Jerry Seinfeld Weighs In On Kevin Hart’s Oscars Departure

Whenever there is a controversy surrounding jokes or a particular comedian, one person that is frequently asked to offer his opinion on the matter is Jerry Seinfeld. From Roseanne to James Gunn, when a joke is the catalyst of controversy the comedian is always willing to give his take. So with the recent kerfuffle surrounding Kevin Hart’s very brief turn as Oscar host, Jerry Seinfeld has once again weighed in, saying:

Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t explicitly say what he thinks about Kevin Hart’s past jokes, the request from the Academy that he apologize or his decision to step down. Instead he is looking at the end result of the situation and who won and who lost. And in that regard, Jerry Seinfeld seems to see the situation as the Oscars taking a major L by losing Kevin Hart as a host.

Despite the controversy, Jerry Seinfeld does not believe that this will hurt his fellow comedian, who is talented and has a very successful movie career. He thinks that Kevin Hart will be just fine, but by dropping out, the Academy finds itself in quite the bind. As Jerry Seinfeld told Willie Geist on Sunday Today, replacing the popular comedian is no easy thing.

It’s hard to argue with him either on that point. Kevin Hart was announced as the host later than the announcement is usually made, and now the Academy is presumably scrambling to find someone just as exciting to replace him, and no doubt hoping that old social media posts don’t once again rear their ugly head.

There has even been talk that the Academy is considering going without a host for the upcoming ceremony. That would definitely be something different, and the Academy is trying to shake things up to improve ratings. Of course, there’s no way to know if Kevin Hart, a replacement host for the comedian or a host-less show would do more to help bring in viewers. But given Kevin Hart’s popularity, you can see Jerry Seinfeld’s point.

At the moment, the situation seems to have done more obvious harm to next year’s Oscars ceremony than to Kevin Hart’s career. Although even the mildest of controversies is bound to result in social media shouting matches, a recent poll indicates that a major sentiment toward the controversy is one of ambivalence.

However, it was apparently a dream of Kevin Hart’s to host the Oscars and he now won’t get that chance, not this upcoming ceremony anyway. So while his career might be fine and his fans might still think well of him, he does now miss out on an opportunity he wanted.

The 91st Academy Awards airs, host or not, on Sunday, February 24, 2019. For all the movies coming to theaters next year, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

How Aquaman Filmed Nicole Kidman’s Amazing Fight Scene In One Long Take

The DC Universe has had a fascinating tenure in theaters, filled with both peaks and valleys. The next movie to hit theaters is James Wan’s Aquaman, with the horror director tasked with bringing the DCEU underwater, and hopefully providing the first critical success since Wonder Woman. Wan assembled a strong cast of actors to bring the blockbuster to life, including Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother Queen Atlanna.

Atlanna’s role will help fill in the backstory of Arthur Curry, and she’ll even get a brief action sequence of her own. The scene was actually released early, showing Atlanna dispatching enemies in casual streetwear, taking up her trident in the process. James Bond opened up about the process it took to film the long shot, saying:

Well, that’s quite the production. Long shots in movies are tricky animals, with intense choreography and production needed to facilitate camera’s movements. And in order to properly show Atlanna fighting off a home invasion, an extensive set needed to be constructed. This let Nicole Kidman’s DC character have the range of motion she needed, and made for the thrilling scene.

While Aquaman doesn’t hit theaters for another week or so, the Atlanna’s big action scene was released early. You can check it out below, and see how James Wan’s crew skillfully crafted the thrilling sequence (via Comic Book).

In his same conversation with Slash Film, James Wan also discussed just how long it ultimately took to film Atlanna’s big scene. Given the long shots and complicated fight choreography and affects, the short but awesome scene took a ton of work. And a whole ton of takes. He said,

Luckily, it appears that James Wan and his crew ultimately got it together. Atlanna’s fight scene looks epic, and it will likely be even better on a big screen, where Wan’s visuals and the extensive choreography could be experienced in full.

Aquaman will arrive in theaters on December 21st. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Mortal Engines Ticket

3D SCORE:
32 /35

Readers, start your Mortal Engines! It’s time to revisit one of this month’s would-be blockbusters, and the film most likely to draw in folks that can’t make it to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Another YA franchise looks to make itself into a fixture at the movies, and it’s bringing along an old friend for the ride as well. We’re not talking about multiple entries ready to be adapted, should the green light be issued. No, we’re talking about the 3D conversion!

But is Mortal Engines worth the 3D ticket money, or are you better off donating the extra Quirks to the St. Paul’s Energy Project? That’s what we’re here to determine today, as To 3D or Not To 3D braves the wastes of the Earth and helps you make the right decision. If you’re interested in what we thought of the movie, head on over to the official review. Otherwise, it’s time to get busy with running through if Mortal Engines makes the 3D grade!

3D Fit Score

5/5

If you don’t think motorized cities with the ability to wage war aren’t a 3D fit, you’re probably not that big of a fan of the format. Mortal Engines has landscapes, locations, and events that are so built for 3D, it would be a disappointment if they weren’t offered in such a manner. Not to mention, it’s a big spectacle that’s meant to help close 2018’s box office season in grand fashion, so the extra splash is absolutely warranted.

Planning & Effort Score

4/5

Only some minor hiccups stop Mortal Engines from being a perfect 3D conversion, but other than that, this is a pretty well planned and executed 3D film. Brightness is where the film really takes its lumps, but other than that, there’s some well thought out action in the film’s third dimensional enhancements. The practice of 3D conversion started out as taking some serious guff from purists, but a film like Mortal Engines shows just how far it’s come after all of these years.

Before the Window Score

5/5

You might not believe it, but it’s extremely hard to get a 3D conversion that knows how to properly throw things out at its audience. But considering how much of a technical fanatic producer / writer Peter Jackson is, it’s no surprise that Mortal Engines gets this factor absolutely right. It only takes a handful of minutes into the film before you know its serious about the 3D, with massive, flinching objects pushing their way out of the screen. Now take that sensibility, and expand it throughout a film where guns are pointed at faces, cannons fire causing debris to explode, and various chase scenes fly past your face, and you’ve got a good time.

Beyond the Window Score

5/5

Complementing the stellar work that the team behind Mortal Engines’ 3D conversion did on the “Before The Window” factor is the absolutely gorgeous depth brought to the film’s picture. The usual hallmarks are airtight, with characters well separated from their environments, as well as their co-stars. But on top of the spatial reasoning being solid, the depth factor is truly endless, making some scenes even more breathtaking in 3D than in 2D. One scene in Mortal Engines’ third act even uses this effect to introduce a new setting in a most fantastic manner.

Brightness Score

4/5

Hello darkness, our old friend. The brightness factor on Mortal Engines loses a point for the same old problem, no matter where you go. When you put on those grey/black glasses, the picture naturally dims a little bit. In the case of Mortal Engines, it mutes the mostly warmer color palette that the film snuggly find itself colored by. Your mileage may vary in terms of brightness, seeing as it also depends on how well your theater calibrates and maintains its 3D auditoriums. But as it stands, for the presentation we saw, the picture was only slightly dimmer than it was with the glasses off.

Glasses Off Score

4/5

Since we’ve already got our glasses off, let’s talk about the blur you might be seeing on the screen. You’re going to want to lift your glasses up during Mortal Engines, not only to give your eyes a small break, but also to see what’s going on without the aid of polarized lenses. That blur is totally natural, in fact, it’s an indicator of how much the image on the screen has been manipulated to present a 3D image. The majority of the film is pretty blurry, with both background and foreground shots getting in on the action. But there are some instances where the picture isn’t as blurred as others, giving almost a 2D look to certain aspects of the picture. Thankfully, those moments are few and far between.

Audience Health Score

5/5

Your eyes are important, and if the presentation isn’t just right on a 3D movie, you might find them strained during the presentation of a film like Mortal Engines. But much like the majority of the factors covered in our To 3D guide, there’s a lot of praise to be had in the audience health factor. The entire product is a smooth experience, with no eye strain or nausea to be had, and that’s no small feat with the fast paced action presented on the screen. You’re not going to need a steel stomach to watch Mortal Engines in 3D.

3D Fit Score 5
Planning & Effort Score 4
Before the Window Score 5
Beyond the Window Score 5
Brightness Score 4
Glasses Off Score 4
Audience Health Score 5

Mortal Engines is not only a 3D film well worth the audience’s time, it’s a film that begs to be seen in IMAX 3D, or any large format offering the same treatment. Its immersive storytelling is severely engaging in 2D, but becomes absolutely electric in the 3D presentation. While the brightness fudges things up a little, it doesn’t sink the ship entirely. If you’re only going to see it once, see it right and take the 3D journey to futuristic London!

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Rami Malek Was Nervous To Wear One Revealing Bohemian Rhapsody Costume

One must be fearless to play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury — a lesson Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek learned quickly after he was cast in the role. Malek’s incredible transformation into the rock icon included plenty of preparation on his part. This included wearing some bold fashion statements inspired by Freddie’s on-stage wardrobe — one of which that Malek was a bit timid to put on at first. In his words:

Rami Malek clearly went all in to play Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, and it shows through his transformative performance in the role. During his interview with The Wrap, the actor said by the end of the film he was so comfortable with Freddie’s wardrobe that he asked the costume designer if he could have a replica of the leotard. He ordered it in ruby red specifically.

On top of wearing Freddie Mercury’s vibrant wardrobe, Rami Malek also wore fake teeth for the film, worked with a movement coach to mirror the icon’s mannerisms, took singing and piano lessons, and went on a crazy exercise and diet routine. Yep, he was all in.

Coming right off his stiff and socially awkward character on the television series Mr. Robot, Rami Malek did a complete 180 from what audiences know he can do in Bohemian Rhapsody, including reenacting a 22-minute sequence of Queen’s Live Aid concert in 1985. He became so believable as Freddie that the remaining members of Queen who were collaborators on the film became convinced and completely support his iteration of their late band member.

Queen were reluctantly working with filmmakers for almost a decade on Bohemian Rhapsody to properly pay tribute to Freddie Mercury and the rest of the band’s legacy. When Rami Malek came along, the band saw a sparkle of Freddie in his eye — a key component to the film being believable at all.

The intense role transformation for Rami Malek and the long filmmaking process for Queen has finally paid off, since the film has passed $600 million at the worldwide box office and the film has already been nominated for two Golden Globes. The film was recognized for the Best Picture and Best Actor in the drama category, all much to the praise of Malek’s decision to completely become the killer queen Freddie Mercury will always be remembered as.

No, James Wan Isn’t Contracted For An Aquaman Sequel

Next weekend sees the release of Aquaman from director James Wan. By and large, the reviews for the film seem to indicate that the acclaimed director has delivered one of the best DCEU films to date. So naturally, assuming Aquaman is a success at the box office, many fans will want to see James Wan back in the director’s chair to helm a potential sequel. Not so fast though, because Wan isn’t contracted for an Aquaman sequel, as he explained:

Aquaman isn’t even officially out yet, so James Wan wants to keep the focus on this film before discussing the possibility of sequels. That’s understandable, after an exhausting two years of making Aquaman. He’s probably ready for a rest, and doesn’t want to assume a sequel will happen before knowing how the first film performs. However, Wan did reveal to Variety that he is not currently signed on to direct any other Aquaman movies.

That isn’t the same as him saying he doesn’t want to direct any others, or that he is done with the franchise. There could be an Aquaman 2 and James Wan could still direct it, but contractually speaking, he is not obligated to return to Atlantis.

This is obviously very notable, because if Aquaman is successful and Warner Bros. decides to make a second one, there will be the open question of who is going to direct it until James Wan officially returns or the studio gets somebody else.

The situation is somewhat reminiscent of what happened with Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. only signed on Patty Jenkins for the first film. The, when Wonder Woman was a critical and commercial smash hit, the studio had to back up the money truck to bring her back.

The outlook on Aquaman isn’t quite as rosy as Wonder Woman critically, but the reviews are largely positive thus far and no doubt audiences who like the film will want to see James Wan return to play in the world that he so painstakingly created.

On the other hand, James Wan is a talented director who made his mark in horror before moving on to Furious 7 and then the world of superheroes, so it would also be interesting to see him tackle something else new — and he may want to. Then again, he has also shown interest in a horror take on Batman as well as Blade, so maybe he’ll stay in the comic book realm and just do something different. Time will tell.

Early indicators at the box office are good for Aquaman with the film tracking at a $65 million opening weekend against stiff competition. In addition to that, Aquaman has already surpassed Wonder Woman‘s entire run in the all-important Chinese market.

Those signs bode well for an Aquaman 2, if that’s in DC’s plans, but James Wan returning to make it is not a certainty.

Aquaman dives into theaters on December 21st. For movies looking to make a splash next year, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Titans Get Their Own Stunning Character Posters

Director Michael Dougherty tweeted shots of each poster, along with more biblical quotes to follow his recent quote from the Book of Job for a new Godzilla image. Here are the Book of Revelation quotes Dougherty used for each Titan:

Can you picture those posters on your wall? Don’t forget to add the one for Godzilla. The posters are stunning to look at, and the captions are thought-provoking to read. The Book of Revelation is the final book in the Christian Bible. It’s famously dark, since it literally describes the Apocalypse. Godzilla 2 is going deep.

These three new posters are just the latest release on the May 2019 film, following the first trailer over the summer at San Diego Comic-Con and the second trailer this past weekend at Brazil’s Comic-Con.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the third film in the MonsterVerse after Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, with Godzilla vs. Kong still to come in 2020. This movie is a sequel to Godzilla, bringing back Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins in their respective roles of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham.

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against god-sized monsters, including Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. According to the official synopsis:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga as Monarch paleobiologist Dr. Emma Russell, with Kyle Chandler as her ex-husband Mark Russell, and Millie Bobby Brown as their teen daughter Madison Russell. Mark joins the rescue mission after Emma and Madison are kidnapped by an organization with its own plans for the monsters. The film also stars Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Zhang Ziyi.

Michael Dougherty directed and co-wrote King of the Monsters, and he already finished working on the film last month. That’s well head of the film’s May 31, 2019 release date. It’s going to be a very competitive month at the movies, but at least it won’t go directly against Avengers: Endgame, which moved itself from May to April.

Brianna Hildebrand Is Super Into Once Upon A Deadpool’s PG-13 Rating

2016’s Deadpool was a game changer for the superhero genre, which has sometimes been accused of being too bloated and oversaturated. Ryan Reynolds’ franchise broke new ground, with the fourth-wall breaking Merc With The Mouth proving that an R rating was sustainable for blockbusters. Of course, that rating does exclude younger audiences from seeing the blockbusters, unless they have a guardian present.

But that changed with Once Upon A Deadpool, as Deadpool 2 was re-edited to change the rating, while also providing bonus content through a Princess Bride spoof with Fred Savage. Actress Brianna Hildebrand plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead in the franchise, and is totally into the new rating, recently saying:

Like the rest of the cast and crew, Brianna Hildebrand is all for Deadpool 2‘s return to theaters, especially given a new rating and framing device. The Deadpool franchise is known for its ability to push boundaries and make bold creative choices. And re-editing the massively successful sequel is just one of those ways.

The Deadpool franchise is notable for its R-Rating, allowing almost every twisted joke that Ryan Reynolds and conceive to make it into the film. But it also makes each blockbuster decidedly adult, therefore ignoring the market for adolescent comic book fans. But when 20th Century Fox moved around the release dates of X-Men movies like Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, there was an open date, and Once Upon A Deadpool was born.

In her same conversation with THR, Brianna Hildebrand talked about the younger fans’ limited understanding of the franchise, with her role apparently one of the more family-friendly aspects. She said,

Considering how surly and prone to flip people off Negasonic is in both Deadpool movies, Brianna Hildebrand’s comments might surprise you. Then again, the franchise’s most raunchy material usually goes to the title character or TJ Miller’s Weasel. So a quick middle finger isn’t quite as bad in comparison.

It should be interesting to see how Negasonic Teenage Warhead ends up factoring into the future of the Deadpool and X-Force franchises. Deadpool 2 gave her a girlfriend, while also revealing she was also promoted to an official member of the X-Men.

Once Upon A Deadpool is in theaters now. Be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

What Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 Will Be About

Who knew the perfect recipe for a truly amazing Spider-Man film was adding more spider-heroes? Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only being named the best Spider-Man film but also among the best films of the year. While it is just reaching its first weekend in theaters, the film has a near perfect Rotten Tomato score from critics and audiences alike… so why not get rolling on a sequel?

Following the early praise for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it was already announced a couple weeks ago that Sony Animation is planning a sequel and a female-centered spinoff. Per a Vanity Fair interview with Sony chief Amy Pascal, the sequel will focus on Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy and a budding romance between the two spider-heroes from different universes.

As teased in the film’s previews, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Vers­ centers on 13-year-old Miles Morales as he becomes Spider-Man, with the mentorship of crime-fighting veteran Peter Parker at his disposal. The pair are soon visited by additional spider-people — including a 16-year-old Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Peni Parker.

Since Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy are nearly the same age, and share an origin story that have them suiting up into spider-heroes, it’s no surprise the two hit it off. However, in the new release the pair become friends — a move producer Christina Steinberg may have helped pushed for in service of the character’s agency when first introduced to audiences.

A romantic storyline between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen is canon in the comics in a 2017 issue titled “Sittin’ in a Tree,” so the decision to implement it into the animated sequel isn’t too much of a surprise to fans. Phil Lord’s original script for Into the Spider-Verse reportedly included a bit of their romantic storyline, but that was ultimately cut in service of taking time to introduce all the characters and to avoid overstuffing the story.

The Into the Spider-Verse sequel will be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, best known for his work on The Legend of Korra and Voltron. David Callaham will be penning the script, amidst his already highly-anticipated screenplays for Wonder Woman 1984 and Zombieland 2, currently in production. The new Spider-Verse franchise is shared with the new Marvel live-action universe Sony has begun this year, notably with the huge success of Venom.

The comic book characters are each fairly new to Marvel — as Miles Morales was introduced in 2011 and Spider-Gwen in 2014 — but have been huge fan favorites among many comic book fans. We’ll have to see just how moviegoers receive Into the Spider-Verse as it just swung into theaters last night. However, the flick has already cashed in $3.5 million, making it the tenth largest preview gross for an animated feature film to date.

Venom Writer Says Spider-Man Could Appear In A Sequel

Before it was released, Sony’s Venom was surrounded with questions — like what universe does this take place in, does Spider-Man exist here, is it the world of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and if the web-slinger isn’t in this universe, can Venom work without him? The latter question was answered, as Venom performed heroically at the box office and didn’t even have a Spider-Man cameo. Nevertheless, the Venom sequel could still see these two foes crossing paths, as Venom writer Jeff Pinkner explained:

For someone who was being careful about not revealing too much, Jeff Pinkner certainly said a lot of interesting things here. More than just saying it’s possible that Spider-Man could appear in a future Venom film, in his interview with Discussing Film, Jeff Pinkner put the possibility on the table that not only could the wall-crawler show up, he could actually have a significant role.

Venom 2 just got a heck of a lot more interesting.

It should be noted that, as of now, Jeff Pinkner said he is not writing the Venom sequel, so it’s not like he wrote Spidey into his draft. However, considering that he is one of the writers on the first film, it seems that he has some insight about what Sony has in mind or where things could go in a sequel. That said, I wouldn’t assume Spider-Man will be in Venom 2 until it’s announced or you see it.

Jeff Pinkner left wiggle room in case Spidey isn’t in the sequel, but it makes you wonder what it is that he wasn’t allowed to reveal. Because this certainly hints strongly that we’ll see Spider-Man and Venom together onscreen for the first time since Spider-Man 3.

That brings us full circle back to the questions we had before Venom was released. If Spidey shows up, will it be the Peter Parker Spider-Man? If so, will it be Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker? And if that happens, what does it mean for both the future of Sony’s Spider-Verse as well as Spider-Man in the MCU?

I suppose there would be a way for Sony to have Spidey show up in costume without ever revealing who is beneath the mask, but “significant role” would seem to go against that.

The thing is, we don’t know exactly what Sony’s long-term plans are for its shared universe, but the incredible success of Venom means that Sony will at least have the chance to build out this universe, and a big component of that will be the Venom sequel. There are a lot of other things in the works too, including Morbius starring Jared Leto, which seems to be the furthest along.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Reviews: What CinemaBlend Thought Of The New Animated Movie

Since Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire brought us the first big screen Spider-Man movie in 2002, we’ve seen the web slinger on the big screen more than any other hero. Now, Spider-Man makes the jump to animated feature with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a movie with more Spider-Men (Spider-Mans? Spider-People?) than any that came before. How does the new movie compare to those that preceded it? Remarkably well.

CinemaBlend Events Editor Eric Eisenberg wrote the official review for us here and he gave it a perfect five-star rating. He says it’s creative and funny, and really has only the most glowing things to say.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a phenomenal, electrifying and legitimately special work. After as many Spidey movies we’ve seen in the last 16 years, you might think that Hollywood would have little more to offer from the character in terms of new and original big-screen adventures, but it’s brilliant and mesmerizing to see what this one brings to the table. It’s creative, the unusual animation style is mind-boggling in the best way; it’s hilarious throughout; and, perhaps most important of all, perfectly exposes all of the elements that have made the web-slinger a pop culture icon in the last half-century.

While we’ve seen Spider-Man on the big screen before, and we’ve seen the character in animated form on television, this is the first time that the two things have come together into an animated feature film. Shift Editor Adam Holmes says that the film’s unique animation style is one of the reasons that Into the Spider-Verse is something special.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t just one of the best Spider-Man movies, if not the best, it’s also a triumph of animation in general. In this case, it’s not cliched to say that the movie feels like a comic book come to life, both through its unique artwork and its use of superhero tropes that would be difficult to pull off in live action. The fact that Into the Spider-Verse is able to include so much Spider-mythos material without the movie feeling overcrowded is an impressive achievement.

Spider-Man is one of the most popular comic book characters in the world, but for Managing Director Sean O’Connell, the character is very special. As such, he can be quite critical of the nuances within the story and the character, but for him, not only is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a great movie, it is, to date, the definitive version of the character on film.

Into the Spider-Verse faced an immense challenge. How do you make a character who has been in countless comic books and nearly a double-digit amount of films feel fresh, creative and relevant? The answer is to shift to Miles Morales, but also to use the multi-verse to introduce numerous iterations of the beloved Spider-Man mythos, all while tunneling to the heart of what makes this character special. This is the definitive Spider-Man movie. It’s hilarious, touching, exciting, and the animation is next-level brilliant. Plus, the Stan Lee cameo destroyed me. When it comes to Spider-Man, I thought I’d sen it all. This year — thanks to Avengers: Infinity War, the mesmerizing PS4 game, and the gamble made by creative Spider-Verse storytellers — I realize that when it comes to Spider-Man, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

Some of the biggest changes in Into the Spider-Verse are focused on the simple character switch of making Miles Morales, and not Peter Parker, the main character of the story, but that decision affects so mucgh about trhge movie as a whole that it feels entirely fresh and different,

2018 has been a remarkably good year for the superhero movie genre. With Marvel’s epic, Avengers: Infinity War to its potential Best Picture nominee Black Panther, the bar for the genre is incredibly high right now. Marvel has produced some remarkable achievements. Having said that, Senior Movie Contributor Mike Reyes is of the opinion that Into the Spider-Verse is actually a better Marvel superhero movie than anything actually produced by Marvel Studios.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is something magical. An emotional journey wrapped in an animated tentpole, it shatters all expectations. It’s not just the best animated film of the year, it’s the best Marvel film of 2018 as well.

It does seem like this one blows away expectations because we largely didn’t see it coming. With the film being animated while most of our focus has been on live-action superheroes, this one snuck up on us. We probably should have seen it coming. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have made a career out of taking existing properties and twisting them into new ways that we never saw coming. From 21 Jump Street to The LEGO Movie, we end up happily surprised at every turn.

And finally, you can add my voice to the choir. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is so refreshing that it doesn’t even feel like it’s a character we’ve seen before and now all I want is to see more of it.

The thing that makes Into The Spider-Verse so special is that, on top of being the best Spider-Man movie of the last two decades, it makes you want to see MORE Spider-Man. If every sequel and spinoff can be as good as this, then bring them all on.

Of course, we do already know that we’re going to get more from the Spider-Verse, as a sequel and a Spider Gwen focused spinoff have apparently already been greenlit by Sony. Between the other characters that the new movie introduces and the essentially limitless number that could be introduced, we could potentially see a lot more from this particular cinematic universe. If they can be as good as this one, I’m ok with that.

We don’t always agree here at CinemaBlend, but when it comes to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse we could not be more in agreement. This movie isn’t just good, it’s straight up great. If you’re even just a casual fan of Spider-Man, superheroes or even just animation, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in theaters now. Seriously, go, go now.