Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man.
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's 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.
- Gorgeous animation that truly feels like its an animated comic book, with great use of color and even different styles.
- Aaron Davis and Jefferson Davis are made more likeable 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.
- Likable characters such as Miles Morales, Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, Spider Ham, Spider Man Noir, and Peni ￼Parker.
- Miles' personality and origin is 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.
- A special guest appearance by the one and only Spider Man 2099 during the post credits scene. This scene also references a famous meme from the 60s Spider-Man cartoon (With several other Spider Memes being referenced during the credits)
- Great voice acting from actors such as Jake Johnson and Nicolas Cage.
- 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).
- Kingpin is an entertaining villain.
- Amazing action scenes.
- While the movie does focus on the other spider people, they don't steal the spotlight from Miles.
- The scene where Miles says "Hey" is very memorable and has become a meme.
- The mid-credits scene makes a tribute to the late Stan Lee who died in November and Steve Ditko who died around June.
The Only Bad Qualities
- Minor plot-hole: It isn't explained how Gwen was able to get in Miles' school after she was transported into his dimension.
- Matter of opinion: The stop-motion like CG takes a bit of getting used to if you prefer fluid computer animation.
- This was the first Animated film to win Best Animated Picture that wasn't a Disney film since 2011, where Nickelodeon Pictures won for Rango.
- Stan Lee voices J. Jonah Jameson in the post credits scene, which means his wish of portraying Jameson came true before his death.