Miles Morales is a teenage boy who has always liked Spider-Man.
His policeman father, though, could care less about the city’s popular superhero. That’s because Spider-Man is a rogue, morally ambiguous masked man who creates more problems than he solves -- and then leaves everyone else to clean it up. At least, that’s how Mr. Morales sees it.
So when Miles gets bit by a radioactive spider and begins climbing on ceilings and walls, he’s not only confused -- “how could there be two Spider-Men?” -- he’s also uncertain what to tell his father. Things get even weirder when Miles bumps into several other people (including a woman) who have spider-like powers. What’s going on?
The film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) opens this weekend, telling the story of a boy who is searching for his identity in life when he becomes the superhero he’s always loved. The film also follows the villain Kingpin, who is creating a machine that allows him to enter other universes. That’s where these other “spider people” are originating.
It stars Shameik Moore (Incredible Crew) as Miles, Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2) as Gwen/Spider-Woman, Kimiko Glenn (DuckTales) as Peni Parker, Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) as Spider-Man Noir, and comedian John Mulaney as Spider-Ham.
Here are five things parents should know:
Warning: minor spoilers ahead!
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