Sony Pictures' upcoming animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, following the first wave of reviews. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, and produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), the movie follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales as he tries to figure out how to be the best Spider-Man he can be - with a little help from some strange new friends.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a standalone movie - separate from both the Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony's recent Venom movie. Very loosely based on the Spider-Verse comic book storyline, it sees Miles Morales discover that he is not the only Spider-Man in the multiverse, as Kingpin's experiments with a particle collider pulls Spider-People from all sorts of universes into Miles' world. Among them are Spider-Gwen (a superpowered Gwen Stacy), original Spider-Man Peter Parker, and the gritty black-and-white Spider-Man of the Spider-Man Noir comics (who is voiced by Nicolas Cage).
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is lining up for a strong opening weekend upon its general release next week, and that will surely only be helped by the movie earning a 100% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, with 49 reviews counted so far. Early reviews have praised the movie's unique and stylized visual palette, its exhilarating action, its humor, and the characterization of Miles Morales as a well-intentioned but inexperienced fledgling superhero, who is carrying a very heavy weight upon his young shoulders.
Rotten Tomatoes scores measure the percentage of movie reviews that are either generally positive or generally negative, so a 100% "Perfect" score doesn't necessarily mean that critics think the movie itself is perfect - just that it hasn't received any negative reviews. That being said, the average rating for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is currently 9/10, meaning that critics think the movie is pretty close to being perfect.
That's all the more impressive when you consider the delicate balancing act that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had to pull off, and the challenges it faces. The movie has to introduce general moviegoers to the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, establish him as the protagonist, then introduce Peter Parker as a supporting character before expanding into a whole multiverse full of spider-people - including Peni Parker, a schoolgirl who operates a mech, and Spider-Ham, a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig. Based on the reviews so far, it sounds like Into the Spider-Verse has managed to distil this complex and strange premise into a movie that's actually quite easy to follow, and extremely entertaining as well.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018