“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Review (Spoilers Ahead)

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse

We are all familiar with the Spider-Man origin story, but for this film, you need to forget what you know and step into the Spider-Verse. This isn’t the Spider-Man story we have grown up with, rather than starting at the beginning of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, it starts at the end.

Peter Parker’s Spider-Man Suit.

Plot…

Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is just an average teenager adjusting to life at a brand-new elite boarding school. He has a real passion for graffiti which leads him to an abandoned subway station where a radioactive spider bites him. A confused Miles begins to develop spider-like abilities and returns to the subway station where he stumbles upon a secret lab! The lab is owned by Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin (Live Schreiber) who has built a particle accelerator to connect with alternate versions of his wife and son who were killed in a car crash. Spider-Man (Peter Parker) arrives to try and stop Fisk but is gravely wounded. Sensing that they are alike Spider-Man gives Miles a USB drive and explains that if the particle accelerator is turned on again it could destroy the city. Fisk then kills Spider-Man while Miles escapes with the drive.  After witnessing Spider-Man’s sacrifice Miles begin to try and control his new abilities.

 

While he is trying to master them, he meets a Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Jake Johnson) from an alternate universe who was transported to this dimension by the accelerator. He agrees to train Miles in exchange for help in getting back to his dimension. Along the way, they discover that if the alternate Peter Parker doesn’t return to his dimension he will deteriorate and he’s not the only one. It wasn’t just him who was transported to Miles’s universe by the accelerator. There is Gwanda, who is an alternate Gwen Stacey and Spider-woman (Hailee Steinfeld), brooding Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Spider-Ham a kid’s cartoon (John Mulaney) and Peni Parker, an anime school girl (Kimiko Glenn.) It is now up to Miles to try and disable the accelerator to send the Spider- people home, while also having to fight off classic villains such as Octavius, Scorpion, and Prowler.

 

(Left – Right) Peni Parker, Spider-Woman, Spider-Ham, Miles Morales, Alternate Peter Parker, Spider-Man Noir.

 

Verdict…

As the seventh Spider-Man film in 16 years, this would also be the fourth incarnation of the character many people would wonder why they should see this one. The answer, because it’s not like any Spider-Man film or comic before it. This is a brand-new story, with interesting and funny characters. With the darker tone for this year’s Marvel movies with the demise of half the population in Avenger’s Infinity War. And the unfortunate passing of Marvel creator Stan Lee last month, this movie comes at the right time bringing some fun and laughter when Marvel fans need it. There is also a Stan Lee cameo as he voices the character of ‘Stan’ the owner of a costume shop where Miles gets his Spider-Man costume. There is also a nod to the two creators Lee and Steve Ditko, who also passed away this year in the mid-credits.

“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero,”

“Thank You. Stan Lee & Steve Ditko. For telling us we aren’t the only ones.”

 

Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

 

The graphics for the film are fantastic as you get the real sense of watching a comic book, the story is engaging and a refreshing change not just for the Spider-Man stories, but also the comic book movie genre. We are introduced to the fun and exciting characters all with great voice actors behind them, with this great cast it’s no wonder it is getting rave reviews from the critics. So, if you’re looking for something to see this weekend go and see Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse!

The Critics…

 “The scale feels vast, yet the spirit is joyous. It’s as if everyone had set out to make the best Spider-Man movie ever, which is exactly what they’ve done.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse might be the best Spider-Man film ever made.”– Barry Hertz, Globe, and Mail.

“I knew “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was going to be good; I didn’t realize it was going to be great. But it is. It’s a Spider-Man comic brought to life. It is sensational. It is amazing.” – Allen Adams, The Maine Edge.

“Look, I get it. I’m weary of superhero movies, too. But “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” isn’t just a superhero movie. It’s also a great movie.” – Chris Hewitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

Miles Morales as Spider-Man.

 

Director’s: Bob Perisichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman. Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Chris Pine, Zoe Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schrieber, Oscar Isaac. Running Time: 117 minutes. Release Date: December 14, 2018.

Author: Juliette Coplin

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