Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse Is Everything I Love About Comics

Ever since the first trailer dropped, I was pretty sure Sony’s Into the Spider-Verse was going to be one 2018’s popular movies, what I did not expect was that it would be one of the best movies of all time.

Produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord (and written by the latter), the film was a celebration of everything Spiderman and what it means to be a hero.

Taking full advantage of being an animated film, Spider-Verse dives right comic-booky sci-fi and giving us a film about parallel earths and Spider-Men/Women. While the film stars multiple Spider-People from different realities, this isn’t a story about Peter Parker anymore, but Miles Morales a teenage kid from Brooklyn who isn’t sure who he wants to be.

I’ve been a huge comic book fan and superhero fan in general ever since I was a kid. and part of that reason, I think, is because comics are very mythological in nature. These epics of heroes and villains, love and loss are about rising up to the occasion and becoming better than you are. And this Miles story is all of those things wrapped up in a bombastic, tightly written narrative.

“All I know is you can’t do it like me, do it like you” – Peter Parker to Miles

Spider-Man can be anyone under the mask and that’s one of the things that has made him so popular, he was just this regular kid. We’ve all been Peter; we’ve all been Miles.

As a big Spider-Man fan, I was pretty happy that Miles was getting a spotlight, he’s been a fan favorite since he was created in 2011. It’s Miles that makes the movie what it is, and in all honesty, it wouldn’t be nearly as good if it were about Peter.

Being an animated movie, it can afford to be unashamedly comic-booky featuring a plot about multiple dimensions including an alternate version of Gwen Stacy and a cartoon pig Spider-Ham. The whole movie is so crazy, it just might be one of my favorite films of the year.

The animation is fresh and breathtaking, making the audience feel like they’re in a comic book. The humor is just as witty and meta as you would expect from The Lego Movie guys, and it’s enhanced so much by the improv skills of Jake Johnson and the so-earnest-it-hurts performance of Shameik Moore.

It officially comes out December 26th. Make sure this one doesn’t swing past you on it’s way to the cinemas. It’s not even officially out, and it’s already one of the most popular movies of 2018.


  • While a great many would see him as a hero, there are some that would prefer the term vigilante. Gregory is an aspiring filmmaker who loves writing, directing, coffee and long walks on the beach.


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