Words || Gabby Edwards
Spider-Man once again swings onto the big screen, this time in the animated form of the wonderful and lovable Miles Morales. The seventh Spiderman feature-film (4th in the last 16 years), this movie had big shoes to fill.
You know what they say, with great power comes great responsibility and WOW, Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse managed to seriously deliver!
From the fun and unique animation to the well-rounded and endearing characters, this movie really managed to do it all. Miles Morales really holds his own as a new and distinct spider-man, while still bringing the adorkable element we’ve loved in Peter Parkers past. None of this charm is at all lost in the representative power Miles brings to the film. It’s a whole new kind of positive representation for young black and Puerto Rican boys – he is the main character, the hero. Getting to see him come to terms with his power and learn how to use them to contribute toward the greater good was absolutely delightful.
I loved getting to see how genuine and loving Miles’ family was, and the big role they played in his arc. All the interactions between Miles and his father, seeing how close Miles was with his Uncle Aaron, and the dynamic between the two brothers. This created so many touching moments throughout the film that definitely brought tears to my eyes. The characterisation and arc throughout the movie were just so well constructed.
Honestly, all of the other characters were similarly adapted in this thoughtful way. Getting to see all the spider-beings interacting with each other in the same universe led to so many entertaining, laugh-out-loud moments. Middle-aged, past-his-prime, pudgy Peter Parker was a concept I did not expect to appreciate as much as I did. Even King Pin’s eccentric character design and sympathetic motive helped him stand out among popular superhero villains, really enhancing the story overall. Each character really got to have their own moments to shine – it’s clear that the creators were able to have a lot of fun with the (ridiculous but in a good way) plotline.
And God, I’ve been waiting for so long to see Gwen Stacy get the justice she deserved after the mess that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Finally getting to see her represented on the big screen (as Spider-Gwen no less!) proved to be just as satisfying as I hoped it would be. And with a potential spin-off in the works featuring her as the lead, I’m more than willing to give this movie all the support it needs to make this spin-off a reality.
This movie reminded me just how entertaining and impactful a great superhero story can be while also making me love a Post Malone song more than I ever thought possible. In a period where superhero movie fatigue grows as Hollywood corporations continue to pump out film after film, it was great to see such a refreshing and heartfelt take on this classic superhero. This film is a total must-watch for any superhero fan, comic reader or really anyone who enjoys good movies.
With an Oscar basically in the bag, this movie deserves all the hype it gets and more!