Rating 5/5 – On Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse one of my favorite reviewers called it the best Spider-Man in 14 years. While I’m a fan of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy I have not felt I saw a great Spider-man movie yet. In every one there seemed to be something missing. This version told me what seem to be missing from all the other movie, pathos. I’m not talking about the whole “make it sad” definition of pathos. I’m talking about the making you feel part. It’s what Marvel’s movies seem to do so well. You not only get okay to really excellent movies, but they make you feel for the characters and what they go through. This is not easy when we are talking about characters with incredible powers who fight other characters with incredible powers. Sony, who owns the rights to Spider-Man, keeps trying. With this movie, they got it right.
rs and what they go through. This is not easy when we are talking about characters with incredible powers who fight other characters with incredible powers. Sony, who owns the rights to Spider-Man, keeps trying. With this movie, they got it right.
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Spiders
The first thing you notice about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the animation. They had to pull off a singularly original looking style while incorporating a bunch of different mini-styles for each Spider-Man character. Long time comic readers will recognize most if not all of these Spider-Man versions. Most of them were alternate universe stories told in one form or another since the late 1990’s. The only exception being the Gwen Stacy spider, called “Spider-Gwen” or “Spider-Women” or “Ghost Spider” depending on what era of Spider-man. Spider-Ham is a comedy thing from way back in the 1980’s done in the same vain as a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Peni Parker came in an era when all the big comic companies had this need to create Anime versions of their characters. I never read her book because it aped the style of most Anime and I prefer regular versions of characters over cash grab rip offs.
Into the Spider-Verse Story
The storyline that brought all of these different versions of Spider-Man together forcused on the Kingpin rather than the vampires who ate spider-powers for some reason. They call themselves the Inheritors, which also didn’t make much sense to me. But this storyline gave us Spider-Gwen who is not only one of the best costumes but a pretty damn good character in her own right. I wasn’t a fan of how they actualized the Kingpin and how Liv Shriver made him more of a typical comic villian. Once you go Vincent D’Onofrio Kingpin, it’s really hard to go back or anywhere else.
Miles Morales and Peter Parker and Peter Parker
The focus of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was Miles Morales, the Brian Michael Bendis Spider-Man from the now defunct Ultimate line of Marvel comics. He gets his powers as all spider people do. Bitten by a radiative spider and given the typical spider powers a little later. This movie starts us from the beginning of his career, watching the original Spider-Man lose a battle. In Mile’s world Spider-Man has been around for years and fights with confidence and style, totally in control of his powers and mission as a Super Hero. Later we get to meet an alternate version who is divorced, not as sure of himself as he should be and even visibly gaining weight. The later Peter Parker gets pulled into Mile’s universe along with the others and they’ve all been around long enough to recognize this is an alternate reality creating by bad guys and they all sought out the Peter Parker of this world.
It was a great premise, the Spider Man villians were interesting diversions from the ones we all got to know and all the spider characters were done with unique fun an all had their own unique style. They not only had to find a way to get back to their own worlds but also help train Miles Moreles on what it takes to be a Spider-Man. This made the movie a fun ride with a really well thought out story premise. Sony has an actual hit with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and they’ve managed to create a lot of future franchise fodder out of it.