Once more I’m back to blogging and this time I interrupt the Marvel movie discussions to talk about another marvel film albeit of a different universe. I got to see this film today and my God did I love it.
I wasn’t expecting to feel so into this film, but from the very beginning I adored it! I loved the fact that they brought the Peter Parker we all know and love and brought back memories of those original spider-man films that brought me and many others into the superhero universe all those years ago.
If there was ever a film that made me want to get into reading comic books it is this one. If only to get to know the universe of the other Spider-Man characters that appear in this film more intimately.
I’m trying so hard to make this spoiler free, but I have too much to say and I want to express myself freely so that’s what I’m going to do. So alert to everyone there will be spoilers below!
Ok so, back to the beginning. Being re-introduced to the original spider-man we know and love, then having him die almost immediately and then introducing a different older and a bit thicker Peter Parker just from the get go was awesome. It played with my emotions immediately and I started bonding with all the characters as they appeared immediately.
But, the character I loved the most was definitely Miles.
Miles is love-able from the get-go. He’s smart, artistic, a bit clumsy, and anyone whose ever gone to high school or any school at all knows the feeling of the entire school putting their attention on you when something unfortunately embarrassing happens. His relationship with his dad is sweet and slightly up and down, but ultimately the love is there and that is really cool to see. What I also loved is him singing along to Sunflower with his headphones on kinda off-key, but you can tell how much he loves the song and that makes the moment super endearing.
Also, I need to say the art of the animation in this film is STUNNING! I was in awe of the mix of styles and how modern yet unique, but also full of nods to the typical comic style. The colors were stunning and the interdenominational moments had the most amazing sort of pixelated details. Some moments I was staring at the screen just thinking ‘wow’ because that’s how beautiful the imagery was.
But the moment where I came to fall in love with the art of the film completely is when all of our heroes finally made themselves known:
Each character is so unique in style and having them all represented in the same space was stunning in an almost odd way. Especially with spider-ham and Peni-Parker. Seeing the striking anime style along with the older cartoonish style of spider-ham was incredible! I wish I had better words for it, but that’s what it was.
Then there’s this detail that someone on Pinterest put into words beautifully about how Peter Parker put himself together before returning to the love of his life:
I also haven’t even touched Miles relationship with his uncle. Which I also loved. Despite his uncle being one of the bad guys, there was a sweetness in their relationship. At the very end before his uncle gets killed he shows that family was always the most important thing. That’s an awesome quality for a ‘villain’ to have. A lot of times a villain will betray family in a moment like that, but not in this film and it made him getting shot all the more painful to watch.
Also, seeing as many villains in the film as heroes was awesome as well. Kingpin, Tombstone, Scorpion, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Prowler (Mile’s uncle). All of them together making the various fight scenes incredibly dynamic. Seeing different fighting styles and weapons kept the movie engaging and made the stakes feel much more elevated.
I also loved the mirroring of Miles learning to use his powers and Peter learning to use his originally. The similarities gave me a lot of nostalgia and I really appreciated that.
I don’t know. There were so many minute details and fun dialogues in this film that made me laugh and then made me feel sad and hopeful at the same time. Plus the music in the film was also incredible throughout! I love the Into the Spider-verse soundtrack and I highly recommend everyone to give it a listen. All in all, this film made me happy and it put a smile on my face. It was incredibly well made and I can’t wait for the universe to continue building in the near future!
Also, this post couldn’t be complete without bringing up the beautiful end-quote from the beloved Stan Lee.
And this final thank you:
“Thank You. Stan Lee & Steve Ditko. For telling us we aren’t the only ones.”
After watching this film I feel rejuvenated, peaceful, and delightfully happy. I can’t wait to rewatch this someday. Into the Spiderverse was a complete knockout of a film.
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.
-Till next time!