Across The Spider-Verse is The Best Movie of 2023!


Catch Across The Spider-Verse in Regal Cinemas in Hyannis and Mashpee before it leaves.

Elaina Dunson, Staff Writer

The new Spider-Verse movie had me and a full theater of others at the edge of our seats. From beginning to end, Spider-man: Across The Spider-Verse was intense, humorous, beautiful, and had me in tears all the way through. 

I watched the movie with 17 others, packed into a full theater at about 7 o’clock. I had never been so excited for a movie until the Sony logo popped onto the screen. I was in awe throughout the entire movie. Not only did it top the first movie, but to me, it’s the best spiderman movie ever made.

As everyone had anticipated, there were many cameos from so many different universes,including our current MCU and Venom universes! We got to see and love so many new and old spider-people. The movie’s full duration was 2 hours and 16 minutes, but it felt like only a few minutes by the end. I was hooked from the beginning. 

I’ve loved Spider-man for a long time; as a kid I would watch the Tobey Maguire movies on repeat. I had never seen a Spider-man movie in theaters until last Friday and I wish I could experience it for the first time all over again. 

The animated movie included some older characters like Gwen Stacy, and some newer characters like Spider-punk or Hobie Brown. There was even a cameo from the rapper and producer Metro Boomin, who created most of the music for the movie. There were so many funny moments throughout the show that I couldn’t help but laugh at. One of those being the classic Spider-Man point. THe humor was definitely for everyone to enjoy. 

I could go on for hours about the music and its symbolism. The “main antagonist” or Miguel O’Hara (Spider-man 2099)’s theme is the Prowler theme played backwards to show his true intentions! Mile’s is own theme is the Prowler theme with a heroic spin on it to show what his true fate was meant to be and how he changed it. The ending also utilizes this music by playing many of the characters’ themes at once in harmony with each other. 

The movie is filled with plot twists and gut wrenching moments. I, for one, cried more than three times at many different scenes. Towards the middle of the movie, Gwen Stacy goes back to her own world after being kicked out from the spider-society and she is faced with her father. They had a heart-breaking conversation and I sobbed the whole time. Miles’ need for understanding, the Spots desperation, the death that circles throughout the movie make it darker than the first movie. 

I don’t want to compare the first and second because they are so good in their own ways, but the animation, the story, the scenes, everything in the second movie is immaculate, down to the timing of the To Be Continued…at the end of the film. What the first movie may have lacked, the second movie did amazingly. The one thing the second movie in the trilogy will never top is Miles’ leap of faith in the first movie. It’s far too iconic to ever be topped. 

I am more than excited for the third movie and what it will bring to the table. The date is set for March 29, 2024. That may be postponed though. Currently writers are protesting across America, so that may lead to the downfall of many shows and movies. I truly hope that the writers get the pay raise they deserve and that the next movie can be released. Until then, I will watch Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse until I can’t stand it anymore.