In a web of alternate realities, a whole bunch of Spider-Mans get stuck in the net of one.
Over the long history of Marvel’s most iconic character, there have been variations beyond the Peter Parker standard, some more popular than others (and a few rather fringe). Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — the first animated feature-length theatrical release of the Spider-Man character — has come up with an inventive way to bring many of them together.
With striking visual flair and a light-yet-smart comic touch (there are, for example, great referential riffs on famous Spidey movie moments), this one — from producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, their first gig post-Solo firing — has a lot of potential to be a breakthrough hit and more than just a niche geek-lovers also-ran.
The all-star voice cast sure adds a spark, too: Jake Johnson (Peter Parker / Spider-Man), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacey / Ghost Spider), John Mulaney (Spider-Ham), Nicolas Cage (Spider-Man Noir), and leading the whole crew is the African-American teen Spidey Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore.
Rounding out the ensemble are Mahershala Ali (Miles’s dad), Brian Tyree Henry (Miles’s uncle), Liev Schreiber (The Kingpin), and Lily Tomlin (Aunt May).
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse swings into our dimension on December 14, 2018.
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