Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
"Okay, let's do this one last time, yeah? For real this time. This is it. My name is Miles Morales. I was bitten by a radioactive spider. And for like two days, I've been the one and only Spider-Man. I think you know the rest. I finished my essay. I saved a bunch of people. Got hit by a drone. Did this with my dad. Met my roommate finally. Slapped a sticker where my Dad's never going to find it. And when I feel alone, like no one understands what I'm going through, I remember my friends who get it. I never thought I'd be able to do any of this stuff. But I can. Anyone can wear the mask. You can wear the mask. If you didn't know that before, I hope you do now. Cuz I'm Spider-Man. And I'm not the only one. Not by a long shot"— Miles Morales
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the first animated film in the Spider-Man franchise. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman (in Persichetti and Rothman's feature directorial debuts) from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman, it stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales / Spider-Man, alongside the voices of Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, and Liev Schreiber. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse premiered at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 14, in Dolby Cinema, RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, and 4DX formats.
Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he soon realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.
Why It Rocks
- The movie acknowledges that there have been too many film adaptations of Peter Parker's Spider-Man already, and instead focuses on Miles Morales' Spider-Man which hadn't been done before.
- Incredibly beautiful and impressive animation that truly feels like its an animated comic book, with great use of color and even several different styles blended with spectacular results (like anime in the form of Peni Parker and SP//dr, a Looney Tunes style cartoon in the form of Peter Porker/Spider-Ham, and a gritty film noir with Spider-Man Noir).
- Aaron Davis and Jefferson Davis are made more likable and realistic than their comic counterparts, with Jefferson just being a normal police officer instead of a SHIELD agent and Aaron Davis while he's still a cat burglar is still a caring uncle to Miles and his death is well executed and emotional.
- Likable characters such as Miles Morales, Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Peni Parker.
- Miles' personality and origin are changed so he doesn't feel too much like Peter, unlike the comics where his origin there is pretty much a retread of Peter's.
- The movie portrays the death of the Ultimate Universe Peter Parker, which is a nice nod to the source material.
- Spider-Ham is a funny comic relief who is extremely well animated.
- To add to that, his backstory was EXTREMELY funny. He was a spider, but he got bitten by a pig, and that turned him into a pig.
- A special guest appearance by Spider-Man 2099 during the post-credits scene.
- Great voice acting from actors such as Jake Johnson and Nicolas Cage.
- Compared to most other Sony Pictures Animation films, the casting is flawless as it seems that they cast actors based on talent alone rather than celebrity status similar to that of Pixar.
- Plenty of nice nods to the comics and even the Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy. They also mock One More Day (which is universally considered the worst Spider-Man comic to exist).
- There are many great lines, like "There's three, actually", the scene where Peter and Miles sit down and think, Peter's final words in the movie "Not bad, kid" and more famously, the scene where Miles says "hey"
- Great soundtrack by Daniel Pemberton with songs like "Sunflower", "What's Up Danger", "Hide and I'm Not Scared".
- Amazing action scenes.
- While the movie does focus on the other spider people, they don't steal the spotlight from Miles.
- The mid-credits scene makes a tribute to the late Stan Lee who died in November and Steve Ditko who died around June.
- Kingpin makes for an entertaining villain while also giving room for other minor villains such as Doctor Octopus, managing to do it right unlike Spider-Man 3.
- Also, his backstory is incredibly sad, when his wife and son realized his violent nature and lead them to die in a car accident.
- The pacing is incredibly excellent.
- It avoids product placement (besides Sony headphones, but at least Sony is the distributor) (examples being Coca Cola becomes Koca-Soda, FedEx becomes RedEx, and Google becomes Backrub, Google's original name)
- It manages to be funny, without being too funny, examples being when the security guard tells Miles that he knows he snuck out, and his spider-sense telling him to play dumb, and he asks who's Miles, and the spider-sense tells him "Not that dumb" as well as the album A Very Spidey Christmas which is deliberately made to be bad and is a satire of selling out.
- Very good character development. Miles starts out as some introverted teenager, who didn't want to be Spider-Man, but at the end of the film, he becomes a good Spider-Man and enjoys it.
- It subverts the "buddies separate before the third act only to regroup" cliche, because they don't get into an argument, the other Spider-People wanted to keep Miles safe.
- The iconic "What's Up Danger" scene.
- There are some Easter eggs to some of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's works, Most notably Clone High, such as the scene at Time Square where Gwen/Peter B. Parker was explaining their backstories where they were transported to Miles' dimension, you can see a poster featuring JFK and Abe in the background on the far right (which you can see here).
- Another reference to Clone High would be the Spider-Man Christmas Album, which references the JFK Sings the Er-Uh Snowflake Day Hits Album.
- Stan Lee has a posthumous cameo at one point during the film as a comic shop owner who sells a mask to Miles, as well as voicing J. Jonah Jameson in the post-credits scene.
- This movie can give you a seizure due to strobe lighting.
- This applies to the Marvel logo playing before the movie.
- Some songs don't fit with the scenes they're played in.
- Doctor Octopus being female was kinda unnecessary.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was universally acclaimed by critics and fans for its animation, direction, characters, story, voice acting, humor, and soundtrack. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 97%, based on 383 reviews, with an average rating of 8.77/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers it surveyed gave it a 90% overall positive score and an 80% "definite recommend," as well as a 5-star rating. It is considered by many to be one of the best films of 2018, let alone the best-animated film of 2018, which was a strong year for animated films with movies such as Isle of Dogs and Incredibles 2, and even the 2010s.
Awards and Nominations
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
The movie has a sequel confirmed, coming out on October 7, 2022.
- This was the first animated film to win Best Animated Picture that wasn't a Disney or Pixar film since 2011, where Nickelodeon Pictures won for Rango.
- This was the first film to the current Sony Pictures Animation logo (albeit the variant).
- The producers of the film, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are also known for writing and directing The Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street as well as being to creators behind Clone High.
- Some people also considered this as Sony's apology after the release of AMW.