Early Reviews For Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Tout ‘Dazzling’ and ‘Bold’ Film!

Not too long ago, we got our first trailer for the animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which saw an incredibly unique take on the webslinger. Not only was it animated using CG, but it was crafted in a way that gave it a dynamic, almost hand-crafted feel, in the vein of a LAIKA production. It also brought in several Spider-heroes in the form of Miles Morales, Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, Peter Porker, Peni Parker, and Spider-Noir.

It was a unique concept and take, but would this translate into an actual good film? Well, plenty of reviewers from across the web have actually seen the film. In fact, our very own Fox Troilo had a chance to check it out as well, and he even jumped into our Slack channel just to tell us how amazing the film was. But I’ll let him speak using his own words.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a visually-dazzling delight that will satisfy across the fandom spectrum. Those familiar with the intricate web of characters created by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and more recently, Brian Michael Bendis, will love the representation, homages, and Easter eggs while newcomers will discover (quite literally) a whole new universe that opens up the cinematic comic-book genre in a refreshingly bold way. It is currently my personal front-runner for Best Animated Film of 2018.”

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But he wasn’t the only one who loved the film. As of this writing, it has launched into Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% critical rating, meaning all 23 verified critics who reviewed it would recommend the film. Here are a few choice quotes.

The LA Times

Like any film critic — or perhaps like Bill Maher, hopefully with more tact and better timing — I have done my fair share of obnoxious ranting against a Hollywood culture that finds its most popular expression in the exploits of comic-book superheroes. And believe me, it gives my cold, contrarian heart no joy to acknowledge that, in terms of quality, the Spider-Man movies actually appear to be on the upswing.

This might come as a bit of a surprise, given the steady, enervating pileup of Spidey cinema in recent years, some of it prompted by Sony’s eagerness to hold onto the character amid a complicated, since-resolved rights dispute with Marvel Studios. But as last year’s joint Sony/Marvel outing “Spider-Man: Homecoming” exuberantly reaffirmed, Peter Parker, that nerdy teenager turned skyscraper-hugging crime fighter, remains one of the most renewable action-movie heroes around.


“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” represents some of the best superhero storytelling on the market. The frenetic animation and freewheeling story offer audiences a sense of boundless dynamism. It’s not the first time a director has attempted to incorporate comic book iconography into a feature-film adaptation — see also: Ang Lee’s “Hulk” and Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” — but it’s the most appealing. Watching “Into the Spider-Verse” evokes feelings of sitting cross-legged on the floor of your bedroom, eating cookies and immersing yourself in outrageous, mostly inviting new worlds.

As a side note from me, don’t see Ang Lee’s Hulk. It’s terrible. Now, onto the next couple reviews, which, while positive, aren’t completely ecstatic.


‘There’s an upside and a downside to these multiverses. Of benefit is the constant surprise, the sheer variety of visuals and plunges into fun-house craziness. The increasingly abundant negatives are sensory overload and overkill, a feeling that the film it pitched first and foremost to the insider geek contingent that will get all the jokes and references, plus a growing sense that nothing matters because it’s dealing in ephemeral realms that come and go in a flash, which they indeed do. Cumulatively, the result is that, just as things should be excitingly building to a rousing climax, nothing sticks, nothing matters. By the time it feels that, by rights, the film should be hitting its climax and wrapping things up, it pitches headlong into Geek-Verse and keeps spinning around there for far too long.”


“Do these characters sound fun? They are! And the one big action number that unites the Spider-people against an onslaught of villains is very fun. But you start to feel the 10-car-pileup of this movie’s intentions when the other Spideys show up. Spider-Verse has three credited directors, which seems like a lot even for a cartoon. It was co-written by Phil Lord, half the animation braintrust behind the LEGO series, and I’m not sure the resulting film ever fully decides whether it’s a full-fledged LEGO Batman-y goof or a sincere attempt to Make A Statement about what Spider-Man means.”

So what do you think of these earlier reviews? Do they get you more excited for the film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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