The highly anticipated sequel, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” has garnered early reactions from critics and journalists. The general consensus is that the film is a true work of art, although it has a darker and sadder tone than expected.
The story picks up over a year after the events of the first film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Miles Morales, also known as Spider-Man, is approached by Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Woman, who enlists his help in a mission to save the multiverse from the supervillain known as the Spot. Together, they embark on a journey through the Multiverse, encountering the Spider-Society led by Miguel O’Hara.
Critics have praised the film’s artistic merits, with CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell describing it as a masterpiece worthy of being displayed in a museum. The film’s humor and nods to the Spider-Man mythology were also lauded.
Brian Davids from THR teased that “Across the Spider-Verse” takes a darker and sadder approach, but he emphasized that it is a necessary direction for the story. Hailee Steinfeld’s performance as Gwen Stacy was singled out for her standout portrayal.
Tessa Smith from Rotten Tomatoes commented that the film sets a new standard for itself, with unexpected surprises, shocking twists, and a storyline that makes sense within the multiverse framework.
Uproxx’s Mike Ryan echoed the positive sentiment, noting that the sequel remains true to its core focus on Miles’ journey of self-acceptance.
However, not all reactions were unanimously positive. Eze Baum from This Week Media expressed disappointment, feeling that the sequel failed to live up to the original due to an overemphasis on fan service rather than a strong narrative.
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, the film boasts a star-studded cast including Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Karan Soni, and Daniel Kaluuya.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is set to swing into theaters on June 2. Fans can also look forward to a third installment, already in development and slated for release on March 29, 2024. With the hype surrounding this beloved animated superhero franchise, anticipation is high for the continuation of Miles Morales’ thrilling adventures in the multiverse.