Sony Pictures Animation isn't necessarily the studio everyone looks to for the next great animated movie, but they do well enough. I watched their latest Smurfs movie with mild enjoyment as my three-year-old found it entertaining and fun and the same can be said for their recent holiday offering, The Star, as it had its moments, but by the looks of this trailer I'm really excited about what the studio has up their sleeve next. While Sony is currently allowing Marvel Studios to "borrow" their live-action Spider-Man rights and in production on their own movie centering on supervillian Venom (which is rounding up quite the cast in Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and possibly Woody Harrelson) Sony Pictures Animation has taken to furthering the Spider-verse with this animated adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' run of Spider-Man comics that sees Miles Morales, a young African-American man, take up the mantle of Spider-Man. This will undoubtedly be an attempt to produce a whole new line of Spider-Man films as Sony is naturally looking at every avenue they can with this property, but much to my surprise this latest endeavor looks to be genuinely inventive and a ton of fun. Featuring The Get Down and DOPE's Shameik Moore as the voice of Morales, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will follow the newly minted Spidey as he attempts to juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero in the classic Spider-Man mold. And while the narrative prospects for such a film probably shouldn't be set too high it is the style of the animation and the visual prowess this film seems to encompass that has me really intrigued. Not since something like 300 have I been so immediately enamored with the look of a movie and so willing to see it based on little more than what is hinted at visually. In fact, this is the first time I've ever actively hoped a film will be released in 3D due simply to the fact it seems the cityscape shots and having Spidey swing through such in the style this is rendered would be the perfect use of that tool. In short, I can't wait to see this thing on the biggest screen possible and hope that while Sony is taking advantage of the web-slinger in every way they can, that they keep remembering to put as much innovation into each project as has seemingly been done here. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also features the voice talents of Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Liev Schreiber, and debuts in theaters on December 14, 2018.

Synopsis: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

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