Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Makes History

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poster

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poster

Jonathon Eaton and Joshua Campos

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse made history by not only showing a variety of Spider-Men and women but also being a really enjoyable animated Spider-Man movie. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is the main protagonist in the movie and he is very iconic for being the first Afro-Latino Spider-Man in the Marvel universe. Miles Morales resides in an alternate universe inside the Marvel comic book multiverse called earth-1610, the main universe being earth-616.

The main trio being alerted by their spider sense (Peter Parker left, Miles Morales right, and Gwen Stacy in the middle).

What parents need to know is that Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is a funny and original animated Marvel movie for both kids and adults. It has a compelling and even emotional story centering around our main protagonist Miles Morales, a young boy who is about to see his world in a entirely different way. This animated movie showcases a new type of animation which blends 3D visuals and comic book style art to make the movie look almost identical to the source material. It basically prints origins with bold graphics and mainstays of comic-book style, including thought balloons, printed words and wavy lines to indicate a tingling Spidey Sense. This is the first animated movie to try that and do it so well.

Spider-Man from the Miles Morales universe.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse begins with a rundown of the Spider-Man character and his origin story. For a quick review, the typical Spider-Man origin story is a young, geeky, and weak Peter Parker bitten by a radio active spider and spawns superhuman abilities. He uses his new powers to try and make money in wrestling matches, because his uncle Ben took Peter to one of his matches unknowingly. Later that night, Peter found his uncle Ben dead. The killer was someone he had the chance to stop prior to Ben’s murder. Peter then uses his powers to find and stop his uncle’s killer and takes up the responsibility of being Spider-Man. Peter takes his Uncle’s wise words, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Although this movie’s first Spider-Man is not the original, he is actually Peter Parker from the reality of Earth-1610, or better known as the ultimate universe.

The main trio after being suited up.

Just like in the comics, one Spider-Man dies for another to rise, this time being Miles. Many different Spider-Men are introduced throughout the movie, like Spider-Man noir (voiced by Nicholas Cage), Spider-Ham (voiced by comedian John Mulaney), Spider-Gwen (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), and even Peni Parker (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) who has actually only starred in two issues herself.  These Spider-Men come together along with the original 616 Spider-Man (voiced by Jake Johnson) who is a bit older than the ultimate Spider-Man and has been doing the hero thing for a long time–so long, he is even thinking about quitting.

The production team (Left to right: Robert Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Christopher Miller, Phil Lord.

Although the movie has some emotional scenes, it still represents a positive message about friendship and proving yourself even if no one believes in you. The movie has won the Academy Award for the best animated feature film, which (fun fact) has actually broken the streak that Disney has set for winning best animated film. The movie has several Directors like Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, and Rodney Rothman. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse has received an almost perfect score of 97% and with an audience rating of 94%. This movie will keep you entertained from start to finish. It is a definite must-watch movie for all ages.