Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ★★★★½

Short version:

This lives up to the (substantial) hype, although my opinion might have been effected by a) seeing it in 3D and b) reacting to the Flu shot I had right before the movie.

1) I have a......LOT of questions about Aunt May based on her portrayal here.

2) Liev Schrieber's version of Kingpin, with the Tony Soprano-voice and everything, is a Big Mood, as the kids say. The way it made me miss Gandolfini only felt appropriate.

3) I've read Marvel has a bunch of Stan Lee shots ready for cameos for future films, but honestly, the one here (ironically, with a CGI Stan Lee) felt like a high note, and the perfect one to go out on. It wasn't just Stan playing a character or doing a wacky reaction, but it kind of captured his public image--the optimism and belief in the human spirit mirrored by the canny hucksterism. (What I'm saying is that I'm going to be just a LITTLE disappointed if there's a Stan Lee appearance in Avengers: Endgame. Disappointed enough to give it ONE STAR. Take that, Kevin Feige!)


Long version a bit later, after I sort my thoughts.

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