– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Who expected that the Sony animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse would look so damn cool? I certainly didn’t. When that movie was first announced as an untitled Spider-Man animated film, it was impossible for me not to roll my eyes at the prospect. They had just agreed to lend the character to Marvel Studios, so why couldn’t they just let him live there for a bit?

Nowadays, I feel quite the fool for thinking that. Just because a character exists in one way doesn’t mean it needs to be restricted to living exclusively that way. This is something even Warner Bros. has embraced, with their upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix existing outside of the DC Extended Universe. And if I were in charge, we wouldn’t be getting this amazing, 2D-3D-Stop-motion hybrid animated film.

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Interestingly enough, it doesn’t sound like the unique nature of the animation was something that was revealed to the actors, as was revealed in our exclusive interview with actress Luna Lauren Velez, who plays Miles Morales’ mom, Rio:

“I always wanted to do some voice-over work in an animated film. It’s something I’ve been trying to do for a while. But then, it’s Spider-Man. I just thought, ‘Yes, please.’ I honestly don’t even know what I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be like a cartoon. Not entirely sure. I had no idea it was going to be what it is.”

She had already seen the film several days prior when we interviewed her, and she said that she was “still in the glow” of having seen it:

“[I’m] still blown away by what I’ve seen and trying to process it, because it was unlike anything I really ever imagined. it’s such a beautiful movie, not only visually arresting, but the heart and the love in the movie is just…”

I have yet to see the film, but our own Fox Troilo was a huge fan, as was our interviewer Gig Patta, who tends to be lukewarm on a lot of animated films. This movie needs to come out already!

Keep an eye out for our full interview with Luna Lauren Velez in the near future!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters on December 14, 2018.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.