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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse Movie Review

Miles and Gwen sit upside and look at sky scrapers.
Miles and Gwen enjoy the sites as only Spidey can.

Source: Sony Pictures

Overall: 8.7/10

Story 8.5/10

Miles Morales returns as everyone’s favorite web-slinger. And he's doing a great job as a hero. But a villain that he doesn’t take seriously ups the ante. His actions threaten to destroy the multiverse. So web-slingers, from other universes, come knocking. But what they ask of Miles proves too much to sacrifice.

The writers hit hard with the theme in this one. How do you do what’s right when an entire universe tells you that you're wrong? Is your truth valid? Is there any place for your truth—any universe where you're right, and they're wrong?

What makes matters worse is all the voices that are telling you that you're wrong are variations of what you're supposed to be. The writers use this theme to peel back the layers of the different characters of the Spider-Verse.

Miles tries to explain.
Miles tries to explain.

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Character 8.8/10

Miles Morales has grown into his powers as a hero. But he has to balance that with being a teenager and living by his parents’ rules. He needs to spread his wings and fly as a hero and young adult. But his parents don’t know his secret, so he can’t explain his struggles to them. To them, he's just like every other irresponsible 15-year-old kid. He has no one to talk to, especially since his uncle died. And he has no friends. Feelings of isolation create loneliness.

Jefferson Davis is a by-the-book cop. He has tried to teach Miles right from wrong. But he fears that he didn’t do a good enough job. He doesn't know if his son is ready for the world. The thought terrifies him.

Rio Morales wants to protect Miles from the hardships of life. She has a hard time letting go.

Gwen Stacy is very much a reflection character for Miles. She doesn’t want Miles to get hurt either. That’s why she’s so willing to give him advice on keeping his parents in the dark because things don't work out for her.

Peter Parker comes off as an old wise man. He’s already walked a mile in Miles’ shoes. He means well and thinks he knows best. But there are always exceptions to every rule. The ironic thing is that Peter has saved the day so many times when the chips were down. To think that such a hopeful character would surrender to hopelessness on any front is disheartening. But Peter has experienced loss on so many levels and accepted it as a part of life. That’s what makes his walk a little different than Miles.’

Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O’Hara is very dogmatic in his beliefs. He lost his happiness. So if it isn’t possible for him, then he doesn't believe it’s possible for anyone else. He wants to protect the multiverse by any means necessary. If sacrifices have to be made, so be it. Miguel is the least hopeful of all the web-slingers. His disposition is more akin to the Punisher than Spidey.

Spiderman puts his foot in Spot.
Spiderman puts his foot in Spot

Source: Sony Pictures

Animation 8.9/10

The animation is superb. It strongly enhances a truly compelling story. And it proves a boon to the action, as each Spidey showcases unique abilities and fighting styles.

Final Thoughts

Each of these animated Spider-Man movies gets better and better. This viewer can't wait to see what they'll do next!

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