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

Between 3 high-profile movies (if you count Venom) and a successful videogame, the Spider-Man brand is on a pretty decent roll this year, and this movie is the perfect celebration of that brand, but also of the comic-book art form. This movie embraces and has a genuine affection for these fictional continuums, and is the first one in a while to really sell the inspirational element of it all. On top of that, it has a SPECTACULAR cast of characters that all make their mark in one way or another, and yet it never fails to make this a story about Miles Morales. I did feel that the Kingpin’s plot and motivation was presented rather perfunctorily, but this movie has so much folded into it that I can handle one weak link. I’m not as down on the prevalence of comic book movies as some others, but this is certainly a potent reaffirmation of why these stories exist in the first place, and why there can be so many different versions of it. It works on pretty much every level, and I’m really stoked to see where this particular series goes.

I demand a Spider-Gwen movie immediately, and as much as I love The Simpsons Movie, John Mulaney might now be the definitive Spider-Pig.

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