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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Youth, Race, and the Hypertext

Charlie Michael

Exploring the dynamic genres of comic book and animation films, this book examines the transmedia role of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and its critical involvement in attempts to diversify representations in youth-oriented cinema and culture.

Five years after the movie's immense commercial and critical success, this book looks back on the innovative features of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). The film's force derives from how it uses the story of its young, 'emerging' Afro-Latino superhero to openly engage with a web of pressing topics in the field: transmedia storytelling, identity formation, race relations and minority representation. By offering an accessible analysis of the film's hypertextual design and animation techniques, the book reflects on how it approaches the combustible dynamics of racial representation in contemporary American youth culture.

Written in an approachable style, this book is suitable for undergraduates, postgraduates and specialists in the field. The book is a versatile resource for media studies, film studies, animation studies and cultural studies courses, but will also appeal to fans seeking to investigate the thematic underbelly of Into the Spider-verse.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jun 28th, 2024
  • Pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780367764500
  • Categories: Popular CultureMedia StudiesFilm - General

About the Author

Charlie Michael is Assistant Professor of Film at Georgia Gwinnett College. His research focuses on popular culture and media industries in a global context. He is the author of French Blockbusters: Cultural Politics of a Transnational Cinema (2019) and the co-editor of the Directory of World Cinema: France (2013), and his work has also appeared in journals such as SubStance, Transnational Screens and The Velvet Light Trap.