Spider-Man/Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animations’  SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Review: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” The Multi-Verse At Its Best

By: Robert Prentice

Its time to dive back into the world of animated Spider-Man for a trip through the Spider-Verse. This time things have changed, and Miles may not be prepared for the truth. Check out the synopsis below on our review on the second of three films in the franchise.

After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders. He must soon redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most.


The multi-verse isn’t anything new, or fresh, given the broad strokes that both the DCU and MCU have made diving into those worlds with recent and upcoming films in their franchises. But what Sony Animation has managed to do with Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse was to bring to life all of the craziness, humor, quirk, and fun of the comics and the complexity of the multi-verse to screen. And unlike the MCU which has shied away from it being used, and being more of an accident to fix, Sony decided to embrace it and the other Spider-Man’s goal of protecting the Canon of each universe.

The importance of Miles Morales in the Spider-Man world cannot be understated but also the fact that these new and diverse stories can still be told in a franchise and world that many have claimed was dead or that we had fatigued from and still come away excited is a testament to the storytelling in this film. You may know by now but I have a soft spot for animation and animated titles in general be it Anime from Japan or animation from anywhere else in the world (Star Wars: Visions). Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is supremely colorful and artful in every universe we visit, and that dynamic range of animation style being woven into a cohesive story that plays in the multi-verse is something live action has not managed to do as cleanly as Sony has here.

The dynamic between Spider Ghost (Gwen) and Miles has strained this time around, and as we start to learn why, it changes our entire view of the events leading us to this point. The villain is a familiar face to Spider-Man (no shocker there), and his threat might be the biggest for Spider-Man to deal with yet out of all the previous ones. Or is he? We quickly get towards the end and find out that at the height of everything getting ready to hit the fan, we must wait to conclude the story in the upcoming Part 2 of this film. Each character’s growth throughout the second installment of this world provided a nice balance and counter-balance to eaches good and bad habits and the price they pay for each.

There is no post-credit scene, but the cameos, inside jokes, humor, and funny background inserts make for a fun ride through the animated multi-verse that is the Spider-Verse and the comics. Expertly animated by the team at Sony, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is the multi-verse at its best.

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse hits theatres this Friday June 2nd.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

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