December 14, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters on December 14th, 2018.

Being a huge marvel fan myself, I was particularly excited for this because it’s a very different take on the world we’ve grown familiar with in the last ten years. If you’re looking for a fun and family friendly superhero movie that stands on it’s own, this is perfect no matter your age. It’s a unique break away from the intense MCU and really creates a new opportunity for exciting and diverse characters going forward. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse brings you the Spider-Man you know and love and quite a few more. With familiar voices including Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, John Mulaney and Nicholas Cage it was almost impossible to not have a smile the whole time watching.

The movie is focused around Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), a young New York teen who finds himself—you guessed it, bitten by a radioactive spider. He quickly realizes he’s not the only spider superhero out there when faced with the dangerous plan put in motion by Kingpin AKA Wilson Fisk. While Fisk is attempting to open a portal to other realities, he creates more enemies for himself as new Spider-Men and Women are pulled right into his city. Meanwhile, Miles is struggling to acclimate to his new powers and figure out just what kind of hero he will be. Luckily, he finds an unlikely mentor in an alternate universe Peter Parker who has a bit of self-discovering to do himself. Together with the help of their new comrades, they work to take down Fisk and save the city they all love.

In the end I really enjoyed this slice of the Spider-Man universe and I hope we get more in the coming years. I loved the animation style because it truly made me feel like I was watching a comic book come to life. It’s so light hearted and has all the inspiring themes of being your own hero. The movie often makes pointed jokes at the classic Spider-man plot lines people are familiar with which kept me laughing all the way through. The fourth wall breaks are fantastic and I thought the chemistry between the characters was spot on. There’s plenty of action to keep you entertained and the soundtrack is a great compliment to the entire film.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Gerard Gerard (Contributor) is a New York Native who has worked as a freelance contractor for television shows on Netflix, MTV, TLC and several other networks. You'll find him keeping up on the latest Game of Thrones theories, writing his own short films or re-watching The Office for the hundredth time. Fool me once, strike one, but fool me twice...strike three.
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