Spider-Man 3D: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Animation Studios team up with the writers-directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for this animated, Academy Award-winning, multiverse Spider-Man film. Features the voices of Shameik Moore (Dope), Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight).
Miles Morales (Moore) is juggling life between being a high school student and being Spider-Man. When Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk (Schreiber) uses a super collider, another Spider-Man from another dimension, Peter Parker (Johnson), accidentally winds up in Miles' dimension. As Peter trains Miles to become a better Spider-Man, they are soon joined by four others from across the Spider-Verse. As all these clashing dimensions start to tear Brooklyn apart, Miles must help the others stop Fisk and return everyone home.
- US Trailer 2
- Extended Sneak Peek
- Sneak Peek
- Clip: Meet the Villains
- Clip: Meet Gwen
- Clip: Fight or Flight
- Clip: Meet Spider-Gwen
- Clip: I Love You, Miles
- Clip: Meet Spider-Ham
- Clip: Another, Another Dimension
Best Animated Film, Golden Globes 2019
Action, Animated, 3D
Rating: PG Violence and coarse language
After Tom Holland's successful MCU run as Peter Parker, Tom Hardy's box office-crushing Venom, and one hell of a PS4 game, the question must be asked: do we really need more Spider-People? I never thought the answer could be "Yes, here's six more!" However, with Miles Morales as the lead, an incredibly dense script, and downright astonishing animation, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse turns the impossible into one of the greatest comic book superhero films ever made.
From the moment he starts singing Post Malone's Sunflower—and forgetting 60% of the lyrics—Miles proves himself a hugely likeable and relatable teen, with Dope star Shameik Moore walking a pleasant vocal tightrope between gawkish and charismatic. His sense of self takes a knock when he shifts schools; a problem that heightens exponentially when he gets his powers and meets more experienced Spider-Folk from alternate dimensions.
From a perfectly-cast Jake Johnson as middle-aged loser Peter B Parker to Nicolas Cage's hilariously over-intense Noir Spider-Man, these constant introductions poke fun at the messiness of origin tales, spinoff stories, superhero universes, and the parallel dimensions genre as a whole. More importantly, this humour sweeps the cliches off the stage, giving Miles' own origin some seriously significant distinction—especially with what it has to say about grief.
As a superhero film, Into the Spider-Verse is a superb shakeup. As an animated feature, it turns the whole production into something masterful, though calling it a "comic book come to life" doesn't fully emphasise this film's most eye-wateringly remarkable achievements.
Sony Animation Studios took graphic novel sensibilities, cinematically expanded on them, and gave every necessary detail thorough love and attention. I could geek out for literal hours about the dot-matrix shadowing, graffiti-pop colour scheme, playful onomatopeia, hypnotic camera lenses, subtle but significant shifts in framerate, the faultless merging of 2D/3D elements—every frame's a painting.
It's truly sensational to witness a blockbuster this visually daring on a massive screen. It's even more sensational that I found myself yelling: "Give me six more Spider-Verse films!"
Los Angeles Times
Total Film (UK)
NZ Herald (Toby Woollaston)
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)