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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Phil Lord—one half of the duo responsible for The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street—cowrote this animated Marvel Comics adaptation, and like the films he codirected, it exhibits a free-for-all wackiness reminiscent of 1930s Looney Tunes. Set in a parallel universe, the story follows a mixed-race teenage boy who transforms into Spider-Man after some baddies kill the original Spidey, Peter Parker. Those same villains have also opened up a portal to alternate realities, and soon enough, the young hero finds himself fighting crime alongside every iteration of Spider-Man in the Marvel canon. Maintaining a breathless pace, the filmmakers pile up sci-fi conceits, one-liners, and a melange of animation styles; as opposed to lots of other comic book adaptations, this actually captures the sensation of getting absorbed in a comic book. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directed.



  • Bob Persichetti
  • Peter Ramsey
  • Rodney Rothman


  • Shameik Moore
  • Jake Johnson
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Brian Henry
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Luna Velez
  • Zoë Kravitz
  • John Mulaney
  • Kimiko Glenn
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Kathryn Hahn
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Chris Pine


  • Alex Hirsch
  • Brian Michael Bendis
  • Christopher Miller
  • Phil Lord
  • Rodney Rothman
  • Stan Lee


  • Avi Arad
  • Amy Pascal
  • Phil Lord
  • Christopher Miller
  • Christina Steinberg
  • Stan Lee
  • Brian Bendis
  • Will Allegra

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