Into the Spider-Verse Lifted A Line Straight From Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse borrowed a line of dialogue straight from Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man. Blade and X-Men are often credited with reviving the comic book movie genre, which was waning badly in the late 1990s, but it was the monster success of 2002’s Spider-Man that cemented the genre’s status. Raimi’s film was a loving, heartfelt ode to the character, in addition to featuring a great cast and fun action scenes.

Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is often considered a highpoint of the genre, but sadly Spider-Man 3 proved to be a disappointing end to his trilogy. Raimi himself later admitted the movie just didn’t work, which was down to a combination of issues, like the studio forcing him to use Venom as a villain against his judgement. While the director developed Spider-Man 4, which would have featured John Malkovich as The Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat, he later withdrew over unhappiness with the script.

Related: How Sony Ruined (And Then Saved) Spider-Man

Raimi’s Spider-Man films are still considered an important milestone and were a big influence on subsequent comic book movies. Now Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse screenwriter Phil Lord has confirmed on Twitter the movie lifted the “With great power…” dialogue by Cliff Robertson’s Uncle Ben straight from Raimi’s movie. The line can be heard in the movie’s opening sequence.

Robertson’s performance – and especially his delivery of that famous dialogue – is considered a defining portrayal of Uncle Ben, so it’s nice to see Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse paid tribute to the late actor. Some fans were disappointed Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker didn’t appear in the new animated adventure, but while the possibility was discussed during development, Into The Spider-Verse’s three directors decided it would be too confusing for audiences. The role of an older Peter Parker was taken by Jake Johnson instead.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has proved to be a critical and commercial success, so perhaps Maguire’s Peter Parker could appear in a future sequel. Spider-Man wasn’t Raimi’s first brush with a superhero project, and he recently revealed he and Stan Lee worked together on treatments for a Thor movie back in 1991. No studios were interested in the project, however, and the two men were flatly told comic books adaptations don’t make for good movies.

Raimi also confessed in a recent interview he didn’t want Lee to cameo in the original Spider-Man because he felt he couldn’t act. Raimi eventually conceded, and now Lee’s cameo is one of his favorite moments in the film. Lee also made a fun cameo in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which co-director Rodney Rothman revealed was originally a little more cynical, but was changed to the more heart-warming version seen in the final cut.

More: 2018’s Superhero Movies Ranked Worst To Best

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2018-12-28 01:12:29

30 Things You Completely Missed In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is already being hailed as one of the best superhero movies in ages. It’s also overflowing with Easter eggs, Marvel Comic references, and secret jokes. Since there are way too many for a fan to catch in one viewing, we’ve come to save the day.

The minds behind Sony’s groundbreaking Spider-Man movie made it clear from the start that Into the Spider-Verse would be a labor of love, made by and for the most devoted comic book fans. However, even if readers are only familiar with Spider-Man’s many movie reboots, there are too many loving references to count. Also, it isn’t just superheroes, either, since the movie fills every inch of the frame with inside jokes too perfect to go unnoticed. From Steph Curry to Shaun of the Dead, Into the Spider-Verse is an Easter egg scavenger hunt like no other.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a superhero “event” movie without teasing new characters, possible villains, or even theories on what Sony’s larger Spider-Man Universe could build towards for future movies. So to make sure that we’re backing up every Marvel fan who is too distracted by meeting Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, or any other variation of everyone’s favorite neighborhood wallcrawler to spot them, we’re collecting every reference and detail fans are most likely to miss, or forget. So with one last spoiler warning for fans who wish to hunt down these Easter eggs on their own without any clues, let’s get started.

Here is our breakdown of the 30 Things You Completely Missed In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

30 Chris Pine is The Perfect Hero

For all of the celebrities called upon to voice characters in the Spider-Man multiverse, none is more of a surprise than the voice of the Spider-Man audiences first meet. As the original Peter Parker of Miles’ reality, who better than to play the super-successful, universally-beloved, and massively-marketed Spider-Man than Chris Pine?

While many fans hoped to see Tobey Maguire get to imagine “What if his Spider-Man was truly the best?” the star of Wonder Woman and Star Trek is an incredible alternative (provided audiences even know that’s whose voice they’re hearing).

29 Spider-Man: Homecoming Reference

Even if Marvel Studios and Sony can’t come to a clear agreement on which Spider-Man characters exist in the MCU, that doesn’t stop Into the Spider-Verse from showing some love to Tom Holland’s current version — specifically the moment from Spider-Man: Homecoming when Peter exerted his full strength to keep two halves of the Staten Island Ferry from splitting down the middle and sinking.

In Spider-Verse, it’s Chris Pine’s Peter keeping two buses from falling off opposite sides of the bridge. However, since this moment is an homage to Homecoming’s own Raimi Spider-Man movie homage, it’s every bit as epic for longtime fans.

28 The PS4 Spider-Man Suit

For those who thought that the best days of the Spider-Man video games were behind us, this year’s Spider-Man from Insomniac proved that the best may still be yet to come. With both the PlayStation 4 exclusive and Into the Spider-Verse looking to breathe new life into Peter Parker’s brand for Sony, it’s no surprise that the movie included the video game version.

No, the heroes of the movie don’t meet the actual version of Spidey from the game, but when they descend into Peter Parker’s secret underground lair, fans will just have to keep their eyes to the left of the screen to spot this Easter egg. In the wide collection of different Spider-Man suits and armor, the white-spider Insomniac costume can clearly be spotted.

27 Spider-Man’s Clone, Ben Reilly

When Chris Pine’s original Spider-Man is finally unmasked after his demise, there’s one detail that is sure to confuse some fans (especially those who expect him to be the most widely recognized version). Fans will feel perfectly justified claiming that Peter Parker wasn’t blonde, but the movie’s decision to lighten Spidey’s locks is likely a next-level bit of fan service.

For starters, when Peter B. Parker gets an eyeful of the late Spidey’s face on a Times Square billboard, fans can see how the two men might actually be identical — just worn differently over time (and colored by their obvious outlook on life). That similarity instantly raises the existence of Spider-Man’s actual comic book clone, Ben Reilly, also known to his fans as the Scarlet Spider. What color was this carbon-copy of Peter Parker’s hair? Blonde.

26 Donald Glover’s Own Community Cameo

Look, Donald Glover’s fans may never get over the fact that in some other world, in some parallel reality, the Community star actually got to play Miles Morales, as was always his dream. As a consolation prize, it’s hard to beat Glover’s chance to voice Miles’ Spider-Man in Disney XD’s Web Warriors series. Oh, and he got to play the role of Miles’ uncle Aaron in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

If that still isn’t enough, Into the Spider-Verse makes sure to give his campaigning a shout-out, but you’ll have to be a Community fan to spot it. When the action shifts into Uncle Aaron’s apartment, he’s watching Community — specifically the episode and scene where Glover’s character wakes up dressed in Spidey pajamas. The moment is quick, but it actually contains three different layers of Donald Glover Easter eggs — Spidey, Aaron, and Community.

25 Stan Lee’s Animated Cameo

Even in animated form, fans knew that a Stan Lee cameo would be included in Into the Spider-Verse. As the first movie to include the Marvel creator since his passing, it’s fitting that this cameo will be the favorite for many. Lee has not just as a walk-on part, but the chance to play the costume shop owner who actually puts Miles Morales on the path to following Spider-Man’s literal legacy (no refunds on the costume, so you know it’s permanent).

Co-writer Phil Lord told Screen Rant in a Spider-Verse interview that while the cameo may have changed over time, the team knew they wanted it to be something special. “He had to do something that was formative for Miles,” said Lord. “And we knew it had to be warm and a tribute to Stan and the work that he’s done.”

24 Throwbacks to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man

Looking at all of the evidence, it’s easy to see why the directors of Into the Spider-Verse actually did consider casting Tobey Maguire as a Spider-Man (roles that eventually went to Chris Pine and Jake Johnson). Even still, the obvious love for Sam Raimi and Maguire’s trilogy is on full display, with the movie recreating several iconic moments.

There’s Spider-Man using webs to try to slow down a speeding train, having a date with Mary Jane spoiled by a car tumbling through the front window of the restaurant, and even an upside-down kiss. None of the scenes appear exactly as they happened in Raimi’s movie, but they are clear nods all the same.

23 Peter B. Parker is Marvel’s True Spider-Man

Casual audiences may assume that Chris Pine’s opening Spider-Man is intended to be “the comic book version of Spider-Man fans know” with a far more tragic twist in Miles’ universe. However, that’s not actually the truth, and the movie confirms it.

During the sequence in which Kingpin and his scientist manage to collapse the realities of Miles, Spider-Ham, Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and Peter B. Parker, the monitor labels each of the heroes with their native Earths. As washed-up and out of shape as Peter B. Parker may be, he’s designated as Earth-616’s Spidey — the official classification of Marvel’s core comic universe.

22 Oscar Isaac is Spider-Man 2099

Into the Spider-Verse saves one of its most popular variations on Spider-Man for its post-credits scene, finally explaining why Spider-Man 2099 (the future, flashy, and fan-favorite Spidey) didn’t get in on the movie’s action. One of the movie’s biggest names is cast in the part, too. Oscar Isaac may not be instantly recognizable to some, but his casting is no coincidence.

In the comics, the future Spider-Man 2099’s real name is Miguel O’Hara, and is notable as another Latin hero to don the Spider-Man identity (Miles Morales being a descendent of Latin America and Africa). The difference may not mean much to some, but the casting of Isaac, the son of parents from Cuba and Guatemala means Into the Spider-Verse is even more culturally diverse (and comic-accurate) than fans realize.

21 The Post Credits Spider-Meme

Spider-Man 2099 is just one of the bombshells delivered to fans patient enough to sit through the credits, with the other guaranteed to be the very best joke for many viewers — particularly those fond of Spider-Man memes — because when Miguel instructs his A.I. to send him back to “where it all began,” his travel to the original 1960s Spider-Man cartoon is too perfect.

Imitating the animation style and sound degradation is one thing, but using Miguel to recreate one of the most recognizable Spider-Man memes on the Internet has our hopes high for a sequel. Assuming that Isaac and Miguel return, of course.

20 Miles’ Dad Has a Law & Order License Plate

Fans of Brian Tyree Henry can appreciate yet another connection to Donald Glover’s Atlanta, but the actor voicing Miles’ father, Jefferson Davis, isn’t actually the funniest Easter egg for fans of police procedurals. When Jefferson is dropping Miles off at his charter school, be sure to check out the license plate of his squad car.

The plate number — RFD 690 — isn’t meaningful for Marvel Comics, but it’s the same license plate that’s been used for the lead detectives’ Crown Victoria for almost the entire run of Law & Order.

19 Chance the Rapper Alternate ‘Coloring Book’ Poster

It will be hard for fans to remember to focus on the background of the scenes given the action taking place, but it’s worth it to see how Miles’ reality is slightly tweaked. One of the most visible examples is connected to Chance the Rapper, and his third mixtape “Coloring Book”.

The cover art for the album is impossible to miss on Miles’ wall, with one key difference. The “3” on the rapper’s hat has become a “4,” suggesting that in the reality of Miles Morales, Chance fans already have another mixtape to enjoy — and they don’t stop there.

18 From Dusk To Shaun

The Easter eggs continue into the world of movies, as well, with director Edgar Wright revealing one of his favorites before Into The Spider-Verse even released. The massive billboard in Times Square is instantly recognizable as the cover and poster to Shaun of the Dead, but with a completely different title.

While we try to figure out the possible plot of From Dusk Till Shaun (swapping vampires for zombies, perhaps?), fans can keep their eyes peeled for Seth Rogen’s alternate reality cowboy movie career, and too many other pop culture Easter eggs to catch in one sitting.

17 Even Steph Curry & Blake Griffin, Too

The director and digital artists of Into the Spider-Verse pulled out all the stops in their quest to depict a reality that truly is alternate, down to the brands, celebrities, and even sports icons that populate its world — and that includes a massive Times Square billboard for Blake Griffin, one of the brightest stars… in Major League Baseball.

Keep your eyes open for a bus driving by the camera as the film swoops towards the New York intersection, and you’ll even wonder if Steph Curry — sorry, Stephen Curry could have been the star of the PGA Tour, too.

16 The Aerosmith/Spider-Man Love Goes On

The love affair between Spider-Man and Mary Jane may be the most famous Spider-Man relationship, but the bond between Peter Parker and Joe Perry, lead guitarist of Aerosmith, may be even stronger — and it goes way beyond Perry recording the guitar theme to the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon.

As an overt fan, the cartoon made sure to pay credit to Perry by having Spider-Man instruct his alien symbiote suit to dress him “like the guy from Aerosmith,” and Into the Spider-Verse once again praises Joe Perry’s fashion sense. At least, we think it does, assuming the massive department store called “Perry Joe” that Miles zips past has made the guitarist’s looks a worldwide brand.

15 “Broke My Back” Maguire Joke

More references to to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man? How about more inside jokes pointed squarely at Tobey Maguire the actor, and anyone who remembers the rumors surrounding his hesitancy to sign on for Spider-Man 2. At the time, the rumors claimed that it was all a dispute over money, before news broke that an injury Maguire sustained to his back was the real reason he could be replaced.

Ironically, it was Jake Gyllenhaal who stood next in line to replace Maguire, should he need to (who is now joining the MCU as Spider-Man villain Mysterio in Far From Home). This film pays tribute to the news story, having Peter B. Parker comment on his own “broken back” in the long run of his misfortunes.

14 Spider-Man With Doctor Strange’s Cloak?

Peter makes his stance on Miles wearing a cape perfectly clear, but that doesn’t mean he ignores the benefits of a good cloak. When the heroes are viewing the variety of Spider-Man costumes in his underground base, each one is a nod to a part storyline (the ones that clearly be made out at least). However, Marvel fans will want to take note of one that seems to be wearing a cape.

Well, it’s actually the high collar and the gold clasp that gives this uniform away as a nod to Doctor Strange’s famous Cloak of Levitation. The cloaked costume is kept just enough out of focus to keep fans from confirming it explicitly. However, knowing that Doctor Strange had a Spider-Verse cameo at one point makes this the next best thing.

13 Spider-Man’s Buggy & Bike

When a superhero sells merchandise as well as Spider-Man objects, new toys can sometimes defy any logic within the fiction of the character itself. Take, for instance, the famous Spider Buggy. Now, what possible purpose would a super-strong, web-swinging superhero would have for a Spider-Mobile is hard to guess. However, at least in the comics, just like the real world, the car was a marketing stunt.

That’s really the truth, since Spider-Man needed the money offered to make a low-pollution vehicle (with help from Johnny Storm) branded as a Spidey Buggy. As ridiculous a plot as it might seem today, Into the Spider-Verse immortalizes both Spider-Man’s buggy and his matching motorcycle in their universe, on full display when the heroes are being lowered into his underground base.

12 Spider-Man & The Number 42

Spider-Man fans may not think to look for meaning in numbers (beyond this movie’s unofficially Sinister Six villains) but the number “42” should stand out — and not just on the back of the spider that bites Miles, giving him his powers, as was shown in the comics. No, the number 42 goes much deeper, creating a mystery even we can’t solve just yet. The numbers 4 and 2 appear in the form of signs falling from a building, and on the subway signs of New York City.

In Marvel Comics, the number was the one used for Tony Stark and Reed Richards’ superhuman prison in the Negative Zone, so it has some comic book significance. However, in this story… it’s a riddle, for now.

11 Clone High Goes to College

The creative team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller made their name in offbeat comedy long before co-writing and producing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. However, with successes like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the 21 Jump Street reboot, and The LEGO Movie, none seem to fit the bill for a shout-out of what might have been in an alternate reality.

Instead, the filmmakers decided to show some love to Lord and Miller’s cult cartoon Clone High. In the world of Miles Morales, the show became popular enough to earn a downtown New York billboard — either graduating to, or being re-imagined for success as Clone College.

10 The Comics Code Authority

After the studio title cards fade, the non-comic readers may be surprised to see a badge proclaiming the movie to be “Approved by the Comics Code Authority.” The comic historians will recognize it from the cover of most comics published before the 1980s, but the meaning here is even deeper.

For those who don’t know, that badge was required to appear on the cover of every comic (and be earned) as proof that it contained wholesome entertainment, safe for children. It was Spider-Man who first decided to ignore the badge to run a story about drug use, and even if Marvel had to agree to make it a one-time deal, the badge is forever linked to the way Spider-Man stories dealt with the real world of its young readers.

9 The Comic Creators Finally Get Credit

There are too many cases to mention of iconic comic book creators seeing their characters adapted to blockbuster movies, adapting their artwork and stories, with nothing more than a thanks in the end credits (if they’re lucky). Marvel’s MCU has dealt with the bad press often, but Into the Spider-Verse takes credit to a new level.

When the new characters are introduced to the plot from other far corners of the Spider-Verse, the image of their comic book is plastered on screen, along with the creators credited as they would be on a front cover — as it should be.

8 At Last, Ganke Lee?

We don’t want to speak too soon, but it seems that Miles Morales’ beloved roommate, best friend, and confidante Ganke Lee may finally have been adapted to film after winning his way into fans’ hearts in comic form.

The character was basically adapted to the MCU in the form of “Ned Leeds” in Spider-Man: Homecoming. While Ned is an existing character in the Spider-Man comic universe, his personality and appearance are those of Ganke, which led to more than a little confusion (and some angry fans). While Miles’ roommate isn’t named in Into the Spider-Verse, the door is open for him to be confirmed as Ganke in a sequel.

7 “True Life Tales of Spider-Man”

When Miles Morales begins to understand that his transformation is making him into a new kind of Spider-Man, he turns to the comic book of his roommate to help him answer the question “what if there was another Spider-Man?” The roommate’s comics are good for a number of Easter eggs through the movie, but the clearest is a nod to the very start of Spidey.

While the title of the comic Miles sees may be changed to a fictional one for the movie, the cover set is unmistakably based on Amazing Fantasy #15, the very first comic book to ever feature Peter Parker, the Spider-Man.

6 Spider-Ham’s Goodbye

The movie does a surprisingly good job of adapting the origin stories of their Spider-Verse stars. For Spider-Ham, that means asking audiences to believe that he was originally a spider, who gained a new form and powers when bitten by a radioactive pig (Marvel Comics got weird sometimes). However, his similarities to another cartoon pig can’t be ignored — and when the movie is over, they aren’t.

Bidding farewell to his teammates, Spider-Ham let’s out a “That’s all, Folks” which might actually escape some modern viewers as the catchphrase of Porky Pig, the Looney Tunes creation. There is a brief moment of Peter wondering if Spider-Ham can actually legally say that, but it seems Warner Bros. approves.

5 Comic Creator Phone Contacts, Too

The callouts to the core heroes of the movie go a bit deeper into the world itself. For starters, make sure to watch closely as Miles Morales flips through his cellphone contacts, to find that Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli are both among his friends. This is fitting, since Bendis co-created the character and his Ultimate Universe, and Pichelli was the first artist to draw him (and later, rendered the version most fans now recognize in Ultimate Spiderman Vol. 2).

Looks around the city will reveal signs for “Romita Ramen” as credit to another Marvel great, but it’s the inclusion of Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator in the phone of Miles’ father that will warm the heart of older comic fans.

4 Spider-Gwen’s Flashbacks Recreate Her Comic

The appearance of Gwen Stacy’s version of Spider-Woman (don’t call her Spider-Gwen here) instantly shows why she became such a sensation in Marvel Comics. A great character, and wonderful “what if?” to be sure… but without the visuals brought by comic artist Robbi Rodriguez, it’s hard to know if Gwen would have hit the bullseye like she did.

A simple online search will show how eye-catching a Spider-Gwen cover and its artwork became, but movie fans can actually see it for themselves, since the flashbacks showing Gwen in her own world recreate the visual style perfectly.

3 Miles Morales Meets Great Expectations

There’s no question that Miles Morales is a gifted young man, but his handling of homework concerning Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations shows he’s not much for writing, per se. The story may resonate with Into the Spider-Verse — a young boy is given much, for unknown reasons — but the history of the book carries a wonderful link to comics, too.

As CBR points out, Great Expectations was originally published chapter by chapter, in serialized format. The illustrations that accompanied these chapters are visible on Miles’ book, and while Dickens didn’t know it at the time, he was taking part in a publishing format and mix of media that would pave the way for comic books over a century later.

2 Beware The Alchemax Corporation

The average viewer may not notice the evil corporations at work in the Spider-Verse, but it reveals more about the coming plot than you think. The company responsible for the spider that bites Miles, and the experiments making it possible to collapse different versions of Spider-Man together, is called Alchemax. This is a name that will mean a whole lot more once the end credits scene plays out.

In the comics, Spider-Man 2099 was an employee of Alchemax who took it upon himself to bring down the company, eventually revealed to be another brainchild of, you guessed it, Norman Osborn. Could Miles and Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099, be more connected than we thought?

1 Web of Life & Destiny

Not every Easter egg is meant to be a throwaway joke or an easy to miss tribute. Some may mean big things for the future of Sony Spider-Verse films, and none is bigger than the Web of Life and Destiny that Marvel introduced as a comic book explanation for this Multiverse of Spider heroes. It would take too much time to explain the fate and metaphysics of it all, but Into the Spider-Verse seems to confirm its existence.

Fans get the best look at it when Peter B. Parker is fractal-ed and teleported out of his reality, but just how important the visible web of white energy uniting realities will become… is a mystery for now.

So there you have it, our breakdown of each and every easter egg, Marvel comic reference, Spider-Man secret in Into the Spider-Verse. If you’ve spotted anything we’ve missed, or have questions unanswered, let us know in the comments!

MORE: Into The Spider-Verse’s Post-Credits Scene Explained

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2018-12-14 03:12:39

Does Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Have An End-Credits Scene?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Miles Morales and other Spider-People, but does it have an end-credits scene teasing the sequel? Over the past few years, there have been a number of Spidey-related movies released. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Venom launched Sony’s non-Spidey Marvel movie franchise, and now Miles Morales leads his own animated feature film. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Miles has become a favorite comic book character, with fans calling for him to receive a big screen adaptation. That movie now arrives in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Spider-Verse introduces Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who lives in a universe where Peter Parker is already Spider-Man. But when Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) begins testing interdimensional travel, an experiment gone wrong sees multiple Spider-People trapped in Miles’ world – including a different Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). Early buzz for Spider-Verse has been extremely positive, so it’s no wonder Sony has already greenlit a sequel as well as a female-led spinoff. But does the movie feature a post-credits scene setting up either of those films?

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s After-Credits Scene Explained

Now that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is hitting theaters, viewers will finally get a chance to watch Miles Morales’ origin story on the big screen. And those viewers will definitely want to stick around because Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse DOES have an end-credits scene – in addition to a mid-credits message. It should be noted, though, that this mid-credits message isn’t a scene, but something else that honors the legacy of Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics.

As for the post-credits scene, we won’t reveal what exactly is included – for a full breakdown, check back at Screen Rant for our Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene explainer. However, fans of the movie will want to stick around because the end-credits teaser works to both set up the sequel and offer one more (incredibly hilarious) joke. Reactions to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse praised the movie for its handling of the extensive Spider-Man mythology from not only the comics, but animated and live-action adaptations as well. For the end-credits scene, Spider-Verse continues along that line to dig into more of the Spidey mythos while expanding the film’s multiverse and getting in one last joke.

Since Sony has already put a sequel to Spider-Verse into development, fans will get a chance to see how Miles’ story pans out after the events of the first film. Exactly what the sequel will be about and which Spider-People from the first movie will return remains to be seen, but it will no doubt continue to explore the multiverse introduced in Spider-Verse. And, considering all the Spider-Man mythos left to explore, viewers can also expect to see more Spider-People join in on the fun in the follow-up. For now, though, fans will have to make due with dissecting the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse end-credits scene for potential clues about the sequel.

Next: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s Ending & Future Explained

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2018-12-13 02:12:10

Spider-Verse Star Shameik Moore Wants to Play Live-Action Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star Shamelik Moore has shown interest in playing the live-action version of Miles Morales. Moore voices the character Miles Morales in Sony’s upcoming animated feature, which will focus on Morales discovering that there are several different dimensions with other Spider-People. As of right now, there are three Spider-Man film universes, only one of which officially includes Miles Morales.

Sony’s live-action Spider-Man films so far haven’t had any mention of Morales, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe hinted at the inclusion of the character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. First of all, Aaron Davis, played by Donald Glover makes an appearance in the film. Davis happens to be Miles’ uncle – who becomes the villain the Prowler in the comic books – but there was another Miles Morales easter egg in the movie. One fan found a red and black Spider-Man mask hiding in the end credits of the film. While Miles is clearly a big part of the animated Spider-Man films, it’s safe to assume he’ll show up in a live-action film at some point.

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Premiere Honors Stan Lee

While Moore’s Into the Spider-Verse will be starting it’s wide release tomorrow, MTV has revealed the actor is up for playing the live-action version of his character. When asked if he would want to play the live-action version of Miles Morales, Moore responded, “Most definitely. I definitely want to be the live action Miles Morales. I understand that he’s a young kid, but hopefully you know, they can play with time and put me in there. But I’m thankful for the opportunity. I would love to be fighting Venom as Miles, with Tom Hardy. You know what I mean? That would be great. I would love to play on screen with my favorite actor out right now”.

While Venom‘s mid-credits scene teased Venom 2 with the introduction of Woody Harrelson’s Carnage, the post-credits scene included a clip from Into the Spider-Verse. While this might tease that the live action and animated movies take place in the same multi-verse, it was likely just a way to get people interested in seeing Into the Spider-Verse. With that in mind, Into the Spider-Verse has been getting incredible reviews, so even if fans don’t get a live-action Miles Morales right away, they can expect to see him again in another animated Spider-Man movie.

Miles Morales was created seven years ago, first appearing in Ultimate Fallout #4, so compared to other decades-old Spidey-related characters, he’s still new. That being said, Miles Morales has become a fan-favorite in the past few years, and is likely to show up in a live-action movie sooner or later. Even though Moore isn’t as young as Miles Morales is supposed to be, he’s still only 23 years old. Likewise, Tom Holland is playing a high school version of Peter Parker in the MCU, yet he’s 22 years old. While there hasn’t been any casting information for a live-action Miles Morales, or even the confirmation of the character outside of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Moore shouldn’t be out of the running for the role just yet.

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2018-12-12 03:12:52

Spider-Verse Considered Casting Tobey Maguire As Older Spider-Man

The filmmakers behind Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse considered casting Tobey Maguire, star of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, as an older Peter Parker. This news comes just after the film’s premiere this past weekend and after the first reviews of Into the Spider-Verse were published, with the movie currently holding a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. The project has also been named the best animated film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film has been praised for its animation, drama and narrative.

Directed Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman from a script by Rothman and Phil Lord, Into the Spider-Verse serves as an origin story for Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man. Shameik Moore voices the web-swinging hero, and this universe introduces allies similar to Spider-Man in nature. In the past, Hollywood has retold the narrative of Peter Parker and this film breaks away from that. This is the first adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ Morales in the role of Spider-Man. Fans have anticipated a superhero movie featuring Morales since his debut back in 2011.

Related: Screen Rant’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

Those involved in the movie seemingly wanted to resurrect the original Spider-Man by having Tobey Maguire join the project. During an interview with ScreenCrush, the three directors revealed their discussions of having Maguire appear in the film as an older Peter Parker. This wouldn’t have been a physical role, but Maguire would have joined the other voice actors. The role of Peter Parker was taken up by Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) in the end. Rothman explained:

“There was. There were many thoughts about where we could put Tobey Maguire and others. I think after this film, those thoughts might have a little more traction. But before this movie, and introducing the idea of the Spider-Verse to the audience, I think everybody was afraid that it would just really confuse people. But wow, it would have been fun.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse tells the story of Brooklyn teen, Miles Morales who has switched to the Visions Academy. Miles struggles to fit in at his new school, and isn’t meshing too well with his loved ones either. During an outing with his uncle Aaron Davis, Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider. This of course leads to his demonstration of newly discovered powers as a result of the bite. The film has been praised as a spectacular origin story for the web swinging hero.

Knowing that Maguire was considered to return to his most well known role allows fans to ponder exactly what it may have been like had he gotten involved with the project. Maguire starred as Spider-Man for three films, now recognized as the Sam Raimi Trilogy, and was generally well received as Peter Parker. With a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse already in the works, it’s still possible for a return to become a reality in the near future.

More: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development – MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

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2018-12-04 02:12:58

Into the Spider-Verse Christmas Album Songs Have Been Recorded

According to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, at least two songs from Spidey’s Christmas album in the movie have been written and recorded. Scripted by Lord and Rodney Rothman (who co-directed the film with Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey), Spider-Verse is a computer-animated adventure that follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales as he learns the ropes of becoming a superhero, under the guidance of a whole team of web-slingers from across the multiverse or “Spider-Verse”.

Among the heroes that Miles (Shameik Moore) encounters in the film are Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), a different version of Spider-Man from the one that exists in Miles’ corner of the Spider-Verse. The Spider-Verse trailers have shown that this Peter Parker is a superhero who’s past his prime and has cashed in heavily on his superhero-related fame – having even released his own album of Spider-Man themed Christmas tunes, no less.

Related: Into the Spider-Verse Producers Tease Donald Glover Cameo

During the Spider-Verse press junket (per Meg Downey), Lord and Miller confirmed that two songs from the Spider-Man Christmas album are now real and more may be on the way. As seen in the film’s trailers, Spidey’s album includes cheekily-titled songs like “Spidey, It’s Cold Outside”, “Spidey the Snowman”, and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Non-Denominational Holiday”.

Spider-Verse is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 53 reviews and has even been named the best animated movie of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle, ahead of its release in theaters around mid-December. The film has been celebrated for being not only a terrific superhero origin story for Miles, but also a brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre and the larger Spider-Man brand thanks to self-reflexive gags like the Spider-Man Christmas Album.

It’s all the more encouraging to hear that the creatives behind Spider-Verse are taking their jokes the whole nine yards and making these Spider-Man Christmas songs a real thing for everyone to listen to. Lord and Miller did something similar when they made The LEGO Movie four years ago and had Tegan and Sara (in collaboration with The Lonely Island) record the film’s catchy earworm “Everything is Awesome!”, and even got Will Arnett to perform LEGO Batman’s song, “Untitled Self Portrait”, for the movie’s official soundtrack. “Everything is Awesome!” went on to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, so who knows – perhaps a similar honor awaits Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s rendition of “Silent Night (You’re Welcome)”.

MORE: Every Spider-Man Movie in Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

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2018-12-02 05:12:30

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Premiere Honors Stan Lee

Comic legend Stan Lee is being honored at the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse world premiere this evening. Lee unfortunately passed away on November 12 at the age of 95. Since then, fans and coworkers have been mourning his death while also celebrating his legacy. Lee is best known for being a pioneer at Marvel Comics and creating and co-creating multiple characters such as Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and of course, Spider-Man.

While Tom Holland is currently playing everyone’s favorite web-crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony still holds the rights to the character and is making their own set of Spider-Man movies. Apart from Into the Spider-Verse, Sony recently released a Venom solo film, and has plans to make adapt other Spider-Man characters as well. Sony has already made plans to bring Kraven the Hunter and Morbius to the big screen, but might also be adapting storylines for Silk, Jackpot, and Nightwatch. As for Into the Spider-Verse, the film will mainly focus on Miles Morales, but will also include other Spider-People like Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker.

Related: Stan Lee’s Cause of Death Revealed

First revealed by Eric Goldman, an editor at Marvel Entertainment, the world premiere of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is honoring Lee by passing out exclusive pins. The pins feature Lee’s iconic red sunglasses and are being worn by many people at the premiere. Chris Miller, one of the film’s producers, also posted on Twitter sporting one of the Lee tribute pins. It has also been confirmed that Lee will get a tribute at the end of the actual film as well. Both of Goldman and Miller’s Tweets can be seen below.

While the wide release for Into the Spider-Verse isn’t for a few more weeks, the world premiere is tonight. So far, the film has been getting rave reviews from people who are lucky enough to see the film early. The film currently sits at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and early reviews for the film have praised the movie for its incredible animated visuals. Sony also seems to be incredibly confident with the film since they are already developing an Into the Spider-Verse sequel and are submitting Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for animated Oscar consideration. The film also recently won the award for Best Animated Film of 2018 at the New York Film Critics Circle.

There is no denying that Lee had a huge impact on both the film and comic industry. Several of the characters he created have been adapted for movies, TV shows, and video games in recent years, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Lee is thought to be getting at least two more MCU cameos in Captain Marvel and Avengers 4, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be the first Marvel superhero movie to feature a Lee cameo since his death; with his cameo supposedly being “a really warm cameo” and “a welcome presence” according to the film’s producers. While people attending the premiere of Into the Spider-Verse will no doubt have Spider-Man on their minds, Stan Lee will also likely be in their thoughts.

More: Michigan State Marching Band Pays Cool Tribute to Stan Lee

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10 Spider-Women We Could See In The Spider-Verse Spinoff

Well, that was fast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is already on track for a sequel and a spinoff. Right now, we don’t know too many details about the sequel, probably because it would spoil the first movie, but we do know something about the spinoff.

In a move that will surely please Spider-Fans, Sony is building an all-female team for their next animated web-slinging adventure. It’s not too far of a leap to assume that Sony will take a Spider-Verse inspired approach to the spinoff, bringing together different Spider-Women from Marvel’s menu of alternate universes. So put on your Spectacular Speculating caps, true believers! Here are 10 Spider-Women We Could See in the Spider-Verse Spinoff.

10. Peni Parker

Like fellow Spider-People, Peni was bitten by a radioactive spider. Unlike many of her compatriots, however, Peni received the bite voluntarily. Without it, she wouldn’t be able to pilot the spectacular SP//dr mech suit, the last creation of her scientist father before he died. Now, Peni defends her world’s New York City against threats like M.O.R.B.I.U.S. and the VEN#m mech suit. At just 9 years old, Peni is the youngest member of the Spider-Core, but that doesn’t mean she’s got any less power (or responsibil- oh you get it).

Of course, you already know Peni and her SP//dr suit from Into the Spider-Verse. Her manga design makes her stand out against an already colorful animated universe, so you can bet we’ll see her in the spinoff. Plus, if she’s half as cool as she seems from the Spider-Verse ads, we’ll probably see her pop up in the direct sequel as well.

9. Scream

As you know, Spider-Verse isn’t the only Sony Spider-Man movie to come out this year. Despite negative reviews from critics, Venom has smashed its way through this fall’s box office. With sales topping Wonder Woman, Justice League, and every X-Men movie ever, Venom‘s symbiote story is sure to become a mainstay in Sony’s future prospects. However, Venom wasn’t the only one of Marvel’s symbiotes to appear in his film.

The monster called Scream showed up in Venom as part of the sinister Life Foundation’s exploration into alien life. At the end of the film, her character’s fate was left undetermined. If Sony wanted to create a bridge between Venom and the Spider-Verse with a female character, Scream is absolutely the way to go. She’d add danger to the ensemble, serving as either an antagonist or reluctant protagonist like Venom himself. Though Scream’s murderous nature might be a little too dark for the animated superhero flick, she’s still a character worth exploring. Whether that’s in a PG or R rated movie is up to Sony.

RELATED: Predicting Sony’s Spider-Man Villain Universe Slate

8. Araña

Anya Corazon’s spider-powers didn’t come by way of science. Her hero’s journey began when she saved a kind of spider-wizard, one who awarded her the strength and agility we’ve come to expect from web-slingers. However, Araña’s powers don’t stop at gymnastics. When threatened, she can form a powerful exoskeleton around herself. It’s a bright blue coating reminiscent of a classic Spider-Suit, but with an organic feel. In a cinematic landscape so full of advanced suit tech, it would be cool to see something that looks more Swamp Thing than Iron Man.

If she was in the spinoff, this would be Araña’s first venture outside comics. And it would be smart for Sony to give her that platform. With her magic-based powers and Mexican heritage, Araña would add diversity to a team of web-warriors. In a movie featuring a team of similarly-powered characters, there’s a chance some people might complain about lack of distinction. Araña is the answer to that.

7. Betty Brant

Before comics were all about alternate universes converging, Marvel published a book all about fudging timelines. What If? comics featured popular Marvel faces in different scenarios, usually wrapping up stories in just one comic book. One of those stories featured Daily Bugle reporter Betty Brant getting bit by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker in another universe. After the accident, she called herself Spider-Girl, put on the most awkward costume of all time, and set out to kick some criminal butt.

It could be fun to see Betty on screen for several reasons. First, she could serve as a callback to the campy Spider-Man of the ’60s in her mannerisms and art style. Second, that costume is genuinely hysterical. Lastly, there’s a great opportunity for casting Betty Brant. If you remember Betty from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, you’ll recall she was played by none other than Elizabeth Banks. Banks proved her animation chops as Wyldstyle in The LEGO Movie, and it would be great to see her take on a superhero. Spider-Verse is already setting up a legacy of stellar voice casting, and adding Banks’ Betty would be a bombshell boon.

6. Spider-Gwen

Maybe the most obvious person on this list, Spider-Gwen had fans reeling when she showed up at the end of the first Spider-Verse trailer. From a universe where Gwen Stacy was bitten instead of Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen has been a fan favorite Marvel comic character since her debut in 2014. And it’s easy to tell why. Gwen is bold and snarky, resilient, and intuitive. Plus, she’s the lead singer in a punk band, the Mary Janes. If that’s not a recipe for a perfect superhero, I don’t know what is.

Spider-Gwen will probably feature as the main protagonist in the Spider-Verse spinoff, similar to what Miles Morales is doing in this film. However, Gwen’s role will likely be from a “teacher” standpoint as opposed to Miles’ “student” status, due to her apparent knowledge of the Spider-Verse. For the same reason, it’s likely that she’ll also be the one putting together the team. And if her alternate universe knowledge isn’t enough to make her team captain, fan devotion definitely is. Just like the Mary Janes, Sony would be smart to put Gwen Stacy in the lead.

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5. Spider-Ma’am

May Parker’s nephew Peter forgot his lunch on the day of his science lab field trip. When May arrived to deliver it, she was bitten by a radioactive spider. Yes, the woman behind this universe’s Spider-Mask is none other than Aunt May.

As you can see in the image above, Spider-Ma’am decided that her superhero outfit would be as close to her regular old lady clothes as she could possibly make it. It’s an example of the level of sheer hilarity with which this character is handled; a level which won’t be unprecedented in the Spider-Verse. John Mulaney’s cartoonish Spider-Ham is sure to win over audiences after his big screen debut, and including a similarly silly character in the spinoff would be a great move. Plus, it’s time for an old lady, Aunt May again. She’s a badass.

4. Madame Web

No one on this list is anything like Madame Web. She’s not gifted with the typical agility and strength Spider-People possess. Instead, her gift is her incredible Spider-Sense, one that makes her a powerful psychic force. Madame Web is older and wiser, serving as a kind of mentor to some Marvel characters in the past. It would be great to see her as an Obi-Wan type for the gang of young Spider-Folks, guiding them to save the day.

Fans will remember that Joan Lee, wife of Stan Lee, voiced Madame Web in the ’90s Spider-Man cartoon. Including Madam Web could be a touching tribute to a woman who was so influential to the Spider-Man franchise, and would surely bring back memories for fans of the old show. Plus, we might actually get a big screen explanation to how Spider-Sense works? We can dream.

3. Spider-Girl

Mayday Parker is, out of everyone on this page, the most literal member of the Spider-Family. She’s the alternate universe daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, who took up the mask when her father suffered a devastating injury at the hands of a Green Goblin. Mayday hails from the MC2 universe, a briefly-lived “sequel” to Marvel’s main continuity. Together with American Dream (the niece of Sharon Carter), and Wild Thing (the daughter of Elektra and Wolverine), Spider-Girl defends the other Marvel U from the descendants of common Marvel villains.

Incorporating Spider-Girl makes sense when you consider the source material. Some of the MC2’s strongest characters were women, and they weren’t afraid to put them in leadership roles. Even if Sony doesn’t take direct characters from the MC2, they’re already taking the initiative in incorporating more women in comic book media.

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2. Silk

Cindy Moon and our Peter Parker are from the same universe. Heck, they’re from the same origin story. Right after that infamous radioactive spider bit Pete, it crawled over to young Cindy and blessed her with powers. From there, though, her story differs wildly. Instead of being left on her own to find a heroic path, Cindy is trained by a Spider-Master called Ezekiel, then locked away for years to protect her against reality-hopping villains who feed on Spider-People. Silk loses all chance of a normal life, not to mention her family, from the experience.

Spider-Man’s character has always hinged on his power being both a blessing and a curse. For Silk, her powers lean a lot harder toward the “curse” side, which would add an interesting dynamic to the team. It would also add some emotional gravity to the movie; Silk’s tale makes it clear that being a hero isn’t all fun and games. Even in a “fun and games” type of movie, it’s important to have that grounding.

RELATED: Spider-Man Silk Movie Spinoff in the Works By Sony

1. Spider-Woman

Alright, let’s clarify something first: Many of the characters on this list have gone by the codename Spider-Woman at one point or another. However, it’s Jessica Drew that holds the most recognition by that name. And she’s earned it. Her character is fascinating, having gone from a science experiment to brainwashed HYDRA agent to Avenger over the course of her existence. She’s seen so many different angles of the Marvel universe, appearing as a leader of the New Avengers team, a captive aboard a Skrull Invasion ship (while she was pregnant!), and a supportive best friend for Captain Marvel herself, Carol Danvers.

It would definitely be hard to condense this character’s expansive history into one movie, especially a team-driven one. However, the popularity of her character to Marvel readers almost certainly ensures her inclusion in the Spider-Verse at some point. Could that be a solo film somewhere down the line? It definitely wouldn’t surprise us.

Which Spider-Women do you hope makes it into the Spider-Verse spinoff? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Has A Perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score

Sony Pictures’ upcoming animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, following the first wave of reviews. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), the movie follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales as he tries to figure out how to be the best Spider-Man he can be – with a little help from some strange new friends.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a standalone movie – separate from both the Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s recent Venom movie. Very loosely based on the Spider-Verse comic book storyline, it sees Miles Morales discover that he is not the only Spider-Man in the multiverse, as Kingpin’s experiments with a particle collider pulls Spider-People from all sorts of universes into Miles’ world. Among them are Spider-Gwen (a superpowered Gwen Stacy), original Spider-Man Peter Parker, and the gritty black-and-white Spider-Man of the Spider-Man Noir comics (who is voiced by Nicolas Cage).

Related: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is lining up for a strong opening weekend upon its general release next week, and that will surely only be helped by the movie earning a 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, with 49 reviews counted so far. Early reviews have praised the movie’s unique and stylized visual palette, its exhilarating action, its humor, and the characterization of Miles Morales as a well-intentioned but inexperienced fledgling superhero, who is carrying a very heavy weight upon his young shoulders.

Rotten Tomatoes scores measure the percentage of movie reviews that are either generally positive or generally negative, so a 100% “Perfect” score doesn’t necessarily mean that critics think the movie itself is perfect – just that it hasn’t received any negative reviews. That being said, the average rating for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is currently 9/10, meaning that critics think the movie is pretty close to being perfect.

That’s all the more impressive when you consider the delicate balancing act that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had to pull off, and the challenges it faces. The movie has to introduce general moviegoers to the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, establish him as the protagonist, then introduce Peter Parker as a supporting character before expanding into a whole multiverse full of spider-people – including Peni Parker, a schoolgirl who operates a mech, and Spider-Ham, a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig. Based on the reviews so far, it sounds like Into the Spider-Verse has managed to distil this complex and strange premise into a movie that’s actually quite easy to follow, and extremely entertaining as well.

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NYFCC Names Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Best Animated Film of 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has been named the best animated film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle. It’s already been a landmark year for the Spider-Man movie brand, between Tom Holland’s celebrated return as Peter Parker in Avengers: Infinity War and Sony’s Venom becoming a global box office success. However, the best of the web-slinger has yet to come in 2018, if the initial word of mouth surrounding Sony’s animated superhero adventure, Into the Spider-Verse, is anything to judge by.

Into the Spider-Verse is an origin story for not only Miles Morales aka. Ultimate Spider-Man (voiced by Shameik Moore), but also an entire, well, Spider-Verse of heroes like Spider-Gwen and even Spider-Ham, in addition to Miles. Early reviews for Into the Spider-Verse have been extremely positive and heaped praised on its innovative animation, heartfelt drama, and layered narrative. Moreover the film has (so far) gotten the most universally enthusiastic critical response out of any studio animated movie released in 2018 – and it’s already been named the best animated feature of the year by one major critic organization, to boot.

Related: Read SR’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

The NYFCC has formally dubbed Into the Spider-Verse the best animated movie of 2018, with directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman sharing the honor for their efforts. Sony’s animated Spider-Man adventure beat out the likes of the Disney sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, Pixar’s followup Incredibles 2, and Wes Anderson’s stop-motion feature Isle of Dogs (all of which were widely praised by critics) for the award, and is the first Sony Animation project to be recognized by the NYFCC in modern times… or ever, really.

It’s not too difficult to discern how Into the Spider-Verse ended up winning the NYFCC’s favor over 2018’s other major animated films. While the Incredibles and Wreck-It Ralph sequels were well-received, neither film was generally regraded as being a big step forward for their respective franchises from an artistic perspective. Isle of Dogs, on the other hand, earned much in the way of applause of critics for its story and creative animation, but was also criticized for being problematic in the way it portrays its Japanese characters and their culture. By comparison, Into the Spider-Verse is already being celebrated for its inclusiveness and bold attempt to truly capture the splashy visuals and panache of a superhero story in comic book form on the big screen.

Sony, for its part, is no doubt happy to hear that critics love Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The studio is also banking on that positive word of mouth doing its job to elevate the film’s opening weekend box office take and give it long legs over the winter holiday and new year frames, after it launches in December. It’s even been reported that Sony has set to work on both a Spider-Verse sequel and all-female character spinoff, in anticipation of the movie becoming a financial success. The Spider-Verse, it seems, is just getting started.

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