There are so many superhero films coming out each year that it’s getting harder than ever to stand out. Despite this, in a year that saw the releases of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, it was Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse that stood out as the best.
It was truly unlike anything that viewers had seen in a superhero film. The animation was unique and fluid, the story was original and the characters were relatable, including the animated pig.
With the Golden Globe for the Best Animated Film already in its trophy cabinet, the film will surely earn more as awards season continues. With such incredible reception from critics and fans alike, there’s no doubt the film has left a permanent mark on the superhero genre, so much so that there are few films that can compare.
When debating what the greatest superhero film of all time is, it’s impossible not to bring up Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Despite that film being the polar opposite of Into The Spider-Verse in almost every way, both stand out as the cream of the crop.
Can Miles Morales’ big screen debut really compare to Nolan’s masterpiece? Yes, and there are plenty of reasons why. (Spoilers Ahead)
10. The Music
Music can make or break a film, especially a superhero one. While many films opt for a more orchestral soundtrack, Into the Spider-Verse opts for a far more modern soundtrack, enlisting the help of several hip-hop stars like Post Malone and XXXTentacion. The result of this bold move is one of the best soundtracks for any superhero film in recent memory.
Not only are these songs fantastic to listen to outside of the film, but they also work great with the tone of the film. The chilling chorus of Scared of the Dark works so well with the sombre mood following the announcement of Peter Parker's death. The best use of music, however, may have been What's Up Danger which was the icing on the cake of one of the best-animated scenes of all time.
The modern aspect of the album fits well with the theme of a new Spider-Man being brought forward and the execution of it was far better than many could have expected. As a result, the emotional beats of the film are executed to perfection.