The new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer debuted today, and it offered fans an exciting look at the upcoming animated film ⏤ including a proper introduction to Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), the film’s teen protagonist and the protege of a grown-up and slightly washed-out Peter Parker (Jake Johnson). Confused? As the trailer explains, this film takes place in a universe where more than one Spider-Man exists. In fact, Parker will help Miles learn how to create his own spin on the web-slinging masked vigilante.
The preview is undeniably awesome, as it manages to blend the humor, action, and heart that helped make Spider-Man one of the most beloved superheroes of all-time. And while movies like Infinity War and Black Panther, which continue to rake in ungodly amounts of cash and critical acclaim, are generally targeted to adults, this film should excite kids. It’s made for them.
In fact, it’s a nice to see superhero cinema return to its original audience: Kids. Sure, children can enjoy Tom Holland’s wonderful performance as Spider-Man experiencing one of the most heart-wrenching movie deaths in recent memory, but there’s no question these movies aren’t being made for them, they’re being made for their parents.
And that’s exactly what makes Into the Spider-Verse such an exciting cinematic prospect for kids and parents alike, as it might offer the most kid-friendly badass superhero movie of the 21st century (apologies to LEGO Batman, which belongs in its own category as the greatest superhero parody of all-time). Hopefully, the movie delivers on the hype and Miles becomes the teen web-slinger for Spider-Man fans of all ages.