If you’re on the fence and can’t decide if “Into the Spider-Verse” is worth watching, keep reading for a spoiler free review.
From comics to live-action films to video games, Spider-Man has been portrayed in many ways over the years. With the recent onslaught and success of superhero movies, it’s obvious Spider-Man’s deep history would be explored. “Into the Spider-Verse” delves into the story of Miles Morales, an artistic teenager in Brooklyn who is dealing with his new school. As the famous Spider-Man (Peter Parker) fights criminals and is saving the world, Miles is unexpectedly bitten by a radioactive spider while hanging out. As Miles attempts to understand his new Spidey senses, he finds himself making a promise to Spider-Man. What happens next is 1 hour and 56 minutes of pure fun, mixed with a little sentimentality.
The animation of the movie is so amazingly unique. It is stunning animation that still retains the hand-drawn look and feel of a comic book. The style really makes certain things pop, depending on what’s important in each scene. Action sequences have onomatopoeias like “WHAM!” and “BOOM!”, making it feel like a living comic book. The animation is one of the best parts of the movie, keeping the energy high from beginning to end. It comes as no surprise that the film just won a Golden Globe for best animated feature.
If the animation isn’t fresh enough for you, the soundtrack might just win you over. From Post Malone to Jaden Smith to Vince Staples, the music in “Into the Spider-Verse” complements the movie by establishing the right mood and tone. While Peter Parker listens to the 80’s song “St. Elmo’s’ Fire” to get ready, Miles Morales listens to hip-hop. This is modern music, for a modern Spider-Man. Also, keep an ear open for some different takes on the classic Spider-Man theme song, too.
Being a Spider-Man movie that is officially canon to the Marvel universe (not the same universe with characters such as Thanos, the Avengers, etc.), the story has a lot of familiar characters as all the other movies. However, this movie takes us into the Spider-Verse for an original take on those familiar characters and might surprise you with some new ones, too. There is some fantastic character development, and all of the characters are either likeable or understandable.
There are many subtle hints and easter eggs in the movie, too. For example, some of my favorites are the changing soda advertisements in the background. In one universe it would say “Coca-Cola” and in the other it is “Koca-Kola” to show the different realities. Also, the hilarious and strange post-credits scene may have some importance towards “Avengers: Endgame,” a movie in the Marvel universe that ended leaving fans left with nothing but dust.
While fans of Miles Morales (or the other Spider-People) might foresee some of the plot twists in the movie, the dramatic elements, timely humor, and personal drama makes this movie worth watching. In the end, I would strongly recommend “Into the Spider-Verse.” Even if you aren’t a fan of Spider-Man, the movie has unrivaled animation, a great plot and amazing music that make it stand out as generally entertaining and easily relatable. Until “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” come out, I would encourage you to watch “Into The Spider-Verse.“