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"Wait, so... how many of us are there?"
"One thing I know for sure? Don't do it like me. Do it like you."
Peter to Miles

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 computer-animated superhero film directed by Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) & Bob Persichetti (Shrek 2) and written by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), with the story by the two men as well as Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) as a joint collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation.

The film features Miles Morales as Spider-Man, assuming the identity after the apparent death of Peter Parker in his universe. By some means, Miles winds up in a parallel dimension where multiple people have Spider-Man's powers — including a living version of Peter himself, who take it upon himself to show Miles the ropes of being a superhero as he finds his way back home. It is a loose adaptation of the Spider-Men and Spider-Verse storylines.

Shameik Moore (The Get Down) stars as Miles, with the voice cast rounded out by Mahershala Ali as Miles' uncle Aaron (AKA The Prowler), Brian Tyree Henry (This Is Us) as Miles' dad Jefferson, Liev Schreiber as The Kingpin, Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, Luna Lauren Velez (Dexter) as Rio Morales, Lily Tomlin as May Parker, Kimiko Glenn ( Orange Is the New Black) as SP//dr, John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man: Noir.

Previews: Teaser Trailer, Official Trailer

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

  • Adaptation Distillation:
    • The film draws influence from both Spider-Verse and Spider-Men.
    • From a design standpoint, the Green Goblin is a mix of being the hulking brute that he is in the Ultimate Marvel setting and wears an outfit similar to his 616 counterpart.
  • 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, Peter's tombstone reads "1991-2018," indicating he was in his late twenties when he died.
  • 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.
  • Alternate Continuity: The movie has absolutely nothing to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and wears that fact on its sleeve.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • Much of the story takes place in an alternate dimension known as the Spider-Verse.
    • The Bland-Name Product (s) are this universe's equivalent to the brands they're clearly references to.
    • New York City's police department is given the acronym PDNY, suggesting that they're called the Police Department of New York instead of simply the New York City Police Department.
    • 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 world.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Miles's 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.
  • Bland-Name Product: 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".
  • Broken Pedestal: The Peter Parker who takes Miles as his apprentice is a famous, brave, and capable superhero. Outside of that, he's an aged, unkempt, and largely impoverished loser in every other aspect of his life, though Peter does have a point in saying his money is liquid, he is on an entirely different Earth than he is used to, and thus probably wouldn't have the same form of currency to buy his own food in a different world. Like when Doc Brown hands Marty period-specific money so as not to cause damage to the economy.
  • Camera Abuse: When Peter takes a bite from his burger, some of the sauce in it gets splattered on the screen.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Spider-Gwen doesn't even bother with an alias when she meets Miles and Peter, simply telling them her real name at the end of the first trailer. Though the context could be different in the film itself.
  • Cyber Punk: The first trailer goes with this aesthetic. Given that Alchemax is alluded to, it's possible that the film will delve into an actual Cyber Punk setting as well, however briefly.
  • Dying to Be Replaced: The Peter Parker of the universe Miles Morales heralds from is dead by the start of this movie. The Peter Parker of the Spider-Verse, however, is alive and well.
  • Evil Uncle: Miles' uncle goes after both him and Peter as the Prowler in this film.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Miles' and Peter's spider-senses set off in response to each other, breaking the masquerade pretty early.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • A "Fisk" sign can be seen as Miles nosedives from a building.
    • In the trailer, when Miles is looking at a dead genetically-altered spider, it briefly phases into a green version with the Alchemax logo on it.
  • 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, where it's mostly likely telling fans to go to if they want to know who else is going to appear in the movie.
  • Limited Animation: Subverted. The animation itself is gorgeous — it's just accompanied with an intentionally low framerate to give the movie a "Comic Book" style of visuals.
  • 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.
  • Mentor Archetype: The Spider-Verse's Peter serves as one to Miles Morales.
  • Older and Wiser: The Peter Parker of the Spider-Verse is nearly middle-aged, and has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to Miles.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Spider-Verse is an ambitious, long-spanning storyline that benefits from established knowledge of Spider-Man as a figure and how the Marvel multiverse works. It's considerably simplified here.
  • Shout-Out: The scene of Miles in free fall against the neon cityscape is very reminiscent of the iconic free fall scene from Ghost in the Shell.
  • Small Steps Hero: Peter seems to be teaching Miles to be like this. 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.
  • Take Up My Sword: Much like in the original comics, Miles takes up the mantle of Spider-Man after the death of the original, Peter Parker.
  • Written Sound Effect: Some such as "Boom!" and "Ponk" appear in appropriately comic book-style big letters in some action scenes.