Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wins at the Golden Globes


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse achieves something other movies haven’t.

The Golden Globes are a ceremony that celebrate some of the best in movies and television. Categories like Best Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language are just a couple of the honors that are bestowed upon the best of the previous year.

One of the many categories is Best Animated Feature. An award that usually gets awarded to a Disney or Pixar film. In fact, there have only been two other occasions where the award was given to other non-Disney or Pixar movies. This year, it happened again. Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just became the third movie to steal this award away from the two cartoon company juggernauts.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (which served as the African-American/Puerto Rican Brooklyn teen Miles Morales’ coming out party) had to defeat popular franchises like Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet — two movies that were highly anticipated by their fans. With so many comic book movies coming out every year there has been a concern that there would eventually be superhero movie fatigue. This win shows that not only is there no fatigue, but these movies will start to be recognized by the award committees.

During his acceptance speech, director Peter Ramsey said:

"“Anyone can wear the mask; everyone is powerful and everyone is necessary, and that is the spirit of the movie,” We all felt deeply that anyone can have this kind of experience and be this kind of hero. The story of Miles Morales was a way to crystallize all of those feelings into one character.”"

This movie captured that easily. One of the great things about Miles Morales and the other Spider-People is that they were all different. For example, Miles became Spider-Man after his universe’s Peter Parker was killed. Enter another Universe’s Peter Parker who’d given up on the life of a crime fighter after Mary Jane and he got divorced. He had the struggle of being a mentor and a hero for Miles.

While it seemed like he wasn’t going to live up to his legacy, Peter gets his mojo back and regains his hero’s spirit. And you also have the movie introduction of Spider-Woman (or Spider-Gwen) who was just stellar the entire movie and saved the veteran Spider-Man in the middle of the movie. There was also Spider-Pig who may have seemed silly (and he was) but wasn’t a waste of a character.

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Recently, we noted how Miles Morales had the brightest future of all the characters in a comic book movie in 2018. This award puts him into a different character. The Iron Man, Wolverine, and Captain America franchises can’t boast that they won an award like this on their first time out. Everyone may look back at Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as the first domino knocked down that starts the momentum of comic book movies being recognized by award shows.