First Glance: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

I never quite got onboard with fervent adoration for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. I enjoyed the family elements of the story and wish there had been more of it. And I enjoyed most of the animation up until the final act. But the movie never found a good balance. Sometimes it felt like a moving family story with the inescapable superhero baggage attached. Other times it was like watching someone else play a video game. The new trailer for the much-anticipated sequel looks very much the same.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” teases several of the things I liked about its predecessor while also showing several of the things I didn’t. The early family bits look great and the animation really shines in those clips. But when it amps things up, the sensory blasts of colors and hyper-stylized visuals overwhelm. Add to it my growing boredom for the current multi-verse fad that’s everywhere these days, and I’m just not sure this is for me. But I’ll still see it and hope that (like the first film) there’s enough of the good stuff to get by.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” hits theaters June 2, 2003. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

10 thoughts on “First Glance: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

  1. I liked this trailer. I enjoyed the first film, but admittedly the novelty of the animation might have carried the film “over the finish line” for me to say now I liked it as much as I do. That being said, I am looking for a solid storyline this time around and of course, I always hope any Marvel release moves us even incrementally towards the next Thanos-like stakes. I do understand the multi-verse fatigue, but I’m still all in on this and will see it when it opens.

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