Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Thwip! Here comes Miles Morales!

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Spider-verse fan art of Miles Morales inspired from the comics. Credit: Staff Writer/Artist Marjorie Hsu

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a 2D and 3D animated film that’s intrigued people of all ages into the story of a new Spiderman whose true identity is 15-year old Miles Morales. The directors made sure to make it entertaining for old time fans with its comic book stylized art and for younger people with a teenager hero story set in 2018. It’s also received much publicity since gaining the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The main character, Mile Morales is a half-black and half-Puerto Rican teenager who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Miles’ bi-racial background is an addition to the expanding representation of diversity in heroes that inspire the younger generation. This parallels with one of the movie’s signature catchphrase “Anyone can wear the mask. You can wear the mask.

   Directors of other films such as the “Lego Movie,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “Puss in Boots” and more, worked on the Spider-Verse to be “the story to tell it in the time we have,” Peter Ramsey (A Wrinkle in Time director) said. The time setting is a key element in the story’s contemporary appeal as it brought well known music artists in rap such as Post Malone, Swae Lee, Nicki Minaj, Juice WRLD, and more.

In addition to the movie’s excellent soundtrack, it has a sharp use of sound effects, depending whom Miles interacts with. When he is getting chased by the Prowler, it’s loud and intense blares of impending doom. When he has a bonding moment with Gwen, it’s a soft and happy, electric tune. When he’s introduced to the audience, pop Latino music plays to show his half-Hispanic heritage. Viewers may not always be aware of the art of sound, but it helps construct the atmosphere of each scene.

In production since 2015, 140 animators worked on it; taking each artist an entire week to complete just one second of the movie. The overall artistic aesthetic of the film is comic book-based with written sound effects, panels, and some text bubbles. In addition, the characters have multiple subtle lines to emphasize body language and facial expressions like older Marvel comics and Manga (Anime Comics.)

The aim for the art style was so distinct, they had to code new animation software in order to “come up with new theories on how to make cloth move,” said Bob Persichetti in an an interview with the Spider-Verse directors and the Verge. This was especially needed, because after revisiting old methods of how comics were made in silk screening, they chose to animate 12 frames per second rather than the standard of 24 fps to give a crisper look between realistic and flatter models.

So far, the Spider-verse movie has grossed a total of $303 million worldwide, according to the Box Office Mojo website, from a $90 million dollar budget to create the film. Many people online have deemed the Spider-Verse movie as a worthy redemption for Sony Animation since making the Emoji movie. It’s strongly believed that the Spider-Verse film will have a sequel where online resource have interviewed creators in a possible spin-off of Gwen Stacy as the main heroine with Miles Morales. With all the buzzing excitement from the movie’s release, many artists on social media have also made “spidersonas” – a specific spider-designed character that people would be if they were one.

Unfortunately, the movie will most likely not be available on Netflix as Sony Animation has rights to Spider-Man and was the company who both made and distributed the film. However, it can pre-ordered on Amazon starting at $22.99 with distribution in March. It may or may not come out on Redbox, but if it does it’ll be worthwhile, especially with Redbox’s small rent price.