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Spider-Man: Across the Spdier-Verse is a worthy sequel to Into the Spider0-Verse, as it expands to connect to even more universes and the MCU’s Multiverse Saga. We explain the connections to Loki, the web of life and destiny, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and break down EVERY Spider-Person in the film.
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The easter eggs start in the title sequence, with the Marvel logo glitching to become multiple Marvel logos, symbolizing the multiple Marvel universes we see in this movie. And for a moment the sony logo glitches into the title font form the Miles Morales comic book. Just like the last movie, this one begins with the assurance that it has been approved by the Comics code authority. This was a n organization that for decades certified that comic books were safe for your children to read [won’t someone please think of the children].
A few more easter eggs in the title–sony also glitches to the spider-gwen font, the columbia logo becomes a negative image, like the spot-verse, sony animation logo becomes the same font as the s60s spider-man cartoon, and my favorite–this logo replicates the cover of amazing spider-man 300, the first full appearance of Venom.
The first movie began with narration from poetry parker, but this one begins with Gwen rating, saying let’s do this differently. This is a cool way to let us know that the last movie was initially presented from the point of view of Peter parker–the spider-man we were familiar with. But this one will be from the point of view of Gwen and miles.
This opening is a lot like spider-man 2, which began with a visual recap of the events of the first movie, painted by the artist Alex ross. She speed runs through the events of the first movie, especially highlighting the spider that bit Miles being number 42–just like it is in the comic. In the books, this was a reference to Jackie Robinson–the first black player in baseball–because Miles was the first black spider-man.
During this flashback Gwen is drumming while Mary Jane sings “not the only one,”–which contrasts the repetition of this narration in the first movie [I’ the one and only spider-man].
I loved this watercolor design of Gwen’s universe. The look seems modeled off of the beautiful covers drawn by her co-creator, Robbi Rodriguez.
The opening is also very loyal to Roriguez and co-creator Jason Latour’s comic. Spider-Gwen’s first appearance, in edge of the spider-verse issue 2, opens with her playing in her friends band–The Mary janes–and then recapping Peter’s death as the lizard, where he has the same last words, “I wanted to be special like you.”
We also see that she goes to her universe’s version of the Brooklyn Visions academy–the same school that Miles attends. Just like in the comics, Peter is her best friend, and in the movie he is bullied by someone named ned.
Doug: Ned? But that’s his best friend.
That’s his best friend in the MCU movies, but in the comics Ned Leeds was a reporter rival of Peter’s, who–at one point–was revealed to be the villain Hobgoblin.
Just like in the comic, Gwen’s dad is dead set on hunting down Spider-woman for the death of peter parker, and you’ll remember that Dennis leary’s version of Captain stacy was the same in the amazing spider-man [clip]. He blames her for the death because he sees her leaving his body behind–similar to how initially Miles’s dad blamed him for the death of his brother Aaron.
Then Jonah Jameson goes on a rant about the death of Peter Parker–and I love that in every reality, he is played by JK Smmons [him laughing]. More on him in a bit. I was so impressed with how the animators were able to create a totally different look and feel for each universe. Miles’s universe is more comic book-y, and filled with ben-day dots. Mumbattan is more like a Bollywood poster brought to life, while Gwen’s world is filled with bright pastel watercolors that are affected by her mood. Notice how the world lights up as soon as she hugs her father.
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