Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. (Courtesy of Sony Pictures)

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Movie Summary

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a teenager living with his police officer father Jefferson Davis (Brian Tyree Henry) and nurse mother Rio Morales (Luna Lauren Velez). Miles is a gifted student and has been admitted to a challenging private prep school in New York. However, Miles would prefer to stay at home and go to the neighborhood school with his friends. Miles struggles to live up to his father’s expectations and often gets into trouble with Jefferson due to hanging out with his uncle Aaron Davis (Mahershala Ali), a man that Jefferson considers to be a criminal.
One day while hanging out, Aaron takes his nephew to an abandoned subway station where Miles expresses himself by painting some graffiti. Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway tunnel and gains spider-like abilities similar to Spider-Man (Chris Pine). After discovering his new abilities, Miles returns to the abandoned subway station to find the body of the spider. While there, Miles hears the sounds of battle coming from nearby. Miles discovers an underground laboratory chamber where Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime (Live Schreiber) has built a Super-Collider.

In the chamber, Spider-Man is battling the Kingpin’s henchmen, the Green Goblin (Jorma Taccone) and the Prowler. Spider-Man is attempting to prevent the Kingpin from activating the Super-Collider. Miles is put into jeopardy during the battle and Spider-Man saves the young teen. However, the momentary distraction causes the Green Goblin to shove Spider-Man into the Super-Collider, causing an explosion that kills the Green Goblin and severely wounds Spider-Man.

Miles attempts to help the blonde Spider-Man. Spider-Man realizes that Miles is just like him and tells the young teenager to hide before giving him a USB drive to shut down the Collider. Spider-Man tells Miles that if the Collider is activated again that it could destroy the city. Miles hides as Kingpin and the Prowler surround an injured Spider-Man. Kingpin has Spider-Man’s mask removed. The webslinger begs the Kingpin not to turn on the Collider, even telling him to think about his family. Spider-Man’s words anger the Kingpin, and the mobster pummels Spider-Man to death as Miles watches on. Miles flees the Collider, but he is seen by the Prowler who pursues him. Fortunately, Miles escapes.

In the days that follow, New York City mourns the passing of one of its greatest heroes. The world becomes aware that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. Mary Jane Watson (Zoë Kravitz), Peter’s wife, speaks at a memorial service that Miles attends wearing a Spider-Man costume. Her words inspire Miles to attempt to use his newfound abilities to become the city’s new superhero. Miles finds that he lacks the courage and experience to use his abilities consistently and accidentally damages the USB drive that Spider-Man gave him. Seeking inspiration, Miles visits the gravesite of Peter Parker and is approached by an older Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) from an alternative universe. Miles accidentally uses his venom blast to stun the other Peter, who is a worn-down version of Spider-Man that ended up divorced from Mary Jane in his world. Once conscious, Peter agrees to help train Miles in exchange for help stealing data to create a new drive.

The pair travel to the woods and infiltrate Alchemex Labs where data on the Collider is being kept. Once there, they overhear the Kingpin, his henchman Tombstone (Marvin “Krondon” Jones III), and Alchemex scientist Dr. Olivia Octavius (Kathryn Hahn) discussing how the Kingpin wants to use the Collider to reunite with his deceased wife, Vanessa (Lake Bell), and son, Richard. Years before, the pair had observed the Kingpin in a fight with Spider-Man and had fled from the Kingpin. Their car was hit by a truck and they were both killed. The Kingpin blamed Spider-Man for their deaths.

Peter and Miles find the computer, but Peter is discovered by Dr. Octavius. Miles discovers that he can turn invisible when scared and remains hidden. Dr. Octavius is amazed to learn of the existence of an alternate universe Spider-Man and informs Peter that he will die from cellular decay if he remains in their dimension. Dr. Octavius also reveals herself to be Miles’ universe’s version of Dr. Octopus, and she tries to kill Peter and Miles. Peter and Miles escape into the surrounding forest pursued by Dr. Octopus. They are rescued by Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), the Spider-Woman of another dimension. Gwen had taken the name of Wanda and had infiltrated Miles’ school to follow the young teen.

Do animals talk in this dimension? Cause I don’t wanna freak anyone out… pider-Ham (John Mulaney)

Peter takes Gwen and Miles to the home of May Parker (Lily Tomlin), Peter’s aunt. May recognizes Peter as a Spider-Man from another dimension and takes the trio to her Peter’s secret hideout underground. Once there, she introduces them to Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and Peter Porker (John Mulaney), the Spectacular Spider-Ham. All three are also alternate universe versions of Spider-Man. The alternate universe Spider-heroes come up with a plan to activate the Collider so they can return to their worlds. However, someone would need to remain to disable the Collider before it destroys the city. Miles offers to destroy the machine, but the group decides that he lacks the experience.

Distraught, Miles runs to his Uncle Aaron’s house. Once there, he discovers that Aaron is the Prowler. Miles returns to May’s house to tell the others. In Miles absence, Peni has completed a new drive. Unfortunately, Miles has led the Prowler and Kingpin’s men to May’s house. The Spider-heroes battle Kingpin, the Prowler, Dr. Octavius, Tombstone, and the Scorpion (Joaquín Cosío). During the battle, Miles is captured by the Prowler. Miles unmasks himself and asks for his uncle’s help. The Prowler is unwilling to hurt his own nephew and spares Miles. The Kingpin fatally shoots the Prowler. Miles flees with his dying uncle, who tells him to keep going before dying. Jefferson arrives on the scene and finds a costumed Miles standing over the body of his estranged brother. Jefferson mistakenly concludes that Spider-Man killed Aaron.

Miles returns to his dorm room where he meets the Spider-heroes. The group webs Miles to his chair to ensure his safety as he has yet to learn how to control his powers. Peter volunteers to stay behind and sacrifice himself for the others. Jefferson arrives outside Miles’ door and assumes that his son does not want to speak to him. Jefferson apologizes through the closed door to his son for his mistakes as a father. Miles finally gains his courage which helps him to master his powers. He goes to May’s house. May gives him Peter’s old web-shooters and Miles repaints one of Peter’s old Spider-Man suits.

Miles joins the other heroes at the Collider. They engage in a heated battle with the Kingpin and his remaining forces. The heroes defeat Kingpin and his enforcers, and Miles uses the USB drive to send his friends back to their respective universes. Miles is left to fight the Kingpin alone. Their fight attracts the attention of Jefferson, who realizes that Spider-Man is hero. Miles uses his venom blast to paralyze the Kingpin and throws the villain into the kill switch of the Collider, permanently destroying the machine.

In the aftermath, the Kingpin and his henchmen are arrested. The new Spider-Man is recognized as a hero after evidence that Kingpin murdered Aaron and Peter Parker is uncovered. Miles accepts his responsibilities as the new Spider-Man. Each of the alternate universe Spider-heroes return to their own lives. Older Peter plans to fix his relationship problems with Mary Jane. Gwen finds a way to contact Miles across the dimensions.

In a mid-credits scene, Miguel O’Hara (Oscar Isaac), Spider-Man from 2099, travels to the universe of the 60’s era Spider-Man animated cartoon. The two Spider-Men bicker with each other.

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Sony Pictures Releasing released Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on December 14, 2018. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directed the film starring Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, and Hailee Steinfeld.

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