‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ an Experience Unlike Any Other


Making his first appearance on the pages of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Amazing Fantasy #15  in 1962, he’s been played by three different actors in six movies, snagged a spot in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, and stars in Gamecon’s 2018 Best Sony PlayStation 4 Game. Some of you may have already guessed: we’re talking about Spider-Man.

Sony Pictures Animation has since tackled a project featuring the beloved hero, and passed with flying colors. Spider-Man is as colorful as ever; still the imaginative, intelligent, introspective New York teenager we all know and love.

But he isn’t Peter Parker.

Directed by Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr., and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse features half-black, half-Puerto Rican, Brooklyn-based middle-schooler Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) taking on the role of the webslinger. Bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles struggles to accept (and control) his powers while living away from home at a preparatory boarding school. He is soon tangled up in a tearing of the space-time continuum when Wilson Fisk, also known as Kingpin, leads the creation of a “Super-Collider” – a massive machine capable of pulling multiple dimensions together.

Miles, “the one and only” Spider-Man, soon teams up with multiple Spideys – all blasted into his dimension due to Kingpin’s Super-Collider. The Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) most are familiar with, now divorced and depressed, reluctantly adopts Miles as a mentee of sorts. Miles and Peter are also joined by Gwen Stacy’s Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld), the brooding, trench-coated Spider-Man Noir (ingeniously casted Nicolas Cage), futuristic, anime-esque Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and the cartoonish Spider-Ham/Peter Porker (John Mulaney). The six fight together despite their differences to — well, make sure the world doesn’t end.

Despite the fact that this movie introduces five superheroes new to the big screen, the plot never feels cluttered. Each character is given a strong, unique personality, bouncing off each other in epic fight scenes as well as hilarious banter.

The one-of-a-kind heroes and engaging storyline aren’t all to love about this film. The distinctive animation style leaves you feeling like you’ve jumped inside a comic book. Filled with striking color and sprinkled with just the right amount of liveliness – from emerging squiggles representing the famous “spider-sense,” or the colorful “glitching” effect placed upon our friends sent from alternate dimensions – there’s no denying that it’s pure eye-candy.

Adding to the experience is epic yet spunky score composed by Daniel Pemberton coupled with the incredibly well-fitting soundtrack featuring names such as Post Malone, Lil Wayne, and the late XXXTentacion; this animated feature is as easy on the ears as it is on the eyes.

Bursting with creativity and full of heart, Into the Spiderverse is a film that reaches out and webs up all of your attention – and rightfully so. Littered with references to previous Spider-Man adaptations and drawing you into the buzzing Spiderverse, it’s a spectacularly fun film perfect for all ages – longtime Spidey fans and newcomers alike.

Final Rating: 5/5 Stars