Today: June 20, 2024

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Given the sheer volume of superhero movies sloshing around at the moment you may be tempted to give Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a miss. What’s one more film, about one more guy in tights, after all? Don’t! Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just the best superhero movie since Deadpool shook us out of our collective super-torpor, but probably the most visually daring film in decades.

Fresh, funny, with lots of knowing nods to the Spider-Man legacy, Spider-Verse gives us not one but five comic-book Spider-Peeps, including Spider-Pig. Yup, you read that right. Just run with it.

Here the focus is Miles Morales (Shameik Moore)—first introduced in the Ultimate line of comics—but when Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) opens a portal to other alternate realities, Miles quickly learns there’s more than one web-slinger in town… 

Embracing the craziness that comes with a brand that’s spanned 55 years and hundreds of incarnations, Spider-Verse never lets up the pace. Blink and you’ll miss something special. Yet there’s more going on here than frenetic action sequences. Spider-Man’s popularity has always hinged on the fact that, of all the Marvel supers, he’s the most most down-to-earth, the most relatable, and Morales’ tale has all the heart and wisecracking you’d expect from your friendly neighbourhood mutant.

What makes Into the Spider-Verse the out-and-out movie hit of the year is its staggering visuals. Like a comic book come to life, the whole film is a glorious tribute to CYMK printing right down to the Ben-Day dots. Occasionally the out-of-register effects are a little too much—like watching a 3D film without the glasses—but boy what a ride. 

Go see. Be amazed. Then go see again.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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