Dear Reader, I am here to tell you, if you haven't yet seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you missed out on the best movie of 2018. The animated Spider-Man movie from Sony (I know, there's a weird shared intellectual property rights thing between Disney-owned Marvel and Sony that makes it confusing, but this film is technically not in the MCU timeline like Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home are) won critical and commercial acclaim when it debuted in December 2018. Winning six industry awards, including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Into the Spider-Verse is the perfect movie for both decades' old Peter Parker fans and entry-level viewers who got caught in the excitement of Miles Morales debut.
For those unfamiliar with Miles, the Afro-Latinx hero debuted in 2011 and went onto to star in his own comics run in 2015 when Marvel shuttered a majority of its Ultimates universe and folded Ultimates Miles into the Earth-616 universe (for those of you keeping track, Earth 616 is the prime universe, the one that we live in). The teenager took over the mantle after the untimely death of Peter Parker, and Into the Spider-Verse follows a similar format.
Miles (Shameik Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider from another universe when he's out tagging with his uncle in Brooklyn. Realizing quickly that he's going through an indescribable transformation while trying to navigate an extremely bougie magnet school, he retraces his steps only to find that not only in the radioactive spider from a different universe but also that the Kingpin of his dimension is responsible for trying to bring the multiverse together. Miles ends up losing his universe's Peter Parker (voiced by Chris Pine) but luckily has five other Spider-People from other universes to learn from. That's where the most innovative part of the movie comes in -- each universe has a unique animation style and seeing all of them in one scene is not only awe-inspiring, but a never before achieved feat in the animation industry. The result is a visual marvel. Do the collective Spider-People stop Kingpin from collapsing the multiverse in an effort to reclaim his family? Find out where to stream it and see for yourself:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is on Netflix right now! What are you doing here? Go watch it immediately. Here's where to stream it.
For the third time, yes, and only for a price. $5.99 to rent, $19.99 to buy, both via iTunes.
Same prices as above.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is streaming on Netflix.