Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales / Spider-Man, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is set in a shared multiverse called the “Spider-Verse”, which features different alternate universes.[a] The film was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman, and stars Shameik Moore as Morales, alongside Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, and Liev Schreiber. In the film, Morales becomes one of many Spider-Men.
Miles Morales, a teenager who admires Spider-Man, struggles to adjust to his new elite boarding school and live up to the expectations of his parents, nurse Rio Morales and police officer Jefferson Davis, who views Spider-Man as a menace. After developing a crush on his classmate Wanda, Miles seeks his uncle Aaron Davis for advice. Aaron encourages Miles’ passion for graffiti and leads him to an abandoned subway station where Miles can draw.
While there, Miles is bitten by a genetically modified spider, and develops spider-like abilities. Unable to contact Aaron, he returns to the station, and accidentally finds a secret laboratory where Wilson Fisk has built a particle accelerator to access parallel universes and reconnect with alternative versions of his wife and son, who died in a car accident. Spider-Man arrives to disable the accelerator and fights the monstrous Green Goblin and Kingpin’s mysterious new enforcer, the Prowler. During the melee, Spider-Man meets Miles and, sensing they are alike, offers to train him, but he is then wounded when the accelerator malfunctions. Spider-Man gives Miles a device to disable the accelerator. Miles escapes, but Spider-Man is brutally killed by Fisk.
Inspired by Spider-Man’s sacrifice, Miles attempts to fight crime as well, but when he attempts to swing, the device is damaged. Miles is later approached by Peter B. Parker, an older, jaded Spider-Man from another dimension who has been brought into Miles’ world by the accelerator. Peter is separated from his wife Mary Jane Watson and needs to return home fast or he will die, so he begrudgingly agrees to train Miles in exchange for Miles’ help to steal data about how to repair the device from Kingpin’s research facility. They are confronted by Kingpin’s scientist, Doctor Octopus, and rescued by Gwen Stacy, another dimension-displaced heroine who had been masquerading as Wanda.
She leads Peter and Miles to the house of May Parker, who is sheltering more lost Spider-Men, including Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, Peni Parker and SP//dr. While Peni repairs the device, Peter unsuccessfully attempts to teach Miles how to control his powers, and pressure from the group causes Miles to retreat to Aaron’s apartment. Miles discovers that Aaron is Prowler and narrowly escapes from him. Miles tells the group of his discovery, but they are located by Prowler, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion and Tombstone, leading to a brawl. Aaron corners Miles, but refuses to kill him when he learns Miles is the new Spider-Man. Fisk kills him, and Jefferson mistakes the new Spider-Man for Aaron’s killer.