1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse isn't just the best superhero movie of 2023, it's one of the greatest superhero movies to ever grace the big screen.
Across the Spider-Verse is truly stunning. It's quite honestly one of the most spectacular pieces of cinema we've ever seen with an art style that is absolutely breathtaking. The way the film's visuals managed to blend together 3D and 2D animation created a film that was unlike anything we've seen before and managed to somehow outdo its predecessor, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Not only did the visuals level up with the sequel, but somehow the writers managed to outdo themselves with the expanding storyline and introduction of several iconic Spider-Verse characters. Miguel O’Hara, Jessica Drew, Hobie Brown, Pavitr Prabhakar, and Spot each played pivotal roles in the movie and managed to inject the ensemble with so many new and complex dynamics. These characters were captivating and left us wanting more, while also elevating the franchise in new ways.
Speaking of elevation, the writers managed to brilliantly build upon the story arcs of the existing characters in such incredible ways.
Gwen Stacy was featured even more prominently as we continued peeling back more of the layers encompassing her complex relationship with her dad as well as what it means to be a Spider-Man. Speaking of which, we also fittingly got to see Miles discover his place in the Spider-Verse as he came into his own, hitting home the narrative that everyone is the author of their own story and just because someone says you don't belong doesn't mean you're not right where you should be.
After the success of Into the Spider-Verse, we didn't think Sony would be able to outdo itself yet that's exactly what it did with Across the Spider-Verse. Our only complaint about the film is that it ended with a cliffhanger that rivals that of Avengers: Infinity War, one which left us stunned and eager for the next chapter in the trilogy.