Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse Review by COLTON BIRD

Starring:

Shameik Moore as Miles Morales

Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker

Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy

Mahershala Ali as Uncle Aaron

Animation:

Now, for most people, the art style of the film seemed a little too colorful and all over the place, but I will say it completely fits the tone of the film. The film is set up to look like a comic book and it successfully does that, from there being indication of the spider sense to onomatopoeia being displayed on the screen.

I did enjoy some, not all of the designs for the characters. My favorite being the reimagining of the Green Goblin, even with a small part such as his, to my least favorite being Scorpion, which I thought to be unappealing to the eye.

Each Spider-Man iteration has its own art style based on where it’s from. For more scroll down to the spoiler section of the review.

Music:

The soundtrack for the film is extremely modern, with the lead singles being Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee, and What’s Up Danger by Blackway and Black Caviar.

The music isn’t bad, it’s key when it needs to be and the singles are catchy, basically all it needs to do for the film.

Spoiler Free:

This colorful, fun filled journey of a film shows how Miles Morales becomes his universes Spider-Man. Through trials of becoming a super hero and the struggles of his teenage life, he becomes the hero everyone wants and needs.

Spoiler:

Miles Morales, a teenager who admires Spider-Man, struggles to adjust to his new elite boarding school and live up to the expectations of his parents. After being embarrassed by his father in front of the school, Miles develops a crush on his classmate who says her name is “Gwanda,” after she laughs at one of his corny jokes. Miles seeks advice from his uncle Aaron Davis. Aaron encourages Miles to pursue his passion for graffiti and leads him to an abandoned subway station where Miles can draw.

While there, Miles is bitten by a genetically modified spider, and he develops spider-like abilities. Unable to contact Aaron, he returns to the station and accidentally finds a secret laboratory where notorious crime lord Wilson Fisk has built a particle accelerator to access parallel universes and reconnect with alternative versions of his wife and son, who died in a car accident attempting to leave him after witnessing his brutality towards Spider-Man. Spider-Man arrives to disable the accelerator and fights the monstrous Green Goblin and Fisk’s mysterious enforcer Prowler. During the melee, Spider-Man meets Miles and, sensing they are alike, offers to train him, but is then wounded when the accelerator malfunctions. Spider-Man gives Miles a device to disable the accelerator, and Miles escapes, while Spider-Man is killed by Fisk.

After being discovered after the malfunction, Miles runs and escapes from the Prowler. Miles is later approached by Peter B. Parker, an older, jaded Spider-Man from another dimension who has separated from his ex-wife Mary Jane Watson due to his not wanting children. Peter has been brought into Miles’s world by the accelerator and needs to return home fast, or his body will deteriorate, so he begrudgingly agrees to train Miles in exchange for Miles’s help to steal data about how to repair the device from Fisk’s research facility. While breaking into the facility, Miles displays new powers unique to him: the ability to turn invisible and a “venom blast” that can shock an enemy by touch. They are confronted by Fisk’s scientist assistant Olivia Octavius and rescued by “Gwanda,” revealed to be another dimension-displaced heroine whose real name is Gwen Stacy.

She leads Peter and Miles to the house of May Parker, who is sheltering more lost Spider-Men including Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham and Peni Parker and SP//dr. While Peni repairs the device, Peter unsuccessfully attempts to teach Miles how to control his powers. Pressure from the group causes an overwhelmed Miles to retreat to Aaron’s apartment, where he discovers that Aaron is Prowler and narrowly escapes from him. Miles returns to May’s house to inform the group of his discovery, but they are located by Prowler, Octavius, Scorpion and Tombstone, leading to a brawl. Aaron corners the new Spider-Man, but refuses to kill him when he learns Miles is under the mask. Fisk kills Prowler for hesitating to kill Spider-Man, and Jefferson mistakes the new Spider-Man for Aaron’s killer.

As they prepare to face Fisk, the Spider-People choose to leave Miles behind due to his inexperience. Jefferson arrives outside his door to tell Miles about Aaron’s death and assumes Miles does not want to speak to him, apologizing for his mistakes and reassuring Miles that he believes in him. Uplifted, Miles escapes and visits May’s house, where he modifies a Spider-Man costume for himself before joining the fight against Octavius and Scorpion, who are ultimately defeated. Miles operates the device and sends the Spider-Men back home, sharing a moment with Gwen just before Fisk arrives. Miles and Fisk fight throughout the accelerator, attracting Jefferson’s attention. Reaching the scene, Jefferson realizes that Spider-Man is not the enemy and encourages him, giving Miles the necessary motivation to knock Fisk unconscious with his venom blast and destroy the accelerator. As the authorities arrest Fisk and his enforcers, Jefferson recognizes Spider-Man as a hero, and Miles embraces the powers and responsibilities of his new life.

There is a mid-credit scene that quotes Stan Lee:

“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,”

– Stan Lee

Thank you Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

In a post-credits scene in the year 2099, Miguel O’Hara learns about the crisis and develops his own dimension-hopping device to intervene. O’Hara decides to return to “the beginning,” but ends up getting into an argument with that universe’s Spider-Man.

Overall:

It’s a light-hearted movie meant to draw kids into the theater to watch Spider-Man. It does poke fun at itself and the 100000 Spider-Man reboots, and does have some flaws and continuity errors but overall it’s meant for a younger audience. With a modern soundtrack, colorful background, and lighthearted plot, it’s enough for any Spider-Man fan to love. I’d recommend this film to anyone who enjoy Marvel films or Spider-Man in general.

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