The latest web-slinger adventure, Spiderman: Far From Home, the sequel to the 2017 hit Spider-Man: Homecoming, is headed to a big screen near you very soon. But in fact, there has been a Spider-Man movie in theaters every year for the past three years. Sony’s Oscar-winning animated hit, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse premiered in Dec. 2018, and dominated at the box office. Here’s what you need to know about the flick, as well as where you can watch it.
What is Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse about?
The computer-animated flick follows a different Spidey than fans are used to. Miles Morales is a teenage boy living in New York in the modern day. One day, Miles is, like Peter Parker before him, bitten by a radioactive spider. He uses his abilities to try and help out the Spider-Man, who is then killed by Wilson Fisk in an act that opens up a portal to other dimensions.
Miles then teams up with several other “Spider-People,” including Gwen Stacy (Spider-Woman), Peter B. Parker (an older Spider-Man), Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and Peni Parker. Together, they all must work together to get them back to their own dimensions and stop Wilson Fisk from using the collider again. There’s a lot more to it, but that’s the gist.
These are the voice actors you should know from Into the Spiderverse
Plenty of famous faces provided the voices for the characters in this film. Miles is played by Shameik Moore, star of Dope and The Get Down. The other Spider-People are Jake Johnson (New Girl) as Peter P. Parker, Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) as Gwen Stacy, John Mulaney (Big Mouth) as Spider-Ham, Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black) as Peni Parker, and Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir.
And there’s plenty more: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) voices Aaron Davis / Prowler, Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) is Aunt May, Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies) is Peter B. Parker’s Mary Jane Watson, and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) voices Wilson Fisk / King Pin. Even the smaller roles feature big names: Chris Pine does the voice for the original Peter Parker, and Oscar Isaac provides the voice of Spider-Man 2099 in the post-credit sequence.
Where can you watch Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse?
As the film came out more than six months ago, it’s been a bit of wait for a convenient way to watch it at home. After winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Oscar ceremony, it was only a matter of time before someone snatched up the streaming rights to Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
On June 26, 2019, it was finally announced: Netflix purchased the rights to the Sony film. Unfortunately, this wasn’t immediate internationally — fan tweets following Netflix’s post show that viewers in the U.K., Argentina, Australia, and other countries weren’t able to watch just yet. But director Rodney Rotham assured fans it would be coming to their region at some point.
And there’s more where that came from
If you love Into the Spiderverse, fear not: Sony finally has a winning Spider-Man property, and it’s not going to let that opportunity go to waste. There is reportedly a sequel featuring Miles Morales in the works, as well as a spin-off Spider-Women. There’s also the possibility of a TV series to come.