Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
What We Thought:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fun film for Spidey fans of all ages! I had seen a clip of the film that played after Venom’s credits and wasn’t sure what to think about it. I was pretty hesitant actually, but the movie is so much fun and is great for every different Spidey fan out there.
The animated film introduces Miles Morales to the movie world. Ok technically he was introduced (sort of) in Spider-Man Homecoming with Donald Glover’s character mentioning his nephew Miles, but that might have gone over casual fans’ heads. Miles is the lead in this, but don’t think it’s just about Miles although it does give his origin story (Miles is bit by an electronic spider while out tagging with his uncle). Peter Parker dies, but thanks to Kingpin’s attempt at opening a gateway to other universes, different versions of Spider-Man come to Miles’ universe. An older version of Peter Parker comes across. As does Spider-Gwen (Gwen Stacy), Peni Parker, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham. They must team up to defeat Kingpin and return themselves to the universes they belong in.
I absolutely loved the voiceover cast. I never realized I needed Jake Johnson to be Peter Parker before. He’s great as an aging, overweight Spidey from another universe. Miles wants his help to learn how to be Spider-Man because his Peter died before he could learn. Johnson’s Parker wants nothing to do with it but eventually realizes he has to show the kid the ropes. Comedian John Mulaney voices Spider-Ham and is perfection. Even animated Nicolas Cage Nicolas Cages the hell out of Spider-Man Noir. You immediately know it’s Cage. Liev Schreiber voices Wilson Fisk, Mahershala Ali is Uncle Aaron who I won’t spoil if you don’t know his secret. Hailee Steinfeld is Gwen Stacy and Shameik Moore handles the doubt and charm of Miles flawlessly.
The movie is fun, full of action and music. If you grew up in the 80s, 90s, 2000s or even before you should have fun with it. Spider-Man is a hard character to really do live (despite all the movie versions) so an animated movie really lets him fly. Without the limitations of human beings, you truly get a Spider-Man that can do what you see in the comics. That’s what I liked the most, I felt I truly got Spidey for the first time on a big a screen.
My only complaint about the film might not even be a complaint, it might just be an issue with the movie theater I was at. The background of the movie looked really blurry. The foreground was in focus but the background looked weird. I don’t know if that was intentional in the animation or if the formatting of the movie was wrong at the theater. The theater has issues all the time so I’m leaning towards theater issue and not movie issue.
I had way more fun with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse than expected. I genuinely enjoyed it and think it’s one of the better (if not the best) animated films of the year. I definitely liked it more than Incredibles 2 and it’s something I can see myself watching multiple times on home video/on TV. There are little Easter eggs throughout with more I’m sure I missed. Plus there’s an absolutely fantastic end credits scene if you are a fan of Memes so stay till the end! I liked this film so much I want to see more Marvel animated movies. I know this is Sony and not Fox, but man would a Deadpool with all the different Deadpool variations out there be amazing animated. But going back to this, nothing else to say but…
Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, and Liev Schreiber
Screenplay by: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
Story by: Phil Lord
Based on: The Marvel Comic
Produced by: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg