Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Cast:
Shameik Moore
Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Jake Johnson
Liev Schreiber
Brian Tyree Henry
Luna Lauren Velez
Lily Tomlin

Directed by
Bob Persichetti
Peter Ramsey
Rodney Rothman


Produced by
Avi Arad
Amy Pascal
Phil Lord
Christopher Miller
Christina Steinberg
Screenplay by
Phil Lord
Rodney Rothman
Story by Phil Lord
Based on
Spider-Man
by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Miles Morales
by Brian Michael Bendis
Sara Pichelli

REVIEW

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-man in his own right. Soon after, Peter Parker is killed, but King Pin (Liev Schreiber) has opened a portal to multiple dimensions bringing back the thought dead Peter (Jake Johnson) and several other Spider-people Miles must learn from.

Sony should never have bothered with the Amazing Spider-man franchise and should’ve jumped straight to this. Everything about this film works and still manages to feel fresh despite all the different versions of Spider-man we’ve had over the years. Of course, Miles is a big part of that. Fans of the comic have been wanting to see him brought to the big screen for years and his debut does not disappoint.

The animation in this film is out of this world. They play with different textures and styles and it can be very in your face at times. But considering how weak wide release animation has been this year, I was happy to have my sense assaulted a bit with this colorful creation. I was just in awe of it. I don’t think I’ve been wowed to this extent since WALL-E.

Story wise, I think the film did a great job with not only Miles but introducing the multiple Spider-people and not overusing them. They all fit perfectly. Moore is excellent, Nic Cage as Spider-man Noir was a hilarious surprise. The only two voice actors I didn’t care for were Jake Johnson and Hailee Steinfeld. Thankfully their characters were still cool enough to make up for their shortcomings, but I still wish Sony would’ve gotten Tobey Maguire to voice Peter instead.

There’s so many fun easter eggs for fans of every single Spider-man that came before this, and the obligatory Stan Lee cameo may choke you up a bit. Stay until the end of the credits for another amusing scene.