Swinging into the mainstream

By: Dylan Frazier

Email: Frazierd@findlay.edu

With already rave reviews and now a Golden Globe win for best animated picture it’s time to take Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseseriously as one of the best superhero movies of all time. Yes, I mean an animated movie is one of the best superhero movies of all time.

Instead of traditionally following the life of Peter Parker, we now follow the story of Miles Morales. Miles is a 14-year-old boy from Brooklyn who just wants to live a normal life. When Miles goes to throw up some graffiti with his uncle, Aaron, he gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes the next Spider-Man.  But this is just the beginning for Miles, as we soon find out Kingpin opens up several different dimensions where other Spider-People are from. Miles then realizes he has to team up with the others to stop Kingpin from destroying Brooklyn.

I really do mean that this is one of the greatest superhero movies of all time and I say that mostly because of how unique it is. For starters, the animation is very choppy and quick. This was done to make it seem even more like a comic book come to life and it made the movie so much better to watch. Some scenes even had thought bubbles above Miles’ head like you would see in a comic book which was creative and refreshing to see something like this.

I also loved how much emotion they captured in this movie. There were many scenes in the film that carried a lot of weight and usually it doesn’t translate well through animated movies, but they did a better job than some live-action movies do.

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was worried that they would overuse Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and I am glad I was wrong. He was supposed to be the comic relief and a recent trend in superhero movies has been more comedy. Some people, myself included, think that sometimes the comedy in the movies is a little unnecessary. This movie was perfect in that regard, as it had just the right amount of humor. It easily could have been overdone and I would not have liked this movie as much.

I never thought I could love a superhero movie more than I did Avengers: Infinity War, I was wrong.  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseis the best I have ever seen. The blend of fresh animation, a lot of heart, and likeable characters was what made me love the movie so much, not to mention an amazing soundtrack. I had my doubt about what Sony could do with Spider-Man after how bad Venomwas, but this movie blew me away.

Make sure you stay through the credits because there is a pretty great tribute to the late Stan Lee, and also a great post credit scene.

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