Why Into The Spider-Verse is still the best superhero movie ever made

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Into the Spider-Verse is still the best superhero movie ever.

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no one was ready Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, We’re not used to superhero movies being masterpieces. We are used to mediocre.


Superhero movies thrive on mediocrity. I used to complain about superhero fatigueNow I embrace it. Go for your life, Marvel, make your three star movies twice a year. at least they aren’t rise of skywalker, no they are just average class And that… well?

Unfortunately for Marvel, sometimes a superhero movie hits theaters to remind you what magic looks like. To re-examine your view of what is “good”. in 2018 that movie was in spider verse,

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And by God you should see it.

But watch at your own risk. seriously. I’ve spent the last five years thinking without thinking about superhero movies that are as safe as they are. After Into the Spider-Verse, it’s hard to go back, watching it literally repeat over the years.

it’s visually jaw-dropping

Are you ready for a hyperbolic, completely non-critical look at why Spider-Verse is the best superhero movie of the last decade and so on?

Very good. let’s get started.

Probably best to start with aesthetics and visual design.

Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wanted Spider-Verse to have a unique look from the start, resulting in over 140 animators designing computer animation to mimic comic book art with a hand-drawn style.

When I heard about this, I was a cynic. Movies that take visual risks or pursue unique art styles tend to get good reviews by default. “Here’s your cookie for you to try something different.” It’s the kind of thing that makes film critics salty like Pavlov’s dogs.

But that’s not enough, is it? Lots of animated movies (*cough* kubo and two strings) has leading art styles, but they’re absolute snooze fest. It is not so here.

There’s a unifying aesthetic to Into the Spider-Verse, but what really elevates the film is how inventive it is, how vibrant it is, with visual storytelling.


The visual storytelling is fantastic.

I always think of the above scene, when Peter Parker and Miles Morales, the two main “Spider-Men”, try to escape from a villain’s lab. They are spotted and every scientist in the building jumps in, immediately springing into action. Except one. Who just keeps on eating her lunch. He has seen it all before. This is a villain’s lair. There’s always some superhero trying to mess with his shit. It’s just another day at the office. Literally. She just wants to end her tea break.

It’s a split-second, but betrays an insane commitment to detail. Commitment to being inventive, upfront, engaging with strange ideas, and being brave with them. It is an emotion that permeates every single frame of this film.


Kingpin, bad guy.

What about Kingpin’s visual design, which is almost comically large, but still exudes an incredibly intimidating aura.

About the fact that Spider-Verse seamlessly blends characters from different universes (noir, anime, traditional 1930s animation), each giving their own unique visual flair, but somehow everything Feels like it’s in the same movie?


“This could be weird!”

ignoring how this movie is Speed – With action sequences at a schizophrenic pace that never gives up, and never takes you by surprise. Like when one hand of Miles Morales clings to an unconscious Peter Parker and the other sticks to a moving subway train and chaos ensues. Or when an inexperienced Morales has to escape The Prowler by scrambling through abandoned tunnels, that is only achieved by using powers. Each scene leaps off the screen with an intense, dramatically hyperactive sense of imagination. It feels carefully planned at once, but is done effortlessly.

It’s impossible to take your eyes off the screen.

The script is… [chef’s kiss]

that’s not necessary Script Which rises up in Spider-Verse. “Script” is just a catch-all term for the story, which takes the journey of a traditional hero and twists it in all kinds of strange directions. It is shorthand for the traditional Spider-Man myth (man is bitten by a spider, man watches uncle die, man becomes inspired to grow in his responsibilities) and has been given much respect for the timeless story device. Keeping it breaks it.

It even remarks itself as an origin story, in a meta sense, at the moment of Miles Morales’ journey to become Spider-Man without becoming overbearing or robbing its audience.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has all these internal responsibilities (to be cool, to be funny, not to take yourself too seriously, to have a heart, to be honest but smart, to be passionate but ill not to be sweet) and it does. effortlessly or — at least — does an incredible job of masking The effort it takes to make a superhero movie does everything perfectly.

In its own way, Into The Spider-Verse is a small miracle.

actually it’s a Huge Miracle.

It does all these things without rushing or pausing in its reception. Much of its story comes about blindly, without any exposition. It does justice to the stories of many characters. The journey of Miles Morales is, frankly, excellently told, but so is old Peter Parker, a Spider-Man we’ve never seen before: middle-aged, bored, depressed, broken up by a failed marriage. A man who prefers to take the bus rather than swing through New York City. The kingpin is also a sympathetic villain, driven by a desire to save his wife and children from death.

Every loose ending is tied up—quickly, subtly, sensibly, without issue—in a way that makes almost every other superhero movie feel clunky and old-fashioned.

looks like this movie Real

about an animated film six spider-people of six different dimensions Into The Spider-Verse is remarkably based, using supernatural powers to defeat a 900-pound man and robot cyborg in suit.

This is the story of family, what it means to be a father, what it means to be a son. What does it mean to wrestle with the expectations of others and live to the best of your ability? More than any other animated movie I’ve ever seen, it seems showed off, It has the effortless energy and heart of a screwball comedy, the incredible scale of superhero action.

you have to go all the way back iron giant Or Incredible To find an animated movie that feels like Real. A film that delivers on almost every possible spectrum you could invent, but still feels original and new.

If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you’re selling yourself short. Like me, you’ve probably spent the past few decades wallowing in the mediocrity of superhero mourning. No problem. It’s a good thing.

But maybe it’s worth reminding yourself what it’s like to enjoy something great.

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