Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has finally arrived in theaters, giving everyone a chance to dig into one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
The movie is also fairly complex, blending a massive cast of characters with different animation styles, multiple villains, and a plot line that hops dimensions. If you’re still trying to figure it all out, we’re here to help.
When you watch the film make sure to stick around to the very end, stay through all of the credits, like all of them. Then youll be gifted with a sweet sweet end of credits teaser for a possible sequel to this film.
Before the post-credits, we get a beautiful quote from the late great Stan Lee who co-created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko in the 60s.
Which says That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero,” Which reminds the audience of one of Lee’s more well-known quotes above a drawing of his trademark sunglasses.
After that, we get the post-credits teaser, which opens with a caption saying Meanwhile In Nueva York.
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The scene shows a hologram of a woman speaking about the events that just happened in the move to none other than Miguel O’Hara aka Spider-Man 2099. Miguel was a character created in the 90s and is a futuristic version of Spider-Man.
In the post-credit scene, Miguel is gifted with a special watch that allows him to access different dimensions and seems to have an unknown mission to gather up all of the Spider-people from different realities. His first stop is the distant past and the beginning of Spider-Man in 1967.
Its a classic throwback to the old cartoon and looks incredible on the big screen. Except for things, don’t go as planned and the two get into a pointing match which is a parody from the classic series.
Plus as we get a last second cameo from the legend himself J Jonah Jameson who hasnt been seen since Spider-Man 3.This also hints at his character being utilized in the sequel. Throughout the movie, we see Madame Webb’s spider lair that contains a ton of different versions of the Spider-Man suit and hopefully, some of those will also be included for the next film.
All in all Im happy I waited until the very end. I wasnt sure because this movie isnt directly associated with the MCU, but it was well worth the wait.
Peter Parker redeemed
Into the Spider-Verse is largely Miles’ story, but he’s not the only Spider-Man to learn a lesson. In teaching Miles how to use his powers, Peter B. Parker also re-learns the lessons of great power and a great responsibility that he had to internalize all those years ago. When we first meet him, he’s a Spider-Man on auto-pilot, shrugging his way through crime-fighting while his personal life is in shambles.
In meeting Miles, he finds an opportunity to teach and to learn about what it is to be a hero all over again. By the time he returns to his home universe, he’s a changed man. Not just an Amazing Spider-Man, but an amazing man.
An interdimensional relationship
From the moment she’s revealed as in the film, Gwen Stacy makes it clear that she’s not interested in making friends. Of course, that changes over the course of the film, and by the end, she’s definitely interested in a friendship with Miles Morales.
Luckily, these spider pals have figured out a way to stay in touch across dimensions, when she seems to visit him right before the credits roll. The film doesn’t take the time, in the end, to explain why or how this is actually happening, but it’s an obvious setup for a Spider-gang in the inevitable sequel.
Miles and his parents
Miles’ father Jefferson is a police officer who views Spider-Man as a menace until that is, he sees the new Spider-Man in action at the end of the film.
His very vocal change of heart during the final battle helps Miles to defeat Kingpin, and Miles returns the favor by finally telling his dad he loves him well, sort of.
It’s a big emotional payoff in the film, giving Miles the opportunity to covertly tell his father what he’s been holding back. It might also be the new Spider-Man accidently hinting at his identity. If that’s the case, it might not be long before Miles is outed as Spider-Man to his parents.
Spider-Man the artist
Miles Morales learns throughout the film that he can’t just be Spider-Man in some kind of magic, automatic way. He has to take the leap of faith and become Spider-Man in a way that’s true to him.
We see this in a thrilling sequence in which he creates his own Spider-suit and heads out into the world with his own unique threads. In the final moments of the film, we see that he’s continued his street art tradition both as Miles and as Spider-Man.
Venom: Into the Spider-Verse
A couple of months before Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters, Sony released another film based on a Marvel Comics character with a very close Spider-Man connection: Venom.
That film included two post-credits scenes, one of which seemed to be just an extended clip to promote Into the Spider-Verse, which included an important title card telling us that the upcoming animated film was taking place “In another universe.”
Does this mean that Tom Hardy’s Venom could show up in future installments of the Spider-Verse franchise? The answer is a definite…maybe. But that would be a truly wild crossover indeed.
The next villain
In the end, Miles Morales is able to send all of his friends back home and defeat Kingpin. Still, this is a superhero universe with a sequel on the way, so we know his version of New York City won’t stay quiet for long.
So who will Miles fight the next time around? The clear contender could be the Green Goblin, who shows up in this film for its first major fight scene but is ultimately relegated to a minor role. We’re betting the Green Goblin, and his alter ego Norman Osborn, could have a much larger role to play in the sequel.
Meanwhile in 2099…
The film’s post-credits scene reveals yet another Spider-hero, as we see a costumed figure named Miguel jump into the past and get in an argument with the Spider-Man from the 1967 animated series. The Miguel in question is Miguel O’Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099.
In the comics and in the film, he has the ability to hop through dimensions, which means he could show up alongside any of Into the Spider-Verse’s heroes at a moment’s notice. Keep an eye out for him in the follow-up. Of course, we all know who we really want to come back next time we visit the Spider-Verse:
The Kingpin of prison
In the end, Miles carries on the long tradition of refusing to kill his nemesis and instead turns Kingpin over to the authorities. We know two things about this universe’s Kingpin for sure: He has considerable resources, and he is absolutely relentless in his pursuit of getting what he wants.
Chances are that what he wants most after the credits is vengeance upon the new Spider-Man. Don’t be surprised if he manages to show up in some fashion in a sequel.