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Morales in the Multiverse

By Arjit Nair and Dylan Sanichara

Premiering June 2, 2023, fans have high expectations for “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the sequel to the Oscar-winning film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Many fans look forward to the return of Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, and Gwen Stacy, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld.

Artwork by Lindsay Kim

Many Marvel fans appreciate the unique and refreshing style of animation presented in the Spider-Verse films.

This next chapter in the Spider-Verse saga looks to explore the multiverse, alternate dimensions and even alternate Spider-Men, known as the Spider Society. Many fans feel that the film aims to define the true purpose of Spider-Man: what makes the red and blue, mask wearing and web shooting teenage boy a sought-after hero that many look up to.

“Regardless of who plays the character, Spider-Man is the most popular and relevant superhero in today’s society,” sophomore Richard Shibu said. “To me, just to hear a movie with the words ‘Spider-Man,’ enlightens me. Animated films have been a significant part of my childhood, and anime is one of my current interests. This movie is likely to bring flashbacks to my early childhood.”

“I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. I’m a big Marvel fan, so as soon as that movie comes out I’m going to be there,” sophomore Steven Sibrian said.

Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, is integral to the production of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Critics of the first film in the series question the difference in the animation presented in the film in comparison to other animated films. The movie’s animation was inspired by comic-book printing techniques and hand-drawn components which contributed to the visual attraction for younger viewers.

“The last movie did a great job on the animations,” sophomore Devan Shah said. “However, Marvel has done a poor job on the CGI in their movies so hopefully the animations are as good as it was in the last movie.”

“I’m really excited for the new movie, especially since the first one was so good,” sophomore Deborah Aderibigbe said. “I'm definitely curious to see how the producers go about the plot of the movie, so I don't really have any set expectations. However, I am anticipating a big unexpected plot twist coming somewhere in the movie. I can't wait.”


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