Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse surrounds Miles Morales, a teenager who gets bitten by a radioactive spider, he stumbles on the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, who is in the midst of fighting against Kingpin who opens up a collider to different dimensions that allowed various spider people including Spider-Gwen, Spider-Noir, and Spider-Ham to come into his dimension. Now everyone must try to get back to their dimension before reality collapses onto itself.
Into the Spider-Verse is an utter delight. It’s nice to see an origin of a story we’ve seen a million times before, but through a different perspective. Miles is a worthy Spider-Man and I’m glad that more people will know his name because of this film. The voice cast gathered for this film is amazing. Shameik Moore is a stand out as Miles. I can’t think of a better person than Jake Johnson to play a middle aged, worn out Peter Parker. Nic Cage was amazing as Spider-Noir, and as a huge fan of John Mulaney myself, he totally encompasses Spider-Ham’s persona, though I wish there was more of him.
It would be remiss to not talk about the style of animation used in this film. It feels like a comic book come to life and I cannot wait to see more of this animation style in future films. It’s a really nice change of pace from the usual CG animation we now normally see from Disney and Pixar. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who created the Lego Movie and produced this film, astound me when I think about how they incorporate inventive animation into films they are involved in. And like the Lego Batman Movie, Into the Spider-Verse is very meta and has a very touching Stan Lee cameo.
I’m really glad that though this movie has various spider people, the focus and core of the film is Miles and it doesn’t forget that. I’ve heard some people say that this is the best Spider-Man film and I would actually agree with that. But if you aren’t the biggest Spider-Man fan, you may be a little lost like I was as to who all these spider people are. Also if you’re a fan of meme’s, stay for the post-credit scene.
I give Into the Spider-Verse an A.