To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Digital HD (not to mention its recent Oscar win), Sony Animation Pictures has released the first 9 minutes of the movie online. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, Into the Spider-Verse follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as he gains incredible spider-powers and meets a collection of fellow spider-people who have been accidentally transported to his world from other dimensions.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was widely praised by fans and critics alike for its animation, humor, heartfelt story, and its success in exploring a fairly complex comic book idea (that of the Marvel multiverse) in a way that was accessible for general audiences. The film was a modest box office success, and is doing an encore run in theaters this weekend.
The Spider-Man movie franchise has already seen the release of one movie trilogy, and was then rebooted with The Amazing Spider-Man, and then rebooted again after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Peter Parker joining his fellow Marvel superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Into the Spider-Verse has a tongue-in-cheek awareness of how many different times audiences have been introduced to Spider-Man, and so the various spider-people in the movie tell their stories in quick montages, always starting with the line, "Let's do this one more time." So... let's do this one more time.
The opening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is narrated by the Peter Parker from Miles Morales' universe, who is voiced by Chris Pine. His introductory montage features amusing nods to previous Spider-Man movies (like Tobey Maguire's awkward dancing in Spider-Man 3), and acknowledges the massive scope of the Spider-Man franchise - from comic cooks to cereals to a Christmas album. After this opening, however, the movie shifts to focus on Miles Morales, a character who will be unfamiliar to fans who have only seen the movies rather than reading the comics. As such, Miles' origin story is told in full rather than in shorthand.
Towards the end of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's first nine minutes we're also introduced to a third spider-person, Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), who is one of the visitors to Miles' world from another dimension. Gwen is not only set to return in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, she's also expected to be the lead character in an all-female spinoff that's currently in development.
Into the Spider-Verse had a lot of ground to cover in less than two hours, and this opening is a great demonstration of the movie's style, humor, and tightly-written character development. You can watch the full movie on Digital HD now, catch its theatrical re-release this weekend, and get the Blu-ray on March 19.