Judging by the latest look at the highly-anticipated sequel, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is not only returning to the highly-stylistic animation of its predecessor but expanding upon it. While the multiverse has created the opportunity for Miles to meet other arachnid variants like Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) and Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), it’s also given animators a bountiful sandbox to blend, highlight, and transform the artistry of a comic book into something unique.
The first half of the new trailer reminds us of the emotional crux of Miles’ story before hurling us into a multiverse loaded with Spider-Man variants across all of space and time. Where “Into the Spider-Verse” featured a few of them on-screen together at the same time, this trailer makes it clear that the oncoming superhero rumble is going to entail thousands of them, including Oscar Isaac as Spider-Man 2099. The footage is extremely busy with all of them swinging around, yet their individual designs help them stand out from one another. A string of multiverses collapsing in on themselves has never looked more beautiful.
“Into the Spider-Verse” was such a dazzling experience because it made you feel like you were transported into a living, breathing comic book with backgrounds illuminated in halftone dots and colors expanding outside the lines. The freneticism of the action, in rhythm with its imaginative art direction, made for an unforgettable experience, and “Across the Spider-Verse” looks like it’s only going to further blow our minds by melding six different art styles.
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” is set to hit theaters on June 2, 2023.