Happy New Year! Our staff has some goals for our personal comics consumption in 2023, and we want to encourage y’all to do the same! So, each day this week, we’ll be sharing some of our thoughts and goals for the next 12 months. We’d love you to continue the conversation in the comments or on social media.
Question #4: A comic adaptation I’m looking forward to in 2023 is…
Mark Tweedale: …Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. C’mon, I’m an animation nerd—how could my answer be anything else? Animators have been wanting CGI to lean into stylization over photorealism for so long, and for so long all we got was the most tepid attempts (I’m looking at you, Bolt), until Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And given the audience reaction, and the way we’re seeing a huge swing towards stylization in the industry already, I expect Across the Spider-Verse to push so much further. (I have not seen the trailer, don’t ruin this for me. I don’t want to know anything.) Plus, y’know, there’s gonna be more Daniel Pemberton music, which I am always down for.
Elias Rosner: …next verse, same as the first. INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE SEQUEL PART ONE BAYBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Robbie Pleasant: …Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The first Spider-Verse movie was an astonishing work of art, with animation like no other and a great origin story for Miles Morales. It brought in some fun alternate universe characters, with stellar performances all around, and gave us at least a few wonderful story arcs. So the sequel has a high bar to clear, but the trailer we’ve seen so far is already looking great, complete with a ton of Spideys (including the surprise appearance of the Bombastic Bag-Man). So while of course I’m looking forward to all of Marvel’s blockbusters, Across the Spider-Verse has me the most excited.
Jaina Hill: …a return to the Spider-Verse! Duh! If you take a glance at my Letterbxd, you will see that “Into the Spider-Verse” is in my top four movies of all time. The second one looks like it wants to go bigger and better. Wow me, I say! I’m ready.
Kate Kosturski: …The Marvels. After She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Ms. Marvel was my second favorite MCU Phase IV TV show, so get me more Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan back in my veins. Jersey girls gotta stick together!
Ryan Fitzmartin: …Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham. The DC Animated projects have done a wonderful job with darker themes in the past. I can’t wait to see how they tackle an H.P. Lovecraft inspired story!
Mel Lake: …I’m not sure! I haven’t kept in touch with the news as much as many of my cohorts have, so I’m looking forward to the Netflix Avatar the Last Airbender and will be surprised by the rest.
Brian Salvatore: …honestly? I’m sort of looking forward to a year of not really caring about adaptations. I know this makes me the party pooper but, aside from the Shazam sequel that will be dumb fun, everything else just looks a little tired to me. I’d rather read more comics.
That said, I’ll see them all and I’ll be giddy at Across the Spider-Verse.