This includes the protagonist of Miles Morales, beautifully voiced by Shameik Moore. A popular creation among comic book fans, Miles seemed immediately destined for treatment on the big screen after being introduced in 2011. Nevertheless, in 2018 the character was still quite a big surprise to the general movie audience as their only point of reference for the web slingshot is Maguire. , Garfield and the Netherlands. hence why? Into the Spider-Verse works so hard to make you fall in love with Miles for nearly half an hour, long before he actually starts using his spider power. It works beautifully.
Yet directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, plus screenwriters Rothman and Phil Lord, refuse to use the Spider-Verse. only as a means of introducing Miles to the general public. Instead, we’re also introduced to a dizzying array of variations and bizarre excesses implemented by comic book artists (and filmmakers) over the decades to recontextualize this character. That varies from a noir superhero fighting Nazi saboteurs in the 1930s to a literally talking Porky Pig-style cartoon.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse plays with your nostalgia by recreating literal moments from the directed Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy – we see a Spidey kissing Mary Jane upside down in the rain (and in another universe vice versa), a la Maguire’s first movie, and we see the same Spidey stopping a runaway train like the showcase series in Spider Man 2. Producers Lord and Chris Miller even mused at first that one of the Peter Parkers Miles looks up to could be Maguire’s Parker, all mature and middle-aged.
But in the end they went in a different direction, because it wasn’t just about showing you something that you’ve seen, but about showing you something so different that when it did feels familiar, it reveals the character’s elemental values on a fundamental level. This way it would expose the essence of Spider-Man, instead of just making you happy to see an old favorite actor go THWIPP! a last time.
Why adventure matters to our Spider-Man
Both films also try to take their hero on a transformative journey. Although in one case, the Spider-Verse is the crucial turning point for the film’s plot – and in the other, it’s almost a detour.