Into The Spider-Verse is a genuine joy, and deserves any praise it can get, shaking up a market already quaking with vibrations

There’s an incredible individuality to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse; An individuality so brilliantly worked it puts the film streets ahead of all of its animated contemporaries, and even ahead of a large portion of the live action big budget productions Marvel and DC love to rave about.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a young kid struggling to settle into a new school. Looking to get out at night, he visits his Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) who takes him a to a secret tunnel to express his art through graffiti. But when he is bitten by a bizarre spider, he begins to go through bodily changes, realising he is becoming a new Spider-Man. Seeking help from Peter Parker, his own neighbourhood Spider-Man, he soon realises across the Universe there’s more than one being he can take advice from.

Into The Spider-Verse’s individuality however, is not something unique to the film. Using an array of comic style panels, split screens and speech bubbles, the film is different from those around it, but draws heavily from comics and superhero history. It’s a set of ideas that haven’t been drawn upon through film anywhere near enough considering the enormity of comic book related media that now saturates the market.

The film itself is wonderfully paced, fast, exciting and thrilling, with genuinely wonderful animation particularly reminiscent of the popular Telltale video game series. Into The Spider-Verse is a modern film with a love of nostalgia and history, whilst still peppering about very futuristic ideas.

The cast is abnormally huge, with top names putting in great performances, and a powerful story leaving so much room to expand upon. Into The Spider-Verse is a genuine joy, and deserves any praise it can get, shaking up a market already quaking with vibrations.

4/5

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