Movie reviewers should have read the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comics before they decided to review the movie. The comic book series has been published by Marvel Comics and the new film is loosely based on the first movie, The Amazing Spider-Man.
The movie centers on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) who gets bitten by a radioactive spider. In the ensuing battle with the lethal spider, his body is changed and he becomes the web slinger. The character continues to fight crime until he discovers a huge villain is after him. The movie also introduces another popular superhero from Marvel Comics, Venom.
The storyline from the movie series is similar to the series, although it is not part of the same cycle, and therefore did not affect the storyline from the previous two movies in the saga. Peter Parker's spider-sense gets triggered and he becomes separated from his mentor Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Soon he finds himself in New York battling a cosmic being who needs him to finish his unfinished business with the Earth.
The movie takes a different approach than the series when it comes to the villains. Whereas the previous two movies focused on a shared enemy of Spider-Man, the comics were structured so that there were no shared villains. In the film series, Peter Parker is found by villains who want to manipulate him and they team up to do so.
The "Villains of the Spider-Verse" are a new cast of villains, who are considered to be "heroes" by a majority of the people of the city that they are fighting in the Spider-Verse. The story begins as Peter finds himself caught up in the Spider-Verse. He is split into two characters.
The Spider-Man that is fighting alongside the evil alien is named Vulture. The other hero is named Gwen Stacy. Both superheroes use their different powers and abilities to battle it out. Both are hit with an unpleasant side effect in the form of mutations.
When Gwen was bitten by the radioactive spider, she became the Scarlet Spider. The Vulture also became the Vulture because of his desire to spread death and destruction. Spider-Man's most famous enemy, the Green Goblin, has also found himself in the film series. He was given a brilliant power called pyrokinesis and he has become a huge force for crime in New York.
The movie also introduces a new character called the Web Slinger. This character uses the unique ability to fire webbing and send it at a distance. He is part of the faction of heroes who want to clean up the city of criminals and terrorists. The trailer shows some great action sequences featuring a major urban setting and an intriguing villain that some critics claim is one of the biggest surprises in the movie series.