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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'

A Personal Review

Where can one even begin with such a delightful masterpiece? The music which was absolutely fitting with the atmosphere of the encompassing world? The visualizations that were unique and magnificent? Perhaps I should start with the storyline that had me sitting on the edge of my seat practically the entire time? Overall, this movie was exactly what we needed to both introduce the multi-verse theory, as well as give the viewers a fresh new face behind the Spider-Man mask. There were a number of different characters they could have gone with, but I believe that Miles Morales was unquestionably the ideal choice. 

For starters, I am a huge fan of the Spider-Man arc. The character Peter Parker is one of, if not, the most relatable comic book character in the entirety of the universe, however, his story has been told numerous times. From that horrendous Tobey Maguire trilogy to the less terrible Andrew Garfield, Spider-Man has been on the big screen a copious amount of times, but, it was only until recent years that they were able to finally get things right. Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) gave us the fun-loving, sassy Spider-Man that we have all been waiting for and Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) gave a stunning performance as Miles Morales for the first time ever in the movie theater. 

Now, every movie consists of three major components. I know there's a lot more in-depth, but for simplicity, we'll keep it to:

  1.  Audio/Music
  2. Visual/Video
  3. Storyline

So starting at number one, as we all do, the soundtrack to this film was unquestionably fitting to the ambiance of Brooklyn. Post Malone and Swae Lee followed through with a certainly memorable song by the name of "Sunflower" hitting everyone right in the feels. The producers also added on musicians such as Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Jaden Smith to this soundtrack enriching the experience for those watching. Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy hit the box office big time, Marvel has certainly stepped up their game when it comes to the soundtracks accompanying their movies. Black Panther, another prime example, featured Kendrick Lamar, who both produced and performed in the album. He certainly stepped up to the plate, bringing in other performers such as the Weekend and SZA to help bring the film to life, but anyway, moving on. Music plays a crucial in any movie, 

Now the visuals of this movie were unique, to say the very least. The animations had me feeling as though the movie came right out of the comic books! I mean, look at it!!

LOOK AT IT!!!

The art style just adds to the experience, giving audience members a feeling of nostalgia and even a more personal connection to the film. Even after watching this movie a second time through, it felt like I was watching it for the first time all over again. Though important, good visuals and audio mean nothing without a great storyline which they undoubtedly hit right on the head. 

Anyone and everyone knows the story of how Spider-Man came to be. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider which gave him immense strength, a sixth sense, and his Uncle Ben dies pushing Peter towards a life of pursuing justice and fighting for what's right, no matter the cost, blah blah, blah. How many times can a business beat a dead horse?

This time around, however, Sony made the right choice in choosing to open the Multi-Verse, bringing in six new characters (make sure you watch the after-credit scene to understand that I'm right) and basing the majority of the story around Miles Morales coming into his own when he's granted the same powers as Parker's Spider-Man. Not only do they explore the base powers that Spider-Man normally has (i.e. web shooting, immense strength, spidey-sense, etc.) they also delve into Miles's powers that are unique to himself, his venom strike and his ability to camouflage. This not only shows off his powers, but it also highlights the underlying tone/lesson; anyone can wear the mask, but everyone is unique in their own way. Miles continuously felt the pressures of upholding the mantle of Spider-Man and it was only until he figured out that he had to be his own hero that he finally grew into his own. 

Now I don't wanna keep droning on and on about the same subject for the next 25 years, but there is one more subject I want to cover, The Multiverse

It's about damn time Marvel opens this gigantic can of worms to the cinematic universe. The possibilities are immeasurable, the numerous conceivable crossovers, astounding. I did write an article before covering the multiverse and its effects on the comic book world versus the cinematic universe, but the fact that they actually brought the concept to the movies is absolutely fascinating. Now, does this mean crossovers from other productions such as Disney and/or Fox? It is a possibility, but I wouldn't bet all of my chips on that. Money speaks and, even though a crossover event would bring in a significant amount of revenue, sometimes it's safer to just bet on your own horse. 

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