Time has passed since we last saw Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld). Miles has grown up and finds himself tackling stressful new challenges. Juggling the life of a superhero in Brooklyn full-time while being with his family and fulfilling his study commitment is becoming increasingly more complicated, and no matter what he does, Miles finds himself letting someone down around him, especially his parents.
While Miles saved the multiverse, it’s also been a long time since he’s been in contact with any of his close superhero friends, well, that is, until Gwen appears through the multiverse from his bedroom roof. But Gwen’s reappearance finds Miles entering a whole new level relating to the Multiverse. Miles soon discovers that there are, in fact, more Spider-People who are protectors of both the timelines and the multiverse. While Miles is filled with joy to be acquainted with new friends, a discovery pushes him to make hard choices that carry unspeakable consequences. To top it off, Miles recently interacted with a new, mysterious villain who is slowly becoming more and more powerful, and soon he’ll be unstoppable.
Like the previous film, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’s animation is jaw-dropping, stunning and highly creative. Action sequences are a delight, and there is always something incredible on the screen, making it nearly impossible to look away. Fans of all things Marvel, Comic books and Spider-Man will be smiling at the many easter eggs and references made throughout.
The voice work here is also excellent and highly pleasing, and many characters who appear on-screen, including the many new versions of Spider-Man, are stunning to see. As for the storyline- without revealing any spoilers- I’ll proudly say that I admired the film’s plot. It’s filled with many heartfelt moments and scenes that are unpredictable and, ultimately, lots of fun. In the end, I loved everything this film was. Still, I will admit that many viewers will notice the runtime. I felt it more near the finale, but given everything I witnessed, it’s a minor issue that is highly forgivable.
Overall, this new instalment felt like a wild amusement ride with high levels of entertainment from start to finish. Leading characters have many new, engaging, earnest, fun, and unexpected developments. The visuals are, once again, incredible, breathtaking, and downright jaw-dropping, packed with mind-blowing creativity thanks to over one-thousand animators who worked on this feature. The film leaves audiences desiring more as the credits roll. Some viewers will notice the runtime slightly; for me, it was more noticeable towards the finale. But given the entire experience and the journey this film offered long-time fans and newcomers; the runtime is a minor factor that is easy to forgive.