Veronica and I are not fans of superhero movies, and we don’t go to see too many of them. That’s not a slight to those of you who do like them, they just aren’t our thing. I’ve not seen WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN, SUICIDE SQUAD, SPIDER-MAN; HOMECOMING, JUSTICE LEAGUE or INFINITY WARS and that’s off the top of my head. I have no intention of seeing any of them because I have seen enough to know I just don’t like them.
I did see CIVIL WAR which is either a Captain America movie or a Avengers movie and liked it just fine, it was fun. The total opposite of the dreary BATMAN V SUPERMAN which was dreadful and idiotic.
That said, I barely even knew what SPIDER-VERSE was or that it was being made but when I heard that John Mulaney was voicing PETER PORKER; THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-HAM in the film, it got my attention. Any movie that puts a cartoon pig version of Spider-Man on screen piques my interest.
I wasn’t all that familiar with Spider-Gwen but I thought her costume design was striking. I only vaguely knew about Miles Morales version of Spider-Man but all of that stuff in the Marvel Universe came up long after I stopped reading superhero comics.
Growing up in the 70s Spider-Man was my guy. I know everyone thinks I was always a Batman fan, I was, but Spider-Man took the top spot when I found paperback collections of Steve Ditko’s original run on the series and I thought it was brilliant.
Friends kept telling us how good this new Spider-Man movie was so on a quiet Thursday night we took it in and I have since dubbed it “Probably the best superhero movie ever made. Period.” That’s high praise. The closest thing to a near perfect superhero movie before this was probably SUPERMAN THE MOVIE (1978) Or DICK TRACY (1991)— the former a little too linked to the 70s and the latter a little too linked to Madonna to really be a standout, but this Spider-Man movie, about a break in the thing that keeps our parallel universes apart and therefore causes them to crash together was just about perfect.
As an artist, I found the entire thing visually inspiring. So much so that I’ve already ordered the Blu Ray and plan on watching it often in the studio while I’m working.
I’m not going to give you too many details but let me say whether you’re a fan of classic Spider-Man, modern Spider-Man or barely a comic fan I think there’s enough here to keep you entertained. Insider tip: Show up about 15 mins past showtime and you won’t have to sit through the hopeless onslaught of previews which all seem laden with drek.