Miles Morales

Why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the Superhero Movie We NEED

If you aren’t an avid Marvel fan, you might be tempted to blow off Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ll admit to a small eye-roll myself, when I saw that yet another version of Spidey was in the works, and that THIS ONE didn’t include Tom Holland. Then my daughter (who spends too much time watching superhero theories on YouTube) clued me in to the different Marvel universes and how Miles Morales (our new Spider-Man) plays into them.
The multiverse concept might sound extremely dorky to those of us who don’t follow the comics, but it works fantastically in the hands of an animation expert like director Bob Persichetti (Puss in Boots, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Little Prince). He has taken the story of Miles Morales’ interaction with a radioactive spider and slipped it almost seamlessly from page to screen. It results in the clearest example of a comic-book-movie to date, but it doesn’t always work. Sometimes the bright colors and newsprint effects make you feel like your watching a 3D flick without the glasses. It gets especially distracting during the climatic battle towards the end, but you’ll be too in love with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by then to care.
See, as gorgeous as this movie looks, it’s the CHARACTERS that make all the difference. Chris Pine is the young, gallant Spider-Man we usually see onscreen, but Jake Johnson makes him painfully relatable as a middle-aged, divorced Spider-Man. Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry round out the cast, but Miles Morales is the heart and soul of this story. He has the audience in the palm of his hand within seconds, thanks to newcomer Shameik Moore (Dope, The Get Down). His Miles is funny and sweetly vulnerable, but with a subtle confidence that makes him irresistible. It’s easy to understand why a multiverse filled with Spider-Men would risk everything to protect him.
These are all great reasons to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but it’s not why this movie is so important right now. Miles Morales isn’t white, like every other Spider-Man we’ve seen, but the movie doesn’t stop there. It gives us a female Spider-Man, an anime Spider-Man, a noir Spider-Man, and even a Spider-Pig. This concept might sound too silly to pull-off (especially the pig part) but the message is clear:
Anyone can wear the mask. Anyone can be a hero.
Even an anvil-carrying piggie could save the day and be no-less heroic than a white guy in a leotard. You could be a hero too, no matter what your gender, age or race is, and that’s a message we ALL should hear more of. (A)
By the way, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is rated PG, making it the only modern Marvel movie with that rating this far. Everything else has been PG-13 or R, so you absolutely can (and SHOULD) take your youngsters to see it!
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    1. Yes, absolutely! They might get a little bored & confused during the climax but I can’t think of anything that would scar or be damaging for that age.

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