This is about as good as reviews have been saying. A very stylised, computer animated visual treat but maybe not a great choice if you are in anyway sensitive to rapid changes in bright colours.
The story itself is not terribly deep: New York is in peril due to a mad scientific experiment fuelled by a criminal conspiracy. It’s the repercussions of this that lead to a young, very bright student getting bitten by a radioactive spider and gaining super powers. The twist is that this is in a New York where Spider-Man has been fighting crime for 20+ years already.
The focus is on Marvel’s alternate universe spider-powered superhero, Miles Morales who becomes in entangled in a story of alternate universes and multiple spider-people. Morales is incrementally joined by a troupe of spider people: an out of shape Peter B Parker, Gwen ‘Spider-Gwen” Stacy, a 1930s noir Spider-Man (complete with trench coat and trilby), Spider-Ham (a cartoon pig that was once a spider that got bitten by a radioactive pig) and Peni Parker (a anime-ish school girl from the future with a robot controlled by her pet spider).
It’s a wild ride that embraces comic book aesthetics flamboyantly. It’s dorky, smart-mouthed, show-offy and full of quipping humour that embodies the character of Spider-Man. The Stan Lee cameo is very touching but the film also references classic Spider-Man comics and Steve Ditko.
Superhero stories work when they find that spot that gets the absurdity and comedy of the genre and finds a way to treat it seriously and genuinely as stories about people.Into The Spider-Verse really works well, with Miles Morales as a central character amid a growing chaos of people, colours, colliding art styles, events, bad guys and choices.