The Spider-Man Franchise and Sony have had a very rocky relationship ever since Spider-Man 3 and its iconic dancing scenes. The relationship was further worsened by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which angered fans by including too many villains in an attempt to establish a universe on par with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This same kind of logic can also be applied to the various Sony animations like Emoji Movie… *shivers* … which received a very low score of 8% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Naturally, people’s spider-senses were tinging when it came to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Would this be a massive success or would fans have to cope with another headache?
I’m here to deliver some good news. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse went above and beyond and provided what might be one of the best films of the year for all superhero fanatics.
Not only is this film innovative in its animation style but it is also aesthetically pleasing. There is a lot to take in visually but it is executed brilliantly. You just can’t take your eyes off of the screen, and it is almost as if you have been thrown into a comic book. In fact, there are many little subtle moments that make it feel like a comic book. For animation fans who simply enjoy the art, this is a must. The attention to detail, the contrasting colours, and even the old-school 3-D blur in the background separates it from other animated film and truly puts it in a league of its own. And we haven’t even covered the story yet.
The film centers on Mile Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, who is your average teenage kid with his own problems. Like many Spider-Man origin stories, Miles is thrown into danger when he is bitten by a radioactive spider. The twist with this story is that he is forced to team up with other Web-swingers for the sake of the multiverse.
The Avengers-styled team up is probably the aspect that shines the brightest in this film. Not only are we introduced to many brilliant versions such as Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Noir (Nicholas Cage), and even Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) … that’s right! Peter Poker is in this movie, but they all get their moments without taking the limelight away from Miles. In addition to that, we also get a combination of art styles that uniquely distinguishes each character but reflects the style used in their own comics.
The heart of the film really comes from the family aspect that really is the prevalent theme in this Spider-Man tale. It’s not just about the struggles of being a child, or the conflicts between father and son, it also focuses a lot on the connection between the various Spider-people. The relationship that truly stands out among many of the others is the Mr Miyagi-esque relationship between Miles and Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson). These two characters steal the show. Their chemistry is constantly brilliant, the delivery of their jokes and dialogue, and just their respect and admiration for each other makes them one of the best superhero duos to date.
Directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and the humongous team, which included 142 animators, created a pure spectacle that is full of heart, adrenaline inducing action, and so many laughs that will tickle everyone in the theater. If you’re a Spider-Man fan then this is the film for you. Swing to your nearest cinema and immerse yourself in the beautiful universe they have created. You can not miss this film.
What’s the golden rule for any Marvel movie? That’s right.
Stay until the end. You won’t regret it.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in cinemas now. Check out the trailer below.