Watch these 10 movies instead of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to avoid being bitten by radioactive spiders in the subway.
The Golden Globes awarded Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with the Best Animated Picture trophy, kicking off a successful premiere for the film. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received the highest critics’ scores of the year and has grossed close to $300 million at the global box office.
With a cast that includes Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie), as well as Miles Morales, one of the most well-known superheroes of all time, the film’s success shouldn’t come as a surprise. The movie transformed him into a perfect Spider-Man, and many fans now see him as a worthy rival to Peter Parker. If you enjoyed Spider-Verse, here are 10 other films to check out.
1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spidey Into the Spider-Verse was not the first Spider-Man movie to be rebooted since 2002’s
The critical reception for The Amazing Spider-Man was negative. WhileSpider-Verse viewers are likely to have seen it, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mentionSpider-Man: Homecoming.
With Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Jon Watts directed a film that stayed true to the spirit of the original Spidey comic books.
It was like Spider-Verse for Peter Parker in that Homecoming made him a better actor, and Spider-Verse did the same thing for Miles Morales. In 2019, a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released.
2. Big Hero 6
Some questioned the necessity of making a big-screen version of a movie like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. What made this one stand out among the slew of other superhero movies that are now available on Blu-ray? Even if those doubters saw the film, they’d see why it was so noteworthy. Not only that, but this isn’t the first time it’s occurred.
Big Hero 6 was Disney’s first theatrically released animated Marvel Comics film in 2014. It was a huge risk, as no one outside of die-hard comic book fans had heard of Big Hero 6. As a result, the movie was a huge hit and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Spider-Verse is Marvel’s second animated film if it wins the Oscar.
3. Spider-Man 2
Into the Spider-Verse had some fun nods to previous Spider-Man films. In addition, it seemed to completely ignore the Amazing Spider-Man series, focusing solely on the Sam Raimi films instead. This included kissing Mary Jane while hanging upside down, fighting Doctor Octopus, and dancing down the street while under Venom’s control.
To summarize, if you’re only going to see one of the Spider-Man films directed by Sam Raimi, go with the second one. Doctor Octopus, played by Alfred Molina, is fantastic, and the storyline in this film helped to elevate it to one of the best comic book movies of its era. Do not worry if you miss the third film in the trilogy if you only see the first two.
4. Howard The Duck
Spider-Ham Peter Porker, the Extraordinary. In the third season of the Ultimate Spider-Man television cartoon, he was first introduced to children as their own version of the Spider-Verse. In that series, Spider-Man encountered Miles Morales, Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, Spyder-Knight, and Spider-Ham.
Older comic book readers may remember Spider-Ham from his own Marvel Comics series that debuted in 1983. At the same time, Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck was a big hit, and he even starred in the studio’s first-ever movie adaptation, which opened in theaters in 1986. The movie isn’t as bad as some people claim; it’s just a matter of getting used to it.
5. LEGO Batman Movie
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wasn’t directed by Christopher Miller or Phil Lord, but Lord wrote the script. With so much Lord and Miller meta-humor, from 21 Jump Street to The LEGO Movie, it became clear as the film progressed.
To a large extent, the scene inSpider-Verse where Spider-Man did various things from the Sam Raimi films looked like the scene inLEGO Batman Movie where Alfred talks about various Batman outings in different movies throughout his career. Despite the fact that Lord and Miller only worked on the LEGO Batman Movie, the two films have a lot in common.
6. Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors
As a result of this, Miles Morales found himself in the same universe as Spider-Man, switching between the mainstream Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. Two Spider-Men swung around and saved lives as a result. In the process, he made some lifelong friends and joined forces with other budding teenage superheroes.
His teammates on The Champions included Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Hulk, all of whom were under the age of twenty-one. Ms. Marvel recently appeared in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors with Squirrel Girl, America Chavez, and others as a teen who becomes a hero.
7. Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow
To become a superhero, Miles Morales first had to live up to Peter Parker’s legacy of good character, which he lost when he was killed in a car accident. And that made his own hero-worship even more difficult for Morales than it had to be.
Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, a Marvel Direct-to-Video film, had an analogous premise. A dystopian future in which Ultron has taken control of the world and nearly all of the heroes have perished is depicted in this film. It’s been revealed that Tony Stark lived, which means he’s been able to raise and train the children of the Marvel superheroes such as Black Panther, Wasp, Captain America, and Thor.
Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate Ang Lee’s The Incredible Hulk. There are parts of the film that don’t make sense. The Hulk Dogs are laughable, and the showdown between Hulk and his father, who may be the Absorbing Man, is confusing. Sony, on the other hand, needed to be prepared.
Ang Lee is an avant-garde filmmaker, and this film is an avant-garde superhero film. Even though there was a lot of carnage and mayhem, Bruce Banner’s journey was ultimately about confronting the monster inside himself. The fact that Spider-Verse looked and used comic book panels like a comic book was a neat touch. 16 years ago, Hulk did the same thing, and it was just as cool.
In the past, Tim Burton and Kevin Smith hoped Nic Cage would play Superman in one of their productions. It’s an interesting thought experiment, even if the whole thing now seems insane (he finally gave him a voice in Teen Titans Go! to the Movies). Spider-Verse fans will now be able to hear Nicolas Cage as the Spider-Man they’ve been waiting to hear: Spider-Man Noir.
In between the flop Superman film and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cage did get to appear in a superhero film as a lead actor. In Kick-Ass, he played Big Daddy, the father of Hit-Girl. It’s interesting to note that Spider-Man Noir’s origin story in the comics was much bloodier than the standard Spidey’s. It’s eerily similar to Big Daddy’s method of combat in Kick-Ass.
10. Kubo And The Two Strings
Whoever saysSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is “just a cartoon” and therefore shouldn’t be making “best of” lists at the end of the year should watchKubo and the Two Strings. There is a young man who happens to be the grandson of The Moon King in this animated film, which was released in 2016 by Laika (ParaNorman).
His mother has just died and now he’s hiding from his murderous aunts with the help of his snow monkey and beetle friends to find out what his true destiny is. If you think that any live-action film can compete with this one, you’re mistaken. As with Kubo, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is deserving of all the acclaim it’s received.
He fell in love with movies in 1989 after seeing Tim Burton’s Batman on the big screen for the first time. Shawn S. Lealos is senior writer at ScreenRant. Shawn is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in Journalism and minored in Film Studies.
He’s been a journalist for over two decades, starting out in print before making the switch to online as the media landscape shifted. His previous memberships include the Society for Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle.
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