‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ surprisingly the best Spider-Man movie

After having made modern classics such as “21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie,” Phil Lord and decided to make a masterpiece of art with Rodney Rothman and Bob Persichetti. “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” is everything that you could want from a Spider-Man movie with some things that you didn’t even know you wanted.

The plot follows a young Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he learns to follow in the footsteps of the now dead Spider-Man of his universe. Along the way he gets help from multiple different spider-people; including an older, rounder Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and another Spider-Man from the Great Depression era (Nicholas Cage).

“Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” has been the best Spider-Man story since “Spider-Man” PS4 came out; before that, would be “Spider-Man 2” back from 2004. Interestingly enough, both “Spider-Man” PS4 and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” feature a previously untapped goldmine of stories where Peter Parker has since matured to mentor his successor.

Unlike most of the previous Sony-sponsored movies in the past, you can really tell that everyone involved in the creation of this movie really cared about what they were making. There’s countless references to superheroes of all comics, and the creator of Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis, was consulted in making the film. This wasn’t a simple cash grab by any means, and everything down to the setup of the city’s skyscrapers were deeply thought out.

The city of New York itself feels as much alive as any of the characters in the movie. Each part of Manhattan we see is distinct from the next, and we get to see Spider-Man swinging through it in a way that only an animation could do it.

Sony very easily could have let this movie turn into the next “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and by all means it should have been. After all, the studio wanted to make this movie into a launching point for a whole Spider-Man franchise. After watching the last trailer for the movie, I thought this movie was going to be another movie suffering from too many plotlines crammed into two hours. I am happy to say that this was not the case.

The art style features a very “comic booky” inspired aesthetic that isn’t scared to make everything vibrant and pop. Every fight scene seems like one straight out of the comics, and since it’s an animation, the creators didn’t shy away from making very ambitious visuals. While live action movies may have the appeal of being live action, this movie is a testament to the potential of an animated comic book movie.

And why has Marvel been going so hard in the paint with the albums they released alongside “Black Panther” and this movie? Ever since “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out back in 2014, there has been so much good music to be discovered thanks to Marvel entities. The album for this movie fits very neatly into the hip-hop genre, with artists including Post Malone, Denzel Curry and Vince Staples, to name a few.

There’s only three things wrong with this movie, and they are pretty minor. The first being the main villain’s, Kingpin (Liev Schreiber), actions which at times are very counterproductive. Although his motivations are very well construed, after seeing Vincent D’onofrio’s take on the character this one seems a bit too one dimensional.

The second being the animation seems to be “lacking” in certain parts of the movie. While the individual frames are great on their own, the frame rate seems to drop from time to time; causing blurriness. Apparently the producers wanted this to add to the general comic book feel from the movie, but it just seemed a tad too choppy.

My final criticism can really be a strength from another perspective. There’s a few moments in the movie that were played for comedic effect that did their intended job of making the audience laugh, but they kind of broke the tension that was being built in the scene. Yet as I said earlier, the plot remains strong and it’s good to relieve the tension every once in a while.

While “Black Panther” is recognized as the first black superhero movie, this movie will go down in history as the first one to get it right. While the movie is well done, “Black Panther” makes a very huge mistake in the message it sent out. They sent the message that the normal people living in places like Compton and Detroit require help from outside sources; that their problems are not their own to fix, but the job of someone else’s.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” sends a better message that is a million times more accurate of situations in places like Detroit. The movie tells us that it our duties to carve our own paths to be the best we can be. It is a rehashing of the old saying, “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.” Miles Morales goes through this character arc both in his academic work and in his strife to be the next Spider-Man.

When a kid watches this movie, they’ll get the message that they are the only ones capable of making their futures the best they can be. They’re taught that life will be complicated and it will have its hiccups, but they can learn to overcome and be better.

Despite being rated PG, this movie is viewable by all audiences, even full grown adults. I haven’t felt genuine emotion when watching a Marvel movie since “Guardians of the Galaxy” and yet somehow a kids movie made me feel exhilaration; I had shivers when I watched this masterpiece. Everyone can get something to take away from the movie that they may remember for years to come.

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