Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Year: 2018

Synopsis: Miles Morales is unexpectedly bitten by a radioactive spider, and is quickly swept up in a psychotic plot by Kingpin that inadvertently sucked other versions of Spider-Man into their universe.

Pros:
• Took the very DNA of comic books, and made something as similar as it was unique.
• Once adapted to the “comic book” styling of the animation, it felt like what we all wanted those old Marvel-based cartoons to be like.
• Was a genuinely fun story that looked forward while honoring the past.
• Every version of Spider-Man created the most unique set of odd couples that loved each other in the most meta of ways, as the new Morales Spider-Man was the most unique of all of them.
• Though technically self-indulgent, that indulgence was somehow part of the fun.
• Having Kingpin as the primary antagonist in a Spider-Man film cemented the film’s uniqueness amongst all the Spider-Man films. Kingpin is pure brains and brawn and intensity, gloriously lacking the campiness and foolishness of other villains depicted in most other Spidey films.
• Far less predictable than the average origin story.
• The multiverse storyline diabolically connected every version of Spider-Man, creating a possibly infinite set of theoretical crossover stories.

Cons:
• The animation style can feel a little odd at first for those used to the now plentiful live action superhero films.
• As an origin story, some suspense was negated under the knowledge that at least Miles Morales was going to survive and probably win.

Discussion:
The suit always does fit eventually, even if it might take a leap of faith to make us understand who we really are. That might just be true for the film itself. The unique yet familiar animation style can be a bit strange at first, while this was an origin story for the next generation Spider-Man. What made it work at the beginning was how we were not really forced to love it all, as alt Peter Parker was gloomier than Spider-Noir. Yet, they were all likable via their subtle and blatant imperfections. Many were forced to find themselves or reboot in their own way to survive, especially alt-Peter and Miles. At the same time, Kingpin was unwilling to accept or understand the change Spider-Man once forced upon him, leading to the near destruction of the multiverse. This was a film about how accepting and moving past our imperfections with the help of others can make us all better people.


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Rotten Tomatoes — 97%

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