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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a American computer-animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of Miles Morales / Spider-Man, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released on December 14, 2018.

Plot

Miles Morales is a teenager who admires Spider-Man, and struggles living up to the expectations of his parents. His father, police officer Jefferson Davis, sees Spider-Man as a menace. After school Miles secretly visits his uncle Aaron Davis, who brings Miles to a disused subway station where he can paint graffiti. While there, Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops spider-like abilities.

Searching for the spider, Miles later returns to the station and unintentionally finds a particle accelerator built by Wilson Fisk, who wishes to access parallel universes and find alternative versions of his wife and son who died in a car crash. Spider-Man arrives to disable the accelerator and fights Fisk's enforcers, Green Goblin and Prowler. Spider-Man discovers that Miles has similar abilities, but is gravely wounded by an explosion during the battle which kills Green Goblin. Spider-Man gives Miles a USB drive to disable the accelerator and warns that the machine could destroy the city if turned on again. Miles then watches Fisk kill Spider-Man before fleeing.

While attempting to master his new abilities, Miles inadvertently damages the USB drive. At Spider-Man's grave, Miles meets Peter B. Parker, an older and jaded version of Spider-Man from another dimension. Peter has been brought into Miles's dimension by the accelerator and needs to return home, so he begrudgingly agrees to train Miles in exchange for help stealing data to create a new drive. While breaking into Kingpin's research facility, they are confronted by Fisk's chief scientist Olivia Octavius, who reveals that Peter will eventually deteriorate and die the longer he stays in their dimension. Miles and Peter are then rescued by Gwen Stacy, another dimension-displaced heroine. Gwen leads Peter and Miles to May Parker, who is sheltering Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker and SP//dr, who also are deteriorating. Miles offers to disable the accelerator to send the other Spider-People home.

The Spider-People attempt to teach Miles how to control his powers, but Miles becomes overwhelmed and retreats to Aaron's home, where he discovers that Aaron is Prowler. Miles returns to May's house, where Peni has completed the drive; however, he is followed by Fisk, Prowler, Octavius, Scorpion and Tombstone, leading to a brawl. Miles flees May's house during the battle but is captured by Prowler, who prepares to kill him. Miles unmasks himself, causing Aaron to realize he has been hunting his own nephew. Aaron decides not to kill Miles, so Fisk shoots and kills Aaron.

As the Spider-People prepare to face Fisk, Peter restrains Miles in the latter's dorm and leaves him behind for his own safety, deciding to sacrifice himself by taking Miles's place in deactivating the accelerator. Jefferson arrives outside Miles's door to tell him about Aaron's death and, assuming Miles does not want to speak to him, apologizes for his mistakes. Finally controlling his powers, Miles joins the other Spider-People and helps them defeat Fisk's enforcers before activating the USB drive and sending all the Spider-People back home. Fisk and Miles fight throughout the accelerator, attracting Jefferson's attention. Jefferson realizes that Spider-Man is not the enemy and encourages him, giving Miles the motivation to defeat Fisk, destroying the accelerator. The authorities arrest Fisk and his enforcers, Jefferson recognizes Spider-Man as a hero and Miles embraces the responsibilities of his new life. Later, Gwen finds a way to contact Miles across dimensions.

In another dimension, Miguel O'Hara's assistant Lyla informs him of the crisis and gives him dimension-hopping technology. He decides to "go back to the beginning", and ends up arguing with that universe's Spider-Man.

Cast

Production

Following the November 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures' computers, Sony was revealed to have been trying to develop an animated comedy Spider-Man film with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. On April 22, 2015, Sony announced that the Spider-Man animated feature film would be produced and written by Lord and Miller with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal attached as the producers. The animated film would be independent of all the ongoing live-action films in the Spider-Man universe.

In June 2016, Sony Pictures Animation hired the Puss in Boots and The Little Prince's head of story Bob Persichetti to direct the animated film.

In January 2017, it was announced that the film would feature the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, and it was revealed that Peter Ramsey would be the co-director. Alex Hirsch was confirmed to be contributing the story for the animated film. The following April, Shameik Moore was cast to provide the voice of Miles Morales, while Liev Schreiber would voice the movie's villain. In June 2017, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry joined the voice cast.

In April 2018, it was announced that Jake Johnson has joined the voice cast in the role of adult Peter Parker / Spider-Man.

In July 2018, Nicolas Cage joined the voice cast as he was revealed to play Spider-Man Noir.

Release

The film is scheduled to be released by Columbia Pictures on December 14, 2018. It was previously scheduled to be released on July 20, 2018. In December 2015 the film's release date was then pushed back to December 21, 2018.

Reception

As of March 3, 2019, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has grossed $187.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $175.4 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $362.8 million, against a production budget of $90 million. On January 31, 2019, the film surpassed Hotel Transylvania 2 to become Sony Pictures Animation's highest grossing film domestically, unadjusted for inflation.

In the United States and Canada, Into the Spider-Verse was released on the same weekend as Mortal Engines and The Mule, and was projected to gross $30–35 million from 3,813 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $12.6 million on its first day, including $3.5 million from Thursday night previews, and went on to debut to $35.4 million, finishing first at the box office and marking the best-ever December opening for an animated film. The film made $16.7 million in its second weekend, finishing fourth behind newcomers AquamanBumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns, and then $18.3 million in its third weekend, finishing fourth again. In its fifth weekend the film made $13 million, finishing in fourth for a third straight week. The weekend following its Best Animated Picture win, the film was added to 1,661 theaters (for a total of 2,104) and made $2.1 million, marking a 138% increase from the week before.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was praised by critics for its animation, characters, story, voice acting, humor, and soundtrack. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 97%, based on 341 reviews, with an average rating of 8.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action."[87] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100, based on reviews from 50 critics, indicating "universal acclaim" and also receiving a "Must-See" designation. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 90% overall positive score and an 80% "definite recommend", as well as a rare 5 star rating.

David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a "B+" and called it "hilarious and ultimately even poignant", writing: "An eye-popping and irreverent animated experience from the marvelous comic minds who brought you 21 Jump Street... Into the Spider-Verse is somehow both the nerdiest and most inviting superhero film in a long time; every single frame oozes with fan service..." Oliver Jones of The New York Observer gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and wrote, "The greatest triumph and biggest surprise of the film is that it is an LSD freak-out on par with 2001: A Space Odyssey." Johnny Oleksinski of The New York Post gave the film a 3.5 rating out of 4, hailing the film as "the best stand-alone film to feature the iconic character so far", and praising Miles's characterization as "more fleshed out than the usual Marvel heroes". Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that "...the freshest and most stimulating aspect of the film is the visual style, which unites the expected Marvel mix of 'universes' (it used to be assumed there was only one universe in creation) with animation that looks both computer-driven and hand-drawn, boasts futuristic as well as funky urban elements, moves the 'camera' a lot and brings together a melting pot of mostly amusing new characters."

William Bibbiani of The Wrap felt the film "represents some of the best superhero storytelling on the market", and that it "captures the sprawling interconnectivity of comic-book universes in a way that no other feature film has", calling it the best Spider-Man film since Spider-Man 2. Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times said that "What distinguishes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in the end is that it takes its mission seriously, even when it's being transparently silly". David Sims of The Atlantic said that the film "somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new in the superhero genre", particulary praising the use of comic book's "visual language", as well as the characters' dynamic, and felt that the "anarchic fingerprints" of producers Lord and Miller were "all over the movie". Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service said that the film is "unlike any other superhero or animated film that has come before", comparing the animation to "watching a comic book come to life", and feeling that the film "firmly exists in a post-Deadpoolenvironment, where it seems the only fresh way into a century-old superhero is to skewer the tropes, make fun of the merchandising and acknowledge the cultural significance of it all in a cheeky and self-reflective manner", and that Lord, who wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay, was "The key to the balance of self-aware and sweet" present in the film.

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References

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