Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review


Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to jaykingsta14

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a coming-of-age superhero movie, centered around Miles Morales (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to jaykingsta14).

Spoilers Ahead!!

After the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, Marvel released the family-friendly, animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. The movie centers on Miles Morales, a Brooklyn teen bitten by a radioactive spider, who is faced with a challenge to save the world. He has to balance adjusting to his new school, new powers, and a new team.

The film opens with  Peter Parker, but not the Peter Parker we are all familiar with. This features an alternate Spider-Man, Peter B. Parker, narrating and summarizing his origin story, and explaining the great loss accompanying the role of being a superhero. When the villain Kingpin opens portals to different universes, he also pulls in other versions of Spider-Man. In the main universe, black-Latino middle-schooler Miles Morales is adjusting to his new life when he transfers to a pristine boarding school. Following his transition, Miles is bit by a radioactive spider and with the help of his impromptu mentor, Peter B. Parker, he embarks on a journey to take on the Spider-Man mantle.

The animation of the film demands attention with its amazing visual effects. According to LA Times, it took a week for an artist to complete one second of the 117-minute movie. All in all, the movie took four years and 800 people to make. Throughout the film, there is an embodiment of the Spider-man comic roots, possibly more than any of previous movies in the franchise. It feels like an animated comic book, which is a breath of fresh air to comic book fans. The color palette for the animation is incredibly rich in color which assists in bringing the movie to life.

The storyline is complex, yet easily understandable. As the movie progresses, we get front row seats to the life of Miles Morales and his difficulty balancing his school life and newfound abilities. For Miles, he is learning the meaning of the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” and how to give the title “Spider-Man” value. Morales undergoes hardships and battles Prowler and Kingpin with the assistance from the other Spider-Men. However, in the end, it’s Miles who must choose to stay back or fight.

Before the climax, Miles’s dad stops by his room and gives him an apology. With Miles ignoring him while busy being a superhero around the city, his dad assumes it is his fault. Due to this, his dad tells him he pushes him because he sees a “spark” in him. Miles uses this as encouragement to become the Spider-Man he wants to be. Miles’s decision creates the turning point for the movie.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ has won 24 out of the 31 awards that it has been nominated for. Most recently, it has won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. Critic reviews ranging from The NYTimes to Wall Street Journal have given the film a rave review. Joe Morgenstern of Wall Street Journal has gone as far to say, “It’s as if everyone had set out to make the best Spider-Man movie ever, which is exactly what they’ve done.” Aside from the rave reviews, the movie’s soundtrack properly ties into the theme with genres like R&B, hip hop, pop, and rap. One song from the soundtrack called “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee is already number one on the billboard charts.

Another admirable aspect of the film is its feeling of realism. The story’s setting is in New York, encompassing its real life manner rather than the bogus stereotypes. From the graffiti to the crowded, busy streets, it feels like the viewer is experiencing the New York life.

“Spider-Verse” is the first time most people have seen a black Spider-Man. This alone is a huge deal, because representations matter, regardless of which medium. Miles is conveyed in a way that defies the everyday stereotypes. He is a smart, likeable teen but he still tries to avoid a heartfelt goodbye to his dad, as he tries to swag out his outfit with his Air Jordan 1 sneakers. It gives teens and kids—specifically darker skinned children—someone to look up to.

The plot could have been more focused on Miles Morales instead of the other Spideys. The movie also threw in a predictable twist with his uncle Aaron as a villain. Other than those few critiques, the movie was downright impressive.  

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is a coming-of-age movie of Miles Morales, a lesser known character from Marvel. In light of another Spider-Man movie releasing in July, it seems that this movie will help build hype for the live-action. Marvel struck gold with this film which was comprised of a great soundtrack, storyline, and animation. Following its success, it can only be assumed that the sequel will only bring the original justice. So, grab some popcorn and check out this great film!