For most of the big screen Spider-Man related output we’ve been subjected to, my reactions have vacillated from “that was pretty solid” to “I wish I had stayed home and done something else with that two hours”, so every time a new project is announced my level of apprehension is relatively high. Even the fairly lauded Spider-Man: Homecoming, which I liked okay, didn’t really hit me where I needed it to.
But this first trailer for Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse looks very promising, and while it has the benefit of animation on its side, my hopes are high this will be the first big screen Spidey adventure that conjures those feelings I had when I was reading those comics as a kid…plus it debuts Miles, which is an exciting development no matter how you slice it.
There isn’t a whole lot else to go on here, but the design is very eye-catching, and who knows? If successful, perhaps this will pave the way for further animated big screen adventures that go beyond the quality of your standard direct to DVD fare.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Mahershala Ali as his father, Jefferson Davis, and Brian Tyree Henry as Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis/The Prowler. It hits theaters on Christmas of 2018.
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