The Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is going to be available for consumption via Netflix from 26 June 2019! This is pretty fast, considering the film only his cinemas in December 2018.
While this animated film is based on the Marvel Comics characters, it is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that includes everything from The Avengers films to Agents of Shield (also available on Netflix).
Written by Rodney Rothman and Phil Lord, it comes at the story from a completely different angle.
It is set after the death of Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, which leaves New York City without a hero. Of course, this is not a situation that will last for long, and teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops Spider-Man like abilities. Unlike Peter Parker, who was on his own to figure out what was happening. Peter Parker himself arrives from an alternative universe to help and guide Miles. But this Peter Parker is someone whose life has completely spun out of control and has become what Miles would call ‘a loser’.
But if there is one alternative Peter Parker, surely there are many, and before long they also start showing up. This breaking down of the barrier between worlds threatens reality as we know it, and Miles must work with the many, many Peter Parkers to save the world(s).
Some great voice actors were involved in the film.
Shameik Moore plays Miles, giving some character and likeability to the new African-American and Puerto Rican Spider-May, who has much more of a rebellious streak than the young Peter Parker that we are used to.
Jake Johnson voices alternative universe Peter Parker, whoLord and Miller imagined like The Karate Kid’s Mr Miyagi, if Mr Miyagi didn’t know anything.
Hailee Steinfeld voices Gwanda, otherwise known as Gwen Stacy, who is herself Spider-Woman from another dimension.
We also hear Zoe Kravitz as Mary Jane, Peter Parker’s widow/ex-wife, Lily Tomlin as Aunt May, Luna Lauren Velez as Miles’ mother, Live Schreiber as a villain, of course, and Nicholas Cage as a particularly memorable alternative universe Spider-Man.
Is it worth watching?
The viewers say yes. Into the Spider-Verse scores an amazing 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus is that it matches bold storytelling and striking animation to deliver an enjoyable viewing experience.
William Bibbiano of The Wrap said that the film “represents some of the best superhero storytelling on the market… it captures the sprawling interconnectivity of comic-book universes in a way that no other feature film has.”