“You know, with great ability comes great accountability!”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse is a glorious experience, a treat unlike any other out there and a true love letter to comics. With masterful and meticulously well put together visuals, resonant characters, lovely music, fantastic voice acting and an inspiring story, the movie is quickly blazing a trail to be one of the best superhero films ever made, if not one of the best animated films ever made in Hollywood. Its popularity and appeal are incredibly understandable and if you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen the film and are wondering what this is. Published by Titan Comics, this movie special is an incredibly insightful and slavishly put together guidebook that immerses you in the delightful world of Spider-Verse.
Opening with a touching and relatable quote by Phil Lord which sets the perfect tone for what is to follow, the book is a great effort. Beginning at the initial development phase and process of the film to the actual animation stage, the book is a deep dive into the thought and work that went into the massive and ambitious project by a great crew. Structured into neat little sections breaking down all the aspects and elements of the film, from the world of Miles to the heroic figures of the film and the antagonistic forces that they encounter. Every major character gets a good few pages, showcasing early designs, production artwork, all the various looks and shots the crew had in store alongside discussion about the actual influences, craft and concepts that went into realizing them. Featuring even neat bits from the film script and members from various levels of the production, Spider-Verse has great stories to tell across the board, from fun little behind the scenes moments like director Bob Persichetti’s lack of awareness regarding Hailee Steinfeld’s music career or Liev Schreiber’s casting.
Every page is packed with clear passion as the book has been exhaustively put together to give the moviegoers a true idea of the efforts that took to make Spider-Verse come to life. It’s fascinating to get to see all these pieces of the process, the vast members of the production crew, their parts, what they brought to the film, despite most moviegoers being unaware of all the talent involved, and how everything all connects and builds to form this one finished package that we get to experience at the cinema.
If you’re a fan of the film-making process or animation or even if you’re merely a massive fan of the characters and world of Spider-Man, you owe it to yourself to grab this and check out how it all came to be. Leap into this great, immersive world that’s set to change superhero cinema and animation for good.