SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is now in theaters! Sony’s first animated Spider-Man film features Spider heroes from all across the multiverse, and it’s awesome! Here are our top 10 reasons for why you should already have a ticket for SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (in no particular order, because each reason is awesome!)

1. The Animation Is Insane

Right off the bat, we have to talk about how incredible the animation in this film is. It’s very unique and stylistic and has a perfect visual aesthetic to capture the comic book medium. Sound effects are seen as words in the environment. Text blocks pop up when the characters are thinking. Certain objects/people have a slightly blurred effect when they aren’t the focus.

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SPIDER-VERSE’s animation is vibrant, colorful, and super fun. I find the animation to be very impressive, even more so given the fact that this film isn’t a PIXAR film. Typically I usually reserve my compliments for those ones. SPIDER-VERSE exceeds the bar for animation. Everything just looks so cool. No shots, even the low-action scenes, are boring.

2. SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE: The Story Is Great

The film’s narrative is impressive. Essentially, the Kingpin builds a supercollider so that he can look at other dimensions and bring objects and people across them. It’s a dangerous and unpredictable nature threatens to destroy the city. Meanwhile, Miles Morales now has spider powers and is struggling to use them when other Spider heroes come across dimensions, such as the Peter Parker Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Noir, Peni Parker the Spider-Bot, and Peter Porker the Spider-Ham. They decide to work together to stop Kingpin’s collider and send themselves home.

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While this could have been a tough sell for mainstream audiences (multi-versal mayhem can be pretty complex), SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE makes sense. There’s a great balance of showing and telling with the exposition. The film also doesn’t take itself that seriously when it comes to explaining how all of these different Spider people come together. That being said, there are also some strong emotional beats for Miles, Gwen, and OG Peter. There’s a pretty good focus for Miles and his family, specifically with his dad and uncle. The story as a whole has a lot of depth and heart.

3. The Voice Cast Is Unbelievable

Oh my gosh, I love the voice cast for SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE!  Specifically the 6 Spiders. Jake Johnson voices Peter Parker, which basically answers the question of what Spider-Man would be like Johnson’s Nick Miller character from NEW GIRL got bit by a radioactive spider.

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Hailee Steinfeld voices Gwen Stacy, which fits well. Nicholas Cage voices Spider-Man Noir which is really cool and Kimiko Glenn as Peni Parker. Liev Schreiber voices Kingpin and Mahershala Ali as the Prowler. However, my favorite is comedian John Mulaney as the Amazing Spider-Ham. It’s quite possibly one of the best castings ever, and absolutely hilarious. I’m also pretty confident that Miles Morales is a breakout role for Shameik Moore.

4. The Music Is Quality

Remember how Eminem made that song for VENOM? Yeah, no the songs in SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE are infinitely better.  Most notably, the song SUNFLOWER by Post Malone is really good. It’s a pretty chill song, and it also factors into the narrative itself. It’s Miles’ jam and it helps him relax when he’s freaking out, trying to get a handle on his powers.

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Other great tracks are ELEVATE by DJ Khalil, Denzel Curry, SwaVay, Trevor Rich, and YBN Cordae, and HOME by Vince Staples. All of these tracks were made for the film and feature some awesome lyrics, perfect for all of the web-swinging action.

5. The Action Is Sweet

Speaking of the action…It’s epic. We’ve never seen a superhero film before where multiple Spiders fight, swing, and web down villains together. Seeing all of them fight is so cool. They all have similar moves and powers, and yet they have abilities that are unique to who they are, such as Spider-Ham pulling a hammer or anvil from nowhere because he’s a cartoon, or Miles turning invisible.

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There’s a wide array of villains, with several having new looks as a result of the action taking place of Miles’ dimension, the Ultimate universe. There’s a really cool shot where once such villain gets punched three times in succession by three different Spiders and it’s so legit.

6. The Humor Is Perfect

SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is full of great humor and comedic moments. Miles getting used to his powers is an especially funny moment, as well as several interactions between him and the down on his luck Parker. Spider-Ham is hilarious by nature of him just existing, and Spider-Noir being unable to grasp the workings of the Rubik’s Cube, as it has color, and his world is black and white.

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There are several jokes that feature satire on typical superhero movie tropes, which helps with the exposition and explanation of all the multiverse craziness. Making fun of it and having the characters themselves confused acts as a way to reassure audience members. They don’t have to understand quantum physics to understand the story. They can laugh and move on with the narrative.

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7. Miles Morales Will Be Your New Favorite Superhero

Let’s just focus on Miles for a second. He is so great. He’s got all of those relatable qualities that Peter has as a high-schooler. He doesn’t want to feel awkward at school, he wants to impress a girl (Gwen), and he’s trying to find his place and purpose.

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SPIDER-VERSE is kind of a combo of two comics stories: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE and Miles’ origin story. We get to see him gain his powers and try to figure them out, but also still learn from a Peter Parker. In the Ultimate Comics, Miles took over as Spider-Man after that one had died. Miles is just a great kid, who learns not only about responsibility but also about believing in himself and that he has the potential to be a hero.

8. Cameos and Nods to Other Spiders in SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

There are some really great Easter Eggs including a super quick cameo for Donal Glover, who once voiced Miles in a Spider-Man cartoon, A really nice cameo from the Late Stan Lee, as well as a kind of cameo from Chris Pine, who plays the Ultimate Spider-Man before Miles. When this Peter gives a recap for who he is, we see a great montage of animated scenes from the live-action Sam Raimi trilogy like Peter killing MJ upside down, stopping the train, or that ridiculous jazz dance from SPIDER-MAN 3. There are also some really cool looks at other Spider-Suits in Peter Parker’s hideout. (Look closely and you might see a familiar one if you’re a gamer.)

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Make sure you stay after the credits. There’s a post-credits scene, it’s epic, and will most likely make you laugh. You’ll probably laugh harder if you like memes.

9. It’s Accessible For Any Age

One of the great things about SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is that it works for several different kinds of audience members. Young kids will like it, adults will enjoy it, hardcore comics fans will love it, it has an incredible balance which can be hard to attain. In my opinion, SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is a super versatile film and can appeal to any age and type of viewer.

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It’s colorful, funny, has loads of action, and a lot of heart. SPIDER-VERSE is going to be one of those family films that will be a classic for a long time.

10. A Great Character Trait for Spider-Man

Last but certainly not least, we get to see the integral piece that makes Spider-Man who he is. It’s a factor that doesn’t often get explored in the films or cartoons, most likely because “Great Power, Great Responsibility” takes the center stage. I’m not saying that it shouldn’t, but this part is just as important: No matter how many time Spider-Man gets hit, he always gets back up. It’s a key thing that we hear again and again each time a new Spider gives their introduction to the film: They always get back up.

It’s something Miles sees and eventually does as he comes into his new role as a Spider-Man. He gets back up to fight for what’s right, no matter what, just as any other Spider would. It’s freakin’ awesome, and one of the reasons I love Spider-Man. If you still need convincing…you shouldn’t. You should already be at the theater, and in your seat, ready to watch this great movie!

SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is in theaters now!

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