As someone who has been a loyal “Spider-Man” movie watcher since the 2002 “Spider-Man” with Tobey McGuire, I was a little nervous coming into the press screening of “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.”
If you live under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about, this movie follows Miles Morales, a young biracial kid from Brooklyn. As it goes, he gets bit by a radioactive spider and it’s a wild ride from there.
I’m not the most well-versed in the comic books so I was nervous that the movie would be hard to keep up with. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This movie has to be my favorite animated film of 2018. The animation is colorful and alluring, it’s almost like there wasn’t a dull moment. From the second Miles Morales is presented, I couldn’t help but root for him. Initially, I was afraid of how Marvel would portray him, but his character was still the nerdy, sarcastic, lovable Spider-Man I have known my whole life, despite being in a different universe.
“Spider-Verse” in many ways is a coming of age story, Miles goes through a lot of struggles that young high school kids go through now, so although we can’t swing from webs, seeing a young black kid going through the same things every teen goes through gave me the representation that I craved from this movie.
As a matter of fact, as a black teen in 2018, I could relate to damn near everything in the movie, down to the soundtrack. It features songs from some of my favorites, such as Vince Staples, Drake, Swae Lee and Nicki Minaj.
I have always held the “Spider-Man” movies to such a high standard and Mr. Miles Morales might have just taken first place.