UPDATE: Official reviews for Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse are now hitting the web, and they seem to reflect the overwhelmingly positive early Twitter responses.
Variety’s Peter Debruge says the animated adventure is “yet another high-concept, heavy-meta home run from “The Lego Movie” mavens Phil Lord and Christopher Miller”. IGN’s David Griffin called it an “all-around moviegoing blast” in his 9/10 review, while Verge’s Bryan Bishop described it as “a raucous, smart, self-referential adventure”.
Indiewire’s David Ehrlich went as far as to say it “completely reinvigorates the [superhero] genre”… strong praise indeed.
As the reviews continue to trickle out online, the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse stands at 100% “Fresh” from 19 reviews.
ORIGINAL STORY: It looks like the best Spider-Man movie in years is the one that most of us least expected.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the new animated movie from Sony Pictures and Marvel, has already been called ‘the best Spider-Man movie ever’, with some going even further, calling it one of the best movies of 2018 – full stop.
Actual reviews are yet to drop, but the social media embargo has been lifted, and it’s all plaudits.
Not only is SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE a great Spider-Man movie, but I think it's the BEST Spider-Man movie. A super inventive & visually stunning action-adventure about a kid learning to be a hero from a man who forgot how to be one. It is outstanding!#IntoTheSpiderVerse pic.twitter.com/vKe96y2wkH
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) November 28, 2018
Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse is not only the best animated feature and best comic book movie this year, but one of the best movies of 2018 period. I don’t think another movie does a better job of bringing a comic book to life on the big screen. pic.twitter.com/EeDzaaoBqD
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 28, 2018
The social media embargo just dropped, so I can tell you that I LOVED Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! My favorite animated film of the year and one of my favorite movies of 2018, period. What a fun, beautiful ride it is. Full review tomorrow morning on @sjnews! pic.twitter.com/mbS5faQBSM
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) November 28, 2018
P.S. my theater erupted into cheers multiple times, most notably during Stan Lee's cameo <3
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) November 28, 2018
Dude, #IntoTheSpiderVerse is so absurdly incredible there are not enough exclamation points on this Earth. A comic book theme park ride on several hallucinogenics. John Mulaney’s Spider-Ham 4 life
— Vinnie Mancuso (@VinnieMancuso1) November 28, 2018
Penned by Lego Movie scribe Phil Lord, it follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), and his reluctant mentor Peter Parker (Jurassic World’s Jake Johnson).
Hurled into a world of alternate universes, where there can be more than one Spider-Man, Miles has to juggle his high school life with his new found superhero status.
Also on the voice cast are Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen, John Mulaney as Peter Porker, aka Spider-Ham, a Spider-Man/Pig from an alternate universe, and Nicolas Cage as ‘Spider-Noir’, an alternate Peter Parker from a 1930s universe.
Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Bryan Tyree Henry and Liev Schreiber also star.
It’s due out across the UK on December 12 (with a host of sequels and spin-offs likely to follow).