“Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse” is now available for streaming on Netflix, allowing fans to enjoy the film without the need for multiverse-jumping or web-slinging skills—just a subscription to the streaming service.
In contrast to the MCU, “Across the Spider-Verse” has emerged as one of the standout movies of the year. Editor Tom Percival gave it a perfect five-star rating, describing it as “pretty much perfect in every single way,” praising its “genuinely breathtaking” visuals and hailing it as a “triumph” in storytelling.
He noted, “It’s a passion project that’s clearly been created by an entire team of Spider-fanatics, of which every member was bitten by a radioactive passion fruit.” The sentiment is echoed by Rotten Tomatoes, where the movie boasts an impressive 96% rating, making it a strong contender for the best superhero film of the year.
Among the vast array of Marvel movies, “Across the Spider-Verse” distinguishes itself for two primary reasons: its stunning animation and its continuation of Miles Morales’ story—a character often lauded as one of Marvel’s best.
Even “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which brought back actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, couldn’t quite match the innovative approach of “Across the Spider-Verse.” Months after its release, fans are still discovering new details about the film, from subtle animation tweaks to hidden Easter Eggs, with various versions of the film circulating.
While “Into the Spider-Verse” pitted Miles Morales against Kingpin, the sequel introduces The Spot—a dimension-hopping villain with a vendetta against Miles stemming from an unfortunate encounter involving a bagel.
Moreover, “Across the Spider-Verse” delves into Miles’ origins, the multiverse, and certain “canon events” that no Spider-Man can escape. While the origins of Spider-Man and Uncle Ben have been well-explored in previous films, the Spider-Verse saga stands out by incorporating a sense of self-awareness into its storytelling, all while delivering a compelling narrative.