Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Review - 8 Ups & 2 Downs

An instant superhero classic.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Releasing

Believe it or not, it's been four-and-a-half years since Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit screens and redefined what a superhero movie could be.

A mesmerising multiverse movie that its live-action successor, Spider-Man: No Way Home, couldn't even hope to match in the ingenuity stakes, it was a film so stunningly crafted that even the Academy couldn't ignore it, giving it the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

And now the much-awaited sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, is finally upon us, arriving with tremendous pressure to at least match if not exceed the brilliance of its predecessor.

And against considerable odds, Across the Spider-Verse more than lives up to the hype. Critics have rightly been tripping over themselves to praise what's surely one of the greatest movie sequels ever - not to mention countless other superlatives.

In an era where many question whether "superhero fatigue" among general audiences is real, Across the Spider-Verse will surely prove that there will always be an audience for imaginative, visually ingenious cape fare like this.

But before we get into the gushing praise, here's what maybe won't work for everyone...

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