Everything about this is a great project from start to finish. The mind-set of a Deadpool – the script wit of the same -but animated and generally directed at children – but a real story. In a different environment. This is everything Stan Lee dreamed of more than 50 years ago.
Spider-Verse is exactly that – a soliloquy of sorts that puts it into the pantheon of superhero movies that are just great films - Dark Knight, Logan, Thor: Ragnarok immediately spring to mind. A great workout here all around. It’s a cartoon. Many incarnations and versions of Spider-Man show up.
The story is told and retold and folded into itself. Teen bit by spider – away we go. Modify the story slightly in terms of location and vibe, and all of a sudden half a dozen Spider-people type characters are running around.
Versions of Peter Parker show up. Peter Porker as well. Nic Cage pops by. Gwen Stacey, others. The Stan Lee cameo almost appears as if done with 20/20 hindsight. Excellent.
Drawbacks? Well hell, they coulda thrown more in-jokes in with Tobey Maguire, Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield. Could tied it into the big snap I guess. Imagine if this film was live action? There are some sequences that just don’t work in the live environment - but hell, what a great concept.
Now. Where is the Batman version of this? I want Michael Keaton and Christian Bale having a chat while Adam West knocks out Nicholson.
Into the Spider-Verse runs this week in Mile Zero.