Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Dir. Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti & Rodney Rothman, 2018, USA, Superhero Animation
Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse oozes its very own brand of jubilant energy. From the tongue-in-cheek opening scene to the divine post-credits gag it is perhaps the film that has most freely and expressively made use of the Marvel licence since the first Iron Man rocked the world way back in 2008.
Its infinite visual stamina for sight gags and split-second references almost reminds me of the non-stop editing of an Edgar Wright film- except less Monster Energy and more masterful wonder: Skipping along with a clean understanding of animation’s limitless potential not only in design but storytelling- freeing itself into a world of comic panels and split storylines to fire off like a bullet with butterfly wings.
I really had to fight to appreciate its art style and its focus on wit over wisdom still leaves it a little short of something as earnest as Spider-Man 2- but this tri-directed treasure was already pigeonholed by the long-suffering cash-grab abuse of its titular character and the way it shattered that twenty-year mould without a care in the world should honestly make the MCU more than a little nervous.