“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: Swinging into amazement

Miles Morales in his Black Spider-Man suit in the trailer. Photo Credit: George Quinonez

By George Quinonez ’21

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”  is the best animated Spider-Man movie to date. This movie truly exemplifies what an animated superhero movie is supposed to look like. The movie shows phenomenal animations, stupendous character development, and an amazing plot.

The movie is about a young teenager, Miles Morales, who is played by actor Shameik Moore, and he is bitten by a radioactive spider. He then starts to become the next Spider-Man. Miles is later trained by the original Spider-Man (Peter Parker), who is played by the actor Jake Johnson. Through this training, Miles Morales faces a huge villain named Kingpin, who is played by Liev Schreiber,  and this villain is up to great mischief creating portals to different universes.

The animations were great throughout the movie. The art department did a great job because, while watching the movie, their are specific scenes that make the movie seem that you are reading from a comic. As well as, throughout the movie, you see the characters transfer from being a 3D figure to a 2D figure. The way some characters were sketched had so much thought into them, for they were meant to really be visually appealing. Each character had amazing attention to detail when it came to the hair, facial hair, facial expressions, and costumes.

The movie also shows an extraordinary plot. This is because throughout the movie Miles Morales is being trained by one of the best and well-known superhero. Miles Morales goes through some struggle, but that struggle pushes him further into understanding what being a superhero really means. It is also seen how Miles Morales starts off with a really difficult villain which is meant to reveal the full potential of his skills.

In addition, this leads to character development for both Miles Morales and Peter Parker. Peter Parker becomes a mentor to this young teenager who has no idea what being a superhero is really like. He is then lead to become an actual adult and care about others and not only about himself. Now, for Miles Morales, it is all a learning process. He learns how to create better relationships because of Peter Parker. Miles Morales throughout the movie progresses as a strong independent teenager, and he starts to see what is expected of him. Which at the end shows how great the writers tried to portray each character.

However, some may say that Peter Parker in this movie is not your typical Spider-Man that you see in previous movies. I agree with this problem, but this is because usually in other movies Peter Parker is also a teenager. Instead, Peter Parker is now portrayed as an adult who is meant to help guide Miles through these tough times.

  • Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman
  • Run time: 1 hour and 57 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure