I went into this movie with low expectations and high hopes. I had heard lots of good things, but with it being an animation I had no idea what was in store…and how good could it be already?
The answer: Very very good.
From the start it plays into its animation role perfectly, playing with the old school comic book thought boxes, and even poking fun at the stories of Spider-man past, showing all that’s been done before, and how this wouldn’t be just another one of those stories.
And then the fun begins as Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) takes on a new life, in a new school, and of course the bite of a radioactive spider, which makes him the second Spider-man in a world already inhabited by Peter Parker (Jake Johnson).
This movie is star-studded, with characters voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Mahershala Ali, John Mulaney, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine, Natalie Morales, Oscar Isaac, Kathryn Hahn, and of course one of the last appearances for Stan Lee.
“I’m gonna miss him.” -Stan Lee
We’re gonna miss Stan Lee
But is this world already inhabited with Peter Parker? Or is this all part of an alternate universe that has been opened up by Kingpin, one with multiple Spideys, known as the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man. Spider-Man Noir. Spider-Woman. Spider-Ham. Peni Parker.
And then you have all the villains you’d expect in Spider-Man, from the Green Goblin to Scorpion and Tombstone.
One of the other things that bring it all together, besides the strong story, and the great drawing styles that play in cels from an actual comic strip, is the solid soundtrack featuring artists like Post Malone, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj.
And sure, you’ll see some of the typical twists and turns before they happen, but that’s half the fun with a superhero movie, no?