Seven versions of Spidey sounds awesome.But really, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is just another day in a crowded multi-verse.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Synopsis
Everybody knows the story. A teenager is bitten by a radioactive spider. The teenager then develops amazing spider abilities, and after a heart-breaking event, learns the importance of responsibility with power. Blah, blah, BLAH. But do you know … there are actually multiple versions of the same story? Multiple versions of the same hero in different sizes, colours, and even gender? Into the Spider-Verse dumps seven versions of this amazing hero into the same universe, and the same bedroom. What then ensures, naturally, is absolute mayhem.
I’ll go a bit shorter on this one. Bluntly put, I enjoyed the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But I wouldn’t go about including it into my list of 2018 favourite animations.
For sure it’s a different take on the Spidey origin story for the big screen, especially when considered alongside all reboots post-2000. But, for fans who read the comics or watch Marvel animated series, is there any real surprise left in the whole multi-verse spin?
The same too, I would say, for the multiple, speculative versions of Spider-Man. Yes, it tickles. To an extent, it still intrigues. But fascinate? Not to me …
As for the frenetic art style, which has been commended by leading critics, I agree it’s eye-catching, although for me it doesn’t do much. (Actually, I found it a little too dishevelling) On the other hand, the use of different art-styles/storytelling styles to differentiate timelines, now that’s creative.
To sum it up, Into the Spider-Verse would qualify as a great entry point for those unfamiliar with the larger Marvel domain that is the multi-verse. For viewers who are fans of the comics before the movies, well, it’s really just another common day in a crowded universe.
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