Growing up I’ve always been a huge fan of Spider-Man or to be precise Peter Parker. As a character, he was just awesome and complex as he tried to balance his real life with his superhero life but it just didn’t always work out for the poor guy but this isn’t about Peter, he actually takes a different role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which focuses on Miles Morales.
Miles isn’t new to the Marvel series, he was first introduced back in 2011, while the character wasn’t exactly well received at first, Miles would eventually win fans over becoming a beloved character and what better time to introduce the character to a brand new audience and give him his well deserved moment to shine for fans who want to see more of Miles Morales.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is easily my favorite Spider-Man film to date, it’s something completely different from what we’ve seen in recent years and is absolutely spectacular from start to finish. The movie starts off with Miles transferring to a new school, he doesn’t actually want to be there and would prefer to return to his old life, instead, his whole world is flipped around when he is bitten by a mysterious spider but before things can get any better they get much worse. Miles eventually returns to where he was bitten and comes across a battle between Spider-Man and learns that Kingpin is trying to unleash a portal into other universes, it’s not long after he learns he isn’t the only Spider-Man.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller do an amazing job of making this movie stand out compared to various other animated films released this year, it has a perfect mix of emotion, depth, and a good enough comedy that nothing gets boring or stale. Miles is quickly placed with a heavy burden and has to adapt and learn quickly, there is an urgency for the character to grow and learn how to tap into his powers and potential with so much on the line and his interactions with Peter who becomes his mentor hesitantly at first, this is what I really came to enjoy especially with their interactions.
One of the biggest draws of Into the Spider-Verse is the animation, Sony Pictures Animation does an excellent job of bringing not only the world to the big screen but also incorporates different art styles later into the movie when we are introduced to the new characters. Aside from Miles, Peter and Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham and Peni Parker (aka SP//dr) each have their own unique artstyle which is noticeable but in a good way as it draws out their different personalities.
My biggest gripe with the film is probably the lack of supervillains, while the Kingpin serves as the main antagonist for the film a few familiar bad guys only don’t get much screen time if any at all.
There are quite a few easter eggs to keep an eye out for in the movie, there are tons of things I noticed in the movie referencing Spider-Man comics, video games and television even a few things from the movies you may notice with some being easier to catch than others but it was fun spotting what I could.
Easily one of my top 3 movies of 2018, there’s no better way to end this year than watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse it just stands out as the superior animated movie in my book. It’s something everyone can enjoy whether you are a fan of Miles or this is the first time you are seeing the character. If you weren’t a fan of Miles before, this movie may just change your mind.