The moment I saw the trailer for Spider Man into the spider verse I was excited by the art style in the form of a comic book and that Miles Morales was finally getting a chance to be on the big screen. I first heard of Miles Morales back in 2016 and I found his origin story to be unique. Miles getting bite by the Spider and witnessing the death of the real Spider Man was a pretty cool motivation to become a super hero and the movie took that to a huge level. Spider Man into the spider verse is about Miles meeting several versions of Spider man from alternate universes such as Gwen Stacey, Spider Ham, Peni Parker, Spider Noir, and of course the one we all know and love Peter Parker. Upon meeting each other the spider team must work together to get back in their own universes because if they stay in the wrong one for too long they will die. Along the way Miles must deal with fighting King Pin, struggling with his powers, and keeping his loved ones safe. Before I give my official thoughts I'm gonna get my negatives out of the way.
There were 3 things I didn't like about this movie and the first one is that I think I built up my excitement a little too much. I'm not saying I was disappointed it's just that I was expecting more than what I got. I was hoping to see Miles become Spider Man shortly after he got his powers and when he sees the death of Spider Man that is when he would put on the mask and start climbing walls and shooting web. But Miles doesn't officially become the new Spider Man until the climax, for most of the movie he is just uncomfortable with his new powers and has no control over them. My second issue is with the side characters, I thought Spider Ham was a funny comedic side character who had a funny cartoonish personality and everything that came out of his mouth would just make you laugh. But he only got like 5 or 6 lines and didn't have much screen time, I feel like Spider Ham could've become the new Olaf he was such a funny and lovable guy and I wish he had more lines. My third and final issue is the conflict, the conflict part of the movie is Peter refusing the let Miles to help him return to his universe and thinks it would be better if he stayed behind so he ties him up in a chair and says that he is not ready yet. To that I say "What kind of conflict is that?" Miles was completely new to this whole Spider Man thing and just because he's not ready yet that means he is officially banded from helping him? Conflict is usually my least favorite parts of movies but I think THIS conflict could've been done better, like what if Peter lost his trust between Miles or something or Miles decided he just couldn't handle the pressure and decided to quit. Either way Peter just forcing Miles to stay out of it and not even giving him a chance was just pointless.
Now I'll be giving my positive thoughts. I think we can all agree that the #1 thing that stole the spotlight here was the animation style. The animation looks exactly like a comic book brought to life and I am impressed that the animators managed to pull it off. Since this was written and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller the humor was spot on. They both made their directorial debut with Cloudy with a chance of meatballs and eventually went on to direct The Lego Movie bot of which have colorful and stunning animation, humor that is loaded with meta jokes slapstick comedy and laugh out loud moments that brought the house down. Spider Man is full of funny references to the marvel comics and even the old Sam Raimi trilogy. The action is exhilarating, I love how each moment is just an explosion of pure energy, my favorite part is the end with Miles returning all his friends to their own universes and battling King Pin in the realm of all the universes colliding together, that part instantly got me hooked into excitement. It was like watching the final act of Speed Racer(2008) mixed with the final act of The Lego Movie with Emmett traveling through the magic portal. Another thing I liked what the writers did most is how they poked fun at the consequences of being Spider Man. This has been shown in pretty much every incarnation of Spider Man from the comics, to the 1994 cartoon show, to the Sam Raimi trilogy, to even the Marc Webb films. You all know how it goes "With great power comes great responsibility" As a super hero you must keep your loved ones safe from dying, you must learn to believe in yourself, they have to battle a villain that is constantly antagonizing or threatening them and each one of them had to suffer from the death of a person they were very close too. Miles and Peter both lost their Uncle, Gwen lost her best friend, and Peni lost her parents. I loved how they showed how hard it is going through all that when becoming a Superhero.
So in the end Spider Man into the spider verse was on the right path, it's animation made it so fun to watch, and was just an awesome action,comedy, cartoon to sit through and watch. But because of my main 3 issues it's still just an origin story and I left the theater unsatisfied.(When it comes out on DVD I'll try to watch it again to have a second opinion) Phil Lord and Chris Miller showed interest in making a franchise out of this and I see this as an opportunity to expand more on the universe. Now that we got the origin story out of the way it's time for more action, more drama, less conflict, less slow dialogue, more character development, and more hilarious comedy. I give Spider Man into the Spider Verse a B+