It Takes a Webful

Title:  Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
Directed by: Peter Ramsey, Robert Persichetti Jr., Rodney Rothman
Theatrical
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage
Release Date: 12/14/18
Reviewed by: Kaitlyn Carter
Rating: PG
FA Scorecard: A

Everyone knows Spiderman (A.K.A. Peter Parker) by now. We know he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him spider senses and cool web-slinging abilities. We know how he  fell in love with Mary Jane, and used his powers to save New York time after time. After all, with great power comes great responsibility right?

Then, there’s Miles Morales, the art and music lover who’s not excited about switching schools and getting rides from his cop dad. No, Miles would much rather be out with his street savy uncle, armed with a can of spray paint giving old walls an update. Walls which happen to be in radioactive spider infested tunnels by the way. But before Miles can figure out what’s happening to him and avoid a couple humiliating episodes at his new school, he’s caught in the middle of an epic battle between Spiderman and the Green Goblin. Thus comes the first of Mile’s lessons in ‘great responsibility.’

MILD SPOILER WARNINGS THROUGHOUT:

“You’re like me!” Spiderman gasps as he and Miles come face to face.

With the promise of mentorship and learning to use his newfound powers, it sounds like Miles riding a wave to heroism. However, things turn south as they discover a reality collider being built by none other than Kingpin/Wilson Fisk and his team of baddies which manages to rend a rip in reality that results in Spiderman’s death. Miles feels responsible and, with the key to stopping the collider in his pocket, quite guilty about being unable to finish the job and stop Kingpin. But Miles isn’t alone. The collider opened a temporary portal to a host of other dimensions, dimensions that include other victims of radioactive spider bites (seriously, let’s get those bugs in a jar!) including an alternate Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy A.K.A. Spiderwoman, Spiderman Noir, Penny Parker, and Spider Ham. Together, using their collective webs and wisdom, the members of the spider-verse must formulate a plan to stop Kingpin and get themselves each to their respective dimensions before the clock runs out.

Born in the nineties, it’s kinda crazy that I’ve lived to see not one, not two, but three incarnations of Spiderman on the big screen. We could debate our favorite Spidies much the same way we do our favorite Doctors. Now, we’ve got a team of not one, not two, but six web slingers (not even counting the original Peter Parker who dies near the beginning of the film). The mashup results in a hilarious adventure where they learn to work as a team and each find the courage to fight their own battles. Spider-verse is a fresh twist on an old tale, filled with subtle comic references and familiar hero-isms. And I must especially say that I LOVE the animation. It’s the perfect blending of comics and film in an eye-popping display.

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