By this point, you would be hard pushed to find someone who hasn’t seen at least one of the many, many renditions of Spider-Man. New film Into The Spider-Verse has used this to its advantage, bringing in multiple spider characters from alternate universes for a fresh take on a well-known story.
Rather than just putting Peter Parker at the centre of the story, this rendition brings to life the beloved character Miles Morales from the comic books, who fans have been wanting to see on the big screen for years.
Miles brings a new level of modernity to the Spider-Man franchise, with a focus on his family who fail to understand him and many funny moments which help him to discover who he is, while encountering other characters from alternate dimensions such as Spider-Man Noir and Peter Porker.
While this edition acts as a stand-alone origin story for Miles Morales, it also has call-backs to previous Spider-Man movies, which help to make it feel like a continuation of the well-known franchise too.
Another element that makes this movie stand out compared to the others is that Miles struggles with his powers for much of the running time, only breaking through and managing to control his powers in the last 10 minutes of the film, and we still get the impression at the very end of the film that he still has a long way to go before being a fully-fledged Spider-Man.
The animation in this movie is unique with an abstract and ever changing style, which make the characters pop on-screen – like a comic book has been brought to life – with the animation style changing for every character to reflect the different alternate universes they come from.
The brilliant story-telling decisions and unique animation make the story a refreshing addition to the Spider-Man franchise and with A-list stars such as Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Liev Schreiber and Nicolas Cage, there are so many reasons to go and watch this movie when it is released on the 12th December.