Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has become the best reviewed Spider-Man film ever.
Spider-Verse has scored a web-snapping 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes making it even better than the previous benchmark of spider-quality, Spider-Man 2.
Of course, that’s only true if you consider Rotten Tomatoes a real indicator of the quality of a film and there are plenty of people who don’t; like Venom and DCEU fans.
Sly digs at the distinguished competition aside, critics really are loving this new entry in the Spider-canon with some saying it’s the best-animated film of 2018.
Particular praise has been paid to the animation, which has been described as distinct from Pixar while at the same time remaining enjoyable to watch, and amazingly imaginative.
This is sure to delight producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (of The Lego Movie fame) who wanted the film to feel like ‘you walked inside a comic book’ and to tell the story using camera moves and pushing the style in ways a live-action movie can’t.
The cast have also gotten a lot of praise, specifically Shameik Moore who voices this new incarnation of Spidey and has been recognised as bringing something wonderful to the character.
Here are a few of the reactions online:
I can finally talk about ‘Into the #Spiderverse’! It’s one of the best films of the year. It’s the best Spider-Man movie thus far. The acting amongst the cast was incredible. Everyone is going to love this movie.
— Dorian Parks (@DorianParksnRec) November 28, 2018
#SpiderVerse feels like a comic book come to life in the best way – the gorgeous art, the seemingly limitless sense of possibility. Miles is aces and I’m super here for sad-sack Peter pic.twitter.com/PNclTmtVha
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) November 28, 2018
By all rights #SpiderVerse should be a huge hit and make twice as much money than Venom given it is 100,000x better. Superhero films attempting to be ultra modern, self-referential and comedic while still doing very right by the character, should look at it as the benchmark.
— Rodrigo Perez — The Playlist 📽🎞📺 (@YrOnlyHope) November 28, 2018
— Rachel Heine (@RachelHeine) November 28, 2018
— Matt Singer (@mattsinger) November 28, 2018
Spider-Verse is based on the Ultimate Spider-Man line of comics and marks the big screen debut of Miles Morales.
For the uninitiated Miles is a half African American half Hispanic teen, living in an alternate dimension to the main Marvel universe who took up the mantle of Marvel’s most famous wall-crawler following the death of Peter Parker.
Yeah, comics are a bit weird but it makes (Spider) sense in context and is really, really sad.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) November 28, 2018
In Into the Spider-Verse, Miles must cope with his newly developing powers while also trying to put a stop to the nefarious machinations of the evil Kingpin of crime, aka Wilson Fisk, who’s trying to access the Multiverse.
To stop the trouble making mob boss and save all of creation, Miles will have to travel the Spider-Verse and team up with other alternate Spider-Men and Spider-Women along the way.
As he swings through different dimensions Miles will meet an older, more jaded Peter Parker, an anthropomorphised Spider-Pig and Nic Cage in a trench coat and hat (no really).
Perhaps best of all the film will also introduce the incredibly popular Spider-Gwen, who lives in a dimension where – you guessed it – Gwen Stacy was the one who got spider powers instead of Peter Parker.
Spider-Gwen has been incredibly popular since her comicbook debut in 2014, and fans have been chomping at the bit to see her on the silver screen.
In fact, Sony Picture are so confident that the character will be a hit they’ve even greenlit a Spider-Woman film, in which it’s theorised Gwen will star alongside another ‘Spider-Woman’.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse swings into British cinemas on December 12.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.