It’s extremely rare that a sequel will meet the expectations of its monumental predecessor, but Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thomas’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”’ is able to accomplish just that. The movie is filled with inspiring visuals, a substantial amount of ambition and heart provided by Shameik Moore, who returns from the first film to voice Miles Morales and Hailee Steinfeld who voices Gwen Stacy. The animation is some of the best you will ever see in a movie and pulls no punches when it comes to its beautiful sequences. This all culminates into possibly the best Marvel sequel to date.
The first film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, had some of the most detailed and intricate animated scenes. Not only does the second one share these same qualities, but it adds to them in the best possible way. Each spiderman introduced has their own specific design that reflects the “Spider-verse” they originate from. Not only are the characters unique, all the multiverses they originate from are also depicted in great detail which corresponds to the time period and characteristics of that spiderman or villain. From old renaissance paintings to a futuristic city, every place that is shown is nothing like the previous one.
In addition to amazing visuals, the story is also beautifully executed. This is by far the most coherent way of conveying “multiverses”. It easily weaves these separate verses and characters together. Although the movie might seem long, the pacing is perfect and never feels like it lingers for too long. It’s able to balance the high-octane action pieces with the more thought provoking and touching moments. That is where this movie truly shines. Each character is written perfectly, and each interaction is filled with genuine emotions that can either be laughter filled moments or touching scenes. Although cliffhanger endings are not everyone’s favorite, it sets up the final movie to be an action packed and thrilling experience. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, is truly a masterclass in storytelling.
Composer Daniel Pemberton delivers a truly beautiful score once again. The soundtrack enhances each scene from beginning to end. From the Spots haunting theme to Spiderman 2099’s blaring horns, each character has their own personal sound that captures the essence of their personality. The soundtrack also contains a wide variety of music. From old school rap to original music, this movie truly contains everything you could hope for. It is a part of the film’s backbone and can flip the mood of the scene instantly. Each sound is carefully handpicked for each scene and without it, the movie would not have a good impact on the ears of the audience. Good music is just as important as a good story and thankfully, this movie has both.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”, is exactly what everyone was looking for, a refreshing take on Spider-Man. The story is a heartfelt and touching one and the animation and visuals alone solidifies this soon to be trilogy as the best thing Marvel has made in a very long time.