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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • 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?
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    • 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.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Aunt May has been holding up far better about her nephew and surrogate son's death than expected, apart from a poignant scene where she looks at Peter B. for a long time in the hopes that her Peter returned. In Ultimate Spider-Man, she had to leave America for a long while and spend weeks in therapy to process her grief. Although to be fair, the film is a bit vague about precisely how much time passed between Peter's death and Kingpin's next test of the collider, which was long enough for the public to hold a public funeral, a trust fund dinner, Peter B. Parker and Miles's trip to Alchemax, the assemblage of all the Spiders, Miles's first few weeks at school, and more. It's possible she's just had more time to deal with it.
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    • Gwen was unable to save the Peter Parker from her own dimension, which is established to be her best friend and to look exactly like the Peter B. that arrived in Miles' dimension before her. Then she comes to this universe and sees an older blond Peter alive...who dies before she can even find him. She spends most of her time snarking at Peter B. being "janky" and barely reacts to seeing a Peter Parker alive other than a throwaway line at the trust fund dinner about how she knows from experience that the Mary Jane from Miles's world isn't his' Mary Jane.
    • Peni Parker for all intents and purposes is a willing Child Soldier and an orphan due to losing her father and using her mecha. She's still very perky and cheerful, and jumps into the fray whever she is needed.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • The film is essentially Sony's latest attempt at making a Spider-Man movie of their own (and hoping to expand it into a movie universe) now that they share the live-action Peter Parker with Marvel Studios under the latter's creative control. As such, choosing Miles Morales as central figure seems like a logical, less risky and more original option than the "cash grab Peter Parker reboot" image that was their burden with The Amazing Spider-Man Series, and it is without a doubt a much more ambitious and much less embarrassing project for their animation studio than The Emoji Movie.
    • The whole "Spider-Verse" concept shows that the movie itself is acknowledging that it's an Alternate Continuity from the Marvel Cinematic Universe even if MCU Peter Parker doesn't end up making an appearance, which makes the concept of multiple cinematic Spider-Men easier to swallow and sets up the movie's real-life relationship with the MCU to be one of friendly synergy rather than rivalry (especially given how the Amazing Spider-Man movies were made mostly to keep the character's rights out of Marvel Studios' hands).
    • On a bit of a different wavelength, just the fact that Miles Morales is getting the recognition of being the star of a cinematic film, as Spider-Man and not just a side character of some sort, is enough to earn a lot of good will from Miles's fans who have been waiting for some time for such a thing.
    • The original Spider-Verse event as a whole was effectively seen as a series of good concepts with some very flawed executions. The film's smaller, much more lighthearted scope along with using the Kingpin as opposed to the Inheritors as the main villain is seen as paying the concept its best due, especially as it borrows more from Brian Michael Bendis' more well-received Spider-Men (which was also on the lighthearted side focusing on different versions of Spider-Man hanging out with each other).
    • In the event comic, many fans were disappointed that the different mediums having different rules was only used once in a quick aside and never explored. Each of the Spiders from another medium in this film have the differences acknowledged and used for both awesome action scenes (Spider-Ham giving Scorpion a Toon Physics beatdown) and hilarious jokes (Noir's fascination with a Rubik's Cube due to color not existing in his universe and the other Spiders being weirded out by Peni's anime art style).
    • On a bit of a larger scale, there's the fact that there's finally a Spider-Man movie that is animated. Despite being Marvel's most profitable character, no one in Spider-Man lore has ever gotten an animated film, theatrical or otherwise, until this point. And it features an adult Peter Parker, when every previous Spider-Man adaptation has refused to (or in one case, was unable to) take the character any further than college.
  • Award Snub:
    • There are fans angry that the Academy Awards didn't include the film for Best Picture overall, as well as some other categories like Adapted Screenplay or Best Song. Thankfully, the blow was reduced thanks to the fact that it still won Best Animated Feature (making it one of the few non-Disney/Pixar films to do so). And that's to say nothing of the countless accolades it received from various other awards shows, which includes winning in every nominated category at the Annie Awards.
    • Many Razzie voters (let us finish) felt this film should have won the Razzie Redeemer Award for Sony Pictures Animation. One of their previous efforts, The Emoji Movie, swept the awards in the previous year with four of five awards (with the fifth being an award dedicated to Critical Backlash, which it lost to Baywatch (2017)).
  • 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.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Vince Staples piece used in the first trailer and the end credits, "Home", is extremely catchy and has an awesome sound to it.
    • The second trailer gave us "The Boogie" by Outasight. "Jump! Jump! Higher, baby!"
    • "Sunflower" by Post Malone and Swae Lee, created for the movie.
    • "Hide" by Juice WRLD featuring Seezyn, the song that plays when Miles overhears the Spider-Men doubting him.
    • And of course, who could forget Spider-Ham's theme?
    • There's "What's Up, Danger" by Blackway and Black Cavier, the song that plays when Miles finally embraces and becomes Spider-Man.
    • And of course, Spider-Man's universally acknowledged "kick butt theme song".
    • "Elevate" by DJ Khalil, which plays during the end credits and is a Boastful Rap that can be interpreted as being from the perspective of any of the Spider-People (though the song namedrops Peter Parker).
    • The Prowler's Theme; the first half will have you feeling incredibly tense with absolute fear as you feel the eyes of a relentless predator hunting you as it howls into the night. The second half perfectly captures the shock and heartbreak going through Miles' head upon the revelation that his beloved uncle is one of the people trying to kill him (albeit unknowingly), and the high-octane nightmarish chase sequence that occurs soon after.
    • There's also "To The End" by Elliphant that plays as Gwen's entrance song during her origin flashback. Although it didn't make the official U.S. soundtrack, it still works as a pumped-up hard-rock/techno power song that fits her fighting style. Considering she's a drummer for a band in her universe, it might be a song she plays back home.
    • Japanese marketing for the film went in a different direction than English-language promos in terms of music. While regular trailers used hip-hop and rap, Japan opted to go for more hard rock. Which means we get the truly epic "P.S. RED I" by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure.
    • There are two brass themes in the movie, one for Spider-Man, and one for Miles Morales.
      • Spider-Man's theme (Most of which is in "Only One Spider-Man") is a repeating three note motif that continually rises in pitch and power. Much like how Spider-Man himself always rises after being knocked down, again and again.
      • Miles has a lower brass theme that plays during several important character moments, and most triumphantly when he gets up after Kingpin knocks him down.
      • Notably, there are two major moments in the movie where a scene starts out with Miles's theme, then turns into Spider-Man's theme: When Peter A is explaining the job to Miles, it starts with Miles's theme, but when Miles makes the promise, it transfers to Spider-Man's. And during the famous "What's Up, Danger" sequence, Miles's theme plays behind the song until he lands on the gargoyle, where Spider-Man's theme emerges triumphantly.
  • Better on DVD: The artstyle is really good, but watching it on a big movie theater screen can take some getting used to because of how it's stylized to look like an old school comic book. Watching it on a smaller screen can eliminate that problem, as you don't notice that part of the stylizing much and can enjoy the rest of the animation without much of a problem, if any.
  • 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.
  • Ear Worm: "Sunflower" by Post Malone and Swae Lee will get stuck in your head like it does with Miles.
  • 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's "decent" at best and "terrible" at worst, 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) and the highest rated film from either Sony or Columbia Pictures on the same list as well.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The movie's premise involves Peter Parker's death, after he was killed in Avengers: Infinity War.
    • This gets even worse when Doc Ock starts telling Peter B. how painful it will be to disintegrate and how she "can't wait to watch."
    • 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.
    • The whole idea of Wilson Fisk wanting his family back becomes this, when you consider that the movie came out just a little over two months after Season 3 of Daredevil (2015), which also had Fisk as its main villain. In both, Fisk's motives are wanting Vanessa back. Albeit in Daredevil, he does this by bribing and manipulating the FBI, as opposed to a particle accelerator to access parallel universes and reconnect with an alternative version of her. In Daredevil, Vanessa does comes back to Fisk and willingly follows after him, even ordering the murder of Ray Nadeem. In Spider-Verse, she's appalled by his actions.
    • 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.
    • Stan Lee finally getting to play J. Jonah Jameson after his expressed desire to play him in the Raimi films was denied.
  • 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:
    • The movie's concept brings to mind two of the most hated things about Sony Pictures — it's another Spider-Man reboot, made by the animation studio behind The Emoji Movie. Yet the concept never came under fire due to its use of Miles Morales, and when the first trailer was released, it was able to Win the Crowd. Maybe two wrongs make a right after all?
    • For that matter, the film is being produced by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (with Lord also co-writing the film), the directors and co-writers of The LEGO Movie, which The Emoji Movie has frequently been derided for blatantly ripping off.note 
    • Spider-Man Noir isn't the first time Nicolas Cage has played a Marvel superhero clad in black with a penchant for lethal force. Heck, it's not even the first time he's voiced a superhero in an animated movie!
    • As mentioned previously, Nicolas Cage plays an alternate version of Spider-Man in this movie, which becomes hilarious once you consider the fact that, in Homestuck, Nic Cage was the Celeb Crush of Vriska Serket, a character that is heavily associated with spiders.
    • Nicolas Cage has also previously played a darker, older hero as a supporting, but not mentor, role to a novice hero. Of note he also works with a younger female hero who is also more experienced than the novice main in both.
    • Oscar Isaac was once confused about who's talking first in The Force Awakens, only to now be angry about someone pointing first.
    • In the Japanese dub, Aoi Yuuki's role as Gwen is this if you take into account she voiced Tsuyu Asui, a frog girl with similar powers as Spider-Man. Extra hilarity in a meta-sense; in Real Life, frogs eats spiders.
    • In a similar gag involving the same voice actress, Yuuki's role as Gwen is pretty similar to, ironically enough, Homura Akemi, a tougher-than-nails girl with a no-nonsense personality, and who also went to another dimension, through in Madoka Magica Homura is a time-traveler rather than a dimension jumper, and just like Gwen, Homura is traumatized after her best friend dies or in the case of Madoka Magica, getting transformed into a witch, and also has a relationship of sorts with the main protagonist, (Miles in the film, Madoka in Madoka Magica). Extra points Gwen's suit has a pink haze, just like Madoka's Magical Girl clothes. Extra irony that her role in the film is both trying to get back to her dimension and to stop a villain, in this case Kingpin, who is trying to mess with her and the other Spider-men's dimensions while trying to bring back his dead family back to life, something that Homura does quite often by Cosmic Retcon.
    • For 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.
    • This isn't the first Marvel production where Mahershala Ali plays a villain who is killed by another villain. Or the first time he's played a character who has a fatherly bond with a young black boy but still negatively impacts the boy's life with his criminal activity.
    • This is also not the first time Chris Pine appeared in a superhero movie as a blond action hero who didn't survive the movie and was mourned by his canonical love interest. It also won’t be his last as he’s coming back for Wonder Woman 1984.
    • 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!
    • Lily Tomlin once passed on the role of Edna Mode, a popular supporting character in a superhero movie... and now she's one of the best known ones, Aunt May. For added points, she's the caretaker of a wide array of Spider-suits.
    • Peni Parker being voiced by Kimiko Glenn becomes this when it was confirmed that Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, the showrunners of Voltron: Legendary Defender, which Glenn voiced Ezor in said series, would be directing the sequel and the female-centric spinoff respectively.
    • The movie was brought to Netflix at the same time as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Considering the inspiration for the original design of Peni Parker's Sp//dr, that's quite a coincidence!
    • A minor fan complaint regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe portrayal of Peter Parker is that the construction of his iconic suit being outsourced to Tony Stark. This film, while not a source of complaint, features a reverse of that Adaptation Deviation, Miles creates the black and red suit in the film while his comic counterpart was given it by S.H.I.E.L.D.. Becomes particularly funny less than a year later come Far From Home, where Peter is now the one receiving a (substitute) black suit from S.H.I.E.L.D. instead!
    • Tobey Maguire losing the chance to return as Spider-Man (specifically, the Peter Parker of Miles's universe) over concerns that his appearance would be too confusing can be seen as this after Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which J. K. Simmons became the first actor from the Raimi trilogy to return to their role in a cinematic capacity.
  • 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; all the constant praise the film has received has caused several viewers who have seen the film after its initial premier 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.
  • Memetic Loser: Tombstone, the least threatening and relevant of the rogues gallery by far. He has no apparent superpowers or super-technology, serves as a bodyguard to someone who doesn't need one, and is easily and unceremoniously taken out during the final battle. Even Aunt May gets to smack him around!
  • 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 
    • "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 
  • 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 Charm: Kingpin's physique is even more exaggerated than it normally is, 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.
  • 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.
    • The concept of Peter Parker having a Legacy Character, or even an Affirmative Action Legacy, or that "anyone can be Spider-Man" as a core idea is as old as ASM Issue #87, published in the early '70s. In that issue, Peter after going in a depressive funk comes clean to his friends as Spider-Man but on seeing girlfriend Gwen Stacy's hysterical over-the-top reaction to the idea, Peter decides to make this a Fiction as Cover-Up by asking his former enemy-turned-friend Hobie Brown aka Prowler I, to pose as Spider-Man in his costume. Prowler I had tech that gave him wall-crawling ability and so could pass for Spidey in a limited setting. This was the first time someone other than Peter wore the Spider-Man costume (and who successfully passed for the real deal) and the first man to do so was an African-American character. Stan Lee and Romita created the Prowler (and earlier Robbie Robertson) to diversify the monochrome world of Spider-Man when it started out in the early '60s (and which was still rooted Two Decades Behind more than being actually contemporary). When Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli created Miles, they paid tribute by more or less making Aaron Davis or Prowler II and Miles Morales Decomposite Character of Prowler I (with Davis, in the comics, being the criminal aspect who never turned straight, and Miles getting to actually be the African-American Spider-Man full time).
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shallow Parody: While she gets plenty of love from the home country of her art style, some anime fans find Peni Parker to be a somewhat obnoxious representation of anime thanks to her Moe appearance and Gratuitous Japanese. It's a bit more for those who've read her comics and find her Animesque aesthetic there to be more accurate and interesting.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: A lot of fans and critics consider Peter B. Parker and his story arc to be a coda for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy especially given how his story resembles unused ideas for Spider-Man 4note  and the fact that one of the producers considered bringing back Tobey Maguire to voice Peter.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This movie still got a PG rating despite containing several on-screen murders, one of which is performed with a gun.
  • 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.
    • 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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