To be honest, I didn’t really feel the draw when I saw the trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’m enjoying the current Tom Holland live-action Spider-Man movies and wasn’t looking for anything different.
I was vaguely aware of the Miles Morales Spider-Man but for nostalgic reasons always preferred the Peter Parker version. I was willing to give it try, based on good reviews and the interest of my children. I was very pleasantly surprised. I found it to be a very enjoyable and thought provoking movie.
Miles Morales is a teen who receives spider powers in a world where there is already a Peter Parker Spider-Man. Miles meets Peter while the latter is fighting the Kingpin. This villain is trying to bridge between parallel universes for some personal reasons.
Kingpin’s experiments accidentally brings Spider-people from a variety of universes. They include an older and washed up Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, as well as Peter Porker, the Spider-Ham!
Together they work to try and stop Kingpin, as well as getting each of these visitors back to their own universes. Each character brings a fresh expression of the Spider-Man mythos. Plus they are a lot of fun. There was a tremendous amount of humour in the midst of a serious story.
In addition to stopping the bad guy, there is Miles Morales’s journey to own his Spider-Man universe. He can’t control his power, is unsure of himself and can barely handle high school. We get to walk with him as he finds himself and becomes the hero he was meant to me.
Overall this was one of the most enjoyable superhero movies I’ve seen in some time. In addition to amazing animation, it has a solid story that kept my attention.
There was enough for me as an adult and my children (ages 10-12) to all get something out of it. I highly recommend Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.