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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - American Animated Superhero Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – American Animated Superhero Film

Movie Name: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie
Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber
Genre: AnimationActionAdventure
Release date: 14 December 2018
Running Time: 117 Minutes

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is set in a shared multiverse called the “Spider-Verse”, which features different alternate universes. The film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman, and stars Shameik Moore as Morales, alongside Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, and Liev Schreiber. In the film, Morales becomes one of many Spider-Men.

Plans for an animated Spider-Man film to be developed by Lord and Christopher Miller were first revealed in 2014, and officially announced in April 2015. Persichetti, Ramsey, and Rothman joined over the next two years, with Moore and Schreiber cast in April 2017. Lord and Miller wanted the film to have its own unique style, combining the in-house computer animation of Sony Pictures Imageworks with traditional hand-drawn comic book techniques inspired by the work of Miles Morales’s co-creator Sara Pichelli. Completing the animation for the film required up to 140 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse held its world premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 14, 2018. The film received universal acclaim from critics for its innovative animation, voice acting, characters, story, and humor, and received Best Animated Feature nominations at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and 24th Critics’ Choice Awards. A sequel and several spin-offs are in development.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review

Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

A 3D animated spider-man film  from the Marvel Universe, this comic book franchise version is fanciful, conceptually inclusive in terms of race and age and broadens the spider-verse into several dimensions – with each Spiderman existing in a time capsule of their own before being thrown together to stop a threat to all reality.

The story, though preposterous, is full of beans. The film opens with Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), an Afro-Hispanic teenager, who is bilingual, starting life at a new advanced school away from his friends. His complicated relationship with his demanding police officer father (Brian Tyree Henry) is offset by a closer bond with his laid-back and secretive Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali). When Miles accompanies his uncle to an abandoned subway, he gets bitten by a multi-dimensional spider and finds himself in Spiderman’s shoes. In the meantime the original Spiderman dies in the process of trying to stop Kingpin (Live Schreiber) from using an underground multi-dimensional collider meant to obliterate the entire universe.

The beauty of this spider-verse is that it has appropriated heroes who are struggling with their anointed roles and exist in the present day context of merged identities and mixed races. The older Peter Parker (Jake Johnson C) is divorced, and the new ones Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Penni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), and Spider-Woman rounded up by the mysterious Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) – have varied origins and personalities. Into the Spider-Verse propagates a multicultural ethos even while showcasing traditional comic-book heroics.Sony’s first full-length animated theatrical feature is as complex as it is adventurous. The multi-verse of new spider folk (six in all) puts forward many back stories, plot-threads and character arcs and it does seem to have too much of a good thing. 

Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman fashion a screenplay that sets up all the thrill and adventure with great balance, thrift and care. The animation quality is top-notch lending visual dynamism and strong definition to each character and moment. The coherence thus earned is likely to enthuse kids and adults alike.

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