By CADEN CHOW
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and is the winner of Best Animated Feature Film on the 76th Global Globe awards.
With great power comes great responsibility. Marvel’s collaboration with Sony Productions, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, was a great success, with its domestic box office worth being about 110 million dollars as of January 2, exceeding its 90 million dollar budget. In addition, it was nominated at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and went on to win Best Animated Feature Film.
At first glance, this movie appeared to be some a cliche kids movie, but it was extremely engaging and overall worth the watch. This movie provides a totally different outlook on the Marvel Universe, as it creatively incorporates Spider-Men (and women) from different multiverses. One Spider-Man was already amazing, but adding multiple personalities into the story really made things interesting.
Marvel and Sony’s integration of that classic graphic novel look is particularly special. First of all, breaking the fourth wall in explaining each Spider-Man’s story gives the audience a quick laugh. The tiny “comic-like” special effects add a unique touch to the film, as it is filled with the same BANG’s or WHOOSH’s that fill the pages of a comic book. Perhaps one of the best comedic features of this movie, was Peter Porker (John Mulaney), also known as Spider-Ham, who brought a lighthearted tone to an otherwise more sentimental film.
The main character, or should I say Spider-Man, is Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), a teenage boy who is chosen by fate to become a Spider-Man. The origin story is the same; he gets bitten by a radioactive spider, becomes confused about his sticky situation and finally harnesses the powers he has been gifted to save the city. But what makes this movie different is the variation of characters that put many twists in the plotline. Miles is not believed in by the other Spider-Men and feels the guilt of being a deadweight. In a sense, the other characters have their colorful personalities, while Miles is stuck being the “normal person,” even if he is far from normal. Stuck in a dilemma between his unfamiliarity with his new school and his newfound powers, Miles is constantly searching for answers. Resembling the hero’s journey plotline, Miles continues to get back up even when he feels incompetent.
His feelings of incompetence, however, are sheltered by his Uncle Aaron, who is portrayed as more of a father to Miles than his own dad. When the whole world seems to be against him, Mile’s uncle comforts him and acts as a guardian. His uncle, contrasting to his father, is more freeform and allows Miles to express himself however he wants, encouraging him to do graffiti regardless of what his father thinks. However, reality is often disappointing, as looks can deceive the eye…
Mile’s perseverance touches the audience, as he is reminded of his promise and duty as a chosen Spider-Man. The awakening of Miles as a powerful Spider-Man adds a heartwarming touch to this story, as he is able to prove his worth to the same people who lost faith in him. But most importantly, he regains the faith from the person who matters most: his father. This movie should not be seen as an “animated PG kids movie,” as its creativity makes it a special and worthwhile watch from the Marvel universe.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has an astounding 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 9/10 on IGN Entertainment.