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There are no two ways about it; 2018 will go down in history as a great year for multiple versions of Marvel’s friendly neighbourhood web-slinger. There’s been Insomniac Games’ open-world epic – in which you can raid Spidey’s wardrobe of classic costumes and wear them on the fly – and there’s the upcoming release of Into the Spider-Verse, Sony’s new animated movie set to split comic-book canon wide open. It includes Spider-People from other universes, meaning you just don’t know who (or what) could be under that mask anymore.
If you’re relatively new to the concept of parallel universes and so-called ‘elseworlds’, the sight of a pig stood up on its hind legs while dressed in a Spider-Man outfit probably seems odd. But get used to it. Because in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, alternate versions of Spider-Man are brought together to take down the multiverse threat of Inheritors — a group of hunters out to get those with Spider powers — working against them. The film’s plot looks to be heavily inspired by a 2014 event storyline from the mainline Spider-Man comic books, known simply as ‘Spider-Verse’.