Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the most innovative animated movies to come out in years. I’ve always been a fan of animated Spider-Man media, outside of that most of his live-action movies haven’t been my favorite superhero movies. As soon as I started hearing only positive things about the movie I knew that I was going to watch it, and I was finally able to see it shortly after it was put on Netflix three years ago. I was able to get it in a steelbook case along with Venom and the two Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. I thought it was fitting to watch this as the newest Spider-Man movie’s trailer is released.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. It was written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman with story by Lord. The way that the three directors work together for a singular vision is amazing. They way that they’re able to tell the story in a clear way that is paced in such a way that you can breathe when you need to without feeling like the story is slowing down. I’ll talk more about the animation, but the three directors certainly help it be so innovative.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfield, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, and Liev Schreiber. Moore is the heart of the movie as Miles Morales. He is able to make you believe his journey throughout the movie. The other Spider-People are super fun in their own ways. Johnson, Steinfield, Mulaney, Glenn, and Cage are all so much fun with each of their character’s particular quirks. Johnson’s Spider-Man growth going along with Miles’s growth. Schreiber is able to make his Kingpin be almost as sinister as Vincent D’Onofrio’s version.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse tells the story of Miles Morales as he goes from teenager dealing with a new school to teenager dealing with superpowers. He quickly discovers that its up to him to save not only the world but also the multiverse. He’s joined on his journey by an alternative version of Peter Parker as well as 4 other Spider-People.
Into the Spider-Verse took several years to make because they developed different ways of animating it so that it would have a comic book feel. There are also several different kinds of animation interacting together throughout the movie. Every frame has something that you can pick up on rewatches. Daniel Pemberton did the music for the movie. His score is suitably epic when it needs to be and hits all the right marks for heroic music.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a movie that deserves all of the praise that it has gotten. There’s a sequel in the works and I’m sure it will be just as good, but I think that might be because it looks to include my personal favorite Spider-Man Miquel O’Hara. If you haven’t seen it yet I cannot recommend it enough. I give Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 10 goobers/gizmos/thingamajigs out of 10.