Well… well… well…
Ever since the announcement of Sony coming out with a Spider-Verse movie, I was super excited to see where this flick would go. Spider-Verse was one of my favorite events to hit Marvel Comics in the last few years. Seeing how the writers introduced all these different Spider-Men into one huge epic saga, I couldn’t help but wonder if they would introduce it to a wider audience that isn’t completely in tune with the comic book world. And I must say they did an amazing job with it!!!
Before I start overwhelming you with all the awesome, here’s a little synopsis of the story. The story follows Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he becomes Spider-Man and how he teams up with other Spider-Men from other dimensions to stop a threat that could essentially destroy all of realities.
Throughout Miles’ journey he encounters Spider-Man from his Earth (Chris Pine), a down on his luck Spider-Man (Jake Johnson), Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage). SUCH AN AMAZING CAST OF CHARACTERS!!! All of which have done some amazing work individually they add a great taste to this flick that leaves you with one of the biggest smiles you could think of.
Not only are there some bad ass good guys, but what kind of comic book flick doesn’t have their share of bad guys. Wilson “Motha F@#$king” Fisk aka Kingpin (Liev Schreiber), Katherine Han (Doc Ock), Green Goblin (Jorma Taccone), and Tombstone (Marvin Jones III).
Now down to the nitty gritty…
You would think one with as many characters and as many different worlds that it would get too convoluted and could loss an audience but it wasn’t! The good thing about this one is that essentially no matter where Spider-Man was from the story remained the same. Spider-Man was Spider-Man was Spider- Man. The only difference was in Miles Morales’ background because he is a newer character and even then its still slightly similar to the classic. They also did a decent job blending his comic origin with the new cinematic origin. As far as getting to the story down, they also did a good job with the comedy throughout. There were also many jokes that comic lovers would enjoy as well as things that even general public would be able to understand. They even made fun of other movies *cough* *cough* Emo dancing Spider-Man *cough* *cough*
On top of having a fun story his movie was filled with some of the best visuals I’ve seen in an animated feature ever. With a mixture of comic art, splash art, and general computer animation this has some of the most fantastic and eye-pleasing scenes throughout the entire thing. The battle scenes were put together so well that you will be in awe at how they could pull off some to the things that they did. From the scene when Spider-Man was fights the Green Goblin to the final battle where Spidey fighting Kingpin between dimensions left me with my mouth open. Also, Peter Porker looks like he’s straight out of Looney Toons, Peni Parker looks like she was pulled from an anime, and Spider-Man Noir was from the pages of an old 1930’s comic strip.
The character interaction was also one of the things that worked really well. Whether Miles was having a conversation with his parents, or Spider-Man was teaching Miles how to use his powers, or when Gwen was swinging around the city with Peni, it all works! You could tell that they all went through the same struggles and that they were all there for each other.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a must see for all. This film is full of humor, heart and spectacle. Everything we have grown to expect from in everything Spider-Man, whether its comics, movies and video games. It’s all there. I personally will be going to see this in theaters again and will be purchasing it on blu-ray when it comes out!