has to deal with the pressures of dividing his time between school, his skeptical parents (Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez), and his secret superhero missions.

When a different version of the nefarious Vulture (Jorma Taccone) crashes into her world, Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac) and Spider-Woman (Issa Rae) go after him. They tell Gwen they are members of a covert Spider Society responsible for returning criminals who accidentally cross universes to their proper locations. After the secret of Gwen’s parentage is revealed, she joins the Spider-Crew to help right the wrongs of the Multiverse.

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To return to Miles. He’s in his own Brooklyn, juggling being a model student with his duties as a local hero, Spider-Man. He’s thinking of coming clean with his parents, Rio (Luna Lauren Vélez) and Jefferson (Brian Tyree Henry), but he’s concerned about the impact it would have on their relationship. As Miles sees it, The Spot (Jason Schwartzman) is merely the latest “villain of the week” to appear out of the blue. Once known as Dr. Jonathan Ohnn, the first film’s events changed the former Alchemax staffer irrevocably, allowing him to manipulate time and space via a network of portals.

This time around, Miles encounters a vast array of Spider-People, including a guitar-wielding London punk (Daniel Kaluuya) who appears to have been ripped off a photocopied billboard and a strutting Indian Spider-Man (Karan Soni) from another universe in which Manhattan and Mumbai are the same. Spider-Man India, as portrayed by Karan Soni, was stunning as well. His amazing charisma and presence as Pavitr Prabhakar won over audiences everywhere.

Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), the gruff Spider-Man of the year 2099, Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), leads the Spider-Men and -Women group. Miles discovers that they have their high-tech headquarters where they monitor “anomalies” across the universe.

The first film may have questioned who gets to be a hero, but the second film goes much further by asking what constitutes heroism. Why must there be a set formula for the journey of every hero? Why does sorrow seem to be the catalyst for heroism in so many superhero stories? Writers Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and David Callahan employ the expressive potential of animation to examine the foundations of a familiar and beloved universe at a time when superhero movies dominate popular culture.

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Miles Morales is still trying to find out how to handle the mantle of Spider-Man even though it has strained and complicated his connection with his family. He longs for the company of old acquaintances and is lonely in a group he was unaware existed. And he fears that his closest loved ones would suffer because of his unique identity. This sequel’s exceptional writing and fresh plot are two of its best features. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is a home run in a pop culture landscape where practically every facet of the Multiverse has been explored, especially in Marvel. While expanding upon the MCU’s foundation, the film reimagines the notion of the Multiverse.

The score and soundtrack for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, composed by Daniel Pemberton, are outstanding. The emotional intensity of the tale is amplified by Pemberton’s compositions, which capture the soul of each moment. This is a huge improvement compared to his work on the score for Into the Spider-Verse.

There’s a lot of merriment in the picture as it delves into our shared knowledge of Spider-Man mythology, dropping significant Easter eggs and wonderful jokes for newcomers and longtime fans to enjoy.

Like the original picture, this animated sequel is one of the finest superhero movies I’ve ever seen because it breathes new life into a genre that’s become stale while still delivering a wonderfully structured storyline. The story may confuse younger viewers, but the film’s action, comedy, and colorful animation will keep them entertained.

The script, aesthetics, animation, score, and actors are top-notch, making this a must-see for anybody interested in superhero movies or animation. To say that “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is a celebration of the Spider-Verse world would be an understatement. See it on the largest screen possible, preferably with surround sound.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Movie Info

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Cast

  • Shameik Moore: Miles Morales (voice)
  • Hailee Steinfeld: Gwen Stacy (voice)
  • Brian Tyree Henry: Jeff Morales (voice)
  • Luna Lauren Velez: Rio Morales (voice)
  • Jake Johnson: Peter B. Parker (voice)
  • Oscar Isaac: Miguel O’Hara (voice)
  • Jason Schwartzman: Spot (voice)
  • Daniel Kaluuya: Hobie Brown (voice)
  • Karan Soni: Pavitr Prabhakar (voice)
  • Mahershala Ali: Uncle Aaron (voice)
  • Jharrel Jerome: Miles G. Morales (voice)
  • Jack Quaid: Peter Parker (voice)
  • J.K. Simmons: J. Jonah Jameson (voice)
  • Melissa Sturm: Mary Jane (voice)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Crew

  • Joaquim Dos Santos: Director
  • Kemp Powers: Director
  • Justin K. Thompson: Director
  • Phil Lord: Writer
  • Christopher Miller: Writer
  • Dave Callaham: Writer
  • Avi Arad: Producer
  • Phil Lord: Producer
  • Christopher Miller: producer
  • Amy Pascal: Producer
  • Christina Steinberg: Producer
  • Julie Groll: Co-producer
  • Alonzo Ruvalcaba: Co-producer
  • Rebecca Karch Tomlinson: Co-producer
  • Brian Michael Bendis: Executive Producer
  • Bob Persichetti: Executive Producer
  • Peter Ramsey: Executive Producer
  • Rodney Rothman: Executive Producer
  • Aditya Sood: Executive Producer
  • Daniel Pemberton: Music           
  • Mike Andrews: Editors
  • Libby Thomas: Casting
  • Dickey: Casting
  • Mary Hidalgo: Casting
  • Dean Gordon: Art Direction        
  • Araiz Khalid: Art Direction
  • Brooklyn El-Omar: Costume Design        

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Other Details

  • Distributor: Sony Pictures
  • Production Co: Lord Miller, Sony Pictures Animation, Arad Productions, Marvel Entertainment, Pascal Pictures
  • Box Office (Gross USA): $120.7M
  • Runtime: 2h 20m
  • Rating: PG
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