Taking the leap
Of all the heroes in Marvel's diverse manifold, Spider-Man has been the most trans-formative when it comes to his character and the dramatis personae surrounding his origin. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse embraces a new direction for Spidey in the form of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), the newcomer to answer his superhero calling and take up the mantle. Upon receiving his powers, Mile's world, or in this case reality is turned upside down when different versions of the web-head start showing up in his dimension where he must contend with the threat looming the city while discovering his own identity. Watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gave me an unexpected feeling of nostalgia, appealing to the inner child in me without having to lower it's quality to do so. Despite being a film that's clearly targeting a younger generation of fans, the film plays well for adults that older fans will definitely appreciate. The colorful art direction is completely new-level, melding the vibrant comic-strip scope perfectly well with Spidey's New York backdrop. Voice acting is top-notch, with some deep story writing that you'd almost think Pixar helmed the script. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse not only surprised me but blew my expectations beyond what I could have possibly imagined. Not only is it one of Marvel's finest films but is now one of my new personal favorites and comes with my highest recommendation.