Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Creates New Worlds
Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the dynamic duo behind American film production and writing, have infused a blend of artistry and emotion into Sony Picture’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” leading them to expand the stories of the Spider-people.
In their sequel to 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Miller and Lord set out to construct new worlds that would engulf audiences in a mesmerizing web of animated adventure.
“We aimed for each world to have a distinct and unique aesthetic,” Miller shared with Reuters before the film’s release. “It was a thrilling opportunity to tell a story where you could visit these unexplored places and witness unseen worlds, providing the audience with an unparalleled experience.”
The movie follows the journey of teenager Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, as he embarks on a mission alongside his love interest Gwen Stacy, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, to rescue the Spider-People from each universe, preventing an impending catastrophe.
The animation styles draw inspiration from the Miles Morales Marvel comic books created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Additionally, they incorporate a watercolour aesthetic commonly found in the cover art of the Spider-Gwen comic book series.
The voice cast includes Issa Rae as Spider-Woman, Oscar Isaac as Spider-Man 2099, Daniel Kaluuya as Spider-Punk, and Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ father, Jefferson Davis.
The overarching theme of the film is the unapologetic acceptance of oneself, regardless of background or circumstance.
“In this particular story, there are grounded themes of self-discovery, self-trust, and self-awareness,” remarked Rae.
During the world premiere in Los Angeles, Henry told Reuters that there is a Spider-Man for everyone because heroes come in all forms, representing diverse individuals from various walks of life.
The pre-pandemic release of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” amassed over $35 million in its first three days and ultimately won the 2019 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
Despite concerns that the era of box office hits may be distant, the sequel is projected to earn approximately $115.5 million in its initial three days in the United States and Canada, according to BoxOffice Pro. Sony Pictures predicts a slightly lower opening range between $75 million and $85 million.
For many film critics, this new superhero movie possesses all the elements necessary for box office triumph.
Early feedback from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has granted the film an impressive 95% rating on the Tomatometer.
Owen Gleiberman from Variety described it as a film that could have received acclaim from both Andy Warhol and Stephen Hawking, solidifying its potential success.