“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Could Be the Best Movie of the Year

Matthew Loffhagen
Sony Pictures
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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” looks like the most bold, outlandish, colorful, visually distinct comic book movie of the decade, if not all time.

That’s a difficult feat to achieve. There are approximately five bajillion comic book movies released each year, and films like “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” have been producing some really gorgeous visuals.

Oh, and “Justice League” exists as well. For what it’s worth.

The second trailer for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” shows just how beautiful this movie is going to be. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a comic book movie that actually tries to look like a comic book, but this really captures the spirit of reading a hyperreal, post-modern comic.

I’m all for this. I love Spider-Man; he’s by far my favorite superhero. Since the end of the Sam Raimi era, though, I haven’t felt like Spidey’s movies have really brought anything exceptional or groundbreaking to the genre.

Even “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, cute as it might be, fails to actually innovate. It’s just another Spider-Man movie.

“Into the Spider-Verse” doesn’t look nearly as disposable.

I just love the look and feel of these trailers. I’m also more than a little impressed that Sony is actually making a movie about the Spider-Verse comic arc, which is incredibly dumb while also being ridiculously entertaining.

In the comics that this movie is based on, the Spider-Men (and women) team up with the Japanese TV show Spider-Man, who has a giant robot friend named Leopardon. Blink and you’ll miss a reference to Leopardon in this new trailer, so I think we’ll be getting something similar in this movie.

Aside from this, I’m really excited by all the various Spider-People that show up prominently here.

Seeing Triple

Finally, we get Miles Morales on screen. It feels like an eternity since fans were campaigning for Donald Glover to play Spidey the first time (the job ultimately went to Andrew Garfield).

I’m so happy for this character to have a chance on the big screen, and I love the dynamic with his dad. Knowing what happens to this family in the comics, I’m interested to see where they’ll be taking this.

Then, there’s Peter Parker.

Spider-Man Peter Parker
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Oh boy, am I on board for an older Peter!

We’ve had to see this character in high school with three different faces in the movies. Only once has he managed to go on and study at college or get a real job.

I want to see an older Peter. The character in this trailer doesn’t quite match up with what Pete has been doing in the comics for the past four decades, but I don’t mind too much.

I’m happy to see a slightly washed-up Peter if it means that, for once, he’s not going to be cramming for midterms while saving the world.

Then, there’s Spider-Gwen. Or Spider-Woman, or Ghost Spider, or whatever she’s going to be called in this movie.

Spider-Gwen
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The final member of the holy triumvirate of modern Spideys, Spider-Gwen deserves her own full movie, but in the meantime, I’m happy to see her in this. With any luck, this will act as a jumping off point for more films in future.

It’s a Big Spider-Verse

I’m interested to see just how nuts “Into the Spider-Verse” gets. In the comics, the heroes jump dimensions a lot and end up teaming up with pretty much every version of Spider-Man that’s ever existed in any media.

Personally, I’m hoping for an appearance from the British Spider-Man (if Sony needs a voice actor, my schedule is wiiiide open), as well as an extended scene with Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider (the most ‘90s Spider-Man who ever lived).

Most important, though, will be an appearance from Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham.

He’s a pig. He’s Spider-Man as a pig.

He does whatever a Spider-Pig does. It’s awesome.

Roll on this movie, it’s my most anticipated film of the year.