Today there is superhero movies that make you wonder if the genre has finally run its course. Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, 2023) leaves the conversation very small because it is so much more than that genre. The new adventure in the universe of the arachnid is the true expression of the phrase “bring comics to the big screen” and shows that, as he said Guillermo del Torothe animation is more than a genre: it is a different medium.
To follow the path of Spider-Man: A New Universe (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 2018), the team, led by the writers and producers Phil Lord and Chris Millerreintroduces the story of the first film. miles morales is bitten by a radioactive spider from another universe, peter parker diesleaving him the mantle of Spider-Man, and the young and inexperienced hero becomes involved in an adventure with several Spider-Men from different backgrounds. Parallel universes.
This sequel feels like the real movie after an introduction. The chaos caused in the first part puts the stability of all the parallel universes at risk and a group of Spider-Man from the multiverse is created to keep the order. Miles is going to play a central role but probably not the one he expects.
As in a good second part, having the characters already established allows you to delve into their lives and their conflicts. The most benefited are obviously Thousands but also spider gwenthe heroine of a universe where the spider bites Gwen Stacy instead of Peter Parker. The opportunity and finesse with which a female heroine who became very popular in recent years it is more than welcome.
On this occasion, conflicts such as growing up at the wrong time and alone, not getting along with parents and learning to lose others are central. Are common ideas of “coming of age” movies stand out a lot in archetypes like spider-manwho was originally conceived like a superhero with whom you could empathize with his human side of the working class.
More prominent still is the idea of predestination, of break cycles and want to be owners of our decisions. This theme will cross not only this film but its second part, “Beyond the Spider-Verse”which will premiere in March 2024.
The existence of a second half is palpable throughout the film. The scriptwriters take advantage of take time to establish emotional development of each character, as well as perform action sequences that they have nothing to envy to the big productions live-action.
This comparison is where Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse breaks with everything. The great tanks of “flesh and blood” superheroes, just, they try to sell us believable universes of the type “what would the world be like if superheroes existed”. The Spider-Verse team takes Del Toro’s words and uses the world of animation to achieve something no one else could: really get the viewer into the world of comics through the big screen.
The amount of diverse artistic stylesmechanics born on paper and comic book industry clichés used required hundreds of articles to review, along with the number of references to the Spider-Man universe (cinema, series, videogames, whatever comes to mind) that the film manages to fit in, never out of tune but rather creating different shades of his own way of narrating.
Its Tor it is not achieved without a talent and technique for the world of cinema and animation that are not comparable to any other format or film. There is no animated movie like Through the Spider-Verse. Once again the franchise becomes a beacon to establish how films with these characters are made, in this medium and in cinema in general.
Everything works together. The beauty of what puts you forward, animated with perfect technique and innovation never seen before, the music, the cast of voices, the deepening of characters at a leisurely pace but without feeling slow and the constant opening of a universe of universes where the possibilities are endless. Until the movie ends and the only feeling left is: How do we wait for the second part?
It’s going to be a long wait, but luckily we can watch Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as many times as it takes to stop at each frame and explore its hundreds of details per second.
I am an author and journalist who has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. I currently work as a news editor at a major news website, and my focus is on covering the latest trends in entertainment. I also write occasional pieces for other outlets, and have authored two books about the entertainment industry.