Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is now officially Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The animated film, which sees Miles Morales team up with several other Spider-People in a reality-bending adventure, is shaping up to be one of the biggest hits of the holiday season. Of course, the recognition and popularity of the source material all but guaranteed Spider-Verse would do well commercially, especially with the box office currently going through a bit of a lull. In addition, it appears Sony has a bona fide critical darling on their hands, with Spider-Verse currently riding waves of positive buzz.
The film already took home the New York Film Critics Circle's award for Best Animated Feature, and it's also been nominated in that category for the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards. In all likelihood, it'll be in contention for the Oscar as well, raising interest in the latest superhero film to grace screens in 2018. Critics definitely enjoyed Spider-Verse, and now it has a famous seal of approval to boast about.
Today, Rotten Tomatoes announced Into the Spider-Verse is Certified Fresh. As of this writing, 88 reviews have been counted, and 87 of them are positive. The film no longer sports the perfect 100% rating, but it's still going to go down as one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Stars Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson expressed their gratitude in a humorous video message, which you can watch below:
Though comic book movies (especially ones about Spider-Man) are extremely prevalent in this day and age, Spider-Verse found a way to be a fresh and exciting entry in the ever-expanding genre. Pundits have praised numerous aspects of the film, including its heartfelt story line and unique animation style. Sony is clearly loving the response, as there are already plans for a direct sequel and an all-female spinoff - both of which have directors lined up. Into the Spider-Verse becomes the second Sony/Marvel project of 2018 to launch a brand new franchise, following the record-breaking box office success of the live-action Venom film starring Tom Hardy. It wasn't too long ago the studio was struggling to make the most of the Spider-Man property, but now they're definitely on the right track.
It'll be interesting to see what impact the critical acclaim has on Into the Spider-Verse's box office prospects. Initial projections had it pegged for an opening weekend in the range of $30-40 million, which is a solid (if unremarkable) haul. It's worth keeping in mind that those estimates came out before the review embargo was lifted, so it's very possible Spider-Verse exceeds those first expectations. It isn't facing much competition this weekend, as the other wide releases are Clint Eastwood's The Mule and panned fantasy novel adaptation Mortal Engines. Both of those films shouldn't make much of an impact at the box office, opening the door for Into the Spider-Verse to have a fruitful frame.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018