Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a surprisingly fun, at times humorous, poignant, and well told origins tale of Miles Morales, and other spider folk.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars the voice power of
Shameik Moore,
Jake Johnson,
Hailee Steinfeld,
John Mulaney,
Lily Tomlin and of all people,
Nicolas Cage!

The film is directed by three guys,
Bob Persichetti
Peter Ramsey
Rodney Rothman

And written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writers behind The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street remake.

I note the writers because between these two writers and the three directors, they pulled off a truly entertaining coming of age/skills story that starts out as we get a quick verbal recap origin tale of the Spider-Man we all know, our Peter Parker.

"A young teen named Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities."

As the tale starts out, we meet Miles and we hear his origin story, then as things have it, he finds himself at the scene of Spider-Man fighting King Pin, but King Pin kills him.

The conflict was about Spider-Man trying to stop King Pin from ramping up a collider kind of machine to see his wife and child, in the hopes of snagging them from another dimension.

Kingpin's contraption tears apart the fabric of reality, and other Spider-persons are getting pulled into our dimension. Together, they have to band up to defeat Kingpin, teach Miles how to be Spider-Man and then get home to their own realities.


Aunt May, played by by Tomlin, was made artistically rendered close to how she may look, and was spot-on for a feisty, older May. You won't believe how she's connected to the story and love just how Aunt May plays into the franchise in this film!!!

Cages version of Spider-Man was more of dark, Noir character.

The others were different and yet similar. They made a great team-up, that's for sure.


Despite the superhero genre seemingly pretty saturated, this animated film seems to actually add something new to the realm. It's a film where a talking pic and Nicolas Cage share screen time, while adding a new kind of focused playfulness to the Spider-Man character that isn't over-done at all. We also see a new set of additional powers for Miles. And yes, the pig actually works in this

The film truly balances out serious plot with humor. It's rare when I laugh out loud at movies, it's even more rare when I do it several times in a single film. This one hit the spot repeatedly.

Sure, it's an animated feature, but dang, it would be worth checking it out. Had I seen this in theaters, I would have not minded spending whatever kind of money I might have.


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