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Review Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023): Dark, grim, but very awesome Spider-Man film.

genre: superhero, comic book adaptation, action, adventure, drama

Just when you thought they couldn't make the multiverse darker, they did exactly that. Mind you, it's not the one from MCU, although, it's implied that MCU does exist in this Spider-Verse. It doesn't really matter much. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a standalone origin story that has opened up its own version of the multiverse, and they would be crazy not to tap into this more. Across the Spider-Verse builds on what was set up in the original and goes beyond.

Normally, you can assume, that superhero films in large part are predictable. Because it does need to abide by certain established tropes. Especially for a mainstream audience. Except, this sequel does away with all that and goes into an unfamiliar territory. A lot of people and events are turned upside down to such an extent you constantly are wondering what is going on. In essence, this is still a story about good versus evil but painted in a somewhat more realistic nature. It's not black and white but immensely grey. Thankfully, you are eased into the super dark nature of the story, with the same slapstick comedy of the original. Plus, there are so many memes and references in this film, you will need to rewatch the film a couple of times to process it all. I mean, I registered most but haven't been able to give it a place yet. It's all so very overwhelming. But awesome! 

I do have to give credit to the writers who weren't afraid to mess around with you, the viewer. There are so many surprises that undoubtedly will impact you in a large way. How can you not be? Miles Morales is a good kid who wants to do right by everybody, but for whatever reason isn't allowed to spread his wings and grow. I am sure everybody can relate to this, since every person has been in his place at that age. On top of that, Miles has to deal with things no normal human being has to deal with. It's admirable that he never stops trying. And immensely heartbreaking when the people close to him give him grief about it. But he has us, the audience, on his side, all the way.

While the film ends on a super dark note, I was very happy with the overall result. From start to finish, Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse is a mesmerizing film. It has even more heart than in the original. And that means something. I truly hope we won't have to wait long for the third part to come out. But that gives us a chance to rewatch the original and this part multiple times. And trust me, these are films where you can do that over and over again without getting bored. 

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