After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Brooklyn teen Miles Morales gets a crash course in web-slinging from his alternate-dimension counterparts.
Runtime: 1hr 56m
Director: Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Vélez, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney
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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a computer-animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man. New York City teenager Miles Morales struggles to live up to the expectations of his father, police officer Jefferson Davis, who sees Spider-Man as a menace. Miles adjusts to boarding school, and visits his uncle Aaron Davis, who takes him to an abandoned subway station to paint graffiti. Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains spider-like abilities similar to Spider-Man.
Returning to the station, Miles discovers a “Super-Collider” built by Kingpin, who hopes to access parallel universes to bring back his dead wife and son (which he blames on Spider-Man). Miles watches as Spider-Man attempts to disable the collider while fighting Kingpin’s enforcers, Green Goblin and Prowler. Spider-Man saves Miles, but Green Goblin shoves Spider-Man into the collider, causing an explosion that kills Green Goblin and severely wounds Spider-Man. He gives Miles a USB flash drive to disable the collider, warning that the machine could destroy the city if reactivated. Watching in horror as Kingpin kills Spider-Man, Miles flees from Prowler.
As the city mourns Spider-Man’s death, Miles tries to honour his legacy and become New York’s next superhero. Trying out his newfound abilities, he damages the USB drive. At Spider-Man’s grave, Miles meets Peter B. Parker, an older, worn-down version of Spider-Man from another dimension. Upon meeting him, Miles discovers his ability to emit a bio-electric “venom” blast. Peter reluctantly agrees to train Miles in exchange for help stealing data to create a new drive. They infiltrate Kingpin’s research facility, and Miles discovers he has the power to turn invisible. They are confronted by scientist Olivia Octavius, who determines that Peter will die from cellular decay if he remains in their dimension. And thus we discover a multitude of universes each with their own (very different) version of Spider-Man. Welcome to The Spider-Verse!
I have to say, and no pun-intended: Into the Spider-Verse is a total marvel, all the way down to its stylish and diverse styles of animation to its bold, sophisticated storytelling. The visuals are absolutely enchanting. The fast, colourful, and distinct stylised animation is just top notch; it’s as if the comic book leaped off the pages. Something Sony have nailed is how each character has a pronounced look and movement. With the various kinds of Spider-Men and Marvel villains featured in this story, the animators went all out to give them a unique identity – even so far as their own animation style. Notably in this case are Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker, and Spider-Ham. Noir, whose universe takes place in 1930s New York, boasts a dark, shadowy vibe similar to Sin City, Peni Parker has a bubbly anime look, and Spider-Ham is a bouncy, eccentric cartoon character who takes full advantage of his absurd existence to deliver some of the film’s best laughs. Even with these different identities, the film slows down to balance their character in a serious nature.
Miles, and the majority of characters, share the same art style. I really enjoy the blend of 3D models with traditional 2D movement. It’s very appealing to watch and it seamlessly matches the comic book theme. I also appreciate the stylisation of certain villains. Kingpin is a character I don’t think was portrayed accurately outside of the comics, just appearing as a generic, heavy-set bald brute, when he’s really an enormous, borderline non-human tank. Kingpin looks excellent in this film, with his titanic body and small head with an intimidating grimace. He’s a powerful force and a legitimately scary antagonist. Doc Ock is another example, portrayed as a brilliant, but outlandish female scientist with a psychotic passion for villainy. I didn’t feel like I needed to know more about her character, she was such a fun villainess to watch. She really added to the suspense in some action sequences.
You may be sick and tired of the seemingly countless Marvel Superhero films; you may even be sick and tired of yet another Spider-Man film but trust me on this, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a whole different ball game. The animated style allows the creators to go over the top with the visual styles while still remaining true to the many, and varied, Spider-Man comic books. It is a great film in its own right and even if you have vowed to steer clear of the superhero genre then make this an exception – it is, as mentioned earlier, a total marvel!
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