If you’re anything like me, you probably weren’t terribly enthused about to prospect of Sony making an animated Spider-Man movie. Sure, the fact that the screenplay was written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller is promising and it’s very cool we’re getting the big screen debut of Miles Morales as Spider-Man, but I still couldn’t help but feel a little spidered-out. So when the movie was announced earlier today as being called Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, I kind of rolled my eyes at that wonky title and went on with my day.
But then this trailer dropped.
It’s short on plot details, but the big thing to take away from this trailer is the animation style, which looks absolutely stunning. It’s probably the closest the medium has ever gotten to really replicating the look of a comic book – that scene where Miles bounces off that taxi could easily be a splash page – and it’s a joy to behold. It reminds me of the style of animation Disney has used in shorts like Feast, but way smoother and more kinetic.
In fact, this very short teaser is enough to make me go from not really caring about this film at all to it now being one of my most anticipated films of 2018. The Christmas release date is still a long way off, but if the film itself delivers of the promise of this trailer, that wait will most likely be worth it.