Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy are back in an amazing coming-of-age adventure that will feel like a spiderweb. Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse It is the rare sequel that improves on the Academy Award-winning original in every aspect. Our brave heroes find fellowship in the web sling but learn that troubles on the home front cannot be so easily left behind. A great mix of CGI and 2D animation accompanies a great soundtrack and honest screenplay with a sense of humor. The movie has a long stretch but covers a lot of ground creatively.
Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) beats her drums in anger and frustration. She has problems her bandmates can’t understand. Captain George Stacy (Shea Whigham) is bent on capturing the killer Spider-Woman. He would be devastated to know her secret identity. How do you tell him the truth? Gwen is missing the only person who truly understands. She is interrupted by a strange villain who is the latest of her troubles.
In his reality, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) can’t stop thinking about Gwen. You’ll be impressed with his cool new suit and improved crime-fighting skills. A lot has changed in the past year. Spider-Man made Brooklyn a better place. But manipulating bad guys and going to school is not easy. He’s already late for the parent-teacher meeting when homework calls.
An unexpected visitor
Spot (Jason Schwartzman) seething with rage. Spider-Man ruined his life and he must pay for his transgressions. He is even angrier when Spider-Man mocks his portal’s powers. Meanwhile, Rio (Luna Lauren Vélez) and Jefferson (Brian Tyree Henry) wait anxiously in the counselor’s office for their son. Where could Miles be? Spider-Man’s struggle with the ill-fated spot gets him an unexpected visitor. Miles is happy to see Gwen. How did you travel to his world? Gwen feels the same way but cannot tell Miles of her true mission.
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse It spreads narrative wealth. Gwen and Miles have the same concerns from different points of view. Both are lonely and seek affiliation with a higher cause, but they have very different home lives. Gwen’s shattered relationship with her father deeply wounds her. Miles has loving and supportive parents. They gave everything to see him succeed and are genuinely disappointed by his distant behaviour. Miles knows his secret keeps them safe from deadly enemies. He and Gwen have no illusions about the stakes. There is solace in each other. But the relationship between Gwen and Spider-Man always seems to end in tragedy.
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse Pushing the boundaries of animation art. Characters interact with dynamic backgrounds. The color palette changes with the brightness or sourness of the mood. There are also comic bubbles that pop up in the frame to expand key details. It’s done brilliantly with comedic effect. A scene with Gwen and Miles sitting upside down under the ledge of a building is breathtaking. Every inch of the screen radiates vibrant energy.
Focus on diversity
There is a clear focus on diversity and the promotion of multiculturalism. Miles’ Puerto Rican heritage is permeated throughout. He’s an urban teenager who speaks Spanish and eats in delicious plantains. The Spider-Society squad includes Indian Pavitr Prabhakar (Karan Soni), pregnant, afro-wearing Jessica Drew (Issa Rae), and futuristic Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac) to name a few. This approach may bother some but it shouldn’t. Your friendly Spider-Man neighborhood reflects all walks of life.
Avoid spoilers. There are quite a few surprises here. It is well worth the price for the premium theater experience. Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse It’s amazing to look. Stick to the mid-credits scene.
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse It is a production of Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Marvel Entertainment. It will have a theatrical release on June 2 from Sony Pictures.