Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Bob Persichetti (2018)

111min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Into the Spider-Verse is noticeably different to all the previous Spider-Man feature films. Firstly, it is animated. Secondly, it focuses on Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a mixed-race teenager who is bitten by an unusual-looking spider. As he develops his arachnid abilities, Miles encounters spider people from different dimensions, including Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), a jaded, schlubby version of the character we know. This leads to some joyous moments (Peter web-swinging with Miles), although characters like Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) and anime-inspired Peni Parker (Kimiko Glen) are a little underused as they unite to stop the nefarious plans of the Kingpin (Liev Schrieber). The animation is gorgeous - as you would expect from an Oscar and Bafta best animated feature winner - and Nicolas Cage gets a few laughs as Spider-Man Noir, a 1930s gumshoe take on the character. Meanwhile, there are plenty of in-jokes for avid fans (the second post-credits sequence is very funny), not that you need to be a Spidey nerd to be entertained. The whole thing is very jokey and weird (one character is a talking cartoon pig!), so it might not appeal to viewers who prefer dark, serious-minded superhero movies. Crucially, though, kids and Marvel fans will love it.

Summary

After being bitten by a radioactive arachnid, student Miles Morales develops incredible abilities, and becomes a version of Spider-Man. When a super collider device opens a gateway to other dimensions, Miles crosses paths with five counterparts to stop a threat for all realities. Oscar-winning animated adventure, with the voices of Shameik Moore and Nicolas Cage.

Cast & Crew

Peter B Parker / Spider-Man Jake Johnson
Miles Morales / Spider-Man Shameik Moore
The Kingpin Liev Schreiber
Spider-Gwen Hailee Steinfeld
Aaron Davis Mahershala Ali
Aunt May Lily Tomlin
Spider-Man Noir Nicolas Cage
Jefferson Davis Brian Tyree Henry
Spider-Ham John Mulaney
Mary Jane Watson Zoë Kravitz
Doc Ock Kathryn Hahn
Rio Morales Lauren Velez
Peni Parker Kimiko Glenn
Stan Stan Lee
Peter Parker / Spider-Man Chris Pine
Interesting person 1 Oscar Isaac
Interesting person 2 Greta Lee
Director Bob Persichetti
Director Peter Ramsey
Director Rodney Rothman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Dec 2018
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