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Hollywood Rewind | Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse: The very best of Marvel

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse not only crashed the ticket counters, but also managed to bag the coveted Oscar in Best Animation Feature category.

spider-manSpider-Man Into the Spider-Verse released in 2018. (Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing)

This might be hard for Marvel fans to digest, but not every film that comes from the company is a great mix of entertainment and intelligence. In fact, only a few can lay claim to aforementioned attributes. The 2018 release Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, helmed by debutante directors Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey along with Rodney Rothman, is another matter altogether. Produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel Entertainment, it earned millions at the box office apart from bagging the rightly deserving Oscar for Best Animated Feature that year.

There are so many things that happen in this film, which could have been messed up had Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse been a live-action film. Here, we get a tasty bite of the multiverse which introduces us to various Spider-People, one of whom is a young woman voiced by the talented actor-singer Hailee Steinfeld. There is a plethora of skilful performers who voice other important characters like Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, and of course Shameik Moore, who did a stand-up job of giving voice to our hero Miles Morales.

The interplay and chemistry of the cast remains unmatchable, and this is remarkable considering that in most animation films, actors play off on what plays on screen and most don’t even meet each other until they have to finally promote the movie. Shameik and Jake really bring the humour of the well-written script alive, and the incredible animation done largely through computer and inspired by Miles Morales’ co-creator Sara Pichelli definitely helped. The comic book style art was one of the highlights of the movie. “A lot of things that you see in most CG films, we didn’t want. We wanted a look that was going to make you feel like…walking into a comic book,” co-director Peter Ramsey had once said while speaking with Variety.

And it was exactly that, you felt like you had walked into some kind of a 3-D comic book where you could reach out and almost touch that part of the universe yourself. A sequence when Miles finally comes into his own as Spider-Man comes to mind — such an exhilarating scene coupled with a cool song (“What’s Up Danger” by Blackway and Black Caviar).

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Also, while we are at it, let us talk about the hilarious post-credits scene featuring Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Haha, the apparent successor to Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. Again the makers introduced something new to the mix to make it more fun — meme-ing. The act just featured two Spider-Men bantering over who pointed first at the other. Issac, as he does with most of his performances, nailed this bit too. This of course gives us a tiny taste of what lies ahead for fans in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (Part One) — more inventiveness, making the familiar unfamiliar and fun.

You can watch Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse on YouTube. 

First published on: 19-12-2021 at 08:24 IST
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