Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
Updated: Jan 9, 2019
To say that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn't your typical Spider-Man movie is an understatement. It's not even you typical comic book super hero movie, which is ironic because it's as close as you're going to get to a comic book becoming animated (more on that in a sec). SM:ITSP is a story of Miles Morales (Shamiek Moore), a young boy who was (just like most other Spider-Men) bit by a radioactive spider, giving him super powers. Pretty straight-forward so far right? If only.
Due to some interesting circumstances, and by that I mean bad guys doing dumb shit, dimensional rifts have pulled different variations of our hero into Mile's world. That isn't even the worst part, because if they don't stop the rifts then it could mean the end for everyone.
Despite having several versions of Spider-Man in this movie, it is still Mile's story. It's a story of a boy that desperately want approval and yearns of a meaningful connection. Someone that understands him. And that's something he almost had with is uncle Aaron, played by the always cool Mahershala Ali. But fo course nothing's that easy in the life of a super hero.
There are other character arcs that help move the story along here, like a relationship that Peter B. Parker, (an alternate version of the original Peter Parker), messed up in his reality that he's hoping to make up for. There's also the reason for the dimensional rifts. Wilson Fisk aka The King Pin, is the main villain and is behind all of our hero's troubles. Although his backstory for doing what he does is touching, I found that I never truly sympathized him, not like I did with the character on Daredevil.
If there's one thing I can say about this movie, it's this....THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE A SPIDER-MAN MOVIE! Into the Spider-Verse wasn't just a visual thrill-ride it was an emotional rollercoaster. Admittedly, the style of animation took a little getting used to, in fact at first I thought I accidentally bought tickets to the 3D showing without glasses, but after a few minutes you realize what the animators were going for. When I said earlier that this movie is like a comic book animated, well I meant it. You could screen shot any scene from this movie and it could be a panel in a comic book. If you're trying to picture it but can't, well then go and see for yourself.
Visuals aside, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also had one of the best Spider-Man movie story, and with it's great cast, you end up truly caring about all the characters. Even when Peni Parker's (anime Spider-Man) mech, the SP//dr Suit was damaged during the final melee, you can't help but feel sad for her. And I would be remiss if I don't mention one of the stand-out funny characters of the film, Spider-Pig. Voiced by the hilarious John Mulaney, this cartoon version of our hero has some of the best one-liners in the movie, "do animals speak in this dimension, cause I don't wanna freak him out", hahaha.
I'll say it again, this is how you make a Spider-Man movie! It's funny, touching, exciting and visually stunning. What more do you need? I definitely recommend you go watch it.
BTW...yes there is an end credit scene that's a must see.