Is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Worth Your Money?
Run Time: 117 minutes
After Credits Scene (Stinger): Yes
There’s not too many animated super hero movies based on comics that have theatrical releases. A vast majority of them get released directly to the home video market. There’s plenty of good reasons why the movie studios choose to do this, but mostly it comes down to that fact that these adaptations are either not very good or they simply just don’t translate well to the mass market.
We have exceptions to this of course, but there’s a clear reason why they’re exceptions. Big Hero 6 was a homogenated loose adaptation of the comic that very much got the “Disney” treatment. I won’t argue it wasn’t entertaining, cause it was. It just doesn’t fit into the same sub-genre as a movie like the critically acclaimed Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse mostly centers around the character Miles Morales a 14 year old Afro-Latino Spider-Man that made his comic debut in 2011. The character was inspired by then President Barack Obama, and rapper/actor Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino.
While the movie isn’t a direct adaptation of a specific published story arch it does very much stay true to central themes that have long been a part of the Spider-Man legacy. Most notably would be the alternate universe/ alternate Spider-Mans story line.
There’s quite a few spider-people featured in this movie, but there’s only really three central ones integral to the plot. The first is of course our main protagonist Miles Morales. Then there’s his reluctant mentor Peter B. Parker an older and disheveled down on his luck Spider-Man. Lastly we have Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman. She is, as she puts it nine months older than Morales and brings a bit of spunk to the group.
There’s a reason why Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a theatrical release unlike so many other movies in its category. It’s not just because the big name you see in the cast list like Nicholas Cage, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, and Liev Schreiber. It because of things like the aesthetically pleasing and vibrant animation, an entertaining story line with relatable characters that have real depth, and most importantly because it’s nothing like the countless strait to video super hero movies that line the five dollar bins of Walmart’s across the nation.
I took my seven year old daughter and my best friend and her seven year old son to the screening of this. Between the four very different demographics we all walked away entertained. Not many movies can do that. Go see this in theaters no matter who you are, and stay for the post credit scene. Its worth the cost of admission.