Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Marvel is responsible for many of the latest blockbuster movies.
Stan Lee’s empire has long been involved in motion pictures, but the scope has never been as broad as it is now. The movies even inspired a range of online casino games by Playtech, including The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. When Disney acquired Marvel in 2017 the slot’s licence wasn’t renewed, but the games live on in players’ hearts.
Marvel constantly generates new content, and in recent years alternate universes have been created to bring varying storylines together. Among them is the Spider-Verse, which is the subject of Sony’s latest animated film. The new movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has been highly anticipated by fans around the globe, but if you were in any doubt as to why YOU should watch it, check out our top 10 reasons to get yourself to the cinema!
10. Sheer Visual Pleasure
In a world where even the most incredible animated movies are starting to look the same and blend together, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a cut above the rest. Various styles of animation are used, all framed to look like stills from a comic that have come to life.
Every character is rendered differently, and they all stand out. The incredible action sequences also play out better in animation than in CGI, because the former makes it easier for audiences to suspend relief. One look at the official trailer will show you it’s a visual feast like you’ve never seen before.
9. The Story is Taken Seriously
Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were behind the Lego Batman Movie, so it was easy to imagine them creating a witty Spider-Man parody. Happily, this is not the case here, and the subject matter is treated with sensitivity and respect. As with Rise of Guardians, director Peter Ramsey makes sure the material is never silly, and always heartfelt.
8. Your Emotional Investment
Most big-budget blockbusters are full of action, without really developing the characters enough for audiences to care about them. That’s certainly not the case with this one though. There are many dramatic turns of events, as befits an origins story. Be warned; some of the characters you’ll love most do not make it to the end.
7. The Humour is Fantastic
To balance out the drama, the dialogue is full of banter and jokes. Just as relatable as the dark emotions are the interactions between the young Spider-Man, his father and his uncle. There are also plenty of references to past Spidey films, creating an atmosphere of wry self-awareness.
6. The Other Spider-People
The Spider-Verse plot includes Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, Silk, Spider-Monkey, Assassin Spider-Man and other related characters. The different threads continue in Sony’s new film, with Spider-Ham the pig providing comic relief, while the colour-blind Spider-Noir steals the show. The ensemble will steal your heart even more than the Fantastic Four, X-Men or even the Avengers have done.
5. The Start of a New Franchise
By using so many animation styles and exploiting the fact that there are different Marvel Universes, Sony has the potential to do anything for this film’s sequels. If they keep pushing the boundaries with superb writing and animation, you’re going to want to see them all. Don’t miss out on the first one and get left behind.
4. The All-Star Cast
None other than Nicolas Cage voices Spider-Noir; and that’s just the beginning! Other talented actors including Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Liev Schriber, Hailee Steinfeld are also involved. There’s no way this group could fail to deliver engrossing entertainment.
3. Ideal Timing for Miles Morales
Morales, played by Shameik Moore, is an Afro-Latino teenager. In the alternate Ultimate Marvel Universe, he takes over the Spider-Man mask when Peter Parker dies. We won’t give away too many spoilers, but suffice to say that a new, black protagonist will be introduced to mainstream audiences. The need for more superheroes of colour – to join Black Panther – makes this a very positive addition.
2. Plenty of Easter Eggs
There are so many Marvel references here that you will have to watch, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse more than once! Look out for things like the names of famous writers and comic artists in Miles’ phone book, and Alternative Universe billboards.
1. Honouring Stan Lee
Lee is the reason that we have the Marvel Universe, along with all its spinoffs. His vision, innovation and imagination changed comic books forever. He introduced the “Marvel Method” to save time when working on stories, making them far more collaborative with the illustrators.
The human flaws in all his characters, even those as powerful as Thor or the X-Men, made them really relatable, showing every youngster that they could be a hero too. By combatting harsh censorship laws and introducing more serious subject matter, Lee also brought the stories back from the realm of simple children’s entertainment.
So it seems especially fitting that the first Marvel movie to be released after his death is a Spider-Man title. Of all his characters, Spidey has always been thought to best represent the great man himself.
Lee’s playful and creative demeanour is perfectly captured in the cast and script of Spider-Man: Into the Universe. A dedication to both him and his Spider-Man co-creator, Steve Ditko, who also passed away in 2018 is in the credits, and reminds us to be grateful for their amazing contributions to a world that has inspired and fuelled the imaginations of children and adults the world over.