MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

written by David Steffen

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 animated superhero movie from Marvel Studios.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) looks up to Spider-Man even though his policeman father (Brian Tyree Henry) hates him. His uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) takes him to an abandoned subway station to make some graffiti, and he’s bitten by a radioactive spider there. He starts to manifest his spider powers the next day in an embarrassing encounter with the new girl Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld).

While searching for the abandoned subway station again, he stumbles across Spider-Man (Chris Pine) fighting to stop an alternate reality gateway made by Spider-Man’s nemesis Wilson Fisk (Liev Schreiber) (aka the Kingpin). Not long after Miles meets another Spider-Man (Jake Johnson), and he’s not the only one.

The animation in this movie is gorgeous, capturing the comic book style and feel and using comic book styling for emphasis and fun. The plot is weird and action-packed and full of twists and turns. The writing is superb, the voice-acting is great, the humor is perfect. It’s the first animated Spider-Man feature film, and the first one starring the Miles Morales Spider-Man character.

Highly recommended, watch it, you won’t regret it.

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David Steffen

David Steffen is an editor, publisher, and writer. He is probably best known for being co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, a donation-supported tool to help writers track their submissions and find publishers for their work . David also writes articles here and edits the fiction. He is also the editor and publisher of The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List series. David also (sometimes) writes fiction, and you can follow on Twitter for updates on cross-stitch projects and occasionally other things.

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