After 16 years without a real break from Spider-Man, you’d think that we’d be sick of the Web-Head by now. We’ve seen three different franchises with three different actors and have even more on the way. That’s why it amazes me just how Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony’s latest animated feature, manages to be one of, if not definitively, the best movies based on the character we’ve even had.
As the films starts, we get to meet the young Miles Morales as he tries to adjust to his new life and school. Little does he know that he’s one radioactive spider bite away from becoming his universe’s new Spider-Man. And I do mean his universe because, thanks to a freak accident involving a dimensional portal, many different incarnations of the human arachnid are now popping up, including original hero Peter Parker. Now, to prevent the Kingpin from unleashing a disaster unlike any seen before, Miles has to step up to the plate and discover how to be his version of the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler.
To switch up my usual order a bit, can I just say that this film is absolutely gorgeous to look at. It is common to say that a film looks like the page hit the screen. This film literally looks like they just took the pages of a comic book and played them for an audience, with all the “POWS!” and “KERBLAMS!” to match. It makes for a unique look, some incredible action sequences, and plenty of great visual humor.
Furthermore, not only does this film have a bumping soundtrack, but the score is perfectly crafted to reflect the emotions you see on screen. I was also surprised by the voice actors in this movie. I won’t dare spoil just how many people show up, but you should know you’re in for some top-notch voice work.
But this film has more to stand on than just that. The film gets very creative in the events that occur and the characters that appear. No action taken is out of character, and it gives you a sense of the world that they live in. On top of that, the character work is excellent, with darker themes and arcs there for the adult audience that can be missed by the kids, so it doesn’t ruin there fun. And this movie is above all else fun.
I love this movie. I love as an objective moviegoer and as a subjective Spider-Man fan. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is far and away an amazing work of art, and I hope that everyone goes out to experience it. It has something for everyone and finally gives yet another ethnic hero his due.