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  • Adorkable:
    • Miles is a nice, but clumsy teenage boy who is unsure of himself, loves listening to Post Malone, makes a "time is relative" joke at one point and sucks at flirting.
    • Gwen. Particularly when introducing herself to Miles as "Gweeeeeaaaaanda", and then explaining that it's a South African name, and that she doesn't have an accent because she was raised in the States.
    • Olivia as part of her Bait the Dog introduction. She geeks out about science and the possibility of accessing other dimensions, has very little sense of personal space when examining her subjects, rides a bike to work and uses an exercise ball instead of a chair in her office. Her computer desktop has folders like "Tree Pictures", "Fish Pictures", "Cute Animals", "2016 cow pics", and "pool party".
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  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The film has the recurring phrase "Anyone can wear the mask" and the commonly accepted interpretation for this Aesop is that anyone can do heroic things and gender, race, or age are not barriers to performing acts of heroism. However an alternative interpretation is also supported by the movie and serves as a commentary on the considerable backlash that Marc Benardin, Donald Glover, and Brian Michael Bendis received when they supported the idea of having a black Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. Thus "Anyone can wear the mask" can also deal with the issue of anyone being able to take on the role of Spider-Man (not just being heroic in general). This interpretation says that if a person gets spider-powers and if that person is willing to guide themselves more or less by the mantra "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" and they adhere to the belief that no matter how many times they are knocked down, they will always get back up, then it doesn't matter what face is under that mask... a young white blond male, a middle-aged man, an Afro-Latino teenager, a girl of Japanese descent or even an anthropomorphic pig. Any gender, age, race, or species can wear that mask and bear the mantle of Spider-Man.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
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    • How much of a jerk is Peter B. actually? Did his jerkassery begin after his Aunt May died and he divorced Mary Jane? Was he just as "perfect" as the Peter from the Miles Morales universe before falling on hard times? Or was he always this disillusioned from the get-go and his loved ones tolerated it because they knew that underneath it all he's a genuinely good and heroic man?
    • Is The Prowler/Uncle Aaron a straight-up villain (with an Adaptational Nice Guy streak) in this continuity just like he was in Ultimate Spider-Man, or, was he at least partially Forced into Evil by the Kingpin like Ray Nadeem's FBI colleagues in Daredevil (2015) were? He's clearly ruthless and Would Hurt a Child, but it isn't known if he's always been like that when on the clock or if unfortunate circumstances have gotten him stuck under Kingpin's thumb with no way out. Which brings up the minor question of whether or not his brief mention on working construction on the collider is just a cover story or a clue as to how he came under Kingpin's employ. This could apply to the other villains as well, since they're less sympathetic but are just as bound to Kingpin's orders.
      • Is the clearly ruthless, though? After all, think about it. He may quickly and immediately follow Kingpin's orders to kill, but he doesn't ever actually kill anybody onscreen... perhaps it's all for show?
      • When Prowler puts Miles’ mask back on, is he momentarily contemplating killing Miles and having the mask back on would make it easier only to stop at the last second or is he trying to keep Kingpin from learning his identity knowing Fisk will kill him for it?
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    • Also, look at the way Prowler reacts when he finds out the "New Spider-Man" has entered his home, and think about it from his perspective. The person's he's been chasing has tracked him down and found out where he lives. Look at how wide Aaron's eyes get when he realizes his home has been invaded, and how (arguably) he chases after Miles with even more intensity than before. It was all business before, but now? This kid's made it personal. How scared would you be if you suddenly found out that even your own home isn't safe anymore? Maybe Aaron, in this moment, is just as scared as Miles is...
    • Blond Peter. Genuinely getting tired with his superhero career before his death? Or are the instances where his "perfect" persona cracks just simple instances of him being as human as everyone else? Continued from above, was he destined to go on the same downfall like Peter B. once his aunt May died? And his excitement over realizing that Miles also had spider powers. Joy that he is finally not alone? Or joy that he has finally found a replacement to train so he can retire?
    • Fisk's expression after Miles defeats him and webs him up so the police can arrest him. Annoyance at having been beaten or a sudden hit of remorse upon realizing what could have been the consequences of his plan?
    • Some think that Aunt May and Doc Ock had more than just a friendly relationship in reference to how May calls Doc Ock "Liv" and how the mainline version of the two actually dated in the comics.
  • Animation Age Ghetto:
    • A definite attempt to avoid this. Its advertisements sold it as a superhero movie first and an animated movie second, unlike what had been done with other animated superhero movies like Big Hero 6 and The LEGO Batman Movie. Instead of focusing on comedy, the trailers were designed to have a slick, exciting attitude that would appeal to teens and young adults. It's still rated PG like the aforementioned movies, but unlike many other animated movies with that rating nowadays, it got it for "sequences of animated action violence". In fact, the Internet Movie Database once erroneously listed it as being PG-13.
    • Audience reception is dissonant. It got lots of positive word of mouth but also people vocally expressing that they didn't watch it simply for being animation, some explicitly calling it childish because of it. Those who actually have watched it, however, have given it universal praise, and it became the first non-Disney film in quite a while to win Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awardsnote .
    • Despite being animated, this movie is considered the best Spider-Man movie out there, even more so than the highly respected Spider-Man 2. It is also considered one of the best comic book adaptations ever (Only The Dark Knight, Joker (2019), and Avengers: Infinity War have higher IMDb Ratings. It also ties with Black Panther for the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes)
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Done hilariously with Doc Ock. Gwen, Peter, and Miles all prep for an intense three-on-one fight, and then Doc Ock is immediately smashed aside by a bus that hits her out of nowhere, whereupon the other three just sort of awkwardly agree to move on. It helps that there was a "proper" fight between the three and the villain just beforehand, so it feels more like a coup de grâce than a complete anticlimax. Besides, Miles has a rather epic fight against The Kingpin shortly after, who is unquestionably the main Big Bad and definite Final Boss of the movie.
  • Anvilicious: The film straight up ends with Miles telling the viewer that "anyone can wear the mask." While the film also relates this to its own coming-of-age narrative about how self-improvement need not come at the expense of one's individuality, it's this theme that is played up the most.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Many comic book fans praise the film for its re-characterization of Miles Morales from his original Ultimate run. While Miles has never been unpopular, his character has received criticism for essentially being Peter Parker again but with a few aesthetic changes (to the point where the MCU Peter adopted some of elements of Miles). Spiderverse goes to great lengths to redefine Miles and his struggle, as well as better characterizing him in regards to the world around him. This is especially important given his relationship with his uncle Aaron, whose original antagonism with Miles is completely reconstructed into a much more positive loving relationship, which makes his eventual death significantly more impactful for Miles and his character arc. This video provides an explanation of this change.
  • Awesome Art: The distinctive art style has been the main selling point, using cel-shading and stylized elements (such as pop-up comic captions and halftone textures) to make it feel like a comic book come to life. The low frame rate (an intentional decision for the movie's distinct visual style) has also gained lots of love, although it has some detractors as well, and even then it's arguable that the filmmakers have put significantly more thought and care into making the animation work well with the framerate, as opposed to, for example, the stilted animation a lot of "3D anime" are typically guilty of having.
  • Can't Un-Hear It:
  • Character Rerailment: Peter B. Parker, despite being quite older than usual, lapses back into the characterization Peter had in his very earliest stories, where he was moody, impulsive, unlikable, and very much the Classical Anti-Hero before Character Development set in, which in this movie happens far later in life than his teenage years.note 
  • Creepy Awesome: The Prowler. He's an utterly merciless predator who hunts down his prey without saying a word, and he just looks so awesome doing it. He's like a crossbreed between Darth Vader and Batman, and the fans love it.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Peter B. Parker crying in the shower over the slew of tragedies and bad decisions that have left him broke and alone is not funny. Peter crying in the shower in full Spider-Man costume, right after his narration declares that he "handled it like a champ!" is quite funny.
    • Doc Ock's defeat. Peter, Gwen, and Miles all prep their Ass Kicking Pose for a huge fight, Doc Ock leaps at them and is immediately smashed by a flying bus out of nowhere. It's the way everyone just kind of takes it in stride that really sells the moment.
    • When sharing their names, Gwen (who is white) gives hers as "Gweeeeanda" and tries covering for the obvious lie by telling Miles (who is black) that she's from Africa. Cringe-inducingly funny all on its own, but the way she realizes how uncomfortable that sounds and quickly adds that she's from South Africanote  and that she doesn't have an accent because she was raised in the States takes it from "amusingly awkward" to "hilariously awkward."
    • One joke that didn't make it to the final movie came during the dorm room scene (mainly because the directors didn't want to ruin the emotional moment), where all the Spider-people comfort a grieving Miles by sharing with him all of the people they've each individually lost. Then it's Spider-Ham's turn, and he tells Miles about the death of his Uncle Frankfurter...
      Spider-Ham: He was electrocuted...and it smelled so good.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Expect Peni to be paired with Hiro Hamada a lot.
      • Peni/Mai also pops up sometimes, but isn't nearly as popular.
    • A lot of people out there ship this movie's version of Gwen with The Unbelievable Gwenpool, since they're both from highly meta stories and have clashing personalities.
    • Shipping Peter Parker with Deadpool has been popular long before Into the Spider-Verse was released, but shippers are starting to prefer using Peter B. Parker, specifically, due to the fact that he's explicitly an adult rather than a teenager who is sometimes portrayed as an adult.
    • Spider-Ham/Rocket Raccoon was a minor Crack Ship for comic fans, since both are obscure Animal Superheroes, with personalities that seemed like they would go well together. Thanks to both making their debut on the big screen, it gained a bit of a resurgence.
      • Shippers are generally having a field day pairing Spider-Ham with any Funny Animal character that comes to mind. Isabelle and Retsuko are especially common.
  • Cry for the Devil:
    • The Prowler is a No-Nonsense Nemesis who chases down Miles on Kingpin's orders, but then he realizes that he was hunting down his own nephew and didn't realize because he didn't see the kid's face on that fateful night. As Miles begs for his life, Uncle Aaron refuses to fire, gets shot in the back for it, and dies in an alley apologizing to Miles and asking for forgiveness.
    • Wilson Fisk may be a brutal crime lord, and him killing Blond Peter isn't less monstrous, but the circumstances around his family's death are very tragic. A flashback shows his wife and son found out about his villainous alter ego when they caught him trying to kill Spider-Man. They ran from him, only to die in a car crash minutes later. Now Fisk is willing to endanger the multiverse to be reunited with a still-living version of his family, but when he finally does encounter a version of them during the climax, it's when he's trying to kill Miles, causing them to run from him again and Fisk is left begging for them to come back even after they've vanished.
  • Director Displacement: No, Phil Lord & Chris Miller were not actually the directors of this movie, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman were. Lord co-wrote the screenplay with Rothman and Chris Miller only served as a producer alongside Lord.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Prowler and Doc Ock seem to have gotten quite a lot of fan love. The former for being an intimidating and cool antagonist with actual redeeming qualities and a surprisingly tragic death, while the latter is seen as a fantastic new take on a classic Spidey villain, combining an attractive design with equal parts wit and menace.
    • Spider-Man Noir is very popular for being an homage to detective movies and having a Batman like synopsis and storyline.
    • Peni Parker is this for anime fans. You'll find a ton of art depicting her, and Wikia noted search results and page hits for her exploded thanks to the trailer.
    • Spider-Ham gained a huge recognition for not only being an homage to various characters from the Golden Age of Animation and being voiced by John Mulaney but also surprisingly delivering one of the deepest, profound yet heartbreaking lines in the film, therefore establishing him as a three-dimensional character as opposed to just a comic relief character.
    • This film's incarnation of Aunt May is one of her most popular portrayals, as she gets to take an active role in helping the Spider-Gang because she knew about her nephew's secret identity and was able to maintain his base of operations. She also gets points for holding her own in fending off villains and for her implied relationship with Doc Ock.
  • Estrogen Brigade: Peter B. Parker is surprisingly popular with the ladies in fandom, despite the Running Gag of his being out of shape and inadequate when compared to the younger, most successful version of Peter in universe. Many have called him "hot dad bod Peter."
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • The Prowler for his badass fighting skills, intimidating presence, cool design, and silent, no-nonsense approach to fighting rather than quipping. His appearances are usually accompanied by a blare of techno music that sounds like an animalistic screech, which manages to be both cool and scary at once. Heck, the dude even has his own motorcycle! His relationship with his nephew, Miles, his refusal to hurt Miles upon discovering he's Spider-Man, not to mention his genuinely tragic death scene, effectively making him Miles's Uncle Ben, only boosted Prowler's popularity, especially in comparison to his original Ultimate counterpart, an unrepentant criminal who tries to use Miles's spider-powers for himself and then attacks him when Miles refuses to play along.
    • Doc Ock is as witty, menacing, and brilliant as ever, combining an ingenious mind with lethal fighting skills, and is quite a bit hotter than most people were expecting from the character.
    • Kingpin may be a brutal crime lord, but his motivations are surprisingly sympathetic, and like all the most well-received versions of the character, he's more than willing to do his own dirty work, and holds his own surprisingly well against all the Spider-People without having any superpowers.
  • Evil Is Sexy: This film's Doc Ock transforms from a cute, geeky scientist into a woman in lots of shiny, tight black clothes who also has tentacles... and a restraint chair. In her office. And certainly appears quirkily prettier than the character usually is, even putting aside the gender-flip.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Saying that Spider-Ham is inspired by the Spider-Pig joke in 2007's The Simpsons Movie is bound to get you several angry glares from comic-book fans, as the character was created in 1983.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • With the endless possibilities of a multiverse revolving around the idea of Spider-Man, fans have latched on to inventing their own Spider-Man in the same vein as Fursonas or Gemsonas, giving birth to the Spidersona. The movie itself seems to encourage this with its message of "Anyone can be Spider-Man."
    • The fact that this movie confirmed an entire multiverse has led to fans scrambling to figure out ways to get their favorite incarnations of Spider-Man to team up within the context of the film. There's also a sect of this that's dedicated to head-canons and fanfics of Tom Hardy's Venom meeting the Spider-People and becoming Peter B.'s rival as the team's resident "Hobo Dad," mostly thanks to The Stinger of his film referring to this movie as taking place in "another universe."
    • Fans are also having fun coming up with how different Miles's universe is from Peter B.'s/our universe apart from some cosmetic changes.
  • Fanon: The popular theory that the movie's version of Aunt May is bisexual, and was previously in a some kind of relationship with Dr. Olivia Octavius. Olivia makes a point of explaining early in the movie that her friends call her "Liv" (while her enemies call her Doc Ock). Later in the movie, after she busts into May's house, May says, with some exasperation, "Oh great it's Liv", which some have taken to indicate a relationship. It helps that Aunt May and the male Doc Ock nearly got married at one point in the comics, possibly making the line a Mythology Gag or something of a Sequel Hook.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Doc Ock and Aunt May, thanks to their implied history together.
    • Spider-Ham and Noir, known as HamNoir, have picked up quite a following. They don't actually interact much in the film itself outside of a few brief exchanges and shoulder rides, but there exists no small amount of fan-art comparing them to Roger and Jessica Rabbit. Bonus points if the fanfiction/fan-art features them being Peni's dads.
    • In a non-romantic example, many fans like portraying Noir and Peni as having a family dynamic with Noir acting as Peni's father, or at least an older brother figure. Those who like HamNoir will add also add Spider-Ham as her dad.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • In stark contrast to how MCU fans tend to view Venom, the reception to this movie has been positive all across the board. Thanks to its animation and that it doesn't restrict what characters the MCU can use, many fans of the MCU are welcoming the movie as a fresh take on Spider-Man and as something new in general. It also helps that the movie has different versions of Spider-Men from alternate universes that wouldn't work in the MCU.
    • Obviously, there's almost a 100% overlap between fans of this movie and fans of the MCU in general, but Spider-Verse fans get along well with Black Panther (2018) fans in particular, as both of them feature significant racial minority casts and explore themes of responsibility and fatherhood. Especially when the two of them collectively became the Marvel movies for their respective studios to win Oscars at that year's Academy Awards.
    • Likewise, fans of Aquaman have been supportive of this film largely for its positive representation of minorities and being a competitor with the MCU.
    • Partly due to an extension of the comics, there is a lot of this with the My Hero Academia fandom as well. Quite a bit fan-art jump at the idea of comparing Miles to Deku due to their similar personalities and admiration for Spider-Man and All Might respectively.
  • Genius Bonus: Doc Ock's tentacles aren't the traditional mechanical version; they're based on the emerging field of soft robotics, which attempt to imitate animals like octopodes.
  • Growing the Beard: Widely seen as Sony Pictures Animation's attempt at this, seeing as the majority of their previous productions save for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs garner critical and audience reception that ranges from decent to terrible, with the previous year's Emoji Movie putting the studio in a very poor light. Ultimately, said attempt was a roaring success, with the end product receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and fans alike, and is widely seen as the best movie Sony Animation has ever made (and one of the best Spider-Man films period, even going on to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature). This movie is not only the second highest ranking comic book movie on IMDB’s 250 list (only behind The Dark Knight), but also the third highest animated movie (only behind Spirited Away and The Lion King (1994)) and the highest rated film from either Sony or Columbia Pictures on the same list as well.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Stan Lee's first line, "I'm... going to miss him (Spider-Man)."; he passed away a month before the film was released, which makes this his first-ever posthumous speaking cameo.
    • A "Hail Hydra" edit of Spider-Man going against responsibility actually ends up being real as Peter B. Parker actually had a financial irresponsibility in his flashback, and Peter B. himself became sick of the said sentence.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Seeing Miles Morales's bonding moments with his father Jefferson Davis is this in light of what happened in the video game Spider-Man (PS4), where Jefferson is killed in a terrorist attack, leaving Miles heartbroken for a large chunk of the game. This time, Miles gets to become Spider-Man without having to go through his father's death first.
    • The announcement of a direct sequel to Spider-Man (PS4) titled Spider-Man: Miles Morales casts Peter A. Parker trusting Miles enough to give him the Goober in the film in this light.
      Peter: "'A hero is just someone who doesn't give up.' Your dad said that. He was right. Now it's your turn. Go be a hero, Miles."
      Miles: "Okay, let's do this!"
  • He Really Can Act: Spider-Ham sadly telling Miles that no hero can save everyone shows real dramatic acting skills from John Mulaney, when the viewer would likely come in only knowing him as an over-the-top, loud comedian. And Big Mouth.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the wake of all the jokes about Chris Pine potentially joining the other Chrises in the Marvel movies, he finally gets to play a Marvel superhero (about other people that share the same names)... only catch is that this movie isn't in the MCU so he still won't be meeting the other Chrises.
    • In Spider-Man (PS4)'s mid-credit scene, Miles awkwardly tries to explain his newly-gained spider powers to Peter Parker, who mistakes Miles' mannerism as him going through puberty before Miles quickly corrects him. In this movie, Miles mistakes his newly gained powers as him actually going through puberty!
    • Tobey Maguire was considered to voice the Peter Parker of Miles's universe but was rejected over concerns that his appearance would be too confusing. This concern is humorously abated given that in Spider-Man: Far From Home, J. K. Simmons became the first actor from the Raimi trilogy to return to their role in a cinematic capacity to considerable fan appreciation.
    • Nicolas Cage plays a Spider-Man who comes from a dimension that has no colour, with the colour purple being especially perplexing to him. Nicolas Cage would later star in Color Out of Space (2020), where the alien colour he can't accurately describe appears purple to the audience.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Peter B. Parker is in pretty fantastic shape and just happens to have accumulated a bit of a pizza gut, which numerous people point out. He's only really fat by Spider-Man standards.
  • Hype Backlash: Spider-Verse seems to have undergone a case similar to Frozen (2013); all the constant praise the film has received has caused several viewers who have seen the film after its initial premiere to deem it overrated.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Mary Jane. Her husband was killed and his murderer is capitalizing on it. While she manages to keep it together in the few scenes she's in, you just know she's crying her eyes out behind closed doors.
    • Gwen. Consider that her best friend, her universe's Peter Parker, died implicitly at her hands and she ended up in a universe where she had to experience the loss all over again. Then not long after, she had to deal with two more versions of Peter who are alive but also on the verge of death due to the universal incompatibility. Then one of those versions declares he's gonna sacrifice himself. She fully admits to avoiding getting attached to anyone to prevent feeling loss again, but it's telling when she refuses to name Peter whenever she brings up her best friend.
    • Aunt May. Her son-in-all-but-name has just died, and she is suddenly confronted with several alternate versions of him that she needs to help. Then she gets to see Peter B. an almost identical (if slightly older) version of her nephew and nearly breaks down in disbelief before making fun of how out of shape he is. Despite all of this she pulls herself together, helps the Spider-Men, beats up Tombstone with a baseball bat, and is ready and waiting for Miles when he needs her help.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Anyone with a remote knowledge of Miles Morales' backstory will see Uncle Aaron being The Prowler coming before his villainous alter-ego even appears.
    • The Blonde Peter Parker of Miles Morales's dimension dies 20 minutes into the movie.
    • The amount of love this incarnation of Doc Ock has received has caused the reveal of Olivia's full name and her identity as said incarnation to be well known.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Peter B. Parker, the old Spider-Man, obviously brought most of his sufferings on himself rather than the typical Parker luck of the comics, but to see an optimistic hero being unable to overcome his personal flaws as well as destroy himself out of guilt and depression makes many people sorry for him. The fact that Miles and Gwen both express irritation at him at various points, ending up at best as their sidekick rather than mentor, and Blond Peter's Aunt May expressing sadness at how badly he's taken care of himself hammers home how far he's strayed from the man he was and should have been.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • If for nothing else, a lot of people are going to be watching this movie because John Mulaney is playing Spider-Ham.
    • Spider-Man Noir gets this to a lesser degree for being voiced by Nicolas Cage.
    • Anime fans and some Japanese people were also drawn in by Peni Parker, especially once fan-art of her took the internet by storm.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Aaron Davis is Miles Morales' cool, charismatic uncle who masquerades as the mercenary Prowler. Working as one of The Kingpin's top agents, Prowler prides himself on the fact that he "doesn't quit" when it comes to his mission, and is able to fight Spider-Man himself in combat. Through use of his power suit and motorbike, Prowler pursues a target through the streets of New York, even picking up on said target's invisibility power through minor sounds, before letting him get away just so Prowler can track him to his base of operations. When he discovers his target was Miles the whole time, Prowler helps him evade identification by the Kingpin at the cost of his own life, using his final moments to build Miles up and apologize for not being enough of a role model to the boy, despite the fact that he has always encouraged Miles's hobbies and given him advice for everyday life.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • At least one reviewer has turned Blond Peter’s ”I am so tired!” into a response shot whenever Geek Fandom decide to be butthurt about something inconsequensial.
    • People decided to up the ante with the amount of Spider-Men in this movie by adding even more Spider-Men.
    • In a sort of spin-off of similar memes from the likes of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid and Cells at Work!, people are openly dreading the inevitable questionable fan-art of the young Animesque Peni Parker, even adopting a memetic phrase from the former to express their concerns:
    • Taking any picture of multiple Spider-Men (most popularly) and claiming it's a still from the movie. The aforementioned still would later become a thousand times funnier as it turned out to be the post credits scene with that version of Spidey pointing at Miguel O'Hara.
    • Hobo Uncle/Hobo Dad PeterExplanation  The movie openly calls him, in a manner mocking his more bombastic adjectives, "The Janky Old Broke Hobo Spider-Man" while other fans, on hearing of his frankly stupid life-choices call him Spider-Schmuck.
    • With John Mulaney playing Spider-Ham, fan-art has taken to drawing the character quoting the hell out of Mulaney's memetic stand-up routines. "STREET SMARTS!"
    • Nicolas Cage's line deliveries as Spider-Noir, especially "Hardcore Origin Story" and "crippling moral ambiguity", have already become this.
    • "Hey" explanation 
      • The shoulder touch. explanation 
    • "There's three, actually." explanation 
    • "You got a problem with cartoons?" explanation 
    • "Into the [X]verse" Explanation 
      Character: This literally cannot get any weirder.
      Dork Age / Never Live It Down version of Character: It can get weirder!
    • Miles's invisibility power and the fact that the first instance of it was him being scared and peacing out has led to many references to this meme.
    • Miles watching Peter B. explanation 
    • Wassup Danger? explanation 
    • When Pixar made a series of Twitter posts to promote Incredibles 2's Oscar campaign, fans jokingly spammed this GIF of Spider-Man looking confused in response.
    • Comparing Miles's "Who's Morales?" (and to a lesser extent, Gwen's "Gweeeeeaaandaa") to the comics Peter Parker's "Instincts bad."
    • Kingpin's sheer massive size, especially the usage of negative space to convey it, has been the butt of many escalating jokes.
    • Kingpin running. Explanation 
    • "Watch this, he's going to say..." Explanation 
    • "Don't you dare finish that sentence! Don't do it! I'm sick of it!" explanation 
    • The character intros ("All right. Let's start at the beginning, one last time.") being done using footage of previous live-action Spider-Man films (ex. Peter B. Parker's intro with the Raimi trilogy Spider-Man footage) flooded YouTube after this film.
    • "Not bad, kid." Explanation 
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: While Peni receives plenty of love with the many members of the Western fandom, her popularity in Japan exploded to the point that she gets more fan-art than the other five combined. Rather unsurprising considering her design.
  • Moe: Considering she's deliberately designed to be a cute anime schoolgirl, Peni Parker ends up being this. And plenty of people welcome it.
  • Money-Making Shot: The scene of Miles becoming Spider-Man, where he takes his "leap of faith" and then web-slings and runs through New York City.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Kingpin killing Spider-Man was bad enough, but when he kills Aaron Davis — in front of his own nephew, no less — is when he really crosses it.
    • Liv is Faux Affably Evil, who manages to come across as charismatic and funny. She makes her introduction by telling Peter B. she can't wait to see him disintegrate, and proceeds to beat him to a pulp. Then she tells Kingpin that he can have as many families as he wants once the Super-Collider is repaired, even though she knows they won't survive in this universe.
  • Narm: The scene where Miles dejectedly walks back to his dorm after hearing the Spider-Gang talk about how he's not yet ready to be Spider-Man is accompanied by late mumblecore rapper Juice WRLD's "Hide."
  • Narm Charm:
    • Kingpin's physique is based on Bill Sienkiewicz's design from "Love and War" and is even more exaggerated than usual, being a thumb-like head on a massive square body. However, he's such a ruthless villain that being a Tiny-Headed Behemoth only makes him more imposing.
    • During the emotional climax of the film where the Spider-Gang talk to Miles about the death of his uncle and how they can relate, the usually loony Spider-Ham delivers a powerful line about the sacrifices needed to be a Spider-Man. And it somehow works thanks to Mulaney's powerful delivery of the line and the circumstances surrounding it.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are many people legitimately surprised that the Peter Parker here is a middle aged adult when he's usually a teenager/young adult in Western Animation, especially considering his last three major cartoon incarnations. This is actually something taken from the early comics, where Peter was only a teenager for a few years, graduating high school in 1965. Most animated projects simply put more focus on him as a teenager, and if they don't, he's usually portrayed as a college student as is the case with his pre-MCU film incarnations.
    • A lot of people assume that Spider-Ham was inspired by Spider-Pig from The Simpsons Movie. Spider-Ham has been a staple of Marvel Comics since at least The '80s and has been a popular and much used Joke Character for a long time.
    • Peter B. divorcing Mary Jane upset some shippers of the couple, with some seeing it as Marvel keeping the couple apart. Peter and MJ did have rocky periods in their marriage, and one extended period of separation after she was kidnapped and had her death faked by a stalker, during which both of them contemplated divorce until finally committing to each other again during JMS' Spider-Man. Even ignoring that, Peter B. is modeled in part on the Spider-Man from the Raimi movies, where their relationship was also rocky, particularly in the third movie and plans for the unmade fourth film included Peter outright leaving MJ and his child for another woman, which Raimi rejected and walked away from mostly because he struggled to make something like that a case of Both Sides Have a Point.
    • There's a crowd that find Gwen's punk girl appearance to be surprising and off-putting. However, considering her musical background, her wardrobe, and her penchant for colorful dialogue, 'Spider-Gwen' being a punk is kind-of part of her characternote . Into the Spider-Verse simply gave her an asymmetrical haircut with an undercut (though said undercut was necessary due to Miles's Power Incontinence), and before that, her hairstyle was actually less punk-looking than it normally is in the comics.
    • The concept of a multiverse and multiple realities collapsing and different versions of familiar characters from different settings and periods mashing up against one another does have some precedent in superhero animation and interactive media. The final season of Spider-Man: The Animated Series showed this, as did Spider-Man Unlimited, and the video games Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Likewise, a non-Marvel take includes the two-part Justice League episode "The Once and Future Thing" which saw a supervillain's constant time traveling from past and present and tinkering with it leading to reality collapsing (in a nod to DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths) and which in addition to that featured sudden and brutal character deaths of beloved icons including Terry McGinnis, from Batman Beyond, Wonder Woman and Static and a plot to stop the villain's tinkering before reality collapses for good. The main difference being stopping Chronos brought back those killed, Diana, Virgil, and Terry included, whereas Miles's Peter is still dead.
    • The Kingpin killing Spider-Man. It happened in one of the bad endings of the 1993 Sega game, Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin. The film's ending isn't as bad as that: here Peter dies saving an innocent; in the game, the worst ending has him and his wife, Mary Jane, being dipped into acid together, as the Kingpin gloats.
    • Into The Spiderverse wasn't the first time the Kingpin was portrayed as a wrecking machine with superhuman stats that could manhandle Spider-Man and was the main Big Bad who controlled much of Spidey's traditional rogues gallery. It was Spider-Man: The Animated Series that first established the Kingpin as an Adaptational Badass who seemed to be much stronger than Spider-Man and had much bigger precedence as a villain over some of his traditional archenemies, including Venom and Doctor Octopus.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Green Goblin only appears briefly, doesn't have much dialogue, and dies in his battle with Spider-Man, but he's still hugely memorable for what a radical and terrifying departure from the norm this version of the character is.
    • The Peter Parker of Miles' universe likewise gets only precious screentime before being killed by Kingpin, but it's clear that he's everything one could hope for in a Spider-Man.
    • The dearly departed, deeply beloved Stan Lee gets one last cameo, and it's quite possibly one of his most poignant ever, even without the matter of his recent passing.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
  • Rainbow Lens: While many have read the basic storyline of Spider-Man as queer, with hiding a part of your identity from those around you, this film takes it Up to Eleven, with Miles initially trying to ignore his new abilities being eerily similar to the denial and internalized hate many queer people feel, the spider-people sensing others like them as an allusion to 'gaydar,' and Miles asking his father if he really hates Spider-Man, just like queer people often ask their families how they really feel about LGBTQ+ people and issues before coming out.
  • Sacred Cow: This film, more than any other, is the one that comes up when talking about the best Spider-Man adaptation. Note that while there's a long-established Fandom Rivalry between fans of all three live-action franchises, this is the one with the least controversy and most overlap between fans of each one.
  • Signature Scene: The Leap of Faith scene, known for its stunning visual,fantastic music in the form of "What's Up, Danger", great choreography, and the cathartic moment of Miles finally becoming Spider-Man. The entire movie was literally built around this scene, with the animators being shown a rough version of it to get an idea of what the directors wanted, almost all of which made it into the final version intact.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Peni, Noir, and Spider-Ham's introductory music sounds similar to this theme from Endurance: Fiji merged with each character's Leitmotif.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Some fans reacted this way when it was announced that Donald Glover wasn't voicing Miles in his feature film debut, despite being the inspiration for the character and having previously voiced him on Ultimate Spider-Man (and playing his uncle in the MCU).
    • SP//dr's redesign from essentially a Spider-Man version of EVA-01 to a more ball-like mecha got some flak from fans of the original design. Peni's redesign also got some minor reservations due to some fans finding her original appearance to be far more interesting than the rather typical Kawaiiko Genki Girl she is here.
    • While some fans preferred the movie using traditional Spidey villains rather than the more divisive Inheritors of the Spider-Verse comic, some Spider-Man fans expressed dismay at Wilson Fisk being the Big Bad, with many noting that a nominally human mob boss with no special powers (and who even Stan Lee noted was far more suited to Daredevil than Spider-Man) lacks the proper gravitas and stature to be the one who gets to kill Spider-Man. The fact that the likes of Osborn and Ock are made his lackeys likewise upsets traditional Spider-Man fans when both of them have always been bigger threats than the Kingpin in the comics and most cartoons. Having to ride on the heels of Vincent D'Onofrio's acclaimed live-action portrayal of the character didn't help either.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Aaron Davis, a.k.a. the Prowler, the Kingpin's top henchman who came close to killing Miles a number of times throughout the film. He gets a lot of build up; then, is unceremoniously killed off by the Kingpin for refusing to kill Miles after discovering his identity and Doc Ock replaces him as the film's secondary antagonist. With his relationship to Miles, and mysterious origins/motivations for becoming a super villain, he could have easily lived and continued being one of the film's main antagonists. This also likely originally was the case as in one of the trailers, a suited-up Miles can be seen persuing the Prowler through the streets.
    • The Green Goblin/Norman Osborn: Considering his usual status as one of Spider-Man's top-tier antagonists and a very personal foe to Peter, the fact he's nothing more than Dumb Muscle for the Kingpin is frustrating. Likewise despite being referred to as "Norman" by Peter, we're given no insight into the relationship between the two. Considering he killed Ultimate Peter in the comics, for a while anyway, the Green Goblin deserved better than being relegated to one of Kingpin's lackeys, especially since he's the first one to die, far before the big group fights later in the film. Some people even felt that he would have made for a better Big Bad than Kingpin, who's not usually a Spider-Man villain or involved in funding dimensional/mad science projects, or at the very least, he should have been the one to kill primary Spider-Man. Especially because Norman Osborn has always been involved in various comic-book mad science schemes, and not only that, but Kingpin's motivation (the death of his family) would work perfectly for comic-Norman, who's frequently wrestled with similar issues before. In fact, you could basically just replace the Kingpin with Norman Osborn and rewrite the fight scenes to include the Goblin, and the movie would work pretty well otherwise unchanged.
      • If you want to take it even further, you could fairly successfully change Alchemax to Oscorp and see little to no effect on the story as a whole.
    • The role of Tombstone is essentially pointless, doing nothing that couldn't have been fulfilled by a random henchman. It's especially disappointing to people hoping for something closer to his Adaptational Badass portrayal in The Spectacular Spider Man (where, ironically enough, he was a stand in for Kingpin) or his scene-stealing Ensemble Dark Horse turn in Spider-Man (PS4) which came out just a few months before this film.
    • Peni Parker, Spider-Noir, and Spider-Ham all don't actually appear until the last act of the movie, leading to a case of Wolverine Publicity from these three. Their origin stories are even hilariously crammed together to save time.
    • Spider-Ham deserves a second mention, as the potential of a Toon in a "realistic" story is severely underplayed. As it is, Porker is barely utilized at all, aside from a few brief gags and one fight against Scorpion.
  • Too Cool to Live: The film totally subverts the typical Peter Parker formula with Blond Peter, making him The Ace, The Paragon and Ideal Hero of his universe. He's rich, beloved by the city, praised by the Daily Bugle, has an Elaborate Underground Base and even has blond hair and blue eyes. Of course, he is killed early in the film, because a character so endowed with all these great qualities leaves little room for expansive storytelling. This forces Miles to step up to the plate and take on the mantle of Spider-Man.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Peni Parker definitely wasn't on anyone's radar. While she debuted the same year as Spider-Gwen, in Edge of Spider-Verse #5, she failed to garner anywhere near the same amount of love. Peni's total number of appearances barely cracked the double digits by the time of the movie's release, and you could count the appearances in which she speaks even a single sentence on one hand. Her being a main character in the movie was a major surprise, and helped raise a lot of interest in her character.
    • While several fans presumed that Miguel O'Hara would at least have a cameo in the movie, even if he wasn't part of the central cast, nobody was counting on him running into the 1967 animated version of Peter Parker.
    • In terms of cameos, nobody expected that a reference to Clone High (in the form of a film poster in Miles' universe) would show up, even those who were familiar with the earlier works of producers Phil Lord & Chris Miller.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
  • Win the Crowd:
    • Fans who weren't sold on the idea of a Miles Morales Spider-Man movie warmed up to it after the trailer showcased the movie's distinct visual style.
    • On another note, being a cinematic movie that stars Miles Morales as Spider-Man in and of itself was enough to win the crowd of Miles Morales Spider-Man fans who were hungry for this kind of recognition for the character. On the flip-side of that, the film's release had many comic-book readers who were either indifferent towards or disliked the character praising the film's version of Miles as being superior to the character as originally written by co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, believing the screenwriters to have fixed many of the problems they perceived the character as having. This video helpfully details that stance.
    • Early reviews for the film have showered it with near-unanimous praise, with the movie garnering a 97% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes,note  the best for any Sony Pictures Animation production (which turned out to be just what the studio needed after the universally-panned Emoji Movie came out just a year prior) and Spider-Man film in general. It also earned an 87 out of 100 "universal acclaim" on Metacritic, and received an A+ from audiences polled by Cinema Score.
      Critics' consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
    • Likewise, the film also sits at #53 on IMDb's Top 250 list at an 8.6, making it both the highest-rated Marvel film (and second highest superhero film overall after The Dark Knight) and the third highest-rated animated film of all time after Spirited Away and The Lion King (1994).
    • Minor compared to other things, but for some longtime Spider-Man fans, the portrayal of Mary Jane Watson. Even if she has a small role, her fans are absolutely ecstatic to see her in a movie and portrayed so positively. After having endured a movie series which portrayed her poorly, another series which excluded her altogether, and the newest film basically changed her into a entirely new different character altogether, fans of the redhead from the comics are happy that she's finally portrayed similarly to the way she was always supposed to be.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Miles. His life is already "bad" enough when his family makes him transfer to an elite school where no-one likes him except his roommate, and he makes a fool of himself in front of the girl he likes. Then he witnesses his hero and his mentor-to-be die (in an ordeal where he almost died too), is doubted by the other alternate web-slingers, suffers issues with his family, and then finds out that the person he trusted the most and was practically his best friend, his uncle Aaron, is a supervillain, who then dies in front of him a day later after sparing him.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The Chinese release has its work cut out renaming all the Spiders, but Spider-Ham gets a different Punny Name — since Spider-Man is typically translated into "zhi zhu ren" (spider man), Spider-Ham is now called "zhu zhu ren" (pig pig man), written completely different but pronounced just one vowel off.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, most of the characters, excluding The Stoic ones like Kingpin, Spider-Man Noir, etc, speak with ludicrous amounts of Spanglish, possibly due to the film being set in New York City, which does have many residents fluent in both English and Spanish (and makes additional sense considering the Afro-Latino Miles and his family). This also causes a somewhat Inconsistent Dub problem however, as Miles speaks with a Mexican accent while his parents speak with Puerto Rican accents.

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