The following contains spoilers for Murderworld: Spider-Man #1, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
Much like Netflix’s Squid Game, Murderworld: Spider-Man #1 forces dozens of contestants into a room, turns out the lights and then waits for the bloodshed to begin.
Murderworld: Spider-Man #1 comes from writers Jim Zub and Ray Fawkes, artist Farid Karami, color artist Chris Sotomayor and letterer VC’s Cory Petit. In 2022’s Murderworld: Avengers #1 (by Zub, Fawkes and Jethro Morale), 200 contestants from all across the world were given an “opportunity” to win one hundred million dollars. The contestants quickly come to learn that the winner — and there can be only one winner — has to survive all of the deadly games created by Arcade in order to receive the money.
Throughout the course of Murderworld: Spider-Man #1, the contestants find themselves running for their lives after Arcade introduces them to some deadly Spider-Man robots specifically designed to kill. The survivors find refuge at a rest station Arcade placed within a mountain cave equipped with beds, heat, food and more. The situation, however, becomes less than ideal when Arcade announces a new wrinkle to his game. “There are 61 contestants in the competition but 64 people on the head count,” he says. “That’s because three of your fellow contestants are actually ruthless assassins I hired to put in the mix with y’all!” Arcade then declares “lights out” as the issue ends with the rest station going dark as panic and confusion begin to erupt.
Squid Game Features a Similar Moment to Marvel’s Murderworld
Squid Game, a Netflix series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, features a similar premise to Murderworld as the show sees hundreds of contestants try to survive a number of deadly games for a major cash prize. In the “Stick to the Team” episode, a number of contestants realize that killing the other players will both end the game quicker and increase their odds of winning. When the lights are turned off in the room where they’re all being kept, these contestants then start a riot that results in numerous deaths.
The next chapter of Marvel’s Murderworld series arrives Jan. 25, 2023. Coming from Zub, Fawkes and Carlos Nieto, the synopsis for Murderworld: Wolverine #1 reads, “Wolverine is ‘the best he is at what he does,’ and what he does is hunt victims in Murderworld! Our contestants are about to feel the SNIKT! Will anyone survive Arcade’s deadliest game? Arcade and his schemes have been a punchline in the past, but this game is no joke. Each issue ups the ante and will keep readers guessing right up until the end. Don’t miss it!”
Murderworld: Spider-Man #1 features cover art by Paco Medina and Jesus Aburtov and variant cover art by Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho. The issue is on sale now from Marvel.