So good it won an Oscar – now get ready for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse to swing into your home. Plus, enter our prize draw for a chance to win some Spidey goodies!
In the past few years, we’ve seen a LOT of Spider-Man on the big screen. But more than that, the Spider-Men themselves have also been numerous; Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland have all donned the red-and-blue onesie as Peter Parker across six movies (and that’s not including Holland’s bits in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War). So, the world doesn’t need any more, right? Wrong. So, so wrong.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse doesn’t just give us a new Peter Parker. It also gives us cartoon pig Peter Porker and a girl named Peni Parker, who shares a telepathic link with a radioactive spider (more on that shortly). But this is not Peter Parker’s story. Instead, this Oscar winner from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) focuses on a new hero: Miles Morales.
In case you don’t speak fluent “comics”, Morales is a new Spider-Man who first donned the mask back in 2011 for reasons we won’t spoil here. While he has the same aptitude for science as his more famous counterpart, plus similar powers, Miles isn’t just a Parker clone (that’s another story, comic fans!). He’s also an Afro-Latin American character in a world in which diversity among superheroes is still lacking.
In Spider-Verse, Miles is a normal teenager (albeit a super-smart one) who gets bitten by a spider (naturally!). He stumbles across a particle accelerator built by Wilson Fisk to access parallel universes – but when Fisk’s experiment goes explosively wrong, the very fabric of reality is soon at stake. Fortunately, the resulting bang also unleashes various Spider-People from across the multiverse, who join up with Miles to help save the day, and teach him what it means to be Spider-Man along the way.
It’s a superhero film like no other. And with the movie now available to buy on the Virgin Media Store, allow us to help you become well-versed in this epic animation with our reasons to watch.
It features one of the most ambitious crossover events ever
It took Marvel Studios five films to build a universe big enough to house the key members of the Avengers. Spider-Verse does it in one. But it doesn’t feel like a quick fix. Chances are, you’ve never heard of SP//dr, or you thought Gwen Stacey was just a love interest rather than a superhero in her own right – but it doesn’t matter one jot.
The film makes quick work of establishing these characters and their worlds. It also keeps the technobabble down to a minimum. Basically, there’s a multiverse – deal with it. And with an infinite number of multiverses in play, there’s some nice twists on iconic characters you thought you knew, even for the biggest comic nerds.
It’s got more Easter eggs than a chocoholic’s larder!
It’s no surprise that a superhero film such as this is filled with little nods to the comics – it’s basically expected these days. But the ones that feature in Spider-Verse are so lovingly crafted you can’t help but grin. And the joy of having the film in your home forever means you can pore over all those little details and references in your own time, time and time again.
Our favourites (and non-spoilery ones) include seeing the contact “B Bendis” on Miles’ phone (the character’s co-creator is named Brian Michael Bendis), a rather sad-looking Spider-Man ice cream (which is a real thing!), the sheer amount of Spidey suits onscreen in one particular scene, and, of course, one of Stan Lee’s last cameos. Bring some tissues for that one…
The animation is knock-your-socks-off gorgeous
Inspired by the visual style of legendary artist Jack Kirby, this is the first superhero film that actually looks like a living, breathing comic book. Various techniques were used to achieve the film’s distinct look, including hand-drawn animation, halftone and shadowing, which combine to create visuals that will take your breath away.
More impressive still, the various Spider-People all have their own distinct visual language – Peni Parker is anime, Spider-Ham looks hand-drawn, Spider-Noir (a film highlight!) is rendered in black and white – and yet they can all stand in the same scene and work together. The result is groundbreaking, and it’s clear to see why Spider-Verse won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
It’s a beautifully told story
The thing that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled (and do stick around for those end credits – trust us!) is that Spider-Verse is simply a really, really good story, told exceptionally well. It’s like the best comic books – funny, heartbreaking and visually stunning. Miles is the emotional core at the centre of the story, but every character goes on a journey in a story that’s part coming-of-age, part family drama and part superhero origin.
The origin story aspect is done particularly well, as the film manages to tell a great many without overwhelming you (and yes, you do find out how Spider-Ham came to be). Spider-Verse is not only the best Spider-Man film ever made, it’s also undoubtedly one of the best superhero films, full stop.
You can buy Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse right now on the Virgin Media Store. But that’s not all, as we’ve got one web-tastic Spider-Man prize draw for you. One lucky winner will win a Spider-Verse Spider Noir Web Blaster, a Spider-Verse Scorpion action figure and a Spider-Verse SP//dr & Peni Parker action figure.
Simply follow the instructions below and enter the draw for a chance to win. Good luck!
How to enter
This competition is now closed. Good luck if you entered!
Simply send an email with Virgin Media Store Spider-Verse in the subject line to VirginTVEdit@virginmedia.co.uk and ensure it contains the following details:
- Your first and last name
- Phone number
Entries must be sent by 11.59pm on 14 April 2019.
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Spider-Verse Toy Bundle Promotion – Terms and Conditions (Promotion)
1. Open to Virgin Media customers aged 18 or over, and resident in the United Kingdom except employees of Virgin Media Limited, their immediate family members and anyone professionally connected with this Promotion.
2. The Promotion opens at 3pm on 10 April 2019 and closes at 11.59pm on 14 April 2019. Entries received after the closing date will be invalid. Maximum of 1 entry per household.
3. To enter the Promotion you must email email@example.com with Spider-Verse Prize Draw in the subject line, your first and last name, your phone number, and your address.
4. There will be 1 winner of the main prize.
5. Main Prize: 1 x Spider-Verse Spider Noir Web Blaster, 1 x Spider-Verse Scorpion action figure, 1 x Spider-Verse SP//DR & Peni Parker action figure.
6. The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries received and will be notified by no later than 16 April 2019. The winner will be the first entry drawn at random. You will be notified if you have won a prize by phone or email.
Promoter is Virgin Media Limited. General Terms and Conditions apply, here.
Virgin Media Store: Separate terms and conditions apply to the Virgin Media Store service. DVD included for movie purchases only. Purchases must be made on the website or set top box. Virgin TV subscription and our latest Virgin TV V6 box required to buy and watch via set top box – Store is not available on other boxes. Compatible device & browser required. Max 5 registered devices. Max 2 devices can stream content simultaneously. Stream and download in UK only (or while temporarily in the EU).
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