Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Girl in the Spiders Web
10th July 2019
Bird Box
10th July 2019

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Given the number of Spider-Men (three) we have seen grace our screens in almost two decades one could be forgiven for rather sceptically wondering what a fourth iteration could possibly bring to the character without an element of repetition.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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'A wonderful, visual treat of a film'

Given the number of Spider-Men (three) we have seen grace our screens in almost two decades one could be forgiven for rather sceptically wondering what a fourth iteration could possibly bring to the character without an element of repetition.

 

The answer is Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothmam’s wildly inventive and deeply funny superhero animation.

 

After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) develops powers that transform him into the new Spider-Man but soon finds that he is not the only masked web-slinger after crime-boss Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) tears open a portal to numerous alternate dimensions.

 

Rather than ground the action in reality as previous adaptations have the directors refreshingly embrace the more outlandish elements of the comic-books as Miles’ world collides with those of the different Spider-Men and Women. Watching the stark, black and white style of the Marlowesque Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) meld with the vibrant colour pallet of Miles’ universe and the muted tones of the schlubby Peter B. Parker’s (Jake Johnson) is a delight.

 

While this comic-book aesthetic is astonishing and the gags hilarious - there are some lovely digs at superhero clichés and the less successful spider-outings - what truly makes the film shine is Miles’ touching relationships with reluctant mentor Peter, his no-nonsense police-officer father Jefferson (Brian Tyree Henry) and his roguish uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) and it is a credit to all four that they provide the heart of this wonderful, visual treat of a film