The Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is now available for you to own on 4k, Blu-ray, DVD and digital. The animated film puts a new web-twist on the Spider-Man story we thought we knew by focusing on a new hero, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) a Black Puerto Rican teenage kid who has just been enrolled in one of Brooklyn’s most elite middle schools. Though he feels out of place at this school and much more at home at the one he used to go to, his parents (Brian Tyree Henry and Luna Lauren Velez) refuse to let him quit and instill the thought that the family doesn’t run of things.
One night, his life is turned upside down when he gets bitten by a radioactive spider, and receives the same powers as Spider-Man (Chris Pine) and some new ones as well. But when Kingpin kills Spider-Man and activates a supercollider, he inadvertently brings in five other Spider-heroes from five different universes.
So now it is up to the reluctant hero to bring a jaded Peter B. Parker aka Spider-Man (Jake Johnson), courageous yet vulnerable Spider-Woman (Hailey Steinfeld), an anime Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) and Sp//Dr, colorfully saturated Peter Porker, and the black and white Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) back home to their universes and save his own from being destroyed.
What is great about this film is that it does so much more than just tell another Spider-Man story, a story that has been recycled numerous times before. Here we get to see a new hero, one that can carry the idea that anyone can be Spider-Man. By focusing on Miles, we get to see a different experience from a whole new perspective.
Miles isn’t anything like Peter, and it is in some of those little cultural differences that allow it to be more reflective of the world that we live in today. Black people can see another hero that they can relate to. Miles speaking Spanish with his mom adds another layer to it. And the other supporting characters shows that Spider-Man is much more than one person, it’s an idea that goes far beyond race and gender.
The journey that Miles goes on to become this hero he was destined to make this coming of age film a very engaging and more importantly relevant watch. It features all sorts of different characters with different races, genders, backgrounds, and art styles that show that “anyone can wear the mask” and that there is no one right way to become Spider-Man.
For those who are interested in the bonus features, there is a ton to look forward to if you are a fan of the film or just the animation medium. For instance, “Spider-Verse: A New Dimension” is a feature that takes a look at how the creative team behind the film pushed the limits of the animation medium by making every single frame of the film look like a comic book come to life. “The Ultimate Comics Cast” sees what the recording sessions were like for some of the voice talents. “Designing Cinematic Comic Book Characters” is split into two parts: heroes and villains. Here, artists talk about some of the challenges of having Spider-Man noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker sharing the same screen.
There’s also an “Alternate Universe Mode,” which is an extended version of the film that includes scenes that didn’t make the original cut. These additional scenes are unfinished storyboards that add more plotlines and characters.
But perhaps the best feature of them all is “A Tribute To Stan Lee and Steve Ditko,” a feature that honors the two legendary, who are much more than legend, comic book artists that created some of Marvel’s best and most iconic superheroes, heroes that would pave the way for a new generation like Miles Morales.
Other features include “The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge,” which challenges you to look for some of the hidden gems of the film. “Another, Another Time Square” which shows us how Miles’ universe isn’t so different from our own but not quite the same either. And lyric videos, which is a sing-a-long version of “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, and “Familia” by Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA (feat. Bantu).
“Caught In A Spider-Ham” is a feature that is both a Spider-Ham animated short and a homage to the great Tex Avery and Chuck Jones cartoons.
“We Are Spider-Man” is a feature that shines a light on diversity and representation, and what Spider-Man means to everyone around the world. Watch the cast and crew talk about these characters and how the character isn’t just one man.
One winner will receive Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse on Blu-ray!