Reel Reviews: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

As the credits rolled on Venom, after that amazing scene introducing the audience to Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, what I saw blew my mind. We were given a peak into a multiverse—a Spider-Verse. This idea was instantly appealing to me (as a huge fan of all things Marvel and the Adult Swim animated hit Rick & Morty); I began to ponder: What would Spider-Man be like from other, various dimensions? Gratefully, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—starring the vocal talents of Shameik Moore (Dope), Jake Johnson (Tag), Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee), Chris Pine (A Wrinkle in Time), and Liev Schreiber (Isle of Dogs)—answered my questions.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows Miles Morales (Moore), a down-on-his-luck Brooklyn teen, as he struggles with high school, girls and, on top of that, waking up one morning with the powers of Spider-Man. After Miles gets bitten by a radioactive spider, he sees Spider-Man, a.k.a. Peter Parker (Pine), stop Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk’s dimension-crossing super-collider; only to be killed by the Kingpin (Schreiber) afterwards. Seeing his hero die before him, Miles vows to avenge the wall-crawler and destroy the collider once and for all. Unbeknownst to Miles, the super-collider has opened a rift into in the multiverse known as The Spider-Verse. When he comes across Peter B. Parker (Johnson), the erstwhile savior of New York, Miles convinces this morose Spider-Man to train him to become the new Web-Headed Hero. As he meets various versions of the iconic superhero in different forms, from different dimensions across the universe, including Spider-Gwen (Steinfeld), Miles begins to realize the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Written by Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie) and Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a free-wheeling, fast-and-loose, striking addition to the franchise. Grabbing the attention of critics and fans right from its first trailer, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a flaunting and graphic, comic book-inspired animated film with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. I truly hope Sony Animation has many more trips into the Spider-Verse instore for us all. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fun and entertaining film great for all age groups. Now go on out and have some fun at the movies.