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From the minds that brought you The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie.
Screenplay By
Phil Lord
Rodney Rothman
Story By
Phil Lord
Based on
Miles Morales
by Brian Michael Bendis
Sara Pichelli
Edited By
Conrad Buff VI
Music By
Studio
Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
Marvel Entertainment
Arad Productions
Lord Miller Productions
Pascal Pictures
Distributed By
Country
United States
Language
English
Release Date
December 1, 2018 (Regency Village Theater)
December 14, 2018 (United States)
Runtime
117 minutes
Rating
Rating PG.gif
Budget
$90 million

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel Entertainment, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is set in an alternate universe from Sony's other Spider-Man properties, but introduces a shared multiverse. The film is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, from a screenplay by Phil Lord, and stars Shameik Moore as Morales alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Lily Tomlin. In the film, Morales becomes one of many Spider-Men.

Plans for an animated Spider-Man film, to be developed by Lord and Christopher Miller, were first revealed in 2014, and officially announced in April 2015. Persichetti, Ramsey, and Rothman joined over the next two years, with Moore and Schreiber cast in April 2017. Lord and Miller wanted the film to have its own unique style, combining the in-house computer animation of Sony Pictures Animation with traditional hand-drawn comic book techniques inspired by the work of Miles Morales's co-creator Sara Pichelli. Completing the animation for the film required up to 140 animators, the largest crew ever used by Sony Pictures Animation for a film. The film is dedicated to the memories of the creators of Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who both died in 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse held its world premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 14, 2018. The film was a box office highest success level, grossing $375 million against the budget is $90 million and was received universal acclaim from critics for its innovative animation, voice acting, characters, story, and humor. The film won Best Animated Feature at the 91st Academy Awards, and was similarly successful at the 46th Annie Awards and the 76th Golden Globe Awards. It is the first non-Disney/Pixar film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature since Rango (2011), as well as the first non-Disney/Pixar film since Happy Feet (2006) to win that award when a Disney/Pixar film was also in contention. The sequel is schedule to be released in 2022 and the spinoff was development.

Plot

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

Miles Morales, a teenager who admires Spider-Man, struggles to adjust to his new elite boarding school and live up to the expectations of his parents, nurse Rio Morales and police officer Jefferson Davis, who views Spider-Man as a menace. After developing a crush on his classmate Wanda, Miles seeks his uncle Aaron Davis for advice. Aaron encourages Miles’ passion for graffiti and leads him to an abandoned subway station where Miles can draw. While there, Miles is bitten by a genetically modified spider, and develops spider-like abilities. Unable to contact Aaron, he returns to the station, and accidentally finds a secret laboratory where the Kingpin has built a particle accelerator to access parallel universes and reconnect with alternative versions of his wife and son, who died in a car accident. Spider-Man arrives to disable the accelerator and fights the monstrous Green Goblin and Kingpin’s mysterious new enforcer, the Prowler. During the melee, Spider-Man meets Miles and, sensing they are alike, offers to train him, but he is then wounded when the accelerator malfunctions. Spider-Man gives Miles a device to disable the accelerator. Miles escapes, but Spider-Man is brutally killed by Kingpin.

Inspired by Spider-Man’s sacrifice, Miles attempts to fight crime as well, but when he attempts to swing, the device is damaged. Miles is later approached by Peter B. Parker, an older, jaded Spider-Man from another dimension who has been brought into Miles’ world by the accelerator. Peter is separated from his wife Mary Jane Watson and needs to return home fast or he will die, so he begrudgingly agrees to train Miles in exchange for Miles’ help to steal data about how to repair the device from Kingpin’s research facility. They are confronted by Kingpin’s scientist, Doctor Octopus, and rescued by Gwen Stacy / Spider-Woman, another dimension-displaced heroine who had been masquerading as Wanda. She leads Peter and Miles to the house of May Parker, who is sheltering more lost Spider-Men, including Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker and SP//dr. While Peni repairs the device, Peter unsuccessfully attempts to teach Miles how to control his powers, and pressue from the group causes Miles to retreat to Aaron's apartment. Miles discovers that Aaron is Prowler and narrowly escapes from him. Miles tells the group of his discovery, but they are located by Prowler, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion and Tombstone, leading to a brawl. Aaron corners Miles, but refuses to kill him when he learns Miles is the new Spider-Man. Kingpin kills him, and Jefferson mistakes the new Spider-Man for Aaron’s killer.

As they prepare to face Kingpin, the Spider-Men choose to leave Miles behind due to his inexperience, webbing him up at his dorm room. Jefferson arrives to tell Miles about Aaron’s death and assumes Miles does not want to speak to him, apologizing for his mistakes and reassuring Miles that he believes in him. Uplifted, Miles escapes and visits May, who provides him with a new uniform, before joining the fight against Doctor Octopus and Scorpion, who are ultimately defeated. Miles operates the device and sends the Spider-Men back home, sharing a moment with Gwen just before Kingpin arrives. Miles and Kingpin fight throughout the accelerator, attracting Jefferson’s attention. Reaching the scene, Jefferson realizes that Spider-Man is not the enemy and encourages him, giving Miles the necessary motivation to knock Kingpin unconscious with his powerful “venom blast” and destroy the accelerator. The authorities arrest Kingpin and his enforcers, Jefferson recognizes Spider-Man as a hero, and Miles embraces the powers and responsibilities of his new life. Gwen later finds a way to contact Miles from her home universe so they can maintain their friendship, while Peter readies to earn back Mary Jane and the people’s respect.

In a post-credits scene, in the year 2099, Spider-Man 2099 learns about the crisis and develops his own dimension-hopping device to intervene. He decides to return to the beginning, but ends up getting into an argument with that universe’s Spider-Man.

All spoilers have been stated and have ended here.

Cast

  • Shameik Moore as Miles Morales / Spider-Man: A teenager with spider-like abilities. Producer Christopher Miller described the character as unique among Spider-Men because of his Brooklyn upbringing, half-Puerto Rican and half-African-American background, and the fact that his family is still alive.
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen: A dimension-displaced counterpart of Gwen Stacy with spider-like abilities, who takes up the alias of "Wanda" (mistaken as "Gwanda") while at Miles' school.
  • Mahershala Ali as Aaron Davis / Prowler: Miles's uncle who moonlights as an enforcer for Wilson Fisk
  • Jake Johnson as Peter Parker / Spider-Man: Miles's reluctant mentor, a disheveled, jaded and brown-haired 38-year-old counterpart of the hero from another dimension. He is intended to be an amalgamation of all pop culture Spider-Man adaptations and interpretations. Lord and Miller envisioned him to be like The Karate Kid's Mr. Miyagi, if "Mr. Miyagi doesn't know anything," which they thought was a "really neat color to put onto Peter that we hadn't seen before." Chris Pine as a past version of himself:The younger, blond-haired blue-eyed version from Miles' dimension seen at the beginning of the film, who is killed by Kingpin after the activation of the collider. This version of Parker was intended to be "as competent a Spider-Man as possible," and combines elements from previous Spider-Man portrayals, but with slight differences to indicate that he is from a different universe than the others.
  • Liev Schreiber as Kingpin: A villainous wreck man, a crime lord and the benefactor of Alchemax in Miles' dimension.
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Jefferson Davis: Miles's father and police officer.
  • Luna Lauren Velez as Rio Morales: Miles's mother and a nurse
  • Lily Tomlin as May Parker: Peter's aunt and leader of the Spiderman Basement.
  • Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir: A Spider-Man from a 1930's reality. Cage based his character on the films of Humphrey Bogart, wanting the character to sound similar to actors from that era such as James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson.
  • John Mulaney as Spider-Ham: An anthropomorphic pig from an animal reality with super cartoon who was once a spider, bitten by a radioactive pig.
  • Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker: A woman who rides around in a spider-themed armor.
  • Zoë Kravitz as Mary Jane Watson: Peter Parker's girlfriend in the past and Peter B. Parker's ex-wife in his universe.
  • Kathryn Hahn as Olivia Octavius / Dr Octopus: a 2nd villainous crime who Head scientist and CEO of Alchemax, and scientific adviser to Wilson Fisk(Kingpin).

Additional voices for the film include: Lake Bell as Vanessa Fisk, Jorma Taccone as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin, Marvin "Krondon" Jones III as Tombstone, Joaquín Cosío as Scorpion, and Austin Post (who contributed to the film's soundtrack) as a bystander in Brooklyn. An archival recording of Cliff Robertson from Spider-Man 2 was used for a flashback scene involving the character Ben Parker. Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee appears in a posthumous cameo, as a character named Stan who sells a Spider-Man costume to Morales. Lord and Miller said it was important to give Lee a bigger moment in the film rather than just a passing cameo, because he was "so integral to the spirit of this movie," and the role was "extra meaningful" following Lee's death in November 2018. Lee's character also has several brief "Easter egg" cameos throughout the film, such as when he walks over Miles and Peter B. when they are lying on the streets of New York City.

Cameos during the film's post-credits include: Oscar Isaac as Miguel O'Hara / Spider-Man 2099, an alternative version of Spider-Man from the Marvel 2099 Imprint, Greta Lee as O'Hara's AI assistant Lyla (respectively credited as "Interesting Person #1" and "Interesting Person #2"), Stan Lee as J. Jonah Jameson; and Jorma Taccone as the Peter Parker / Spider-Man from the 1967 TV series (replacing Paul Soles, with the character being credited as "Last Dude"). Donald Glover also appears in a background TV screen as Troy Barnes from Community in Spider-Man pajamas.

Miles Morales's best friend and roommate Ganke Lee also appears. The character originally had a bigger role, but was rewritten due to Spider-Man: Homecoming having a similar character named Ned Leeds. Pixar animator Peter Sohn was cast as Ganke before the character's dialogue was cut from the final film; the filmmakers have since said that Ganke will speak in later films.

Production

Development

Following the November 2014 hacking of Sony's computers, emails between Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and president Doug Belgrad were released, stating that Sony was planning to "rejuvenate" the Spider-Man franchise by developing an animated comedy film with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Sony executives were set to discuss the project further in a discussion regarding several Spider-Man spin-off films at a summit in January 2015. At the 2015 CinemaCon in April, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman announced that the animated Spider-Man film had a July 20, 2018 release date, and would be produced by Lord and Miller, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Pascal, with Lord and Miller also writing a treatment for the film. Rothman said that it would "co-exist" with the live-action Spider-Man films, though Sony soon stated that the film would "exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe", as it is set in an alternate universe from those films without Tom Holland's version of Spider-Man.

That December, Sony moved the film's release date to December 21, 2018. By June 2016, Lord had written a script for the film, and Bob Persichetti was set to direct. Miller said the film would feel different from previous Spider-Man films, and "will stand on its own as a unique filmgoing experience." It had also been rumored to focus on the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, which Sony confirmed at a presentation for its upcoming animated films in January 2017. Peter Ramsey was co-directing the film by that point. The next month, Alex Hirsch was revealed to have contributed to the film's story along with Lord and Miller, and Christina Steinberg was said to have replaced Tolmach as a producer on the film. In April 2017, the film's release date was pushed up one week from December 21, 2018, to December 14, 2018. Lord and Miller announced in December that the film was titled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and revealed that multiple Spider-Men would appear in the film. By then, Rodney Rothman was also co-directing the film.

Writing

Persichetti noted that there had been several Spider-Man films made already, so the first step was to decide why this film needed to be made, and the answer for the creative team was to tell the new and unique story of Miles Morales, who had yet to be featured in any film. Brian Michael Bendis, the co-creator of Miles Morales, consulted on the film adaptation. The first full cut of animatics and storyboards for the film was over two-hours long, which is uncommon for animated films, and the directors attributed this mostly to Lord and Miller and their approach of adding as many elements to the film as they could at the outset with the intention of seeing what it could "handle" and then shaping the film from there. They said that the final runtime will be between that and 90 minutes, the standard length of an animated film, with a balance having to be found between the expectations of an animated film that will have a large child-based audience and the requirements of the story which the directors felt was similar to the live-action Spider-Man films especially due to the large amount of characters in the film.

By August 2018, the directors had considered what a potential post-credits scene for the film could be given that audiences have come to expect them from Marvel films.

Casting

Shameik Moore was cast as Morales in April 2017, along with Liev Schreiber as the film's unspecified main villain. A month later, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry joined the cast as Morales's uncle Aaron Davis and father Jefferson Davis, respectively. That December, Lord and Miller revealed that an adult Peter Parker / Spider-Man would appear in the film, as a mentor to Morales, and Jake Johnson was announced as cast in the role in April 2018. At that time, it was revealed that the characters Green Goblin, Kingpin, and Prowler would also be appearing in the film, with their designs based on the Ultimate Marvel comics.

In June, Sony confirmed the full cast for the film, with Schreiber revealed to be voicing Kingpin. Announced as joining the cast then were Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen, Luna Lauren Velez as Morales's mother Rio, and Lily Tomlin as Parker's Aunt May. A month later, Nicolas Cage was revealed to be voicing the character Spider-Man Noir, and John Mulaney and Kimiko Glenn were announced as voicing Spider-Ham and Peni Parker, respectively.

Animation and design

Lord and Miller wanted the film to feel like "you walked inside a comic book", and were excited to "tell the story using camera moves and pushing the style in ways a live-action movie can’t". Persichetti concurred, feeling that animation was the best medium with which to honor the style of the comics, allowing the production team to adapt 70-year-old techniques designed for comic book artwork into the film's visual language. It took about a year for the production team to create 10 seconds of footage that they were happy with the look of, and then animation work on the film developed from there. During the initial development phase, the directors worked with a single animator to establish the look of the film. This number eventually grew to 60 animators during production, but it became clear that this would not be enough to complete the film on time and so the crew was expanded further. The number had reached 142 animators by August 2018, the largest animation crew that Sony Pictures Imageworks had ever used for a film. The film is scheduled to be completed in October 2018.

The CGI animation for the film was combined with "line work and painting and dots and all sorts of comic book techniques" to make it look like it was created by hand, which was described as "a living painting".[34] This was achieved by artists taking rendered frames from the CGI animators and working on top of them in 2D, with the goal of making every frame of the film "look like a comic panel". Lord described this style of animation as "totally revolutionary", and explained that the design combines the in-house style of Sony Pictures Animation with the "flavor" of comic artists such as Sara Pichelli (who co-created Miles Morales) and Robbi Rodriguez. Different comic styles were emulated throughout the film for the different characters, with Spider-Gwen's animation based on the designs in her comics, Spider-Man Noir having a black-and-white color scheme, and Spider-Ham being designed as "cartoony" as possible to be different again—Craig Kellman designed the exaggerated look for the character, while Justin K. Thompson served as overall production designer after doing so on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films for Lord and Miller. Animation co-director Patrick O'Keefe said that committing fully to each Spider's unique art style was like "making five movies". In-universe comic books featured in the film were designed as a combination of the artwork of Steve Ditko and John Romita.

The film is presented in the anamorphic format. The film's directors all felt that the film would be one of the few that audiences actually "need" to watch in 3D due to the imersive nature of the animated world created, and the way that the hand-drawn animation elements created specifically for the film create a unique experience; Persichetti described this experience as a combination of the effects of an old-fashioned hand-drawn multiplane camera and a modern virtual reality environment. One scene in Aaron Davis's apartment includes an image of Donald Glover in the background, which references Glover's part in fan campaigns to see a non-white version of Spider-Man.

Music

Daniel Pemberton was announced to be working on the score for the film in July 2018. A full soundtrack album was released by Republic Records on December 13, and was curated to represent what a teen like Morales would listen to.

Release

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set to be released on December 14, 2018. It was originally scheduled to be released on July 20 of that year, but it was pushed back to December 21, and then moved up a week to its current date. The film held its premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on December 1, 2018, and featured a tribute to Stan Lee.

Marketing

A thirty-second sizzle reel from the film was shown at a Sony Animation presentation in January 2017, to reveal that the film focuses on Morales. Scott Mendelson at Forbes said the footage "looked incredible stylized and resembled a cross between an Alex Ross image and a psychedelic [comic] cover", but felt the most significant element of the presentation was the confirmation of Morales, meaning "2018 will offer another comic book superhero movie featuring a hero of color, during the same year as Marvel's Black Panther." A teaser trailer for the film debuted at the 2017 Comic Con Experience, before being released online. Chris Cabin at Collider felt the trailer "looks much better than it ever needed to. The style and design that is on display ... is vibrant and immediately engaging on a visual level, showing a genuine sense of personality to the production." io9's Julie Muncy called the trailer's visual design "elegant" and "fresh", and highlighted the use of music by Vince Staples, which was also used for the Black Panther trailers.

The official trailer for the film was released online at the start of June 2018, and was praised by Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge for its "absolutely gorgeous" art style. He also highlighted the non-Peter Parker Spider-Men featured in the trailer, namely Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. For Cartoon Brew, Amid Amidi praised the trailer for focusing on drama rather than action, and for seemingly targeting "a slightly hipper, more urban, and teen-oriented crowd", feeling that animated films were usually focused on pleasing "all-ages, all-audiences" which marked this film as a "radical change for United States feature animation". At Forbes, Dani Di Placido praised the trailer for inspiring interest in the Spider-Man property after several different incarnations of the character had already been featured in films. He felt it achieved this by leaning into the comic storyline of the Spider-Verse and featuring multiple versions of the character in one film, as well as its "beautifully rendered" visuals that differentiated it from other major animated films. Placido added that "it's nice to see a movie just go nuts and embrace the weirdness of comic books and their eternally shapeshifting storylines." The trailer generated 164 thousand conversations across social media platforms within a day of its release, and in three days had been viewed 44 million times making the film one of Sony's most viral alongside Sausage Party (2016).

Sony released a second trailer for the film in October 2018, ahead of a panel to promote the film at New York Comic Con where the first 35 minutes of the film were shown. Lord and Miller explained that they chose not to show various clips from throughout the film because they would lack context for the audience, so went with an extended sequence for the presentation even though it featured some unfinished animation and music. At that time, Sony's film Venom was released in theaters, featuring another extended clip from Into the Spider-Verse as a post-credits scene. The scene confirmed that the shared universe that Venom is part of is one of the universes connected within the "Spider-Verse" multiverse. In November, Sony launched Spider-Verse Web AR Experience, a mobile augmented reality experience created by 8th Wall and Trigger to run on Amazon Web Services. Inspired by the film, the AR experience allows users to include Spider-Man in photos that they take of their environment. The film also received a $115 million promotional "boost" from various companies—one of the largest such campaigns for a Sony film—including the Ad Council, who included the film's characters in an anti-bullying campaign; McDonald's, with a unique Happy Meal TV spot created in the film's animation style, as well as a special "double height" Happy Meal box for Australian McDonalds locations designed like a skyscraper that the characters can swing from; Synchrony Bank as part of their "Save Like a Hero" campaign; Nike, who sold the Air Jordans shoes that Morales wears in the film; General Mills cereal; official toy lines from Hasbro; themed cruises with Genting Cruise Lines; a "comprehensive" social media-based campaign in China by Tencent QQ, a brand that can be seen in the film; and other technology partners eBay, Vodafone, Garmin, Adobe, and Wacom.

On December 21, 2018, an unlockable costume based on the Spider-Man suit worn by the Peter Parker of Miles' universe was added to the PlayStation 4 video game Marvel's Spider-Man to promote the film. On December 29, Sony published the movie's screenplay online.

The video game based on the film character of Spiderman Into The Spider Verse will be "Spiderman Miles Morales" released in PS4 and more consoles. The game was widespread positive and acclaim.

Home Media

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released on digital download by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 26, 2019, with Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray, and DVD releases following on March 19. All releases were accompanied by a short film featuring Spider-Ham entitled Caught in a Ham. An extended cut called the Alt-Universe Cut, featuring 30 minutes of unreleased footage, including some scenes with Miles' roommate, Ganke, and a deleted cameo with Tom Cruise and James Cameron, was also featured on its home video release. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was also released in Blu-ray 3D format in several regions, outside of the United States and United Kingdom, on April 10, 2019.

Reception

Box office

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse grossed $190.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $185.3 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $375.5 million, against a production budget of $90 million. On January 31, 2019, the film surpassed Hotel Transylvania 2 to become Sony Pictures Animation's highest-grossing film domestically, unadjusted for inflation.

Released on the same weekend as Mortal Engines and The Mule in December 14, 2018. Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse was projected to gross $30–35 million from 3,813 theaters in its opening weekend. It made $12.6 million on its first day, including $3.5 million from Thursday night previews, and went on to debut to $35.4 million, finishing first at the box office and marking the best ever December opening for an animated film. The film made $16.7 million in its second weekend, finishing fourth, behind newcomers Aquaman, Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns, and then $18.3 million in its third weekend, finishing fourth again. In its fifth weekend the film made $13 million, finishing in fourth for a third straight week. On March 1–3, the weekend following its Best Animated Picture win at the Academy Awards, the film was added to 1,661 theaters (for a total of 2,104) and made $2.1 million, marking a 138% increase from the week before.

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 97% based on 390 reviews, with an average rating of 8.80/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 87 out of 100 based on reviews from 50 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, and those at PostTrak gave it a 90% overall positive score, an 80% "definite recommend," and a 5 star rating.

David Ehrlich of Indiewire gave the film a "B+" and called it "hilarious and ultimately even poignant," writing, "An eye-popping and irreverent animated experience from the marvelous comic minds who brought you 21 Jump Street... Into the Spider-Verse is somehow both the nerdiest and most inviting superhero film in a long time; every single frame oozes with fan service." Oliver Jones of The New York Observer gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars and wrote, "The greatest triumph and biggest surprise of the film is that it is an LSD freak-out on par with 2001: A Space Odyssey." Johnny Oleksinski of The New York Post gave the film a 3.5 rating out of 4, hailing it as "the best stand-alone film to feature the iconic character so far," and praising Miles' characterization as "more fleshed out than the usual Marvel heroes." Christy Lemire of RogerEbert.com praised the film's atmosphere and visual effects, adding that it "has a wonderfully trippy, dreamlike quality about it." Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "the freshest and most stimulating aspect of the film is the visual style, which unites the expected Marvel mix of 'universes' (it used to be assumed there was only one universe in creation) with animation that looks both computer-driven and hand-drawn, boasts futuristic as well as funky urban elements, moves the 'camera' a lot and brings together a melting pot of mostly amusing new characters."

William Bibbiani of The Wrap felt the film "represents some of the best superhero storytelling on the market," and that it "captures the sprawling interconnectivity of comic-book universes in a way that no other feature film has," calling it the best Spider-Man film since Spider-Man 2. Justin Chang of Los Angeles Times said that "What distinguishes Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in the end is that it takes its mission seriously, even when it's being transparently silly." David Sims of The Atlantic said that the film "somehow, through sheer creative gumption, does something new in the superhero genre," particularly praising the use of comic book's "visual language" as well as the characters' dynamic, and felt that the "anarchic fingerprints" of producers Lord and Miller were "all over the movie." Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service said that the film is "unlike any other superhero or animated film that has come before," comparing the animation to "watching a comic book come to life," and feeling that the film "firmly exists in a post-Deadpool environment, where it seems the only fresh way into a century-old superhero is to skewer the tropes, make fun of the merchandising and acknowledge the cultural significance of it all in a cheeky and self-reflective manner." She added that Lord, who wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay, was "the key to the balance of self-aware and sweet" present in the film.

Industry response

Actor Tom Holland, who plays Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, praised Into the Spider-Verse as "one of the coolest films [he has] ever seen," while Holland's MCU co-star Chris Pratt, who worked with Lord and Miller on The Lego Movie films, described it as an "emotionally moving, cutting edge, progressive, diverse, funny, meta, action-packed, silly, visually stunning masterpiece!" Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, who worked with Lord and Miller on 22 Jump Street and appeared on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, called the film "brilliant," and continued, "This has been a non-stop year for me and I'm glad I'm ending it in such a cinematic high-note. Not only is it the best superhero film ever made, it's flat-out a game-changing MOVIE. Seeing it again tomorrow!" Kevin Smith reviewed the film on his podcast Fatman Beyond, stating, "I always liked Spider-Man but this movie made me love Spider-Man on a Batman-type level," and continued, "It just goes to show you that any character in the right hands can be a transformative experience." Barry Jenkins, writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight(which also starred Ali), praised the film, calling it "magnificent" and citing it as the best Spider-Man film, one of the best films of 2018, and the best tentpole film since Edge of Tomorrow. Jenkins continued, saying, "I was stupefied. I mean just tremendous, tremendous work, so grounded and full of verve; visceral. Saw it on the biggest screen I could find, just a viscerally enthralling experience. I salute you." Rian Johnson, writer and director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, described the film as "the Velvet Underground of superhero movies" while believing it will be an influential film. James Gunn, writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy, has named Into the Spider-Verse his favorite superhero film. Marvel Studios president and MCU producer Kevin Feige said that he "Loved it."

Future

Sequel

In August 2018, the directors were still focused on completing the film but acknowledged that the introduction of the Spider-Verse in the film could create the potential for many different stories to be told, depending on the success of this film. By the end of November, Sony had put a sequel and a spin-off from the film in development due to the "incredible buzz" surrounding it. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson are set to direct the sequel from a screenplay by David Callaham, Lord, and Miller, which will continue Miles Morales's story. In addition to Lord and Miller returning as producers and co-writers, the sequel will feature Takuya Yamashiro, the main character of the Japanese Spider-Man series, and Spider-Woman who will be voiced by Issa Rae. The film entered production by June 2020. Sony announced that the sequel would be released on April 8, 2022, but the release date was later delayed by six months to October 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spin-offs

Spider-Women, a spin-off film focusing on three generations of female Spider-related characters, will include Spider-Gwen and feature Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman and Cindy Moon / Silk. The film has Bek Smith signed as screenwriter and Lauren Montgomery was reportedly in talks to direct.

John Mulaney also expressed interest in a potential spin-off film starring Spider-Ham, suggesting its plot as a "Watergate-like story" along the lines of The Post or All the President's Men while focusing on his character's career as a reporter.

Possible television series

Following the release of Into the Spider-Verse, the studio discussed the possibility of television series featuring the characters. Lord and Miller both expressed interest in seeing a series of shorts starring Spider-Ham, while Sony was announced to be developing animated spin-off TV series focusing on various characters.

By April 2019, Lord and Miller signed a five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television to create animated Marvel television series alongside Sony Pictures Animation, including a possible TV series based on Into the Spider-Verse. Discussing these series in August, Miller could not update where or when the series would be released but said there would be several live-action series and that they would each be "their own unique experience" while still being related to each other.

Awards

Award nominations for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Academy Awards February 24, 2019 Best Animated Feature Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Won
African-American Film Critics Association December 11, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists January 10, 2019 Best Animated Feature Film Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman Won
Best Animated Female Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy Nominated
American Cinema Editors February 1, 2019 Best Edited Animated Feature Film Robert Fisher Jr. Won
American Music Awards November 24, 2019 Collaboration of the Year "Sunflower" Nominated
Favorite Song – Pop/Rock "Sunflower" Nominated
Annie Awards February 2, 2019 Best Animated Feature Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg Won
Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production David Han Won
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Shiyoon Kim Won
Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman Won
Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Justin K. Thompson Won
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Phil Lord, and Rodney Rothman Won
Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Bob Fisher, Andrew Leviton, and Vivek Sharma Won
Art Directors Guild February 2, 2019 Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Film Justin K. Thompson Nominated
Bandung Film Festival November 23, 2019 Honorable Imported Films Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
BET Awards June 23, 2019 Best Movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Black Reel Awards February 7, 2019 Outstanding Voice Performance Mahershala Ali Nominated
Brian Tyree Henry Nominated
Shameik Moore Won
British Academy Film Awards February 10, 2019 Best Animated Film Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, and Phil Lord Won
Chicago Film Critics Association December 7, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Cinema Audio Society Awards February 16, 2019 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture – Animated Brian Smith, Aaron Hasson, Howard London, Michael Semanick, Tony Lamberti, Sam Okell, and Randy K. Singer Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 13, 2019 Best Animated Feature Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association December 17, 2018 Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Runner-up
Detroit Film Critics Society December 3, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Florida Film Critics Circle December 21, 2018 Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Georgia Film Critics Association January 12, 2019 Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Golden Globe Awards January 6, 2019 Best Animated Feature Film Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Amy Pascal Won
Golden Raspberry Awards February 23, 2019 The Razzie Redeemer Award Sony Pictures Animation Nominated
Golden Reel Awards February 17, 2019 Feature Film – Animation Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Feature Film – Music Score Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Golden Tomato Awards January 11, 2019 Best Animation Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Best Movie Wide Release Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards May 29, 2019 Best Music TV Spot (for a Feature Film) "Ham" Nominated
Best TrailerByte for a Feature Length Film "Ham" Nominated
Grammy Awards January 26, 2020 Record of the Year "Sunflower" Nominated
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Sunflower" Nominated
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards February 13, 2019 Best Song/Recording Created for a Film "Sunflower" Nominated
Best Music Supervision in a Film Trailer Jordan Silverberg for "Trailer 1" Nominated
Harvey Award October 4, 2019 Best Adaptation From a Comic Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, based on Spider-Man (Marvel Entertainment) Won
Houston Film Critics Society December 17, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Hugo Award August 18, 2019 Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
International Cinephile Society February 4, 2019 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Runner-up
Kid's Choice Awards March 23, 2019 Favorite Animated Movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Favorite Male Voice from an Animated Movie Shameik Moore Nominated
Favorite Female Voice from an Animated Movie Hailee Steinfeld Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association December 9, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Movieguide Awards February 8, 2019 Best Movies for Families Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards June 17, 2019 Best Movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
NAACP Image Awards March 30, 2019 Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Mahershala Ali Nominated
Shameik Moore Nominated
National Society of Film Critics January 5, 2019 Best Supporting Actor Brian Tyree Henry Runner-up
New York Film Critics Circle November 29, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
New York Film Critics Online December 9, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Online Film Critics Society December 15, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Producers Guild of America Awards January 19, 2019 Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures Avi Arad, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, and Christina Steinberg Won
Ray Bradbury Award May 18, 2019 Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
San Diego Film Critics Society December 10, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Runner-up
San Francisco Film Critics Circle December 9, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Saturn Awards September 13, 2019 Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Seattle Film Critics Society December 17, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
South by Southwest March 12, 2019 Excellence in Title Design Brian Mah, and James Ramirez Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association December 16, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Won
Teen Choice Awards August 11, 2019 Choice Action Movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song "Sunflower" Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association December 9, 2018 Best Animated Feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Nominated
Visual Effects Society February 5, 2019 Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Joshua Beveridge, Christian Hejnal, Danny Dimian, and Bret St. Clair Won
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Marcos Kang, Chad Belteau, Humberto Rosa, and Julie Bernier Gosselin for Miles Morales Won
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Terry Park, Bret St. Clair, Kimberly Liptrap, and Dave Morehead for Graphic New York City Won
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Ian Farnsworth, Pav Grochola, Simon Corbaux, and Brian D. Casper Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 3, 2018 Best Animated Feature Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman Nominated
Best Animated Voice Performance Shameik Moore Nominated

See also

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External links

Videos

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Trailer

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