Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. "Spider-Man(TM): Into the Spider-Verse" introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.Written by
Some of the characters in the film were modeled after people on the streets, but according to production designer Justin K. Thompson, "Aaron was one of the few times the character resembles the actor that voices him." Thompson says of actor Mahershala Ali, "He has such an interesting face, and he was one of the first actors cast in the movie, so our character designer Shiyoon Kim used his tall, thin physique and his thin long head. Shiyoon walked a fine line between creating a caricature and coming up with a beautiful, original design." See more »
When the Spider-People are transported to Earth-1610, each arrives in a different-colored beam of light and they are scattered in different directions, as shown clearly on screen, making it impossible for them to all have landed in the same spot; however, when recounting the their arrival to Miles, each is shown arriving in a blue beam and they all arrived in Times Square. See more »
All right, let's do this one last time. My name is Peter Parker. I was bitten by a radioactive spider, and for ten years I've been the one and only Spider-Man. I'm pretty sure you know the rest. I saved a bunch of people, fell in love, saved the city, and then I saved the city again... and again and again and again. And I, uh... I did this.
[shot of Spidey doing the emo dance from "Spider-Man 3"]
We don't really talk about this. Look, I'm a comic book, I'm a cereal, did a ...
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SPOILER: After the end credits, Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) travels to Spider-Man (1967) and has a comical encounter with the Spider-Man of that show. See more »
The Blu-Ray for the film features an "Alternate Universe Cut," featuring unseen, unfinished and unused footage, which shows alternate scenarios for certain scenes and extends the runtime to 2h 23m instead of the original 1h 57m. See more »
The worlds of superhero movies and superhero comics are not as similar as they seem on the surface. Currently, film studios are all about the "extended universe", seeing how many different titles and characters they can shove into one franchise (Avengers, X-Men, Justice League), making for an easy way to squeeze a few extra bucks out of their lesser known properties. Comics have this as well, of course. However, they also have something modern movies haven't really tapped into yet: story one-offs, a chance for a storyteller to create a unique tale and not be constrained by the implications on or from the larger universe. Spider-Verse gets to do just that, while playfully taking on the fun (if convoluted) absurdity of extended superhero universes.
Listen, I hear you. "How could we possibly need another Spider-Man movie?" Spider-Verse understands that question and has a take on it. Yes, Peter Parker is here. In fact, there are two Peter Parkers. There's also a Spider-Woman, a Noir Spider-Man, an anime Spider-Girl/Robot, and a Spider-Pig. At the center though is Miles Morales, an Afro-Hispanic Brooklyn teen who must help these other Spider-People get back to their own planes of existence. He fights with his cop dad, he adores his shady uncle, hates being simply the smartest kid in the room, and just wants to do something that matters. Being Spider-Man wasn't his idea, but hey, when a radioactive spider gives you powers, what choice do you have?
Look, I don't have any sort of hot take on this movie. It looks great, the humor pops with surprises, the voice casting is beyond perfect. It's simply a stylishly exciting and refreshingly unique take on the superhero genre, and sometimes that's more than enough.
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