Miles ahead of its competition, Into the Spider-Verse is your new favourite Spider-Man movie.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse throws you into a world where the ‘original’ Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Chris Pine) is dead, following an altercation with Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Liev Schreiber). Kingpin is in the middle of trying to build a super-collider that will allow him to open a portal to another dimension – hopefully one where his wife and son are still alive.
We meet young Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), out of place in a new school and under the ever-watchful eye of his cop father. He gets on better with his uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali), who is more understanding of how being a teenager feels.
One night in the sewers, Miles is bitten by a genetically altered spider, and develops the same powers as Spider-Man. As it turns out, the fateful night that Kingpin chose to test his collider for the first time, portals to several other dimensions opened up, dragging multiple Spider-Beings into Miles’s world.
One of them just happens to be another Peter Parker (Peter B. Parker, to be exact, voiced by Jake Johnson), and he helps Miles on his way to not only being a better Spider-Man, but a better person. On the way, they’ll deal with the multitude of new Spider-Things, battle Wilson Fisk, and deal with homework. The usual superhero stuff.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is brilliant. It’s almost two hours of a comic book jumping directly off the screen at you, with everything from the little pop-up dialogue boxes to BAM! when people take a hit. The art style is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and it matches the quirky, idiosyncratic tone of the film as a whole.
The soundtrack is also amazing, with some huge throwbacks as well as new bangers that really give you an awesome insight into how Miles is feeling in the moment. The other Spider-People are a great addition to the cast, creating a dynamic wherein everyone understands what the other is going through, completely subverting the ‘loner superhero’ trope we see all too often. This movie will make you want to go out and read Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man Noir’s comic arcs.
With the best post-credits scene you’ve ever seen in a film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only Sony’s best Marvel movie, it’s your new favourite Spider-Man adventure. A killer art style, a banging soundtrack, and a genuinely sharp and laugh-out-loud script come together for what is perhaps a once-in-a-generation Spider flick that will redefine what you thought a Spider-Man film could be. It’s a great year to be a Spider-Fan.
In cinemas: December 13, 2018
Starring: Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson)
Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman