Now Showing: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse


Marvel’s first attempt at an animated “Spider-Man” film has unfortunately failed to bring any originality to the story, with an unimpressive and bland plot.

“Spider man: Into the Spider verse”  is the newest addition to the series and the only different aspect is the type of animation. The graphics mimic that of a comic book, with thought bubbles and sound effects sprawled on the screen, unlike any other type of animation I have seen before.

Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is an artistic and rebellious teenager attending a prestigious middle school who  becomes the second Spider-Man in his dimension after being bit by a radioactive spider. He makes a promise to the other Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Chris Pine) that he will shut down the machine built by the notorious Kingpin (Liev Schreiber). During a battle, the machine explodes and causes different versions of Spider-Man from other dimensions to be transported to Morales’s dimension.

Intense action scenes display each of the superheroes’ unique powers and strengths. Morales not only has the classic “Spider-Man” abilities, but also invisibility and electricity. Throughout the movie, he learns to control these special abilities. His battles are nerve racking, but at times cliche. Similar to other Marvel movies, the origin story of Morales and his journey to becoming “Spider-Man” is  a difficult road, devastating at times. However, the movie also integrates comedy that helps to cheer up both the characters and the audience.

The plot is the major downfall of the film. There are  only a couple plot twists; the story is in need of more surprising elements. The ending is inevitable and predictable: the heroes win and evil is defeated. Nothing exciting is brought to the table, and the plot falls short of anything amazing.  

One of the biggest flaws of the movie is the graphics. The film’s attempt to emulate  comic book art with a pixelated effect makes some scenes unclear and hard to watch. Compared to other 2018 animated films that showcase recent  technology, “Spider man” visuals are disappointing.

Overall, the film is very much like that of all superhero movies. The hero always gets  back up and is able to defeat the villain. By working together the team could accomplish anything, and the rookie of the group was able to control his powers and become a hero.