This was my second viewing of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse". I remember liking it the first time, but I didn't remember a ton of specifics. Going into it, I expected to have fun on my rewatch and find a few things to write about when I was done.
I had my suspicions about a "Venom" movie without Spider-Man. It's like doing a whole movie about Joker without Batman - crazy idea, right? But I think one of the best part about the general success of the blockbuster comic book movies is that filmmakers are getting more comfortable trying new things and exploring more obscure titles. Sony may have relented to partner with the MCU on Spider-Man, but they are holding tight to Venom and apparently trying to use this movie to launch their own shared universe, because why not?
The first time I watched this movie I went in already biased against it. I wanted Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where I believed he belonged. As far as I could tell, Sony (and by extension this movie) was preventing that from happening. From my perspective, the only thing keeping Spider-Man from joining the Avengers was sheer corporate greed. Nevermind that the only thing creating more Avengers movies was... sheer corporate greed.
It's been a while, but Spider-Man is back. Last time we saw him he was... dancing? But now we've got a new cast and a new villain, you know what that means: ORIGIN STORY, BABY! Peter Parker is an outcast high school student who is going to become Spider-Man - but how on Earth will it happen?
I wrote previously about how the X-Men trilogy started good with “X-Men”, got awesome with “X2”, and then went off the rails with “Last Stand”. If only X-Men had served as a warning to other trilogies that would follow. Alas, the Spider-Man franchise looked at the burning dumpster fire of “Last Stand” and thought... “Yeah, let’s do that.”