What is the greatest Spider-Man film ever made? Some would argue that it’s Spider-Man 2, which came out in 2004 and is still regarded as one of the best movies of all time. Others might defend the 2021 multiverse team-up Spider-Man: No Way Home, which profited handsomely from a massive wave of nostalgia. Now that the reviews for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse are out, things are looking very promising for its character, (Miles Morales’) ongoing adventures.
The second film in a planned trilogy, an animated sequel, debuted with a remarkably promising Rotten Tomatoes score, with reviewers praising its recent foray into the multiverse.
The 2018 film, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, was unlike anything we had ever seen. This featured kaleidoscopic, avant-garde animation combined with dynamic action, a wonderful story, and pitch-perfect voice casting.
Now, five years later, Spider-Verse 2, which was released as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has arrived with staggering ratings from Rotten Tomatoes.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Opens to Record-Breaking Ratings
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stunned audiences five years ago with its ground-breaking animation, engaging multiverse story, and heart-stopping soundtrack. It didn’t just take home the Best Animated Feature Oscar; it also revolutionized animated film. How could a sequel even try to equal, much less top, that ground-breaking comic book movie?
Well, with critics calling it a bigger, better, and more visually stunning film — possibly one of the best sequels of all time — Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has received a similarly outstanding 97% Tomatometer score based on early reviews.
Of course, a film with the title Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse includes various endearing reviews from Spider-fans. “Let me tell you about peak fiction”, tweeted one of the fans to express his excitement.
— s h . | 𝘈𝘛𝘚𝘝 𝘌𝘙𝘈 (@waynegilante) May 31, 2023
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The moment SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE ended, I knew I’d experienced a cinematic moment I’d cherish forever.
If INTO is A NEW HOPE, this is EMPIRE – darker, more powerful and better in every way.
It’s going to be a LONG wait until March ’24.
HOW DOES THIS MOVIE EXIST?! pic.twitter.com/5KD8puRXMD
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) May 25, 2023
#AcrossTheSpiderVerse is yet another milestone for animation. Yes it’s gorgeous & visually mind-blowing, but this sequel surpasses the first for always putting Miles AND his family front and center.
Spider-Gwen also rightfully steps deeper into the spotlight, co-owning the film. pic.twitter.com/maYL97vAeg
— Andrew J. Salazar (@AndrewJ626) May 25, 2023
#SpiderVerse is undoubtedly the greatest animated film to ever grace the big screen. A celebration of Spider-Man and a MAGNUM OPUS OF ART & STYLE, #SPIDERMAN HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD! Fantastic story, incredible action, and boy does this Spider-Fly! ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR! pic.twitter.com/RcOnUBIdxn
— Anthony – The Movie Podcast (@AJJetset) May 25, 2023
#AcrossTheSpiderVerse is EVERYTHING! The animation is next level, every spidey is perfect, the surprises are insanely epic, & the music is fire. You’ll be on the edge of your seat bc this ride is wild. It feels so good 2 back in the Spider-Verse!#SpiderManAcrossTheSpiderVerse pic.twitter.com/LTT76F2d0n
— Ashley Saunders she/her (@ThatAshleyErin) May 25, 2023
Also – I’ll settle for sequels every 5 years if it means they’re, you know, actually good.
— James Spiro (@JamesSpiro) May 31, 2023
Fans will learn about Miguel O’Hara, also known as Spider-Man 2099, in this installment.
While Miguel plays a big part in the movie, co-director Kemp Powers revealed in an interview with SFX magazine that the portrayal of Spider-Man 2099 is more than just a typical villain.
Is It Among The Best Movie Sequels Of All Time?
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse immerses the audience in an incredible number of worlds, each with its own animation style and tone, in addition to this impressive balance of characters. We see worlds like the sci-fi Spider-Man 2099 universe, a world that resembles a comic book even more, to name a few.
This opens up an almost limitless number of possibilities. Each universe is fascinating in its own unique way, and Across the Spider-Verse is horribly brilliant in the way it seamlessly weaves all these creative ideas together that make narrative sense.
Thus, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse unquestionably can be said to be among one of the best-animated movies in recent memory. Also, it serves as a contender for the best superhero movie of all time. It almost seems miraculous that this movie even exists.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will swing into theaters on June 2.