Looking Back At Into the Spider-Verse: Still A Spectacle

Looking Back At Into the Spider-Verse: Still A Spectacle

The world was not ready for it. That’s the easiest way to summarize what it felt like to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for the first time in theatres. 

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, this animated film’s impact could be felt in every animated and superhero film that followed 2018.

And now that Across The Spider-verse is headed to become one of the best, if not the most spectacular superhero films to be released, let’s take a hike down the memory lane and revisit all the things that we loved about this groundbreaking film.

Liquify this animation and inject it into my veins, please

The stunning visuals of Into The Spider-verse are a lovechild of traditional hand-drawn animation techniques and cutting-edge computer-generated visuals. This synthesis produces an artistic spectacle that immerses the spectator in the world of a comic book come to life. 

The use of brilliant colours, dramatic action sequences, and comic book-inspired framing distinguished it from any other superhero picture prior to 2018. The way the film pays tribute to the source material while breaking new ground in visual storytelling and embracing the infinite possibilities of animation is truly impressive.

Multiverse: Before it was cool

And not also in a far superior style. You could say the film started the multiverse craze on the big screen. 

The multiverse allowed for the coexistence of several versions of Spider-Man from other universes. This narrative method not only provided a unique take on the familiar character, but also paved way for the exploration of diverse Spider-Man iterations. In other words, there's a Spider-Man for everyone in Into The Spider-Verse, and whoever isn't there, would show up in the sequel.

Well-grounded characters who otherwise love staying off-ground

The film’s heart rests in its well-developed characters. As a biracial adolescent, Miles Morale doesn’t just bring fresh diversity to the Spider-Man mythos. The film depicts his coming-of-age tale brilliantly, conveying the weight of duty and the difficulties he confronts in his path of self-discovery and acceptance.

In addition, the film succeeds in its portrayal of powerful, independent female characters. Spider-Gwen, played by Hailee Steinfeld, shines out as a captivating and powerful hero who challenges the genre's established gender conventions. 

Deep as the Spider-verse

The film goes beyond the traditional superhero fare by delving into topics of identity, grief, and mentoring. The character of Peter Parker's exploration of loss because of his fear of having a child, and his eventual descent into nonchalance, reminds spectators that even superheroes are not indestructible, at least not on the inside.

Headphones aren't enough, I need to eat the music

Daniel Pemberton's soundtrack for the film matches the dizzying and bright images and heightens the emotional effect of the film. 

The use of hip-hop and rap music brings with it a modern vitality that complements Miles Morales' persona and his urban life; and the mixing of comic book-style SFX make the action sequences so much more enjoyable.

Into the Spider-Verse is a work of art that raises the bar for animated narrative and solidifies its status as a contemporary masterpiece in the superhero canon.