Apr 12, 2021
On the podcast this week, Spider-Steven and Sean are embarking on our greatest adventure ever: learning how to become the best heroes we can possibly be for the people who need us the most. We’re doing it all with this week’s episode about the 2018 film from Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Damn, what a great film this is. Sorry, I gave away how we feel about this one way too early (and in the stinking show notes, too!). Look, if you don’t know that this film is one of the best things that’s been made in the last decade, then you either haven’t seen it yet or you’re stuck in an alternate universe where it doesn’t exist. In which case, I just feel sorry for you. You’re missing out on a great story.
Visuals aside for a second, the story is very affecting. As it always does, it boils down to what dear old Uncle Ben said:
“With great power, comes great responsibility.”
In every universe, nobody is asking to be a Spider-Person; it’s just forced on them, and they have to find a way to cope with their newfound powers. In the case of Miles Morales, not only does he have new spider powers to try and figure out, he’s also been tasked with saving several universes. If that’s not a lot of pressure, then I don’t know what is. That’s just a part of being Spider-Man, though. It takes responsibility, and it takes a leap of faith.
The visuals of this film, though? Top freaking notch. I haven’t seen anything like this in, well, ever. I think we’re going to look back on this one and realize that it did something unique: it was original. None of us would be surprised to hear that it pushed the art of animated films forward. It’s a spectacle film, with a hell of a lot of heart. That’s hard to come by these days.
Look, what this all comes down to is: you’ve got the power to see this film, so it’s your responsibility to see it. And at least a dozen times.
(Recorded on February 22, 2021)
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