The film gave a whole new meaning to the term 'comic book movie' with its gorgeous art style and meta storytelling that left critics and fans yearning for more.
Rightly so, the film has received recognition for its daring new take on your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man with a win at the 2019 Golden Globes for best animated feature film.
Spider-Verse was leaps and bounds ahead of its competition last year and the Golden Globe win will surely get tongues wagging about a possible Oscar win, or at the very least a nomination.
But after such a storming success, does this spell a change for the genre?
With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we have the most unique superhero film in years and one would hope that it'll be influencing films in the genre for years to come.
The fact that it leans so heavily on the comic book art style makes it such a joy to look at and all of the little quirks that come along with that - on-screen comic book narration, visual sound effects and even the little dots and hatching that you get on printed comic book pages - make for unparalleled viewing.
It isn't just fans and critics that are singing this films praises, other film-makers have been blown away by the inventiveness of the film.
I also feel like the influence of this movie is going to run deep. It’s the Velvet Underground of superhero movies.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) 7 January 2019
With high praise such as this, likening the film to The Velvet Undergound (a band from the 60s and 70s who have influenced a number of other artists since) surely spells change in the industry down the line.
If indeed Johnson is correct and the Golden Globe winning Spider-Verse does influence the next generation of film-makers then the superhero genre can still have a long life yet.
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