WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Over the break I had the opportunity to watch the new Spider-Man movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.” For those unfamiliar with this particular Spider-Man, the story follows Miles Morales, a teenage boy growing up in New York City who gets bitten by, you guessed it, a radioactive spider. He is still developing his powers when the current Spider-Man is killed by his long time enemy, Kingpin. It is up to Morales to become the new Spider-Man, but he still doesn’t know how to use the powers he was given. Coincidentally, Kingpin is working on a machine that can connect various universes, which leads to other spider-people from different universes all coming together to fight the threat. Throughout the movie, Morales tries to get the spider-people back to their own universes while simultaneously trying to defeat Kingpin.
As a kid, I never got too into comic books or movies about superheroes, so I went into this movie without much prior knowledge or many expectations. But after watching it, my attitude changed. The movie was awesome. It explained the story to someone not as well-versed on the subject in a super simple and helpful way. The movie had everything an audience could have wanted: a cool story with comedy and action strewn throughout.
There were a couple of little things that I didn’t like about the movie, one being that it seemed too predictable at times. Aside from the fact that there was a machine that could connect different universes, which was a surprise and totally different from similar movies, the audience could typically figure out what was going to happen next.
The animation also seemed a little weird to me. This is just a personal opinion, but throughout the fighting scenes, they paused to add in word bubbles just like a comic book. I know some people would really enjoy this type of scene but for me, I just want the fight.
Overall though, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was a great movie and I would definitely recommend seeing it at some point. Viewers do not need an expansive knowledge of the Spider-Man legacy to be entertained. It just goes to show that Stan Lee’s mind was truly legendary and his art and stories will be intertwined with our popular culture for a long time to come.
Final Score: 7/10