Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a typical teenager, struggling to fit in whilst also trying to find his place in the world. His struggles only worsen when he's bitten by a genetically engineered spider, gifting him with the same abilities as Spider-Man. Abilities he must learn to control. Luckily for Miles, a cross-dimensional event has brought several other Spider-People to his dimension, who better to teach him what it means to be Spider-Man? But will he master it all before his new found friends are forced to return home?
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is proof that Sony can do a Spider-Man movie, and do it well, if they get the right people. Oh, and if they leave said people alone to do the work. This is a spectacular movie on every level. Thanks to some beautiful animation - a combination of comic book and anime styles - this new version of the Marvel universe looks fantastic. Not only that, the voice cast do an impeccable job of bringing it to life. And at the centre of it all is a character who has been waiting a long time for his big screen debut.
Miles Morales is the perfect choice to headline a story like this, and Moore is perfect in the role. New York can be an overwhelming place at the best of times, but for a teenager to suddenly find himself responsible for saving everyone in the city, it's understandable that he would be reluctant. But this is where the real magic of this movie comes in to play. Because unlike any other Spider-Person, Miles doesn't have to figure out the whole superhero thing alone. Every one of his Spider-Mentors capture perfectly what it is to be Spider-(Insert Name Here), whilst also bringing their own unique style to the role, and it's fun to watch them try to teach all of this to Miles.
Jake Johnson's disheveled, past his prime, Peter B. Parker was definitely my favourite of the mentors. And I really like the new take on Gwen Stacey, AKA Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), she is very cool. Penni Parker/SP//dr (Kimiko Glenn) is the character I have trouble with. She's a strange take on the superhero character, one that doesn't really work. Whereas both Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham would have benefitted from more screen time. It's funny to think that not so long ago, had someone said to me that Nicolas Cage was voicing Spider-Man, I would have laughed. But he nailed Spider-Man Noir, he's the perfect choice and I'm happy to have been wrong in this case.
This may be another origin story, and a team-up movie, but it's also a very relatable coming of age story. And the fact that it's a PG makes it more accessible to a wider audience. Now you might be thinking that a PG rating means Into the Spider-Verse won't be as exciting for us "grown-ups". Well to that I say "how dare you!" I've never claimed to even act like a grown-up, let a lone be one. That aside, this is easily as exciting as any of the movies in the MCU. The unique animation style allows the creators to do so much more with these characters. It's worth it for the shots of the web-heads, web-slinging through New York, alone. And lets not forget the villains, who apart from an oddly fridge/freezer shaped Kingpin, all look amazing.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fun-filled, action-packed adventure that the whole family can enjoy. The incredible animation used to create this world - and the characters that live in it - is a feast for the eyes. Miles Morales has been waiting a long time for his big screen debut, and I'm happy to say that it was worth the wait. Now that we have him, I can't wait to see more of him, and all of the other Spider-People too. How about a Spider-Ham crossover with Spider-Pig from The Simpsons Movie?
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