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"We all have powers. We are all Spider-Man."
Miles Morales: When do I know I'm Spider-Man?
Peter Parker: You won't. That's all it is, Miles, a leap of faith.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 computer-animated superhero film directed by Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians), Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince) and Rodney Rothman and produced by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), with the screenplay written by Lord and Rothman. The film is a joint collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation.

Miles Morales is an ordinary kid from Brooklyn going to a new middle school, with all the baggage that comes with it. While trying to avoid all the change and newfound responsibilities, Miles ends up being bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him the same powers (plus some others) as New York's famed superhero, Spider-Man. While coping with his newfound skills, he stumbles upon the hero in a heated battle with his rogues gallery, this time led by The Kingpin, who aims to activate the powerful Super-Collider, a dimension-manipulating device that threatens to destroy the city and much more. Spider-Man loses his life as a result of the injuries he sustained during the conflict, but before his death gives Miles the responsibility of stopping the Super-Collider before Kingpin activates it again.


However, Miles discovers that he may have some help, as the Super-Collider inadvertently brought an entourage of Spider-People from parallel universes to Miles' own. They include: Peter B. Parker, a middle-aged Spider-Man going through hard times in his own universe; Gwen Stacy, a teenager from a universe where she was bitten by a spider instead of her best friend Peter; Spider-Man Noir, a hard-boiled detective version of Peter Parker from the 1930s; Peni Parker, a cheerful girl from the far future who fights alongside her mechanical friend SP//dr; and Spider-Ham/Peter Porker, a cartoony pig-like creature. Together, the Spiders aim to take down Kingpin, save the world, and get back home. And along the way, Miles just may be able to prove his worth as the one to carry Spider-Man's torch.

The story serves as a loose adaptation of the Spider-Men and Spider-Verse storylines, and is the first Spider-Man movie to be animated.


Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1, Trailer 2.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse provides examples of:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: When Kingpin's Super-Collider is active, everything becomes a weird void with Kirby Dots in the background and buildings and vehicles floating around.
  • Activation Sequence: When Peni Parker dons the SP//dr mecha-armor for the first time during the fight in Aunt May's house, she leaps 30 feet into the air complete with a power-up multi-colored background to land dynamically in the mecha's cockpit.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Aaron Davis in the Ultimate universe was a manipulative low-life who used his nephew as a tool to get ahead because he had incriminating knowledge about Miles. Here Davis genuinely loves his nephew and wants to be better but can't escape his criminal life.
  • Adaptation Amalgamation: The film draws influence from Spider-Verse, Spider-Men, and Miles' debut run from Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The first thirty minutes of the movie are based upon Ultimate Peter's death and Miles' introduction. In the comic, Miles felt guilty on hearing that Spider-Man died saving the world and he did nothing; in the film, he goes Deer in the Headlights and runs when Spider-Man tells him to, and he is Forced to Watch Kingpin kill Spider-Man.
    • From a design standpoint, the Green Goblin has the hulking and brutish physique of the Ultimate Marvel version, but wears an outfit similar to his 616 counterpart.
    • Peni Parker mixes both her namesake (an anime-inspired mech pilot), Penelope Parker (a cartoon/comic strip-inspired happy-go-lucky preteen), and the Japanese Spider-Men, especially Leopardon, being crucial to the Spider-Verse plot.
    • Spider-Gwen's retelling condenses her backstory and mixes it up with The Amazing Spider-Man, with the bad guy of the Lizard and Captain Stacy being involved, and excises Mary Jane's role (and, as a consequence, doesn't show off the Mary Janes, simply stating Gwen was in a punk band). Likewise, it's implied Peter B. knew a Gwen Stacy, but likely one who didn't get her neck snapped.
    • Both the "regular" Peter and Peter B.'s backstories take beats from Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
    • Spider-Ham as comedic relief replicates all the silly Spider-Men that showed up in the original Spider-Verse, ranging from a sentient buggy, to a Spider-Cowboy and his Spider-Horse.
  • Adult Fear:
    • In this world, Aunt May outlives her nephew. While she pulls herself together enough to help the alternate Spider-People, she can't help but look at Peter B. with a small glimmer of hope that maybe her Peter returned.
    • Miles is a walking moment of this for his parents. He gets into an elite prep school in Brooklyn, but doesn't do his schoolwork, seemingly suffers a breakdown, and runs away to spend the night at his parents' place. Then he stops returning their calls, skips classes, seems to be shutting them out, and then his father has to break the news to him that Uncle Aaron was killed.
    • It's also obvious that Miles has developed PTSD from seeing two deaths, one of whom was his Uncle who is revealed to be a supervillain and thus is running on perpetual anxiety and guilt.
    • Someone you admire and love turns out to be an arch-criminal, and starts hunting you down because you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time; and to top it all off, they don't even recognize you. As he's dying, Uncle Aaron apologizes to Miles for not being the hero he was supposed to be, and letting him down.
  • An Aesop:
    • In Miles' own words, "anyone can wear the mask", and anyone can be a hero if they choose to be.
    • Self-improvement doesn't have to come at the expense of identity. You can still be "you", and resolve to be a better person, at the same time.
  • Affectionate Parody: The movie pokes fun at the silliness of the Spider-Man franchise as well as the character flaws of Peter Parker. However, it also points out that the silliness is why the franchise is so beloved and underneath it all there are powerful messages about heroism and responsibility, and despite Peter's flaws, he is still a heroic, noble figure who tries his best to do the right thing.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Much like how it happened in the Ultimate universe, Peter Parker's death leads to Miles, an Afro-Latino boy, becoming the new Spider-Man.
  • Age Lift: In the original "Death of Spider-Man" storyline, Peter Parker was still in his teens when he ultimately met his end. In the film, the news reports explicitly says he died at 26. The alternate-dimension Peter Parker is most likely 39, as he tells that he's been Spider-Man for 22 years as opposed to prime Peter's 10, although this assumes that the alternate Peter began being Spider-Man at the same age prime Peter did.
  • Alternate Continuity: The movie has absolutely nothing to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Amazing Spider-Man or Venom. Although it takes a Broad Strokes approach to Sam Raimi's trilogy.
  • Alternate Tooniverse: Based on their animation styles, Peni Parker (Animesque) and Spider-Ham (a Toon) hail from Tooniverses.
  • Alternate Universe: The entire concept revolves around this, with each universe having its own Spider-Person. Indeed, Miles' own universe has quite a few differences from our own:
    • The Bland-Name Product(s) are this universe's equivalent to the brands they're clearly references to (as we clearly see during Alternate-Dimension Peter's world. The "Koca-Soda" sign we see in Miles' world is an actual Coca-Cola sign in Alternate Peter's).
    • An Alternative Calendar is used, and according to a Freeze-Frame Bonus, the movie takes place in Decembruary of 2018.
    • New York City's police department is given the acronym PDNY (Police Department of New York) instead of NYPD (New York Police Department).
    • Police vehicles aren't exempt from wearing registration plates, as seen on Miles' dad's police cruiser.
    • The lights on police cruisers flash in red and blue instead of red and white.
    • Snapchat is still called Picaboo, and Google is still called Backrub.
    • The Blue Man Group is called the Red Man Group.
    • Taxicabs use the "NYC Taxi" livery design introduced in 2007 instead of the current black circle with a negative-space "T". In addition, taxis and police cars are still mostly the older second generation Ford Crown Victoria, which have become increasingly rare since the model's discontinuation in 2011 and the increasing diversity of what have been used as both since then.
    • The current black-and-yellow "Empire Gold" licence plate design issued since 2010 and the previous white-and-blue "Empire State" issued from 2001 to 2010 are used simultaneously on some cars, also as seen on Miles' dad's police cruiser.
    • New York is shown to be much larger in Miles' universe. In the first scene of the teaser trailer, much of the Manhattan skyline is taller than the Empire State building, currently the fourth tallest building in New York. Some of these skyscrapers are lit with projected advertisements.
    • Miles doesn't know what Comic-Con is, suggesting it either doesn't exist in his world or it has a different name than the one in Peter's.
    • The Yugo brand is alive and well in both Miles' and Peter's universe, as evidenced by a pretense-free marketing campaign from a glimpse of Times Square with the tagline "It'll get you from A to B". The billboard even features the original logo, and what looks to be a modern take on the infamous GV hatchback, complete with a polymer insert and alloy wheels. Not bad for an infamous shorthand for The Alleged Car.
    • Golden Warriors basketball legend Stephen Curry became a golf pro in Earth-1610, with a billboard touting him as "The Golden Boy" of the sport. (Truth in Television, as Curry is an avid and talented golfer in the off-season.)
    • A Times Square billboard shows that basketball star Blake Griffin is instead an MLB player in Miles' universe (again, Truth in Television, as Griffin also played baseball before choosing to focus on basketball). The team he plays for is the New York Red Sox; in Real Life, that's Boston's team name, a nod to the notorious Red Sox/Yankees fanbase rivalry.
    • Pop culture as Miles knows it is very, very different; on Spider-Man's arrival alone, we see advertisements for a jockey comedy starring Seth Rogen called Hold Your Horses, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll star in Hi, Hello instead of Oh, Hello, From Dusk Til Shaun (implying Shaun of the Dead became its own franchise, or somehow became fused with From Dusk Till Dawn), a Clone High movie, and a version of Bridesmaids about baby showers.
    • Inflation hit this world like a truck, as Peter and Miles' burgers and fries at a small restaurant totals up to $30,000.
    • Doctor Octopus is a woman in Miles' universe, here named Olivia Octavius.
  • Alone with the Psycho:
    • In the beginning, the Prowler sees Miles running away and is ordered to kill him. Miles spends a long time running. Happens again when Miles goes to his uncle's apartment for advice and realizes his uncle is the Prowler. Then the Prowler starts chasing him through the streets.
    • Enforced by Miles in the climax, where he knocks Peter B. back to his dimension to face Kingpin alone. Kingpin proceeds to beat him up, while Miles' dad is helplessly watching from the control room.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version has its own theme song titled "P.S. RED I" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure. A sample of it can be heard in this trailer.
  • Always Someone Better: The Peter of Miles' universe is younger, more famous and more financially successful than Peter B. — to the latter's bitterness.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Miles' dad drives him to school in his police car with Miles in the back seat, which makes him look like he was arrested. Upon dropping him off, he briefly sounds his police siren and uses his speaker to request Miles to say he loves him back, while in front of everyone.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The final battle between the Spiders and Kingpin's forces takes place in the middle of the Super-Collider as it's activating.
  • Anti-Climax:
    • In the scene where Miles gets bitten by the spider that gives him his powers, there's a very dramatic build up as we see it coming down from the ceiling, landing on his clothes as he's spray painting an underground tunnel, and then it ultimately crawls out onto his hand and bites him, all with dramatic music. Miles just stares at it for a moment then swats it off his hand and goes home. It's not until the next morning that he starts to experience any changes.
    • During the battle within the Super-Collider, Miles, Peter, and Gwen are facing off against Doc Ock and they brace themselves as she charges at them, with Gwen even saying "Buckle up guys, this is gonna take awhile". But before she reaches them, she is struck by a flying truck and that's the last we see of her.
  • Anti Climax Cut: When Miles goes up to the roof of a building to try a leap of faith, heroic music swells, he braces himself... and the next shot is Miles going back down the stairwell, having chickened out.
  • Anvil on Head: During the climactic battle at the end, Spider-Ham drops an anvil on Scorpion.
  • Arc Number: 42 appears a lot.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Expectations", with the concept of both external and internal expectations, and how to meet them, being a central theme of the film. It appears when a teacher at Miles' new school discusses Dickens's Great Expectations, then again when his science teacher assigns him an essay about himself, again when Uncle Aaron spots a colorful "Expectations" design in Miles' sketchpad and is impressed by it, and again when Miles takes that same design and makes real graffiti art with it, but amended as "No Expectations" and his own blank silhouette, describing his emotional state at the time.
    • Every instance of "I love you" between Miles and his father highlights a significant chance in their relationship. At the beginning, Jefferson makes Miles say it back to him in front of everyone at Vision Middle School. After the death of Uncle Aaron, his father tells Miles through a closed door "You don't have to say it back." Finally, at the end, while still wearing the Spider-Man mask, Miles tells his father "I love you" of his own free will.
    • As mentioned in the page quote, "A leap of faith" shows up several times to describe the moment when you know you're truly Spider-Man: when you choose to be.
    • Each member of the Spider-Gang introduces their respective origin stories with the same phrase, "Alright, let's start at the beginning, one last time." Fittingly, Peter Parker of Miles' universe gets the first one, and Miles himself gets the last.
    • Each member of the Spider-Gang refers to themselves as "the one and only" in their respective introductions which serves to emphasize the You Are Not Alone themes of the movie.
      Miles: I'm the one and only Spider-Man. At least that's what I thought.
    • "Get up". Both the original Peter and Peter B. insist that they "always get up", no matter how tough it gets. Ultimately comes back in the end when Miles seems to be downed for his good, his father begs him to get up and fight.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Miles gives one to Peter B. when he is uncharacteristically callous about getting back to his home dimension. He at first shrugs it off, but eventually relents.
    Miles: Look, if I don't turn off the Collider after you leave, everyone in this city, my parents, my uncle, and millions of others will die, and you're just gonna go home and leave me here to figure this out for myself? You good with that, Spider-Man?
  • Art Shift: In The Stinger, everything on Earth-67 is done with the same jerky, limited animation as the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon.
  • Ascended Meme: Several shots in Peter B.'s origin flashbacks and the Creative Closing Credits homage the infamously memetic poses and screenshots from Spider-Man (1967), including a recreation of the "And I'm just sitting here" meme, albeit without the usual masturbation joke. In particular, The Stinger recreates the "Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man" meme.
  • Badass Bookworm: During the Alchemax infiltration, Peter and Miles enter a cafeteria full of harmless-looking scientists. When they are spotted, everyone in the room draws a gun on them. Cue hectic chase scene.
  • Bathos: Many times. One of the best moments comes in Peter B.'s backstory, when he mentions that despite everything that happened to him, he "handled it like a champ," and we immediately cut to a shot of him in the shower, sobbing like a baby and still wearing the Spider-Man costume. As heartbreaking as his grief and trauma is, the image of him wearing the full Spider-Man suit in the shower is so abruptly comical that it's hard not to laugh.
  • Beta Outfit: Miles initially uses a Spider-Man costume that is literally a store-bought Spider-Man costume; it's child-sized and fits him badly, the mask has eyeholes cut out of the Spider-Man eyes, and he's still running around in sneakers. He eventually upgrades to the sleeker red/black outfit by modifying the suit Peter wore when he was Miles' age.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • On his initial appearance, Spider-Ham seems to be just a goofy comic relief character. However, it turns out a character who not only has Spider-Man's powers, but who's also basically immune to damage, can pull anvils and giant wooden mallets out of nowhere actually makes for an extremely formidable opponent. Scorpion finds that out the hard way.
    • The head scientist of Alchemax is a dorky, Granola Girl-looking hipster/nerd who hosts a similarly dorky series of Bill Nye the Science Guy-esque video lectures, which are distributed to high schools for kids. She also "freaks out" over Peter B. still being alive when she realizes he must have successfully come from another dimension, giddily running tests and performing an impromptu medical exam. But it turns out that nerdy Dr. Olivia Octavius is actually super-villain, Doctor Octopus (but her enemies call her Doc Ock).
  • Be Yourself: Miles recognizes that he has some big shoes to fill after his Peter Parker dies. His method of building up skill in his spider-powers boil down to simply asking "What would Peter do?", as expressed through him attempting to mirror Peter's gestures and movements. However, this attempt at receiving tutelage goes awry when Miles begins developing new powers that Peter and none of the other Spider-People have; and it becomes clear there's only so much they can do to help him become Spider-Man. Miles eventually comes to realize that he shouldn't be trying to copy Peter, but should instead use his own ideals and deeds as a launch point for his "leap of faith." This is demonstrated when Miles finally changes to his traditional red and black costume, which is Peter's suit redesigned using the spray paint he uses in his graffiti art.
  • Big Bad: Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, is the major antagonist of the movie. Other villains, such as the Green Goblin, Scorpion, Tombstone, Doc Ock and the Prowler, all show up as his henchmen.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • The reveal of Spider-Gwen during the escape from the Alchemax facility, dropping in at the last second to web up Miles and Peter B. to keep them from falling, fighting off Doc Ock AND retrieving the stolen computer singlehandedly, and all without seeming to break a sweat.
    • Just as the villains have the extra-dimensional Spider-Gang on the ropes, Miles swings in time to help, complete with a Theme Music Power-Up.
    • Spider-Ham saves Peni Parker who is inside SP//dr as the Scorpion is breaking through her defenses by dropping an anvil on his head.
  • Black Comedy: There's an unusually dark moment that's played both for laughs and for drama, but surprisingly more of the former. Peter B. Parker explaining his origin with some enthusiasm starts off similarly to the one from Miles's dimension, and then he gets into how things went terribly wrong (including discussing the death of Aunt May and his divorce of Mary Jane) without skipping a beat. There's also a shot of him going from crying in the shower in his costume which sharply change to him sleeping on the floor with his ass in the air.
  • Black-Tie Infiltration: The Spider-Gang needs to infiltrate the reception given by Wilson Fisk in order to gain access to the elevators. It turns out to be super-easy, barely an inconvenience because all the waiters are dressed in Spider-Man masks. So, they don't have to hide their costumes, Peter B. just adding a necktie to his. Peni and SP//dr serve as a bus table since they don't have suits; Spider-Ham doesn't appear in the scene, but an as-of-yet unreleased deleted scene shows that he was hiding inside the cloche.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In Miles' universe, there are similarly named products to those of our world in this movie, including a cola beverage called "Koca-Soda" taking the place of Coca-Cola and a version of FedEx called "RedEx". Funnily enough, even the NYPD, a law enforcement entity, gets this treatment too, as its letters are switched around to PDNY. The MTA logos on subways are also adjusted to just say "TRAIN" despite using the same automatic announcements used by the MTA in real life.
    • Further shown with the second trailer, where a Coca-Cola sign briefly appearsnote  before switching to the same Koca-Soda sign from the first trailernote , with the NYPD receiving the same exact treatment. As well, the comic Ganke is reading in said trailer is called "Imagine That...", done in a similar manner as Marvel's own What If?.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The Prowler gets shot by Kingpin but you don't see any blood or bullet wounds, even after he dies from presumably bleeding out.
  • Bond One-Liner: After taking down Scorpion, Spider-Ham asks sarcastically, "Did that feel like a cartoon?" before Blowing a Raspberry.
  • Boring, but Practical: Web-swinging to Alchemax would definitely be more fun, but taking the bus makes the trip easier.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: When the Spider-Gang plans to use the Super-Collider to go back home, Miles argues that he should go along and destroy it he's from this universe, and if anyone else does it they will have to stay behind and eventually die from cellular disintegration. He points out, this is his city, his Spider-Man made him promise to destroy the Super-Collider, and thus it's his responsibility. The Spider-Gang counters that Miles is inexperienced, he doesn't have control over his powers or the endurance to get back up after being knocked down, and he doesn't have a low profile. They point out that currently he is more of a liability to the mission than an asset.
  • Bound and Gagged: Peter B. webs Miles to his dorm room chair and webs his mouth to keep him from following the Spider-Gang. After Miles' dad comes and gives him a heart-to-heart, Miles finds the strength to free himself.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Noir is fascinated by a Rubik's Cube implicitly because it's a very colorful object he wouldn't see in his Deliberately Monochrome universe. When he returns home, he brings it with him and is seen completing it and showing it off to denizens of his universe like it was the holy grail.
    • When it's revealed that the name of the head scientist at Alchemax is actually Olivia Octavius, Peter asks if he can assume her friends call her Doc Ock, to which she replies that her friends actually call her "Liv", only her enemies call her Doc Ock. Later, during the fight at Aunt May's house, Aunt May exasperatedly exclaims "Oh great, it's Liv," when she arrives.
    • In the opening montage, the Peter Parker of Miles' universe mentions that one of his many endeavors over his career was making a Christmas album. This one-off joke gets a payoff when he sings "Spidey Bells" over the last part of the credits.
    • When Miles and Peter B. first suit up together, Miles decides to wear a cape on his own costume, which Peter B. tears off and tells him that Spider-Man doesn't wear a cape. When they end up in Miles's Peter's hideout, Miles sees that his Peter had a costume with a cape on it and smugly points it out to Peter B.
    • In the beginning, Jeff comments on the various stickers Miles has plastered throughout the city that he's found and made Miles remove. The ending has Miles place a sticker on the statue head on top of a building, commenting it's a place where his dad will never find it.
  • Broad Strokes: The Peter from Miles' universe and the primary alternate Peter seem to have followed roughly the same course as the Raimi-verse Spider-Man, with highlights such as the upside-down kiss with MJ, saving MJ from a flying car in a restaurant, and stopping a runaway subway train. One of the most notable deviations (aside from the flying car being punched) is that Peter's webshooters are mechanical, rather than organic.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Played for Laughs. The Peter Parker from Miles' universe was a charismatic 26-year-old in a happy marriage, and his heroism made a gigantic impression on Miles. The alternate Peter Parker who takes Miles as his apprentice is still a brave, and capable superhero, but he's also a 39-year-old, cynical, unkempt, out-of-shape, divorced, and largely impoverished loser in every other aspect of his life, which carries into his attitude towards Miles and plays in stark contrast to the hero Miles originally looked up to. Both Miles, and later Spider-Gwen, are less than impressed with him:
      Miles Morales: How'd I get stuck with the janky, broke, old, hobo Spider-Man?
    • Later Played for Drama with Uncle Aaron, after Miles learns he's The Prowler. It's more like Freak Out Pedestal, because Miles is too shocked and scared to register the "broken" part.
  • Call-Back: Several throughout the film...
    • "Don't watch the mouth, watch the hands."
    • "Well, Einstein says time is relative."
    • At one point in the film, Miles' dad makes him say "I love you." in front of the entire school. Later on, Miles (as Spider-Man) tells his dad that he loves him. Jefferson chuckles for a bit before going "Wait, what?"
    • Going to Alchemax, Peter and Miles take the bus instead of web-swinging out of practicality. Later, when the alternate Spiders are off to destroy the Super-Collider, they take the bus for half the trip before properly web-swinging there.
    • Peter B. sticks to the ceiling and holds Miles up off the ground by the collar, demanding him to show his worth by turning invisible on command or hitting him with electricity. Miles later holds Peter in a similar position when the latter tries to sacrifice himself, allowing Miles to drop him back to his home universe while also earning Peter's approval.
    • The shoulder touch.
    • When Olivia Octavius pointedly establishes that only her friends call her "Liv". This is called back on when she breaks into Aunt May's house, who then exclaims just as pointedly, but with some exasperation, "Oh great, it's Liv", establishing some kind personal history between them that must have involved friendship.
    • "It's a leap of faith."
  • The Cameo:
    • Stan Lee sells Miles his first Spider-Man suit after Peter's death, and calls Peter a friend. He also has numerous "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" cameos throughout the film. Stan appears again in scene after the credits as the voice of J. Jonah Jameson.
    • In a surprise cameo, Oscar Isaac as Miguel O'Hara, better known as Spider-Man 2099.
  • Camera Abuse:
    • When Miles makes graffiti with spray paint, some of the paint gets splattered on the screen.
    • When Peter takes a bite from his burger, some of the sauce in it splashes on the screen.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: There's nary a reused character model to be seen among the citizens of Miles' New York, with not only the faces but also the physical builds of almost everyone being completely unique and distinctive. The Spider-Gang takes this Up to Eleven, with each of them having not only a totally distinct costume, but three of them even having a unique art style:
  • Celebrity Paradox: There are a few blink-and-you-miss it shots in Times Square of a billboard for Hi, Hello, a Broadway comedy that starring John Mulaney, and Mulaney provides the voice for Spider-Ham. It’s also a nod to Mulaney’s real-life Broadway show Oh, Hello.
  • Central Theme: Anyone can be Spider-Man. A 26-year-old grad student from Queens, a 39-year-old divorcee, a teenage girl, a 1930s Hardboiled Detective, a 32nd-century Japanese Gadgeteer Genius, a cartoon pig, or an Afro-Latino boy from Brooklyn. No one can tell you whether you can or can't be a hero: as long as you believe you can be a hero, you can be.
    Peter Parker: That's all it is, Miles, a leap of faith.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: One of Miles' classes that we actually see is a video lecture about — naturally — the quantic theory of Alternate Universes, given by one Olivia Octavius. Guess what, this study matter is going to be important later, and Miles even mentions the video directly.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Earlier in the film, Miles tells Aaron about "Gwanda", to which his uncle encourages him to try and win her over by touching her shoulder and giving a seductive "hey." After Aaron is killed by Kingpin and Miles faces off against him in the Super-Collider room, Miles honors his late Uncle by using the shoulder touch on Kingpin, only to blast him with a bolt of electricity (complete with "hey").
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The quirky female scientist we see giving a Chekhov's Lecture in a video during Miles' Physics class happens to be more important than you'd guess at first glance. Not only is she the head of the Alchemax laboratory visited later by Miles and Peter, but she's also this universe's version of Doctor Octopus.
  • Co-Dragons: The Kingpin has an entire cadre of supervillains doing his bidding, but Prowler and Doctor Octopus seem to have special prominence.
  • Cold Equation: The Spiders' calculations when they write Miles off: five Spiders need to go home to live, but one needs to stay behind and destroy the Super-Collider or everyone dies, so someone has to make a Heroic Sacrifice. Naturally, all of them volunteer to stay behind immediately; they are superheroes, after all!
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Invoked several times; only natural, given that it's something of a Central Theme of the Spider-Man canon:
    • An archive audio recording of Cliff Robertson's reciting of the line appears in the prologue retelling the origin of Miles' universe's Peter.
    • While bemoaning Spider-Man's vigilantism on the way to Brooklyn Visions Academy, Jefferson mangles it as "with great ability comes great accountability"; Miles then lampshades that this is not how the phrase goes.
    • Miles tries to invoke it on Peter B. when trying to convince him to help train him, but Peter B. cuts him off halfway and tells him not to finish the sentence as he's "sick of it", an early sign that this Peter is very different from his own.
    • When trying to convince the other Spiders that he is the one who must shut off the Super-Collider and send them home, Miles states that he made a promise to his universe's Peter, that it is his home and family at stake and thus his responsibility. They are still skeptical, though.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
    • Spider-Gwen doesn't even bother with an alias when she meets Miles and Peter; she simply tells them her real name. She does refer to herself as a "Spider-Woman", though.
    • The words "Spider-Ham", "SP//dr", and "Spider-Man Noir" only appear in the comic book overlays. They are all referred to as their real names or pronouns.
    • Tombstone is only referred to as such once, and even then it's hard to hear because Kingpin is out of focus when talking to him. People who know him from other media and the comics will clearly recognize him, though.
  • Comic Books Are Real: The original Spider-Man of Miles' universe officially licensed his life story for an in-universe comic book series — which is represented by actual early Spider-Man comics. It presumably has enough differences (such as changing his hair color and name) to keep his identity and such secret. The theme song of Spider-Man (1967) is also referenced, implying that the cartoon exists in some form as well.
  • Computer Equals Monitor: When Miles decides to grab Olivia's whole computer to sort out later the data they need, he needlessly picks up the monitor too. Peter, more savvy, tells Miles to ditch it, as they only need the central unit.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Peter B. Parker's attempts at light flirtation as a distraction with Olivia go completely over her head. When his status as 'dimension hopping alternate universe version' becomes clear to her, Olivia's is successfully distracted, but purely with him being evidence of the multi-dimension theory being correct. This doesn't deter Peter from continuing to try, even as she's poking him around like a lab sample and ignoring every line he tries to throw at her.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Alchemax scientists go to lunch heavily armed, and they have tactical training. Since they're Mad Scientists in a superhero universe, this seems like a perfectly sensible precaution, even if they didn't specifically expect two superheroes to walk into their cafeteria.
  • Creation Sequence:
    • On the artistic side, we have a lengthy scene of Miles Morales painting an elaborate graffiti on a subway wall with the help of his uncle.
    • On the scientific side, Peni Parker uses the tools of her SP//dr mech to build a second version of the goober (to replace the broken one) in an extended Technology Porn sequence.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits zoom around Garry's Mod-style arrangements of duplicates of the various Spider-Gang, with psychedelic patterns in the backgrounds.
  • Creator Thumbprint: The style of the montage of Peter Parker summing up his backstory and heroics would not seem out of place in The LEGO Movie and SPA's own Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which producers Phil Lord & Chris Miller previously wrote and directed.
  • Credits Gag: Most of the credits roll has fitting music playing over it... until the end, where "Spidey Bells", one of the songs on the Christmas album mentioned early in the movie, is played until the post-credits scene starts.
  • Cringe Comedy:
    • In the beginning with most of Miles' interactions at his new school, which can be summed up with "How much can Morales humiliate himself in front of his schoolmates?", starting with his father bringing him to school in a police car and forcing his son to say "I love you..." before the other students.
    • When Miles' superpowers are starting to awaken, and he blames it at first on puberty... out loud. The cringe factor goes up when talking to Gwen and Miles' Power Incontinence leads to a Sticky Situation between the two in front of the whole school.
    • Peter B. Parker's lame attempts at trying to charm Olivia to distract her while Miles breaks into her computer and not really noticing that she's more fascinated by him being from another dimension.
    • When Peter B. Parker spots Mary Jane, he's compelled to go and talk to her, even as the rest of the Spider-Gang realizes it's a bad idea. Mary Jane, has no idea who he is, as he begins babbling like a fool while pretending to be a waiter. She asks him for more bread and he just launches into a grand apology using 'bread' as an analogy for their relationship.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: When Peter and Miles are getting chased by Alchemax scientists with laser cannons, Miles struggles to web swing and tries to run away on foot. Peter tells him that he'll just get caught if he doesn't web swing to safety and lampshades this on the way down.
    Peter: [while swinging] Everyone knows that the best way to learn is under intense, life-threatening pressure!
  • Cruel to Be Kind: When Miles volunteers to destroy the Super-Collider so that they can go home, the Spider-Gang starts challenging him to fights, and asking what he can do, because they don't want him to get killed on the mission. This backfires, however, since he ends up going to his uncle for advice and finds out Uncle Aaron is the villain trying to kill him. Realizing that Miles will come anyway, Peter B. simply resorts to tying him to a chair after telling him he's not ready for the mission.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Spider-Ham vs. Scorpion. Spider-Ham doesn't even get scratched.
    • Spider-Man Noir vs. Tombstone. Spider-Noir finishes the fight in seconds.
  • Dance Party Ending: Sort of. A moment during the Creative Closing Credits shows each Spider-person and a team of clones performing onstage, with Peter Parker(s) performing in a rock band, Spider-Man Noir as a '30s Jazz quartet, a whole troupe of Gwens dancing ballet, and so on.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's at least more serious than previous Animated Adaptations of Spider-Man (as well as previous films from Sony Pictures Animation), as it puts more emphasis on action and storytelling, rather than comedy.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart:
    • The Peter Parker of the universe Miles Morales heralds from dies within the first thirty minutes of the film. The Peter B. Parker from a different universe, however, is alive and well.
    • The Peter Parker from Spider-Gwen's universe is dead too.
    • On the opposite side, Peter B. Parker's Aunt May has died of unspecified causes (note that everyone is about 12 years older in this universe).
    • Kingpin's whole plan is to effectively bring back his wife and son from the dead by replacing them with their equivalents from another universe.
  • Death by Origin Story: Apparently, one of the earliest lessons every member of the Spider-Gang learns is that they can't save everyone. Peter's uncle Ben, Gwen's best friend, Peni's father, and Spider-Man Noir's uncle Benjamin all fell victim to this trope, as do Miles' version of Peter Parker and his uncle.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Gwen says in her intro that she quit doing the "friends" thing when she got her best friend Peter killed after fighting him as her universe's Lizard, but she warms up to Miles over the course of the movie. The last shot of her after getting back to Earth-65 is her looking fondly at a selfie she and Miles took.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Spider-Man Noir is in black and white even after coming to a universe shown with color. In fact, his universe literally does not have color, making differently colored objects (like a Rubik's Cube) both confusing and novel.
  • Determinator: Hammered home as one of the key aspects that makes any Spider-Man a Spider-Man. "Don't worry, I always get back up." This is true both literally and metaphorically.
  • Different World, Different Movies: We see posters for a Shaun of the Dead sequel, a Clone High movie and a parody of Bridesmaids.
  • Discontinuity Nod: Peter rather ashamedly refers to his infamous street dance from Spider-Man 3.
    Peter: And, uh... I did this. We don't really talk about this.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Used when Peter encounters Alchemax's head scientist.
    Peter: Do your friends call you Doc Ock?
    Olivia: Actually, my friends call me Liv. My enemies call me Doctor Octopus.
  • Divorce Is Temporary: After returning to his home dimension, Peter B. visits Mary Jane, hoping to reconcile. Judging from the expression on her face, she's at least willing to hear him out.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Miles' powers activating leads to him growing several inches overnight, sweating profusely, and, after some Power Incontinence, getting his palm covered in hair. He even dismisses all of these effects as "a puberty thing."
  • Doppelganger Gets Same Sentiment:
    • Peter B. Parker ends up meeting with the Aunt May of Miles' universe, which causes both to stare in shock because the other's counterpart in their universe is dead. However, May already knows what's going on, as she's already met three of Peter's other alternate selves.
    • Peter B. also meets the same universe's version of Mary Jane. He married but divorced his own Mary Jane over whether or not to have kids, and his side of the conversion is clearly a poorly-disguised apology. It confuses the hell out of her, as she thinks Peter is just a waiter, but shows Peter is ready to tell the same to his own Mary Jane once he gets back.
  • Double Meaning: Peter's advice from the second trailer of "What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man" can be taken to mean that, of course, the powers that set every Spider-Man apart from the rest of humanity is what makes them Spider-Men... or that Miles' own unique differences from other Spider-Men are what will define how he lives up to the legacy.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: Inverted — Miles bombs a true-or-false test in the hopes of being kicked out of school, but his teacher points out that the odds of getting every question wrong on such an exam is so statistically unlikely he had to know the actual answers and intentionally choose the opposite. She gives him a perfect score instead.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Those familiar with the comic will know the Prowler is Miles' uncle long before the reveal.
    • Similarly, some audience members will quickly realize that "Gwanda" is clearly Spider-Gwen. Which makes the question for the ones who figured it out before the reveal not "Who is she?" but "How is she already here?" and "What does she want with Miles?"
  • Dramatic Wind: Spider-Man Noir is introduced with his trench coat blowing in the wind.
    Peter B.: Where is the wind coming from? We're in a basement.
    Spider-Noir: Where I go, the wind follows... and the wind? It smells like rain.
  • Drone of Dread: Central to Prowler's leitmotif and symbolic of Miles' feelings over Taking Up the Mantle of Spider-Man putting him in the sights of people who want him dead.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The Peter of Miles' universe has one underneath Aunt May's shed, accessed by an elevator, where he keeps alternate costumes, a computer, lab, and diagrams of criminal connections. Peter B. is noticeably jealous of this, as his base back home just consists of the garden shed itself.
  • Eldritch Location: Due to the Super-Collider causing universes to collide, the final battle takes place in what can only be described as a psychedelic, constantly swirling and shifting mass of cityscapes.
  • Epigraph: In the mid-credits, there is one from the late Stan Lee: "That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed with Liv, but part of the reason she wants more time is that she says that the device as is could destroy the city. She still goes through with fixing the Super-Collider, though.
  • Evil Uncle: Miles' uncle goes after both him and Peter as the Prowler in this film. Then he realizes who the kid he's been chasing is, and is — quite understandably — horrified that he almost killed his nephew.
  • Expressive Mask: All of the Spider-Gang have this going on with their suits. Spider-Ham goes a step further by having mask expressions on both his eyes and nostrils.
  • Faceless Masses: Background characters are sometimes blurred out of focus in crowd scenes when their expressions are irrelevant to the events of the scene.
  • Face Palm:
    • As Miles attempts to unstick himself from the ceiling by singing "Sunflower", Peter B. initiates a double facepalm that rivals those of Jean-Luc Picard.
      Peter B.: Teenagers are just the worst.
    • Gwen has her palm firmly stuck to her face while watching Peter B. makes a fool of himself before this universe's Mary Jane (who believes he's just a waiter).
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Uniquely zig-zagged in this film. It's played straight with the Alchemax scientist mooks, who fire laser guns that don't seem to do lethal damage. Yet, tragically averted when Kingpin fatally shoots Miles' Uncle Aaron.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • All of the members of the Spider-Gang have an inherent flaw with their I Work Alone habit. While they do team up to infiltrate Kingpin's place to get to the Super-Collider, they don't want to get anyone else involved because they don't want to lose the people they care about. Working with Miles helps them overcome that, because Miles insists on helping.
    • For Miles, it's his Deer in the Headlights approach to life and avoiding things that seem challenging. At Brooklyn Visions, he tries to deliberately fail out because he'd rather be at his old school with his friends than take the opportunity for a better education; a teacher catches on, calls him out for it, and tells him he can do better if he knows what he wants in life. When he gets his powers, he freezes up on seeing Spider-Man fighting Goblin and is no help, resorting to reading comics to learning the ropes. He finally overcomes this in the climax when he makes the decision to fight his way.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The Alchemax scientists chase after Peter and Miles for trespassing... and, as one scientist shouts, because Peter stole a bagel from the cafeteria.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • Olivia's office at Alchemax features several prototype tentacles, about two minutes before it's revealed that she's this universe's Doc Ock.
    • If you pay attention, the crack in Spider-Man's mask after the Super-Collider incident shows he has blue eyes, which indicates he doesn't look like the regular Spidey.
    • During his escape from Alchemax, Miles bumps into Gwen in a lab coat (though he doesn't recognize her). Later, when he and Peter are running through the woods, you can see (if you really peer in the back) a figure in white taking out some of the scientists.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Several characters experience or are stuck in various stages:
    • Kingpin is stuck between Anger and Bargaining. He's furious with Spider-Man and takes his anger out on them for the loss of his family, but also desperately trying to get replacements to his lost wife and son, no matter what the consequences.
    • Peter B. spends most of the film in the Depression stage over the loss of Aunt May and divorce from MJ, with some aspects of Denial (generally refusing to address or act on his feelings). Finally moves into Acceptance for Aunt May, though tries to reconcile and make things work with MJ again.
    • Miles goes through Depression and Bargaining after his uncle's death. He first is understandably heartbroken and distraught after it happens, then moves into anger (demanding the Spiders let him 'make Kingpin pay'). It isn't until he reaches Acceptance that he's finally able to control his powers and become Spider-Man properly.
    • Most of the Spiders are in Acceptance over the loss of one of their loved ones that motivated them. Aunt May and Mary Jane are also in this stage over Peter's death.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Each Spider-Person has their spider-sense activate when then meet another Spider-Person. This is presented to the audience when Miles and Peter first meet. The first instance is actually with "Gwanda", but since Miles just got his powers and his senses were going off all over the place, he doesn't make the connection and she actively hides it.
  • For Science!: Seemingly Olivia Octavius' only motivation for partnering with Kingpin to build the collider.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • As the Peter of Miles' universe goes over his backstory at the start of the film, he has distinctly blond hair, letting audiences know that this universe isn't exactly what we're familiar with.
    • When Peter learns the head scientist of Alchemax is not the sinister guy in glasses, but a hippie-looking middle-aged woman, he admits he needs to re-examine his preconceptions. Turns out the woman is also the dimension's version of Doctor Octopus.
    • When Miles accidentally starts sticking to Gwen's hair with his new powers and can't unstick, she tells him that he needs to relax. It's the same advice that Peter gives him later, cluing you in that Gwen is an alternate universe Spider-person. Also, "Gwanda" doesn't bother changing out of her ballet shoes.
    • When introducing herself to Miles, Gwen tells Miles she's from South Africa. This is obviously not true, but she definitely isn't from New York, at least not this New York.
    • Aaron mentions he worked on a construction job near the subway at some point. This foreshadows his involvement in Fisk's Super-Collider project, which was being constructed just a few tunnels away.
    • Two for the "Bicycle Lady": during the video shown in Miles' class, we can see early on that her name is "Olivia O-", with the majority of her last name blocked by Miles. Couple that with her octagonal glasses frames, and the aforementioned tentacles seen in her lab, and an eagle-eyed viewer can easily guess her identity early on.
    • The inclusion of Alchemax, instead of more well-known corporations of the Spider-Man mythos like Oscorp or Roxxon, teases the appearance of Miguel O'Hara (aka Spider-Man 2099) in the post-credits scene.
    • When Miles calls his Uncle Aaron and tells him "See you soon", it immediately cuts to Prowler watching him.
    • Sharp-eyed viewers will notice how The Prowler and Uncle Aaron share the same distinctively tall, lanky silhouette. Additionally, above his couch Uncle Aaron literally has a painting of a panther with the word PROWLER.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Miles is looking at a dead genetically-altered spider, it briefly phases into a green version with the Alchemax logo on it.
    • The comic-style intros for each Spider-person credit their original creators on the cover.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: Being a Sony-produced film with scenes lifted from it, Peter B.'s tragic tale can be seen as one for the Spider-Man Trilogy, especially as it makes use of some plot points from the scrapped fourth movie.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • While the Spider-Gang is crawling on the wall trying to avoid Ganke's line of sight, you can see Peni getting really red in the face as she's squeezed between Miles and Gwen.
    • When Peter and Miles flee from Alchemax, Miles throws away the bagel Peter stole. It hits one of the scientists chasing them square in the face. Bonus points in that the sound effect drawn in-panel at the moment of impact is "BAGEL!!!"
  • Fun with Subtitles: In the form of song lyrics from the music video of "Sunflower".
  • Genre Refugee: The first few Spider-Men (and -Woman) introduced all still belong to the superhero comics genre; this, however, stops being the case with the last three:
    • Spider-Man Noir is an escapee from the Film Noir.
    • Peni Parker and SP//dr are not only Animesque but from a Cyber Punk future.
    • Peter Porker a.k.a. Spider-Ham is a Toon (and proud of it).
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Miles starts to read Spider-Man comics that were released in his world for how to start controlling his powers. It takes a while, however, because he's still a kid, and his powers aren't controllable yet.
    • Spider-Ham is also fully aware that he's a "cartoon animal" and uses the toon physics to his advantage in a fight, which makes him dangerous.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Due to his Power Incontinence, Miles' hand becomes stuck to Gwen's hair and she is forced to cut parts of her hair off, Miles leaving the room with hair still stuck to his hand.
  • Gilligan Cut: The Spider-Gang are trying to figure out how to infiltrate Kingpin's gala and notice that the waiters are all wearing Spider-Man masks.
    Spider-Noir: This can't be that easy.
    [cut to them wearing bowties walking around the party]
    Spider-Noir: It's that easy.
  • Glass Smack and Slide: When Miles Morales and an unconscious Peter B. Parker are dragged across New York by a stray webline stuck to a tramway, at one point they smack against the window of an eatery and are dragged in slow motion with the usual sound — with Peter's face stuck inside a snowman's head flattened against the glass, to boot. Yes, It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Hell Is That Noise: A hellish, animalistic screech accompanies The Prowler whenever he's on screen. And sometimes when he's not.
  • History Repeats: Much like Peter, Miles' uncle is shot dead, one of the events that pushes him to take up the Spider-Man mantle. Coincidentally, Aaron is also shot at the Parker household.
  • Hope Spot: A tiny one emerges when Peter B. is caught when the head scientist enters their office and doesn't call for security or even freak out. Peter B. tries to keep her distracted and she seems reasonable enough, just being curious about this alternate universe Spider-Man. Then she straps him in a chair and says she can't wait to see him disintegrate from being in this dimension for too long. As Peter B. nervously asks for her name, she reveals she's Olivia Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus.
  • How Do I Shot Web?:
    • After gaining his spider powers, Miles has trouble unsticking his hands from things, including Gwen's hair, which requires them to go to the nurse's office to shave part of her hair off to get them unstuck.
    • In the forest, Miles has a lot of trouble learning how to swing with Peter's web shooters. He eventually gets the hang of it after a few minutes, with Peter telling him "you're a natural".
    • Miles has the power to turn invisible and can release an electric venom blast, but, at first, he can't control either ability, only able to trigger them while under stress. His lack of control over his powers is one of the reasons the Spider-Gang decides he should not accompany them to the Super-Collider as his inexperience is likely to get him killed.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: The trope is in full play for every member of the Spider-Gang. It becomes the common bond each member shares with the others. Ironically, in none of the multiverses does that universe's version of Gwen Stacy seem to have died.
    • All three Peter Parkers lost their respective Uncle Bens; Peter and Peter B. from a random thug that they could have stopped earlier that day, and Noir from the mob.
    • For Gwen, it was her best friend, her Peter Parker, who she was actively involved in the death of by fighting him too hard while he was the Lizard.
    • For Miles, it's two-fold; he witnesses his Spider-Man's death while helplessly watching from a scaffold, and then his uncle dies when refusing Kingpin's orders to kill him.
    • Peni Parker lost her father, the previous SP//dr who died while on duty.
    • While we never learn the specific loss of Spider-Ham, he sadly and poignantly sums up the trope for Miles when he tells him that the downside of being a Spider-Man is "you can't always save everybody."
  • I Meant to Do That: Miles, showing off to the neighborhood as the new Spider-Man, briefly fails to stick onto a building, causing him to fall off. He recovers and says that he did it on purpose.
  • Implausible Deniability:
    • A variation from when Miles is confronted by a security guard who noticed that he had snuck out the previous night:
      Guard: I know you snuck out last night, Morales.
      Miles: [thinking] Play dumb. [out loud] Who's Morales? [thinking] Not that dumb!
    • He doesn't exactly deny it, but Peter B. pretends he isn't Spider-Man while dressed in full costume and in plain view.
      Alchemax employee: ... Spider-Man?
      Peter: You know? It's funny, I get that a lot.
  • Insistent Terminology: Any gadget designed to stop whatever doomsday machine is about to destroy the world is always referred to as a "goober" by Spider-Man for convenience, regardless of which dimension he's from/in. Even Aunt May calls the broken USB drive Miles is holding a goober. In the stinger, Spider-Man 2099 also calls his new wrist gadget a goober, much to the annoyance of his A.I. assistant Lyla, who insists that it be called a "gizmo" instead.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Tying into the overall theme of being unique and not letting anyone else define you, Miles deliberately sends all of the alternate Spiders back to their own universe before having a final extended confrontation with Fisk by himself.
  • Intra-Franchise Crossover: Just like in Spider-Verse, the movie is about Spider-Men from different universes fighting together against an enemy in common and struggling to get back to their own dimensions.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • When Miles buys a Spider-man costume to honor the Peter from his universe, the shop owner — Stan Lee! — tells him "it always fits, eventually." Later, when Miles returns to the Spider-Lair to prepare to join the other Spideys in stopping Kingpin, Aunt May gives him a set of web-spinners and tells him "they fit perfectly" with a smile and a wink.
    • After Miles' first interaction with Wilson Fisk, he goes home where his mother tells him "[We] never run away." Later, Aaron tells Fisk "You know me; I won't ever quit," after Miles finds out his identity.
  • The Juggernaut: When The Kingpin gets his hands dirty and fights Miles directly he becomes this, taking every hit without flinching, showing toughness better than both Tombstone and Scorpion who are dealt with handily by Noir and Spider-Ham. Until he gets hit with the Venom Shock attack.
  • Jumped at the Call: After a very short period of trepidation, Miles wants to run headfirst into being Spider-Man, and demands that Peter B. train him. But when the other Spiders realize that he has no control over his powers yet, they have to tie him up to keep him from following them to the final battle.
  • Kirby Dots: The energy emitted by the Super-Collider, and thus the portal between the worlds, is represented with interlocked dots of various colors. They are everywhere in scenes taking place when said Super-Collider is activated.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: All of the Alchemax scientists, but specifically the head scientist, Olivia, who drops her labcoat to the floor dramatically on her reveal as being the supervillain, Doctor Octopus.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In his attempt to convince Peter to start mentoring him, Miles starts to recite the "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility" mantra. Peter cuts him off and tells him he's sick of hearing that phrase. This is a common real-life criticism due to the number of Spider-Man reboots in such a short time frame.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • The official trailer ends with Miles asking how many more Spider-People are gonna show up, to which Peter tells him to save his questions for Comic-Con. The trailer was released about a month before the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, which revealed Spider-Ham, Spider-Noir, and SP//dr.
    • As an apparent side effect of gaining spider-powers, Miles' thoughts are now much louder and shown by onscreen comic-book-style narration boxes. One scene has him double-taking to look at some other students behind him, apparently looking at the box that just popped up over them.
    • Peter introduces himself to the audience in a narration... then tells them they probably already know what his story is.
    • Spider-Man Noir regularly leans into meta commentary of the pulp fiction tropes that make up his life. He also apparently can't even comprehend the various colors of a Rubik's Cube, coming from a completely two-tone world.
    • In general, everyone seems to be sick of recounting their Superhero Origin, referencing how many adaptations Spider-Man has already gone through and have already told the "bitten by a spider" story.
    • Before returning to his dimension, Spider-Ham says, "That's all, folks," prompting Peter to ask, "Can he say that? You know, legally?"note 
    • In the post-credits sequence, Spidey 2099 says he was "gone for less than two hours" while Lyla monitored the events of the film's climax. The movie is a hair shy of two hours.
  • Limited Animation: Played with in many ways throughout the film for artistic effect.
    • The animation itself is gorgeous — it's just accompanied with an intentionally low framerate to give the movie a "Comic Book" style of visuals.
    • Peni Parker's movements and speech pattern are intentionally rendered Animesque, complete with limited amounts of lip movement that don't match how she's speaking.
    • Played for Laughs in The Stinger, which is animated in the same style as the '60s Spider-Man cartoon.
  • Logo Joke:
    • The first trailer has the Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Marvel logos colored dark red and set against a black background, the colors of Miles Morales' Spider-Man suit. The second trailer has the more traditional blue/red Spidey colors.
    • The film itself opens with the various production and sponsorship logos glitching out and undergoing Reality Bleed, showing what they look like in different universes, with the Columbia Pictures glitches including past versions of the logo. The Sony logo is also tagged with one of Miles' pieces of graffiti art. Alongside the production logos is a stamp of "approval" from the long-gone Comics Code.
  • MacGuffin: Parodied — Peter has dealt with so many thingies he needs to save the day that he just calls them "goobers". The USB drive Spider-Man prime created to destroy the Super-Collider is the main goober, but it gets destroyed mid-way by Miles accidentally falling on it. In turn, this makes the head scientist of Alchemax lab's personal computer the new MacGuffin mid-movie, as the data it contains is needed to create a new goober.
  • Meaningful Echo: Early in the film, Aaron advises Miles on picking up chicks, telling him to put his hand on Gwen's shoulder and say in a smooth voice, "Hey." During the final battle, Miles puts his hand on Kingpin's shoulder and says "Hey." right before shocking him, defeating him and avenging his uncle.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: Peter's description of his "so-so popsicle" is accompanied by an actual photo of the popsicle in question, which is rather deformed and partially melted.
  • Mentor Archetype: Peter Parker serves as one to Miles Morales. Both of them.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Jefferson sees Miles, who's in a Spider-Man costume, lying next to the corpse of Aaron Davis after he died from the gunshot wound inflicted by Kingpin, and mistakes him for being Aaron's murderer. He later comes to his sense in the ending, though, and realizes that Spider-Man wasn't responsible for his brother's death.
  • Mood Whiplash: In Peter B. Parker's introduction sequence, Peter starts narrating his life story normally, showing montages of Spider-Man fighting bad guys and kissing Mary Jane. The montage then suddenly shows Peter going broke because of a failed investment, visiting Aunt May's grave, signing divorce papers with Mary Jane, moving in a shabby apartment, and crying in the shower in full Spider-Man costume, all while he is still narrating in the background without missing a beat.
  • The Multiverse: The very first mainstream cinematic superhero movie to openly play with this concept. Miles' universe is identified on-screen as Earth-1610, the same as his comic book counterpart's original setting even if the portrayal and depiction is otherwise entirely original and has nothing to do with Ultimate Marvel. note  Venom's post-credits ending mentions that both movies are happening at the same time in their respective different universes.
  • Mythology Gag: Everywhere in the movie, thus they have their own subpage.
  • Namedar:
    • Miles refers to Prowler and Kingpin by those names without any clear source. The latter is especially odd, as it's implied Kingpin has hid his crimes from the general public, Miles included. Though, the fact that Miles witnessed him murdering Peter might have tipped him off that there was something behind the rumors.
    • Peter immediately knows what Miles' electroshock ability is called (Venom Strike), even though it doesn't involve venom.
  • Never My Fault: In Kingpin's backstory, the reason he loses his family is because they walked in on him savagely beating Spider-Man, which absolutely horrified them and caused them to run away, resulting in a fatal car accident. Of course, Kingpin blames Spidey for this.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • It could be readily assumed that the alternate universe Peter Parker seen in the trailers is the only Peter we're going to see other than Noir. In reality, the original Spider-Man of Miles' universe appear as a Decoy Protagonist who gives the opening narration and dies in the first act. Jake Johnson even recorded extra dialogue for the trailers to disguise the fact that the Peter from Miles' universe appears and is voiced by Chris Pine.
    • The Brazilian trailer has Peter B. Parker being voiced by Manolo Rey, who also voiced Spider-Man in the Raimi trilogy. However, in the movie itself, Manolo only voices the Spider-Man from Miles' universe.
    • Trailer scenes like Peter B. Parker teaching Miles to "save one person" as opposed to "save the world" and generally acting like an Older and Wiser type would indicate that the movie would be The Karate Kid meets Spider-Man, with a good chunk focused on Peter mentoring Miles on how to use his powers. This is the opposite of Peter B.'s character, as in the film proper he's too jaded to do any heroism, much less tutoring, until the stakes of the matter become more apparent. While the movie certainly features Peter mentoring Miles, any instance of him teaching him the ropes is ultimately due to circumstances and Miles butting into his attempts to find a way home. Really only one scene has him teach Miles how to web-sling, and Miles later realizes that besides some practicalities nobody can teach him how to be Spider-Man but himself.
    • Zig-zagged in that the trailers state that if Kingpin's plan goes through, all of the various universes will be destroyed. However, in the actual movie, the stated threat is the multiverse device opening a black hole, which would destroy the planet, but not the entire universe and much less any other universe. However, the events in the stinger then reaffirm that the multiverse had, in fact, almost collapsed due to the events of the finale.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Several of the alternate Spider-People have different designs reflecting the universe they come from.
  • Noodle Incident: It's implied that Aunt May and Olivia have met before as May specifically calls her "Liv" with a bit of exasperation and disgust. It's unclear if this also implies they have some kind of "failed friendship" scenario, since Olivia says only her friends call her that or if May is just being antagonistic since she just broke down her door.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We never see the conclusion of the battle at Aunt May's house, but it's clear the Spider-Gang was able to drive off Kingpin's minions.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: When Kingpin's Super-Collider is turned on, New York City experiences some... funky consequences. The alternate universe Spider-Gang also experience this repeatedly, a sign that staying too long in a foreign universe will cause cellular disintegration. The radioactive spider that bites Miles and gives him powers also has this, implying that it too came from another universe.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Miles experiences a personal tragedy, all of the Spiders, who went Drill Sergeant Nasty on him the first time they met to show he was not ready to handle a field mission, comfort him by detailing their own personal tragedies. Spider-Ham, in particular tells Miles, with the utmost seriousness, the harsh truth about being a hero.
    Spider-Ham: [tearfully] Miles, the hardest thing about this job is... you can't always save everybody.
  • Painting the Medium: After Miles gets bitten by the spider imbuing him with powers, the movie becomes even more like a comic book, with dialogue boxes narrating Miles' thoughts, onomatopoeia, and wavy lines indicating that Spider Senses are tingling.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • While Peter B. starts out as very dismissive of Miles, he quickly becomes attached to him over the course of the movie, awakening his suppressed paternal instinct.
    • Spider-Noir and Spider-Ham work together to protect Peni when Scorpion gets the upper hand and begins to thrash her robot. Spider-Noir then carries her protectively.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love:
    • Peter B. tells Miles he loves him when the latter finally joins the climactic fight against the Kingpin. This leads to a funny moment when he wonders aloud if this means he actually wants kids now.
    • Spider-Noir tells the other Spiders he loves them before returning to his own dimension.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The original Spider-Verse is a typically comic-book, sprawling storyline that benefits from pre-established knowledge of Spider-Man mythos and comics lore. The movie relegates all that to Mythology Gags for those who already know and to cultivate curiosity, but it's primarily intended as a vehicle to introduce Miles Morales, a character who was actually a small part of the event, but is celebrated for being Spider-Man's most famous Legacy Character.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Before going to town on Scorpion, Spider-Ham gives a rather offended-sounding "You got a problem with cartoons?" when the villain laughs at him.
  • Precision F-Strike: "What the hell!" Kingpin also describes the Super-Collider as "a hell of a freakin' light show".
  • Production Foreshadowing: Well before the first trailers came out, a Marvel Legends wave of Spider-Man-centric figures included classic characters like Doc Ock, and a Build-a-Figure of something much more recent... SP//dr (in its comic appearance, since this time a proper figure line for this movie, including movie-appearance SP//dr, was later released.)
  • Product Placement:
    • Alternate universe Peter Parker passes by a Coca-Cola board in his dimension. Amusingly, the same thing is a "Koca-Soda" board in Miles' universe.
    • Additionally, Miles wears Sony branded headphones.
    • Miles prominently wears Nike Air Jordan 1's throughout the entire movie, with Nike dropping a limited run of Spiderverse-themed AJ1s timed to coincide with the release. More subtly, Peter B. Parker also wears Converse for a large portion of the movie, a Nike sub-brand.
  • Punny Name: The older Peter from another universe introduces himself as "Peter B. Parker". Since the first Peter that Miles encounters has been killed (i.e. "Peter A"), Miles is left to learn from this one, "Peter B."
  • Reality Bleed: Fisk's Super-Collider is what brings Peter Parker into this universe, along with the other Spider-People, and its continued operation threatens to destroy Brooklyn. Its activation mashes up landmarks that are on the same spot; a corner streetlight becomes fused with other street lights and a lot of variously colored fire hydrants, piling up into a vaguely Christmas-tree-like shape.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Miles attempts to get kicked out of Visions, he purposely fails a true-false test by getting every question wrong. The teacher point out that just blindly guessing would still get some of the answers correct by random chance, and the only way to get every question wrong is to know the correct answers. The teacher then changes Miles' score from 0 to 100 to let him know that his plan isn't going to work.
    • Spider-Ham uses Toon Physics; Scorpion does not. When Spider-Ham hits Scorpion on the head with an anvil and a mallet, Scorpion feels the real effects of those impacts.
    • Miles' habit of not tying his shoelaces comes back to bite him when he trips over them on a roof and falls over the edge.
    • Miles manages to login to a computer with the information he and Peter need, only to find that the files are so disorganized that it would take a long time to find the right one. Miles decides to just steal both the computer and the monitor so they can search through it later. During the ensuing chase scene, Peter points out that they don't need the monitor and tosses it aside.
    • Miles believes that with the distance to the Alchemax Lab, it would be the perfect opportunity for Peter to teach him how to web-swing; Peter laughs at him, and they instead take the bus. As Peter points out, it's wasted effort to web-swing from the city to the state proper, when taking the bus is easier and allows them to conserve energy.
    • The twisted reality fusion when the Super-Collider is re-fired is incredibly chaotic and dangerous, with cars, trains and buildings flying everywhere. Dr. Octopus is taken out of the fight when a train she didn't notice hits her. She may be a clever and capable villain, but without Kingpin's super-toughness or the Spider-gang's warning senses, she wouldn't last long in the reality storm.
    • After Miles sees Spider-Man die, and the Prowler tries to kill him, he has an acute shock reaction; making him jittery at school, unable to think things through, and withdrawn from his parents.
    • Miles wants to help the older and more experienced Spider-Gang take down the Super-Collider but they quickly realize that he is so new to his powers that he will be a liability in the field and will likely get hurt or killed. Because of this, Peter B. webs him to a chair to keep him from following.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles:
    • Miles is an Afro-Latino teenager and the film shows both English and Spanish being spoken in his household. However, the Spanish-language conversations between Miles and his mother Rio aren't accompanied by subtitles. This was an intentional choice by producer and co-writer Phil Lord, who wanted to accurately represent the fabric of Miles' community and family life to the audience.
    • The closest thing to subtitles that's used is the introduction of Scorpion, who speaks Spanish translated by an onscreen speech bubble, complete with brackets and a footnote explaining the translation. This alludes to the same practice in comics.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The teacher that wouldn't fail Miles because she realized he intentionally tanked the test and was trying to quit the school.
  • Recursive Canon: Miles' universe features a popular comic series called "True Life Tales of Spider-Man". The comics give Spidey a fictional alter-ego named Billy, who happens to look exactly like the 1960's version of Peter Parker (and absolutely nothing like the real Spider-Man).
  • Refuge in Audacity: While trying to escape from the Alchemax lab, Peter B. and Miles find themselves in a large cafeteria filled with Alchemax employees. They decide to "act super normal" and just walk straight through them, hoping that their extreme nonchalance will confuse the employees long enough to let them pass. It's subverted because the employees quickly recover and suddenly pull out all manner of blaster rifles and begin to chase after them.
  • Running Gag:
    • Each time a new Spider-Ma... Spider-Person is introduced, they will narrate their origins more or less the same way with the scene shift to their first comic-book appearance. And each one starts with "OK, for one last time..." in some way.
    • Someone commenting in a roundabout way how out of shape Peter B. Parker is.
    • Miles' refusal to tie his shoelaces and characters commenting about it.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The final shot of the movie is Miles in bed at home, at peace with his life... then a portal opens and we hear Gwen calling to him for one more adventure.
    • The Stinger itself teases that dimensional travel can now be voluntary, as opposed to accidental and forced by the Super-Collider, thanks to Miguel O'Hara, who is apparently trying to recruit other Spider-Men from different Earths.
  • She-Fu: Gwen's fighting style seems to feature a lot more graceful flipping and acrobatic landings than Miles and Peter. Somewhat justified, considering that she's implied to have past experience in ballet and/or gymnastics, with the ballet shoes on her costume and the way she's shown briefly swinging around a stoplight like a gymnast on the uneven bars.
  • Ship Tease: Between Miles and Gwen throughout the movie, with the writers noting that they were initially planned to get together at the end before one of the producers pushed them to make it just friendship instead. A sequel is in development that will focus on developing a romance from there, however.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: The burger meal Peter and Miles have totals at $30,000, to which Peter asks Miles for money. It's implied this is because the USD has much less purchasing power in Miles' Alternate Universe, and the bill is only an issue because Peter is broke.
  • Shout-Out: They have their own sub-page.
  • Shower of Angst: In Peter B. Parker's flashback to his past as Spider-Man, along with his Unreliable Voiceover, he notably mentions after his divorce with Mary Jane, "I handled it like a champ". Then we see Peter curled up and crying in the shower while still wearing his Spider-Man costume.
  • Silent Credits: Downplayed. While music does play over most of the credits, there is none over the dedications to Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Since the promotion was focused primarily on all the Spider-Men, very little focus was given to the villains, with Doc Ock not even being alluded to.
  • Skewed Priorities: As Peter and Miles escape Alchemax, one of the scientists can be heard shouting over the fact not that Spider-Man has infiltrated their facility — or that he's running out with one of their workstations with all sorts of potentially valuable data on it — but that he stole a bagel.
  • Small Steps Hero: Peter seems to be teaching Miles to be like this. In a scene that didn't make the theatrical cut, when Miles asks how he's supposed to save the world, Peter answers that he shouldn't focus on that but on saving one person at a time.
  • Someone Has to Die: The Spiders' conclusion after writing off Miles is that one of them is going to have to stay behind. Naturally, this being a team of superheroes, they start falling over each other to volunteer.
  • So Proud of You: Peter split up with MJ because he didn't want kids; but, during the climactic battle, he's so impressed with Miles that he considers changing his mind.
  • Spiritual Successor: Being a tongue-in-cheek (but otherwise a very affectionate) love letter to everything great and iconic about Spider-Man to the point of referencing old movies and cartoons, this movie is to the webslinger what The Lego Batman Movie was to Batman. Coincidentally, Phil Lord & Chris Miller were also producers on that film.
  • Split Screen: When a fight between heroes and villains erupts in Aunt May's living room, all she's focusing on is the damage to her house, which is illustrated by the screen being split in four, each featuring some furniture getting smashed up — and in the last one, Spider-Ham breaks a plate on his own head.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Miles attempts to get kicked out of his school by purposefully failing on a test, but it fails because the teacher is smart enough to realize that he has to know all the answers if he can get every question wrong on a true-or-false quiz, since even someone who was just guessing would have gotten at least some of the answers right just by random chance. She tricks Miles into pointing this out himself, before giving him a perfect score and asking why he would want to leave.
  • Steal the Surroundings: Miles logs into the Alchemax head scientist's computer to download the files needed shut down the Super-Collider, but he doesn't have time to locate them on the messy desktop and takes the entire computer (along with the monitor).
  • Stealth Sequel: Both the Spidey of Miles' Earth and Peter B. are, in a Broad Strokes sense, the version from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy. Peter B.'s story up until he gets sucked into Earth-1610 in particular loosely reflect some of the plot points that would have been in a potential fourth Raimi movie.
  • Sticky Situation: Miles has problems dealing with his new spider powers, as his hands repeatedly get stuck to various objects and he has no idea how to turn the "cling to walls" ability off. This leads to many humorous scenes, like him getting his hand stuck in Gwen's hair, or being unable to release from a ceiling light fixture when infiltrating Olivia's office.
  • The Stinger: Spider-Man 2099 speaks with Lyla about other dimensions. Later, he finds himself in the 1960s cartoon and gets into an argument with that universe's Spider-Man.
  • Straight to the Pointe: Spider-Gwen's superhero costume includes ballerina slippers. Naturally, she's sometimes seen doing pointe, notably when landing on a tree branch in her first costumed appearance. And the closing credits feature a whole ballet of Spider-Gwens.
  • Superhero Origin: Gets played with in this movie. Every Spider-person's gives an introduction via a comic-book-styled flashback of how they got their powers and how they came to terms with their guilt over the person(s) who died so they would understand Comes Great Responsibility. By the time we get to Gwen's, it's done with a knowing wink. When we get introduced to Peni, Noir, and Spider-Ham their origin retellings overlap to where the whole thing becomes a Deconstructive Parody. However, it's played straight — and beautifully so — at the end of the movie, when it becomes Miles' turn to tell his own origin, because it signals that he's at last ready to carry the mantle of Spider-Man.
    "Alright, let's start at the beginning one last time..."
  • Take That!:
    • The well-known Spider-Man popsicles with gumball eyes gets a jab from this film in the form of Peter Parker calling it "so-so," accompanied by a Real Life photo of a rather deformed one.
    • The opening of the movie mockingly assures us that it's approved by the The Comics Code Authority, a.k.a. the Censorship Bureau that was seriously challenged for the first time by a handful of Spider-Man issues in the early 1970s that forced the CCA lighten its stance and by 2001 Marvel had abandoned it completely. Needless to say, much of the film's content would not pass CCA restrictions. note 
  • Take Up My Sword: Much like in the original comics, Miles takes up the mantle of Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker, the original.
  • Tempting Fate: Upon meeting Spider-Noir and SP//dr, Peter says things couldn't get any weirder. In comes Spider-Ham, who answers back "It can get weirder".
  • Three-Point Landing:
    • Miles sticks one instinctively after getting hit by a taxi, to the bystanders' applause. It's the final straw that makes him acknowledge all the weirdness as powers, not puberty.
    • Peni Parker makes her grand entrance atop SP//dr in this iconic pose... while the Mini-Mecha is doing the same! (Just with the pose inverted.)
  • Toon Physics:
    • Spider-Ham has the power of cartoon physics, which he weaponizes against villains. It makes him a formidable threat.
    • During the fight in Aunt May's house, when Peni Parker goes to enter the Sp//dr mecha-armor, she easily leaps 30 feet into the air complete with multi-colored background to land dynamically in the mecha's cockpit even though the living room ceiling is barely taller than the mecha-armor
  • Training from Hell: More of a test of character, but when Gwen, Miles and Peter meet the other Spiders at the lair, they all decide to test the newbie... by kicking his ass and screaming questions to disorient him. What they want to see is if he's tough and determined enough to get back up and continue to fight regardless of the sudden pressure. However, Miles gets quickly overwhelmed, leading the Spider-Gang to conclude that he's still too new to his powers and that they should do the mission without him.
  • Triumphant Reprise: Throughout the movie, the Prowler's Drone of Dread became the musical representation of Mile's fear and anxiety. When he takes his leap of faith, "What's Up Danger" begins to play which includes Prowler's drone layered into the song. While the drone is not musically changed, the song's upbeat composition with bold lyrics about willingly being In Harm's Way starts to overshadow it. When the "Can't stop me now!" crescendo hits, the drone is completely overpowered and signifies that Miles has fully taken on the mantle of Spider-Man. By the end of the song, the drone is still there but has been beaten into submission.
  • Truer to the Text: Into the Spider-Verse is a fair bit more accurate to multiple iterations of Spider-Man on some details:
    • Its portrayal of Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen is truer than the animated series running at the time, Marvel's Spider-Man, where both are teen contemporaries of Peter. Originally, Miles was a few years younger than the still teenage Ultimate Peter Parker who briefly "died" and returned two years later as an eighteen-year-old while Miles was still fifteen while after transplanting to the 616 Universe, Miles became the teenage Spider-Man as a contrast to the adult Spider-Man of the mainline universe, who graduated from high school and college way back in issues published in the '70s. It's also truer than Spider-Man (PS4) which came out the same year, where Miles enters Peter's life after his father Jefferson died, when the comics has Miles distinguished from Peter by having a lot of family and relatives in his life.
    • While still aged-down to being a teenager rather than a college dropout, Spider-Gwen is shown to have the same backstory as her comic book counterpart, being a sardonic drummer who was pointedly not a love interest for her Peter Parker, being platonic best friends (though he may have had feelings for her).
    • Into the Spider-Verse is the first version of any cinematic Peter to show him as an adult superhero which is what the vast majority of the mainline comics has covered since 1966 (Peter graduated from high school in Issue #28 and was no longer really a teenager from around Issue #33 or so) whereas previous adaptations had emphasized Peter as either a high-schooler and college student. Both versions of Peter that we see in the film married Mary Jane Watson, who was his wife in the mainline continuity for twenty years (1987-2008) until a Cosmic Retcon, as well as a number of long-lived alternate versions (the newspaper strip, Spider-Girl, Renew Your Vows).
  • Two Girls to a Team: Of the six Spiders featured in the film, Gwen and Peni are the only girls.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Scorpion only smirks when Spider-Ham shows up to fight him. Spider-Ham then proceeds to deliver the pain — loads of it.
  • Unreliable Voiceover: Peter B. Parker's voice-over during the flashback showing his life as Spider-Man in his universe doesn't always match the scenes we see on the screen. Among other things, he pretends that he handled his divorce "like a champ", only for a cut showing him in the middle of a Shower of Angst. He also says that he kept doing half-crunches and push-ups to keep in shape afterward, while the movie shows him lazing about and gorging himself in Comfort Food, resulting in a sizable gut that is mocked throughout the film.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Spider-Gang riding the bus doesn't attract much attention, even when they're mostly wearing their outfits. Justified, as in the direct aftermath of Spider-Man's death, people wearing costumes of him in tribute is relatively common. More straightforward example is when Miles Morales tries to drag the unconscious Peter B. Parker through the streets of New York to escape the police, before both of them fall flat on a crowded crossroad and people just walk around them without batting an eyelash, nevermind noticing that one guy in a Spidey costume looks very similar to the recently deceased Spider-Man.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: Miles' first attempt at web-swinging under duress ends up with him slamming hard into a tree. He subsequently tries to flee on foot, against Peter's advice.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The Spider-Man of this world has precious few minutes of screentime, where he tries to stop Kingpin from wiping out Brooklyn with the Super-Collider, realizes Miles is hiding there and is like him, and offers to mentor him. Then he gets badly damaged and pinned to the ground under the rubble when the Super-Collider explodes, and Kingpin murders him.
  • Wham Line: The geeky-looking scientist who works for Fisk introduces herself to Peter right after she straps him to a chair... as none other than Doctor Olivia Octavius, the Earth-1610 counterpart to Otto Octavius.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The Prowler taking off his mask, revealing himself to be Aaron Davis — in other words, Miles' uncle.
    • During The Stinger, a banner popping up naming the location as Nueva York, from the Marvel 2099 comics, followed by Spider-Man 2099 putting on what appears to be a universe-jumping Web Watch from the comic book event the film is named for. Ultimately Played for Laughs, though.
  • What Have I Become?: Parodied in the "Spidey Bells" song that plays over the credits, where Peter questions going from super-heroics to holiday music albums.
    Peter: Oh, Spidey Bells, Spidey Bells ...Is this who I've become? Selling out my good name for an impulse-buy album?
  • Worf Had the Flu: Each of the alternate Spideys are capable fighters themselves but because they do not belong in Miles' dimension, their bodies often randomly 'glitches' painfully, leaving them helpless when they're in an intense battle with the bad guys in the climactic battle.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Both Peter B. and Miles have no issue with smacking around Doc Ock... mostly due to her formidable nature in battle.
  • Written Sound Effect: All over the place. Some such as "Boom!" and "Ponk" appear in appropriately comic book-style big letters in some action scenes. Others are small, such as little "THWIP"s coming out of the Spiders wrists when web-slinging in some scenes. Hilariously, at one point Miles lobs a bagel at a mook and the sound effect is "Bagel!"
  • You Are Not Alone: The overall theme of the movie is the message that anyone can be Spider-Man, or, more broadly, that anyone can be a true hero.
    • In the story itself, the other Spiders go to the traumatized Miles Morales to tell him that they are some of the only people that know exactly how he feels after his uncle dies in front of him, shortly after being revealed as a villain. Each character then talks about the people they could not save, and the pain it caused them.
    • Considering Peter's reaction to Miles being another person with spider-powers, it's implied that Peter feels alone due to nobody being able to understand the stresses of being Spider-Man. Peter sounds pretty thrilled to finally find someone "like [him]" and starts looking forward to mentoring him.
    • Near the end of the movie, there is a tribute to Stan Lee that expresses how anyone who strives to help someone else is a true superhero. The makers follow this up by thanking the recently passed away Stan Lee and Steve Ditko for showing us that we are not the only ones struggling to do good.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Played for Laughs; when the Spider-Gang are spying on Kingpin as he's making a self-aggrandizing speech at a banquet to honor Spider-Man's memory, this exchange happens.
    Spider-Gwen: What a pig!
    Spider-Ham: I'm right here!
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: When Spider-Ham exits with "That's all, folks!"
    Peter: Can he say that? You know, legally?

"Anyone can wear the mask. You can wear the mask! If you didn't know that before, I hope you do now."