Have You Seen “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”? (My Thoughts)

A few years ago a film quietly arrived in theaters and, despite being really good, underperformed to an opening weekend of around $38 million.

I can’t remember exactly when or where I saw the movie, but I do know that I was absolutely delighted by it. The animation, the music, the cast of characters. Every frame is a painting, and literally everything about the movie worked for me. It’s a rare film that I’ve already watched multiple times.

What I do remember, though, is that I happened to be in Los Angeles for the Survivor finale while the movie was in theaters, and thanks to a special connection through some fellow game designers, we walked around the studio campus for a few hours. We had a brief chat with the vice president (I’m assuming of film production?), and he was disappointed that more people weren’t watching such a great film.

So it was to my great delight that not only did Sony make a sequel–and a great one at that–but the opening weekend for the sequel was more than 3 times better than the first film. That’s a sign of a great movie that took people a while to discover.

I saw Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse last week, and I’m in awe of what they’ve accomplished in this film. It’s so, so good. I’m sure credit is due to hundreds of people involved, but I want to tip my cap yet again to writers Lord and Miller. They’re consistently funny (21 Jump Street, The Afterparty, The Lego Movie, etc), but there’s also a level of depth and logic to their work that takes extra care and effort.

I obviously don’t want to spoil anything about the movie, and everything great about the first film is on full display here too. There’s one thing I’ll save until after the jump if you want to know something that I kind of wish I had known going into the film–it isn’t a plot spoiler–but I’m just so excited this exists. I already know it will hold up for future views, and it’s one of the best (if not the best) movie I’ve seen this year.

What did you think of the film? Did you have a favorite moment? Spoilers in the comments are totally fine.

QUICK BREAK FOR MINOR SPOILER

I had no idea that the film would end on a cliffhanger. This is now a trilogy (if not more), and while this is a complete film, it leaves a lot unresolved, enough that it required a “to be continued” message at the end. I generally like to know when a movie is part 1 of 2 or part of a trilogy, and maybe I missed that somewhere. Given how awesome the movie is, though, I was not disappointed in any way when the final screen told us that we’ll get a third movie. I’m glad this long-term investment by Sony has finally paid off.

7 thoughts on “Have You Seen “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. Jamey,
    My 23-year old daughter is way more of a Marvel fan than me…and she educated me on the whole Marvel-Sony drama (no pun intended), the myriad Spider Man movies over the past two decades, and the way Marvel, leasing back its own IP for movies (that’s a wild idea in and of itself) made sense of it all. To that end, we were going to see the latest release until she realized that I hadn’t seen the first one. We went back to the place my wife and I are renting at the moment and rented the first one and I thoroughly enjoyed it…especially the animation! Truly blown away.
    Cheers
    Joe

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  2. I thought it was a really exciting decision by Sony. I thought the film was amazing and had no clue when watching that there would be a cliffhanger – I had managed to avoid all information about the film beforehand. When the credits rolled I felt real emotion that we would not get an immediate resolution but what a sense of delayed gratification it will be with the third movie. A real masterpiece of a movie.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it too! It’s neat that you embraced the cliffhanger. I’m still a little torn on whether or not I wish I had known about it, but I see your point, and I’m definitely happy for there to be a third movie!

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    • Agreed on all counts. I’m so thrilled they managed to keep it a secret, as the cliffhanger ending was a delightful surprise. Especially for a comic book movie, where it’s a bit rote that everything will wrap up nicely at the end. I think I would have felt disappointed, or maybe even spoiled, had I known it was going to end on a cliffhanger. I’m glad we saw it opening weekend, before that became something everyone was talking about.

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      • Nice! I didn’t realize it was a surprise for everyone (I avoided any spoilers and press going into the movie).

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  3. 1. The original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did not underperform in Australia. Us Aussies have good taste.
    2. The original SM: ItSV overperformed when it came to critical acclaim, winning numerous awards, including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
    3. The excellent superhero movie Avengers: Infinity War (which featured a live-action Spider-Man in its ensemble cast) fittingly ended on a cliff-hanger.

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    • That’s great to hear about the Aussies! As for Infinity War, I’d classify it differently, as Marvel advertised it well in advance as part I of two Infinity War movies. 🙂

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