Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

A fascinating and rejuvenating direction for the Spider-Man franchise. Probably the best Spider-Man movie this decade? Nice to see a movie challenge and even tease the recycled formula (even if it does still borrow pieces...) I'm not usually a fan of movies that use a prominent metanarrative to wink at the audience, but that's pretty unavoidable now given the corner Marvel has backed themselves into with all the different reboots and sequels. What's refreshing, however, is that the elements of the metanarrative serve a larger point of deconstructing the myth and legacy of Spider-Man. While the "expectations" shtick is layered on pretty thick, there's something really moving about the way our Spider-people are forced to reckon with their own identities by facing one another. For example, imagine traveling from an entirely different dimension only to be faced with a dead version of you that was superior in every way. Yeesh! Imagine witnessing the only Spider-Man you've ever known die and then feel obligated to be the one to fill those shoes! Fuck! That made this really compelling to watch and reminded me just how inert Homecoming was.

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