I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Marvel Movie this good.
Spider-Verse seems to be overlooked by many audiences due to it being an animated movie. Don’t let that stop you from seeing what may be the best Spider-Man movie in a very long time.
The plot was predictable but, that’s not what you’re here for. What makes this film so good is the heart that has been lacking in a lot of Spidey Movies. Seeing Miles’ motivation to put his power to good use makes you want to do the right thing too!
As for the predictable plot, the movie nods to it with the usage of a Flash Drive as the destroyer of the collider used to bring these characters to Miles’ Dimension. I love the fact that the story acknowledges this to an extent by calling the device a goober. Every time Spider-Man had to save the day, he had a goober to use and end things. There are still some surprising moments when it comes to the villains. My only contention would be that this movie could have been a lot of fun with the Sinister 6. We only got 4.
When it comes to meta comedy, Spider-Verse is just like the Lego Batman Movie. The film is not afraid to make fun of itself or the numerous Spider-Man Reboots. What makes this movie better for me is that the comedy doesn’t go overboard. As for character designs, I love how the studio made an effort to make each of them stand out. Miles and Peter being the most similar while Peni is super-expressive like an anime character. Spider-Ham in the form of Looney Tunes-esque movement. Spider-Gwen with a very fluid movement like a ballerina. Spider-Man Noir with the rough and tumble 1920s style.
Moving on to the characters. Let’s begin with the star of the show, Miles Morales played by Shameik Moore.
His delivery was a little off at times but, I think it helped the character because Miles is still a kid. He definitely acted awkward at times. What high schooler doesn’t? We discover his motivation to put his powers to good use in the movie and that makes you feel for what Miles is going through. Not just growing up but, taking on the responsibility of becoming a hero.
Jake Johnson as another dimension’s Peter Parker is lazy, cynical and hopeless. Mary Jane left him, everything has gone down the drain. His meeting with Miles rejuvenates the exuberance he once had and makes him more confident to be a better person and a better Spider-Man once more.
Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Woman aka Spider-Gwen. Her story is essentially the same. You know the drill. Bitten by Radioactive Spider and tries to save everyone except…for Peter Parker. If you don’t know, Gwen Stacy died in an infamous comics in the 80s. Spider-Gwen’s story is reversed with the death of Peter instead of Gwen. We don’t see a lot of character development from her, to be honest.
Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir. Okay. There’s an almost Adam West-like vibe to Cage at this point. We all know it’s him but, we just suspend our disbelief to pretend he’s another character. In this case it’s Peter B. Parker. A 1920s Era Spider-Man who loves to punch Nazis and drink some sort of milk shake. I loved his obsession with a Rubik’s Cube. It was an alien concept for him and he was like a puppy having too much fun.
John Mulaney as Spider-Ham. What is there to be said? He’s from a world where everyone is an animal version of their main universe selves. That’s pretty much it. As a character, he is the closest thing we’ll get to a Looney Tune in a Marvel movie. His role as comedic foil was perfect!
Finally, Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker. A character from 3145 who has a psychic link with her pet Spider. She’s the most expressive character of all because she is based off anime. Not much to say. The movie could have used a little more screen time to develop these supporting characters.
Now. For the visuals. The animation was stiff at first and it felt intentional. Things got smoother as we go and the visuals became better and better over the 2 hour run time of the movie. I would describe the animation as chaotic without being messy. We even get moments where you feel like you were reading a comic book as speech and thought bubbles pop up, the words Wooooh! or even the iconic THWIP! appear. It was so beautiful
And as with every Marvel Movie, there was a Stan Lee Cameo. This being his first posthumous appearance. He’s the owner of a costume shop that Miles visits. You will also find a ton of easter eggs such as Miles looking for people to call on his cell phone. That list includes his co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Spider-Verse has so many easter eggs, it would be very difficult to list everything down.
We also got a tribute to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko at the end of the movie right before the post-credits scene appears. I won’t spoil anything but you’ll understand the POINT. 😉
Overall, Edge of The Spider-Verse definitely deserves the praise it is getting. Don’t be put down because it’s an animated movie. The fact that Spider-Verse was made in animated form gives the movie more freedom that live-action simply can not. Some characters could have used more development but that does not deter from possibly being the best Spider-Man movie of all time.
5 Spiders out of 5 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️