Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

Branden Garner

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse is not only an aesthetically-pleasing film, but a film full of heartwarming and humorous moments to form an amazing night at the theaters with your family, friends, or even, just by yourself.

Into the Spider-Verse features an amazing cast, with talent including Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir, and Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker. Each actor brings significant detail to the character they play; making the characters that more fun to watch.

While the movie features a variety of different versions of Spider-Man, only one stands out the most, and his name isn’t Peter Parker. His name is Miles Morales: the ultimate Spider-man. The movie showcases Miles in the beginning stages of becoming Spider-Man and highlights his growth as a character. His extremely likable personality and his overall story will have you chanting for him until the end.

However, while the film features an amazing hero, it’s not said the same for the main antagonist in the film, Kingpin, voiced by Liev Schreiber. Kingpin, or Wilson Fisk, felt like a lackluster villain with cliché lines and his only highlight was his reasoning for trying to break the Spider-Verse. For example, Kingpin said the words, “kill that guy,” when he sees Miles peeking at them through some rubble. It was just a strange line that felt out of place, and he does similar things like that all throughout the film, which makes him so mediocre as a character.

That isn’t said about the minor villains such as the Prowler, voiced by Mahershala Ali. The Prowler felt menacing and even had his own creepy music that played when he was featured in a scene, and he is just an interesting character to watch. The dialogue and the chemistry between the characters are also noteworthy as well. The mentor and disciple dynamic between Peter and Miles are just one of the interesting character-dynamics that are built into the film. There is a scene, for example, where the duo are being chased through the forest and are forced to escape via web-slinging. Miles doesn’t know how to do that yet, so the next few minutes is Peter frantically teaching Miles the basics of web-slinging while being chased by some baddies. It’s a touching scene as we watch the two bond with each other, and it only gets better from there. The movie also has hilarious moments throughout, one of those being when Peter steals a bagel as he and Miles try to walk unnoticeably across a cafeteria full of bad guys. Some scenes that were shared between the characters will tug your heartstrings, especially during the last thirty minutes of the film where everything comes together for an epic finale. The final inclusion of Miles’ father trying to connect more with his son is one of these moments.

The action and the overall animation of the film are just incredible, it’ll have you at the edge of your seat and your eyes peeled to the screen as you wait for what’s about to come next. The punches felt grounded and will shake you to the core. It’s also quite amusing to watch the other Spider-Men fight; especially, Spider-Ham. The fantastic music and the mind-blowing visuals help the action to be even greater. The animation of the film is supposed to have a comic book-type look to it, which allows the film to embrace other features like speech balloons that appear above characters that are talking or just thinking to themselves. One of the most notable moments from the film was when Miles comes in the final battle to fight with his new friends. He has control over his abilities and shows them off as he fights against Kingpin. He even dives through two collapsing buildings that made you feel so uplifted because you feel just how confident Miles was. He was no longer the kid that didn’t know how to shoot webs. He was finally Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just a great Spider-Man movie, it’s one of the best Spider-Man movies to ever hit theaters. This is simply because of the jaw-dropping animation, the spine-tingling action, the heart-warming and humorous moments that happen. It’s a must watch movie shine’s above the rest.

Also, don’t forget to watch the end credit scene. It’s certainly worth the wait.