Coming Soon: Into the Spider-Verse
I don't see animated movies in the theater. Between 2003 (Finding Nemo) and 2017 (The Lego Batman Movie) I didn't view a single cartoon at the cineplex. It is just one of those weird rules that I have. Animated movies are full of kids, who like to talk during movies. I am a curmudgeon, who likes silence at the movies. Animated films and I don't mix. However, given the fact that is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" might need to be another exception, since I am not too keen on waiting for home viewing to see this movie.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is set in an alternate universe, in which there can be more than one spider-hero. The main character is Miles Morales, a high school student who learns that he has spider powers frim Peter Parker's Spider-Man. Unlike previous cinematic versions of Spider-Man, Miles has a family that is alive, which should add some interesting interactions in the movie. In one scenes in the trailer Miles's police officer father embarrassed his son in front of the whole school, by demanding an "I love you," over the loudspeaker of his squad car.
Peter Parker is played by Jake Johnson, and seems to be a more of a lovable loser version of Spidey, compared to what viewers typically get to see. He eats fast food sloppily, while hiding his costume under a trench coat, and actually forgets to teach Miles to fling webs.
The preview also shows a few shots of Spider-Gwen. I don't know much about the character, but she has an excellent white and purple costume. Apparently, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" also includes the character of Spider-Ham. A spider pig is definitely a hero that I can get behind.
Did I mention that Nic Cage voices Spider-Ham N9ir? If anyone is meant to be a cartoon movie villain, it is probably Nic Cage.
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is in theaters the weekend of December 14-16. With it's outstanding reviews, I expect "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" to factor throughout the holiday season.
Watch the trailer for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" on YouTube