Kevin Smith Shares Thoughts On ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’

Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has now officially swung into theaters and critics and audiences everywhere have been showering this film with praise. Many are even proclaiming the film to be the best Spider-Man movie ever made. Now, filmmaker and Geek God among men Kevin Smith has seen the film, and he wrote a pretty glowing review.

On his official Instagram, Kevin Smith shared a selfie of himself at the theater in front of the film’s official poster. The post includes his review of the film, and he cannot praise it enough:

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When the sensational, spectacular @spiderversemovie opened with a Comics Code Authority seal, I nearly shot *my* webs! #intothespiderverse is a warm, wonderful love letter to the paper medium that spawned a billion dollar industry. It’s truly the greatest comic book movie ever made, in that it’s the closest thing to a comic book come-to-life we’ve ever seen on the big screen, right down to the Zip-A-Tone veneer! Packed with expert animation, an emotionally rooted plot, legit laugh-out-loud moments and unforgettable performances, these web-slingers feel more real than the flesh-and-blood characters in most non-cartoon movies. But as much as I loved the Spider-friends, I was blown away by Kingpin. It feels like the filmmakers drew inspiration from my favorite rendition of the character, as seen in the Frank Miller and @billsienkiewiczart Daredevil classic, “Love & War.” He’s depicted as the impossibly oversized brutal street-thug-turned-mob-boss Sienkiewicz painted, and his super crime that could destroy the worlds stems from a poignant pursuit of lost love Miller imagined. A superhero story is only as good as its villains, and Into the SpiderVerse gives us not only a fantastic Fisk but also a distinctive and diabolical Doc Ock, a powerful Prowler and a gargantuan Green Goblin – all of whom have zero qualms about killing a kid in a store-bought mask. But our wallcrawlers are plucky and plenty ready for the great responsibilities that come with great powers. Miles Morales is the perfect centerpiece for this hero’s journey, allowing elder statesmen Peter Parker to play the part of the seasoned vet who shows his protégé the ways of the web. Add Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Manga and Spider-Nic-Cage (“The wind smells like rain.”) and you have an unlikely arsenal of Arach-Knights that all stand for the same stuff Stan & Steve dreamed up when @marvel was in its infancy. Speaking of which, bring a crying towel for the heartbreaking cameo by @therealstanlee. Keep it handy for the moments Miles makes his leaps of faith. I’ll never not tear up now when I hear “Get up, Spider-Man!” The world needs this movie right now. See the sensational #spiderverse soon! #KevinSmith

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Kevin Smith is one of the most well-known geek personalities in the industry, and his love for comic books is expressed throughout much of his own films. It is hard to find anyone giving Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse anything less than a glowing review, and Kevin Smith’s thoughts are a testament to that.

Have you had the chance to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news about the webhead.

Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: 

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.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman with a screenplay by Phil Lord, the film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters now!

Thanos’ Outriders Resemble Venom In New ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Concept Art

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Avengers Infinity War Thanos Black Order Marvel StudioNew Avengers: Infinity War concept art reveals early designs for Thanos' Outriders and the horrifying creatures bear a striking resemblance to Venom.

During the battle of Wakanda, Thanos' underlings unleashed an army of the Outriders on Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Though the creatures were terrifying enough in the final version of the film, early concept art reveals that the Outriders initially resemble the Spider-Man villain turned anti-hero named Venom. According to Avengers: Infinity War concept artists, creating a design for Thanos' army that wouldn't be compared to Venom proved to be a challenge.

You can check out the first photo below and click "Next" to view the rest of the gallery!

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Thanos will return in the untitled sequel to Infinity War.

A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers 4 is expected to star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin and Chris Pratt.

Avengers 4 is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 3, 2019.


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