Today I saw Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and it was brilliant! Although Silk wasn’t anywhere to be found, we had many spiders to enjoy. A radioactive spider bites Miles Morales when he’s with his uncle painting a graffiti somewhere under the city. Everything is fine until his powers start to develop. Miles gets scared and returns to the same place where he painted the graffiti. Here is where he finds the real Spider-Man, Peter Parker. He’s fighting villains under the command of the Kingpin, aka Fisk. He has created a machine (well, scientists under him did) to bring his family back. There’s a tiny problem with that plan: it could destroy many Universes at the same time!
SPOILERS: this review contains massive spoilers from the movie. I suggest a quick visit to the cinema before reading further. Miles Morales is cool, Peter Parker rocks, and Gwen Stacy is fantastic. I wouldn’t miss this movie!
By chance, Miles gets involved in the fight. Peter Parker and he realize that they’re the same kind: spider-men. Alas, Spidey ends up severely injured, and Fisk kills him. Before that, Miles Morales promised him that he would stop the big bad guy. However, Miles gets scared after one of the masked villains starts tracking him down to kill him. He returns to school only to find out that Spider-Man died. The whole city is in shock. Not only they know that it was Peter Parker, but now the city seems defenseless.
Miles takes some comics in the hopes to know how to use his new powers. However, he’s an insecure kid and ends up messing things up. He had a pen drive that Peter gave him before dying. He has to use it to stop Fisk. But he breaks it by mistake.
He’s desperate and lost. So, he ends up in front of Spider-Man’s grave. To his surprise, he finds another Peter Parker. This Peter is older than the one of his dimension, and he’s also fatter and quite sarcastic. After a funny tour through the city, Miles ends up convincing this Peter Parker to train him and take down the Kingpin and his band of villains.
They take a bus, and they have a very crappy plan to get the info they need to stop Fisk. They need another pen drive to end the infernal machine. However, things get funky when Doctor Octopus enter into the picture. Peter doesn’t recognize her at the beginning. We are all surprised too since Doctor Octopus is supposed to be a fat guy. She tries to stop them, but they end up stealing her computer with the help of Spider-Gwen.
Miles, Peter, and Gwen then go to Aunt May’s house where they find other spiders. They all need to work as a team for everyone to go home and stop Fisk. Spiders from alternate universes are getting glitches. If they keep staying at Miles’ Universe, they’ll die. They work quite okay as a team, however, Miles is about to discover something about his beloved uncle. He works for the Kingpin, and he’s a super-villain: the Prowler! First, the Prowler doesn’t recognize his nephew, but when he does, he stops and doesn’t kill him. Fisk, fed up, kills the Prowler.
Miles goes back to his dorm, and soon the other spiders go as well. He has many issues. Perhaps the main one does not believe in himself. So, the spiders go there to say goodbye. And Peter says that he’ll remain behind to help the others. That also means that this Peter will die too.
Peter leaves Miles wrapped in spider webs when his dad tries to talk to him through the door. Miles has been distant since he became Spider-Man. To make matters worse, his uncle died. Through the door, his dad tells him that whatever he decides to do, he’ll do it fine. He believes in his son, and that’s enough. This speech helps Miles to make up his mind and start using his powers when he wants, and not reacting from fear.
So, he returns to Aunt May’s home, and he takes one of Spidey’s suits. He changes the color, and out he goes to help his spider friends. He’s cool, he believes in himself now, and he won’t let Peter die again in front of him.
When he arrives at the spot of Fisk’s machine, he finds all the spiders fighting for their lives. It was a trap! While the device continues working, the different multi-verses collide with each other, making the city have problems all over. The fight scenes are amazing and very colorful. Miles has the guts to steal the pen drive from Peter to save him. When all the spiders are safe and sound in their correct Universes, he ends up fighting Fisk. After a massive display of wits, and having the moral support of his father who is watching how Spider-Man is fighting a huge guy, he wins.
Each spider returns to their Universes. The sarcastic Peter Parker returns to his and tries to fix his life. He wasn’t much of a Superhero anymore. He had divorced his love, and ended up fat and with a terrible attitude.
The message of the movie is clear: anyone can be a hero, you just have to choose so. It was very emotional to see Stan Lee‘s cameo, just after Peter Parker dies in the film. It was almost a prophecy since we lost him recently. I know that we’ll see his cameo in the following Marvel movies, but this one touches you hard. Also when you can read the quote at the end of the movie about how anyone can be a hero.
This movie was highly entertaining, funny, and also emotional. I love many spiders, but seeing some of the best onscreen was incredible. Especially, Gwen and Miles. (Also, the cranky Peter Parker rocks!)
This movie rocks and it has a beautiful message for everyone. It’s in us what we want to be: villains or heroes. Well, we can be anti-heroes as well, but it’s up to us. Miles was scared, but the only thing he had to do is to have faith in himself. Perhaps we should stop doubting ourselves. We can be we incredibly harsh with ourselves and end up believing we can’t do nothing. When in fact, we can be superheroes!
Don’t miss this film. I know it’s animation, but the message and the artwork are brilliant. I just hope we can get more of the cranky Peter Parker. Please, Marvel, create some comics for our amusement.
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