New animated ‘Spider-Man’ movie dazzles with quirkiness


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Luka Turanjanin, Staff Reporter

“Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the latest Marvel installation, is receiving some well-deserved buzz thanks to its colorful storytelling and character development. The aesthetically smooth soundtrack, the dramatically intriguing plot and the awe-inspiring visuals shows combine into a product that proves once again that Marvel continues to inject emotion into its films, even when they’re animated.

Beware, there are spoilers ahead.

The storyline follows New York City teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore). A radioactive spider bites Miles, who develops the standard spider powers Peter Parker — the original Spider-Man — did. Miles eventually meets the actual Spider-Man, only for it to sadly end with the death of Parker at the hands of the film’s primary antagonist, Kingpin (voiced by Liev Schreiber).

Miles eventually meets another Peter Parker from an alternate dimension, in addition to a few other Spider-People from different dimensions. Together, their mission becomes trying to stop Kingpin from using his dimension-warping machine that brought the other Spider-People into Miles’ world. Throughout the film, Miles learns to overcome the difficulties he has with his new school, family, and turning into being the next generation of the Spider Man.

Miles at first had many difficulties around learning his way through his newly obtained powers. Over time, Miles learns to accept his powers and prepares to fight Kingpin’s plans for good.

The other Spider heroes in the film share special and quirky personalities that diversify the film. Examples include the alternate dimension Peter Parker, who’s struggling with his current role as Spider-Man, in addition to his separation from his love interest Mary Jane. There are other oddball characters such as Spider-Ham, a cartoon pig version of the hero. No matter who it is, these characters bring out the vibrant nature that is maintained throughout the film.

The soundtrack in “Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse” brings out lush and colorful feelings in the film. The score and songs boost the atmosphere of the film, thanks to contributions from Chicago rapper Juice WRLD, Swae Lee and Post-Malone. These songs do not disappoint, as they fit the film’s animated aesthetic so well.

The new Spider-Man film makes for a surprising Marvel adventure. The story and characters make the viewer feel a special connection to the film. It once again proves how Marvel never seems to disappoint with its recent string of films.