Screen Reviews

Published on December 28th, 2018 | by Kevin Given


Review: Spiderman into the Spiderverse

One area where DC had it way over Marvel (other than their Television shows) was in the animation department, that may all be changing now! Marvel’s animated efforts were fair to good, but DC’s were good to great. But then along comes this little gem. Oh, it’s not going to give Aquaman or any other live movies a run for the money, but as long as it holds its own, it should make a little profit at the box office and the DVD’s will be flying off the shelves when it’s released in that medium. The plot, as such, centers around Miles Morales (Moore,) another young teen who is bit by a radioactive spider, like Peter Parker. The Peter Parker in his universe dies at the hands of the Kingpin. The Kingpin has been working on a particle accelerator in an attempt to connect with parallel worlds in an effort to find alternate versions of his wife and son, who died in a car accident. At this point, several versions of Spider people enter Miles world including an older version of Peter Parker (Pine) who acts as his mentor. Others include Spider Woman (Gwen Stacey, Steinfeld) Peter Porker, the Spider-ham (Mulaney,) Peni Parker (Glenn,) who’s from an anime type of universe and has a mechanical spider-suit. Then there’s a noir type of Spider-Man who emulates Humphry Bogart (Cage.)


This film tries to fill the screen with everything Spider and mostly succeeds. The voice acting is top notch and gives the film the right mood. Liev Schreiber’s interpretation of Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) is every bit as menacing as Vincent D’Onofrio’s from Netflix Daredevil. And we get some awesome scenes that we would expect from a Marvel movie. The film highlights Miles High School attendance and leads to some awkward and heart felt moments. Which is one of the things that made the Tom Holland Spider-Man Homecoming so popular. The movie flows so well and the animation is incredible which makes the time go by quickly. The opening fight between Spider-Man (Peter Parker version) and the Green Goblin with the Prowler is edge of your seat type of stuff and the action only picks up from there.  If you love animated movies, you’ll love this film. Even if you’re not a fan of animated fare, give this one a chance. It’s worth the look. Never a dull moment as Miles learns how to use his recently acquired Spider powers. ***1/2 (8.6 rating.)

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Screenplay: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman
Music: Daniel Pemberton

Editor: Robert Fisher Jr.

Production companies:  Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Marvel Entertainment, Arad Productions, Lord Miller Productions, Pascal Picture


Shameik Moore

Jake Johnson

Hailee Steinfeld

Mahershala Ali

Brian Tyree Henry

Lily Tomlin

Luna Lauren Velez

Zoë Kravitz

John Mulaney

Kimiko Glenn

Nicolas Cage

Kathryn Hahn

Liev Schreiber

Chris Pine


About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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