Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a very loose adaption of the Marvel Comics story-arc of the same name. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Picture, this movie is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. It features an ensemble cast of various versions of Spider-Man from across the Multiverse.
Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a kid who is trying to live an ordinary life. His father Jefferson Davis (Brian Tyree Henry) is a police officer in New York and his mother Rio Morales (Luna Lauren Velez) is a nurse. He idolizes his rebellious Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali). One night, while out with his uncle, he gets bitten by a mysterious spider from Alchemax, a company owned by the villainous Kingpin (Liev Schreiber).
After developing powers, he goes to investigate the spider, only to run into Spider-Man (Chris Pine) who senses Miles’ powers and gives him brief encouragement. Afterwards, Spidey dies stopping the Kingpin from activating a “supercollider,” which can bend universes. This incident inspires Miles to try to become Spider-Man and he ends up running into a Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), a down-on-his-luck Spider-Man from another universe who agrees to help train him.
Soon, however, other spider-heroes appear including Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld), Noir (Nicolas Cage), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), and a mech-armored Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). The group soon does battle against the Kingpin’s army of bad guys who want to stop Spider-Man from ruining his plans to use the collider for his own purposes.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is one of the best animated Marvel films. While the animation style is a bit unusual, I felt that it was a good match for the tone of this film. Like many Spidey-themed stories, it is about responsibility. Miles has his responsibility to his family, Spider-Man has a responsibility to the city, and the others have responsibilities back in their own worlds.
It was also refreshing to see Miles’ father (also a cop), portrayed in a positive manner. This is hopefully an excellent shift away from the anti-Father movement and anti-cop themes we have seen in a lot of media as of late. Both of these occupations are noble and honorable. To see them combined into the Dad of a hero is a relief.
Also, the voice cast is spot on. Every actor/actress is perfect for the role they were chosen. I know Nicolas Cage is happy. He has gotten to play Superman and Spider-Man Noir in the same year. I have to admit, the female Doc Ock disappointed me, not because of her sex or the performance by Kathryn Hahn (which was excellent), but they missed a golden opportunity to adapt the actual female Dr. Octopus from the comic books. That would have been a real treat.
As for Sony, they should give up on live-action Spider-Man and focus on these animated films. Let Disney keep Tom Holland and Sony can continue to develop this franchise. It is an excellent compromise that would work well.
One final note, when Mile Morales first appeared in the inferior Ultimate Marvel Universe, I was hopping mad. Killing off Peter Parker for a random diversity checkbox seemed a little extreme to me. The writers who tried to make the fans feel guilty for not liking him only added fuel to the fire with their silly accusations of racism. That being said, after Miles transitioned into the mainstream universe, Marvel has actually hired good writers to develop his character. He became prominent in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated show as Kid Arachnid where I did grew to at least appreciate him. This is development is what happens when you hire good writers. Hopefully, Marvel Comics will keep up the pace.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Don’t you dare finish that sentence.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Mild thematic elements
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