There have been 18 people who have played or voiced Spider-Man on the big and small screen with Tom Holland only being the most recent (and we are not even counting video game spideys). But hold onto your butts because the Spider-Verse is about to get a whole lot bigger.
Around the 2000’s Marvel introduced a new alternate Universe imprint called Ultimate. In it the Marvel Universe was effectively started a new but from the standpoint of right now. Peter Parker was not some high schooler in the 1960s but from the modern age. The relaunched series aiming to pick up new readers fresh out of seeing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine for the first time in X-Men and Toby Maguire’s Spiderman. The imprint ran for a few years and included a lot of inspiration for what we know today as the MCU (with Nick Fury/Samuel L Jones casting being a great example).
But in this harder and more modern time with more than 100 issues of Spider-Man tragedy struck and in this alternate universe Spider-Man, Peter Parker died. The world mourned including another boy named Miles Morales, who was also bitten by another spider from the same experiment that bit Peter Parker. At first, aiming to imitate the fallen web-slinger Miles eventually became a Spider-Man of his own and eventually was folded into our current Marvel comic book Universe 616.
All caught up? Ok good, now throw that all out the window because the new film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a different take on the origin story of Miles Morales.
The latest film from Sony newly in cinemas takes everything you know and love about Peter Parker’s Spider-Man and for good measure creates a solid origin story for Miles for him to become the newly appointed Spider-Man of his dimension. Yes, dimension.
Into the Spider-Verse named after the Spider-Verse event takes inspiration from the first cross-dimension Spider-Man team-up Spider-Men and the much bigger Spider-Verse event. Much like the DC Multiverse the Marvel Multiverse exists and like an episode of Sliders each dimension is slightly different.
In some dimensions, Gwen Stacy got Spider powers and Peter Parker died, some dimensions are cartoons, some dimensions Nicolas Cage is Spider-Man but in all the dimensions there are Spider-Men/Women/Robot/Pigs and that ladies and spandex-clad gentlemen is where stuff really starts happening.
While you might have seen the very Miles centric trailers for this film it is a lot bigger than just one Spider-Man. Part Origin Story, part buddy Spider-Cop movie and part Super-Hero team up this movie manages to give you the Iron Man 2 but doesn’t make you wait around for a few years before you can see the Avengers. All without re-writing Spidey history but managing to keep and accept all of it from Comics, Cartoons, Games and Movies (Yes, even Spider-Man 3).
So should you go see it? YES. Undeniably yes.
This is one of the best movies we have seen this year and definitely very high up in our favourite Spidey movie list. Not only is the level of animation top notch with details such as different textures across dimensions, or the scale of action something that you would be hard pressed to see in a live action film, it also gives you something we have not seen in a while. Spidey is funny. Written by the guys behind the LEGO Movie into the Spider-Verse has a number of laugh-out-loud moments for both fans of Spidey canon and not.
If you only go see one movie this year about someone who has been bitten by a radioactive spider and given spider-powers before needing to team up with an alternate version of himself from another dimension to stop the destruction of all of reality. This is it.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is out in Cinemas across Australia December 13