Alternative versions of Spider-Man

Alternate versions of Spider-Man
Alternative versions of Spider-Man (Nick Bradshaw's art).jpg
The many versions of Spider-themed characters as seen in the "Spider-Geddon" storyline. Art by Nick Bradshaw
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
See alsoSpider-Man in other media
Spider-Man video games
Spider-Man television series
List of incarnations of Spider-Man

"Spider-Man" is the name of multiple comic book characters from the Marvel Comics Multiverse. The original and most well known is Peter Parker created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko originating from the Earth 616 universe. Within the mainstream Marvel Universe there have been characters that have taken the mantle such as Ben Reilly, Mac Gargan and Doctor Octopus.

Outside of the mainstream universe, there are different incarnations of Spider-Man in alternate universes. Popular examples include characters such as funny animal parodies like Spider-Ham, an alternate future version named Miguel O'Hara, a daughter of Peter Parker named Mayday Parker in the MC2 universe, a different take on Peter Parker in the Great Depression era, the Ultimate version of Peter Parker and his successor, Miles Morales, along with a variant of Spider-Man where Peter's supporting character, Gwen Stacy becomes Spider-Woman instead of Parker. Originally, these characters were depicted as separate from each other, but they have crossed over together in storylines like "Spider-Verse", "Web Warriors", and "Spider-Geddon", in teams such as Spider-Army and Web Warriors, where the many different versions of Spider-themed characters are the major protagonists of the storyline. Some of these characters appeared in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse. Some of these characters were temporarily merged in the same universe in the 2015 comic book series Secret Wars as a part of the Spider-Man family.

There have been different version characters in other media that have crossed over in comics as well.

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Prime Earth (Earth-616)[]

Peter Parker, the Spider-Man of Earth-616 is the main incarnation of the character and appears in nearly every single piece of other media surrounding Spider-Man.

Other universes[]

Other related characters exist in alternative versions of the Marvel Universe called the Multiverse. These characters originally appeared in their own continuity but later on crossed over with the mainstream Spider-Man family. In 2015 all the alternate comic book universes were destroyed and only a few characters joined together with Earth-616 characters in its own universe including various Spider-Men.

DC Crossovers[]

In the intercompany crossovers with DC Comics, Spider-Man has worked alongside Superman twice, once to defeat Dr. Octopus and Lex Luthor and the other to stop Doctor Doom from providing the Parasite with long-term access to the power of the Hulk and Wonder Woman. He also worked alongside Batman to defeat Carnage and the Joker, the two later collaborating to defeat the Kingpin and Ra's al Ghul, with Fisk eventually aiding the heroes in the end.

Earth X[]

In the series Earth X and its sequels, Peter Parker’s identity as Spider-Man is revealed and he is no longer a superhero. After the death of his wife, his daughter bonds to the Venom symbiote and fights crime much to his dismay. During the course of the series he becomes a police officer. Three other related characters appear:

In the same universe, an African American homeless man was mutated from the Terrigen Mist and his skin mutated into red reptilian skin with black lines. He can use his Energy Web to trap his victims in a trap of illusions. He went by the alias “Spiders Man.”

Earth-13584[]

On Earth-13584, Spider-Man underwent a further mutation that turned his skin blue, develop a spider-like language, and make webs that have effects on Iron Man's armors and Doctor Strange's magic while emitting a smell that repels the monsters on Thing's side. Using these webs, Spider-Man surrounded a section of Hell's Kitchen to act as his territory for him and his gang (consisting of Colleen Wing, Daredevil, Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Misty Knight, and Shang-Chi). The Dark Avengers had to make their way through Spider-Man's territory in order to rescue Moonstone and Skaar from Strangetown which resulted in them running into Spider-Man's gang.[1] After Spider-Man's gang subdues the Dark Avengers while thinking that they are knockoffs of the originals, Ai Apaec speaks with Spider-Man in their spider-like language stating that they are good guys. Spider-Man releases them from their webs. The Dark Avengers and Spider-Man's Gang arrive in Strangetown where they fought All-Seeing Eye and the Soulsnake that are on Doctor Strange's side. After the two creatures are killed, Spider-Man is killed by Tigra as Doctor Strange stated that his two creatures were sacrificed so that Spider-Man can be brought down.[2]

Exiles[]

In the series Exiles, which involves inter-dimensional travel, several alternative versions appear:

House of M[]

In the "House of M", a Marvel crossover, the Scarlet Witch alters reality to make mutants the ruling class over humans. This world is ruled by mutants and their leader, Magneto. In the mini-series Spider-Man: House of M, Peter Parker is believed to be a mutant, and Spider-Man's identity is widely known. He is rich, famous and married to Gwen Stacy, and they have a young son named Ritchie. Aunt May and Uncle Ben are alive and in good health, and J. Jonah Jameson is Peter's often-abused publicist. Unfortunately, his life unravels when Jameson reveals to the world that Spider-Man is not a born mutant. After the world is restored to normal, Peter suffers terribly with the memory of the life he left behind, expressing a desire to kill Magneto, whom he mistakenly believes was behind the events of House of M, and the Scarlet Witch, whose powers were responsible for the altered reality.[8] This version is later killed by Karn during the Spider-Verse event.[9]

The Manga[]

Spider-Man: The Manga is a Japanese manga illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami which retold the story of Spider-Man in a Japanese setting. It was originally published in Japan from January 1970 to September 1971 in Monthly Shōnen Magazine. The main character is named Yu Komori (小森ユウ, Komori Yū) to maintain the Japanese adaptation.

Marvel Mangaverse[]

Marvel Adventures[]

This version of Spider-Man first appeared in Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #53-#61 before appearing in the re-titled Spider-Man: Marvel Adventures comic book series. A modern-day high school student, this Spider-Man's origin is similar to his mainstream counterpart, but his supporting cast is significantly different. Although Gwen Stacy exists in this universe, she and Peter are not dating—instead Peter is dating a brand-new character named Sophia "Chat" Sanduval, who is a mutant with the ability to talk to animals. Peter's relationship with Gwen's father Captain George Stacy also differs from the original version—here, Captain Stacy discovers Peter's secret identity early on, yet rather than hide this information from Peter (as his mainstream counterpart did), he confides in Peter and becomes Spider-Man's unofficial police contact. While this Spider-Man battles super villains, he is generally more concerned with combating street-level crime and focuses heavily on taking down the Torino Family, a powerful New York City mob.[volume & issue needed]

MC2[]

An alternative version of Peter Parker also exists in the Marvel Comics 2 (MC2) universe, appearing as a supporting character in Spider-Girl.

The title follows almost the entire original timeline of the character up until the first attempt at a "relaunch" by the company, 1999, where it deviates and provides an alternative ending to the Final Chapter storyline. Peter's wayward daughter May is revealed to be alive and well, and is returned to both Parkers by Peter's first clone, the redeemed Kaine. Despite now being a father, Peter continues to fight crime as Spider-Man, and begins to cope with the new responsibilities brought by his baby daughter.[volume & issue needed]

Two years later, during his final battle against the Green Goblin, rather than survive unscathed, Peter loses a leg to his arch-enemy and Osborn is killed.[volume & issue needed] Peter finally realizes the price he has paid for being Spider-Man, and ends his career to raise a family with Mary Jane and May. Over the years, he overcomes his physical handicap and ultimately joins the NYPD in a scientific capacity. However, after saving him from an insane Normie Osborn, his daughter May "Mayday" Parker begins a career as Spider-Girl behind his back, a decision Peter begrudgingly is forced to accept and deal with, made difficult by his love for May.[volume & issue needed]

Regardless of his handicap, Peter returned to the role of Spider-Man several times. Once was to aid his daughter and Darkdevil, the son of Ben Reilly, against Kaine, another to convince the latest Spider-Man (the son of Jessica Drew), to cease risking his life, and in the 100th issue of the Spider-Girl title to save May from the Hobgoblin. Peter and MJ ultimately have a second child, Benjamin "Benjy" Parker Jr, who is temporarily rendered deaf after possession by the Carnage symbiote and being blasted with high-frequency sonics. Benjy later develops powers of his own at an infant age.[volume & issue needed] Peter was killed by Daemos, the brother of Morlun, during the Spider-Verse event while trying to protect Benjy and Mayday.[10] Near the end of Spider-Geddon, the Other appears to resurrect him.[11]

Spider-Girl[]

The Spider-Girl comic book series, originally published under the MC2 imprint, features May "Mayday" Parker, Peter's daughter in an alternative continuity. This timeline diverged from regular continuity when Peter and Mary Jane's daughter is returned to them by Kaine. In Spider-Girl, Peter has been retired from crime fighting since his final battle with the Green Goblin, which cost him a leg. Peter has settled down to family life and works for the New York City Police Department as a forensic scientist. His teen daughter May follows in his footsteps against his wishes, but Peter eventually helps her train for her calling. Peter appears in costume several times in Spider-Girl, either to restrain and protect May, or to assist her. Peter is among the superheroes kidnapped by Loki in the spin-off Last Hero Standing.[volume & issue needed]

In the recent Spider-Girl storyline "Brand New May", Peter has uncovered a lab, within it is a stasis tank containing an exact physical symbiote duplicate of Mayday Parker, with notes left behind by Norman Osborn suggesting she is the real Mayday, and not a clone. When protecting his nephew Normie from an exploding test tube, Peter is affected by the serum within much like Osborn was...and begins to develop erratic behavior. He ultimately overcomes an attempt by Norman Osborn to control his mind and defeats him with the aid of his daughter, her clone, and the spirit of his Aunt May.

Spider-Man (Gerry Drew)[]

Spider-Man
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceSpider-Girl #32 (May 2001)
Created byTom DeFalco
Ron Frenz
In-story information
Alter egoGerald "Gerry" Drew
AbilitiesSpider-like superhuman strength, speed, agility, wall crawling, can fire organic webs from wrists.

In the same MC2 continuity as Spider-Girl, Gerald "Gerry" Drew, the son of Jessica Drew, inherits spider-powers and poses as Spider-Man. Created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, he first appeared in Spider-Girl #32 (May 2001), and is a supporting character of Spider-Girl.

Within the context of the stories, Jessica Drew, the original Spider-Woman, had retired from super heroics, and gotten married. She gives birth to a baby boy, Gerry, who was diagnosed with a strange blood-borne disorder due to radiation exposure in the womb. With doctors and medicines unable to help her son, Jessica recreates the experiment that cured her of her radiation poisoning, the experiment that made her Spider-Woman. The experiment imbues Gerry with spider-like powers, but did not cure him. Gerry's illness strains his parents' marriage and leads to their divorce. Feeling responsible for the break-up, Gerry becomes withdrawn. Jessica tries to alleviate his pain by telling him stories from her past, his favorites involving Spider-Man.[volume & issue needed]

Determined to make his short time on Earth count, Gerry designs his own Spider-Man costume and equipment based from his idol's, and convinces his mother to train him in how to use his powers. Calling himself Spider-Man, he meets Spider-Girl, and the two initially clash.[12] During a fight between several villains, a bullet intended for Spider-Man kills one of the villains when Spider-Girl shoves him out of its way. Upset that he was responsible for a death, Gerry runs into Darkdevil, who trains him to be a more effective crime fighter. At the request of Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man, Gerry decides to retire from super heroic adventuring while Reed Richards searches for a cure for his blood disease.[volume & issue needed]

Spider-Monkey[]

A spider monkey-themed Spider-Man appearing in Marvel Apes. The character was later killed off by Jennix in the Spider-Verse storyline.[13]

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects[]

In the Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects series, set in Earth-50701, Spider-Man was abducted by an alien scientist named Doctor Niles Van Roekel. The Thing, Wolverine, Elektra, Human Torch, and Storm are also abducted and injected with a drug in an attempt to corrupt them. Once infected Spider-Man's costume is brown-and-bronze with a blue spider mark in his chest. Spider-Man and the other heroes are eventually able to fight off the corrupting infection and defeat Van Roekel. In the aftermath of the invasion, Paragon and the Imperfects join together to share the Earth with the heroes.[14]

Marvel Zombies version[]

A zombified Spider-Man, a cover art homages to the original version's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962). Artwork for the cover of Marvel Zombies 1 (December 2005 Marvel Comics
Art by Arthur Suydam

The Marvel Zombies universe features a Spider-Man who has been turned into a flesh-eating zombie after being infected by Zombie Captain America.[15] Although Spider-Man is just as ravenous as the other zombies when hungry, when he has eaten, Spider-Man is racked with guilt at what he has done, especially for having eaten Mary Jane and Aunt May, but unable to change his nature.[16] At the conclusion of the original series, Spider-Man is one of the heroes who become The Galacti, having consumed the original Galactus and subsequently acquiring his cosmic powers.[17]

In Marvel Zombies 2, he notices that his hunger is starting to fade and, as a result, is the first of the Galacti to turn against his fellow zombies.[18] Eventually with the aid of Forge, Malcom, and the Acolytes, the zombies retaining their hunger are defeated. Spider-Man is one of the zombies that remain and continue work to rebuild New Wakanda, and bury the dead.[volume & issue needed]

In Marvel Zombies Return Spider-Man is teleported to a new world, where he consumes and infects the Sinister Six (except for Sandman). As his cosmic abilities did not come with him, and his webshooters have dried up, the zombified superhero is forced to make do with his own veins and arteries. Following the death of the Spider-Man of this universe (killed by Sandman in revenge for the deaths of the Sinister Six)[19] the zombie Spider-Man works on developing a cure for the plague with the aid of the Kitty Pryde of this universe, using nanites and the blood of this world's Wolverine.[20] With the zombie Giant-Man having followed Spider-Man to this new reality, Spider-Man resolves to stop Giant-Man.[21] Spider-Man releases the Sandman, now infused with nanites, and wipes out every zombie hero and villain. Zombie Spider-Man dies from being exposed to his own weapon.[volume & issue needed]

Mutant X[]

The Mutant X version of Spider-Man diverges from his mainstream counterpart in Amazing Spider-Man #102, in that he was unable or unwilling to cure himself of having six arms. For unexplained reasons, he reverses his name to Man-Spider. A third divergence occurs when he and his clone continue to coexist after the end of the original Clone Saga. The two keep this a secret by taking care to never appear in public at the same time,[22] but "Man-Spider" is forced to admit the truth after his clone is killed by Madelyne Pryor.[23] He himself is later killed.[24]

Newspaper strip[]

The Peter Parker of the daily Spider-Man newspaper strip continues his career as a struggling photographer constantly facing down the abuse of his less-than-satisfied boss J. Jonah Jameson, whilst battling crime in his disguise as Spider-Man. In addition to opposing classic enemies, much of the strip sees Peter battle new enemies. He has also teamed up with various heroes through the strip's run, such as Daredevil and Wolverine. He is married to Mary Jane in this continuity, and has often been aided by her in his battles with his enemies. This universe was visited by Morlun during the Spider-Verse event, but due to time distortions constantly resetting things so that the simplest actions take weeks to progress, Morlun finds his efforts to consume this version of Peter fruitless. The Master Weaver of the Inheritors elects to rebel against his masters for once and seals this universe away in a pocket dimension where it will remain safe from any further attacks.[25]

Powerless[]

Marvel published a limited series called Powerless in 2004, which describes a Marvel Universe without super-powers. In this series, Peter Parker appears as a young man nicknamed Spider-Man on the internet. This version had also been bitten by a radioactive spider, but instead of getting super-powers his hand became atrophic. In this continuity, Peter is in love with Gwen Stacy; Mary Jane is not featured.[26]

Ruins[]

Warren Ellis' parody of Kurt Busiek's Marvels, Ruins, was a two-part miniseries set in an alternative universe where the situations that led to the heroes of the Marvel Universe gaining superpowers instead led to the more realistic side effects of horrific deformities and deaths. In this world, when Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, instead of gaining powers, he broke out into an infectious rash that covered his body before his painful death. He had visited the offices of the Daily Bugle beforehand and infected fellow photographer Phil Sheldon, who set off to figure out how his world took a wrong turn, but succumbed to the disease before he could write his book.

Spider-Boy[]

In the Amalgam Comics continuity, Spider-Man was combined with DC's Superboy to create Spider-Boy. He was featured in Spider-Boy #1 (April 1996) and Spider-Boy Team-Up #1 (June 1997). In this continuity, Spider-Boy is the clone of researcher Peter Parker, created during an explosion in the Project Cadmus Labs. Adopted by Cadmus director General Thunderbolt Ross, he is given the name "Pete Ross". Spider-Boy's power is the ability to redirect his own personal gravity, giving him the ability to climb walls, and to increase his strength. He is able to shoot webs using a special "Web Gun" developed by Cadmus. Spider-Boy is an honorary member of the Legion of Galactic Guardians 2099 (an amalgamation of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy plus the Marvel 2099 timeline). He is seen in the background during Spider-Verse to fight the Inheritors.

Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures[]

The United Kingdom based Panini Comics publication Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures was loosely based on the continuity of the 1990s animated series.[27] In the series Peter Parker deals with the day-to-day headaches of balancing a social life with his super-heroics. He has a close circle of friends such as Liz Allen, Harry Osborn, and Flash Thompson, and he is involved in a relationship with Mary Jane. However, in this continuity, Mary Jane does not possess an existing knowledge of his dual identity, and thus Peter finds juggling his life with her and his crime-fighting career difficult. Despite this, Mary Jane loyally supports Peter, believing it is his dangerous job as a photographer that keeps him away from dates and other activities. A look into the future reveals Peter and MJ ultimately get married in this continuity, and have a daughter, May, who is active as Spider-Girl. At some point in this future, Peter loses his leg, which forces him to retire as Spider-Man.[28]

Spider-Ham[]

Spider-Man 1602[]

Peter Parquagh is a counterpart to Peter in the miniseries Marvel 1602, albeit without powers. In the series he acts as an apprentice to the royal spymaster Sir Nicholas Fury. A running gag involves Peter repeatedly almost getting bitten by unusual spiders, something that finally occurs at the very end. In the sequel, 1602: New World, he takes the identity of the Spider. Later, Peter's dual identity is revealed, and with the death of his beloved Virginia Dare at the hands of Norman Osborne, he returns to Europe and falls in love with Marion Jane Watson and joins her family of theater performers. During a battle with Baron Octavius, Norman Osborn, and Curtis Connors in Venice, a bystander picks up some of Peter's webbing which eventually served as the basis for the Super Soldier Serum and created Captain America in World War II in this universe.[29] While in the Globe theatre, he is attacked and killed by the supervillain Morlun.[30][31]

Spider-Man 1602 appears in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions as an alternative costume for Spider-Man Noir, and in Edge of Time as a costume for Miguel O'Hara.

Spider-Man 2099[]

A geneticist named Miguel O'Hara gained his spider-like powers from a gene-splicing incident, when the company he was about to quit injected him with a dangerous drug called Rapture. He tried to rid himself of the drug by using the Gene Slicer he helped to invent, but unbeknownst to him a jealous co-worker had set it to repeat the previous experiment of a spider. The last time they had tried this experiment it killed the test subject (the main reason Miguel O'Hara quit), but this time it worked. Instead of becoming a company owned version of Spider-Man he became the opposite, a Spider-Man to fight Alchemax and the other large corporations ruling the world in 2099. He now fights crime as the Spider-Man of 2099.[32]

He is a playable character in the video games Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions and Spider-Man: Edge of Time, with Edge of Time seeing him pitted against a psychotic version of Peter Parker in 2099, this Peter having become the CEO of Alchemax and attempting to rewrite the universe to fit his vision. CEO Peter uses an elaborate spider-based robot in his fight against Miguel, but Miguel is able to defeat him by using the tentacles of Atrocity- a twisted hybrid of Anti-Venom, Doctor Octopus, and Alchemax employee Walker Sloan- to weaken CEO Peter's powers. He is a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Spider-Man 2211[]

Spider-Man 2211
Publication information
Created byPeter David
Rick Leonardi
In-story information
Alter egoDr. Max Borne

Spider-Man (Max Borne), also known as Spider-Man 2211, is a superhero who appears in comics published by Marvel Comics. Created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi, he first appeared in Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man (November 1995).

Within the context of the stories, Dr. Max Borne[33] is from the year 2211, the Spider-Man of that year. In his first appearance he aids two other Spider-Men, Peter Parker and Miguel O'Hara, in defeating the Hobgoblin of 2211, his main enemy.[34] This Hobgoblin is Robin Borne, his daughter, driven insane when she was infected by a nanovirus.[35] Spider-Man 2211 is later shot and killed by the Chameleon of the year 2211, posing as Uncle Ben.[36]

Spider-Man (Bruce Banner)[]

In Bullet Points, Peter Parker is Hulk and Bruce Banner is Spider-Man. Peter is killed by Galactus, and Bruce is killed by Daemos during the "Spider-Verse" event while trying to extract Kaine from Earth-616.[37]

Spider-Man: Chapter One[]

The miniseries Spider-Man: Chapter One was John Byrne's attempt to reimagine Spider-Man's early years, (similar to the revamp given to Superman), giving him a new but similar origin. The series is no longer considered canon within the Earth-616 universe but is set in its own universe.[volume & issue needed]

Spider-Man Fairy Tales[]

Spider-Man J[]

This is one of many manga-related Spider-Man characters. The character later crossed over in Spider-Verse with the Marvel Mangaverse version and The Manga version.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane[]

Spider-Man (Pavitr Prabhakar)[]

Spider-Man Noir[]

This version of Spider-Man appeared in a four-issue miniseries (Feb-May 2009) set in the Great Depression Era of New York in the 1930s. Aunt May is a speaker for equality and spends time standing on a soap box shouting her beliefs. Uncle Ben was killed by a crime syndicate run by Norman Osborn, aka The Goblin. Shortly afterward, Peter is bitten by a strange spider and endowed with mystical spider-powers. He has a wall-crawling ability, increased agility, strength, and a form of spider-sense, and can spray nets of webbing from his hand. He dons a black mask, gloves, and a trench coat, and sets out to stop Norman and his gang. In Spider-Geddon, he is killed by Morlun.

This version of Spider-Man appears in the game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.[citation needed]

Spider-Man: Last Stand[]

Issue #500 of The Amazing Spider-Man shows what would happen if Spider-Man were to have proceeded in killing Kraven by Julia Carpenter, now possessing Madam Web's powers. In the vision of the second Madame Web that takes place on 312500, Peter appears with long hair and was kicked out of the Avengers for his killing of the Kravinoffs. He then develops a much colder and harsher personality and proceeds with attacking Harry Osborn. He then appears in a new red leather costume and starts killing all of the supervillains, with Doctor Octopus, and reveals his identity to his Aunt May, who is shocked and in tears.[43]

Spider-Man: Reign[]

Spider-Man: Reign depicts an older Spider-Man in the future who, having given up on crime-fighting, is driven back into action by the return of some of his old enemies, exposing a conspiracy by Venom to take control of the city with a mass of symbiotes.[44] The character is later killed by Daemos with his head smashed on Mary Jane Watson's tombstone in Spider-Verse.[citation needed]

Spider-Man Unlimited[]

This version of Spider-Man, after being blamed by J. Jonah Jameson for his son's disappearance exploring another planet named Counter-Earth, designs a new costume with sonic weaponry and stealth capabilities using nanotechnology borrowed from Reed Richards. Traveling to Counter-Earth himself, he joins a group of human revolutionaries led by John Jameson himself in resisting the High Evolutionary and his tyrannical rule, in which humans are brutally oppressed and the half-human, half-animal Beastials form the social elite. He also battles Venom and Carnage, who traveled with Jameson to Counter-Earth and are plotting to infect the entire planet with symbiotes.[volume & issue needed] He is killed by Daemos of the Inheritors, along with the Knights of Wundagore and many other Beastials.[45]

Spidey-Man[]

This is a satirical version of mainstream Spider-Man in Not Brand Echh.

Ultimate Marvel[]

Ultimate Spider-Man. Cover to Ultimate Spider-Man (October 2000) #1. Art by Joe Quesada.
Miles Morales as Spider-Man in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 (November 2013). Art by Sara Pichelli.

Ultimate Peter Parker[]

Ultimate Spider-Man is a modernized reboot of the Spider-Man story, starting from the very beginning, with a plot that is inspired by, but very different from, the original continuity, and thus is a parallel universe counterpart to the mainstream version of Spider-Man. The main purpose of the series is to be accessible to new and young readers, as it is free from the decades of history of the original, but it has been embraced by many longtime fans as well.

The Spider[]

In the ongoing series Ultimate Comics: Avengers, a second Spider-Man was shown to be one of its members, and is simply referred to as the Spider. His costume bears an orange-and-purple color as opposed to red-and-blue. The Spider once claimed that he was a clone made from the DNA of Spider-Man and Professor X that was sent from the future. In the "Death of Spider-Man" story arc "Avengers vs. New Ultimates", he is revealed to be North Asian and acting under the orders of Gregory Stark. He led a superhuman uprising in North Korea.[46] During the events of said uprising, The Spider was killed by Hawkeye after the Avengers and the New Ultimates intervened.[volume & issue needed]

Miles Morales[]

After Peter Parker's apparent death in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 a new character by the name of Miles Morales takes up the mantle of Spider-Man as a thirteen-year-old superhero.[47]

The Webslinger[]

On the sword and sorcery alternative Earth called Eurth The Webslinger is the alternative version of Spider-Man that helps Captain Avalon rescue his son from the Dreadlord.[48]

What If?[]

Secret Wars[]

A number of alternate versions of Spider-Man appear in the Battleworld domains as seen in the Secret Wars:

No More[]

In No More—a story arc starting in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303—a trip to the past to retrieve vital information resulted in Peter Parker changing his past when his younger self decided to abandon being Spider-Man because he felt, based on what he had seen and overheard of his future self's life, that such a career would only bring him pain and suffering. As a result, Peter Parker became a successful industrialist married to Gwen Stacy, but Norman Osborn has conquered the world, killing Iron Man and most of the Fantastic Four and imprisoning Doctor Doom, with Peter still hiding behind his corporate role even as Gwen discreetly aids the resistance as he believes that taking action as Spider-Man will only make things worse.

The "Perfect" World[]

On Earth-11638, this version of Spider-Man is called the Amazing Spider who is rich, powerful, and popular where none of his loved ones has died. Peter runs Parker Technologies and his Uncle Ben spurs him to be the best. Upon inventing a portal technology, he unknowingly brought Earth-616's Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Hulk to Earth-11638. During a scuffle with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider's lair called the Web, Uncle Ben was about to plug Spider-Man into the machine. Amazing Spider was caught between the machine and was placed in a comatose state.[65] While in a coma, Amazing Spider's soul arrived in Hell where Bruce Banner's Sorcerer Supreme counterpart died fighting the Infernal Hulk. Though Bruce's astral form stayed alive and helped return the Amazing Spider to life with the souls of the repentant damned which gave him a second chance to live. When he awoke, he found himself transformed into a new character called the Ghost Spider. To make amends with Spider-Man, Ghost Spider transported him, Deadpool, and Hulk back to Earth-616.[66]

Marvel Cinematic Universe[]

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series (Earth-199999), Spider-Man is played by English actor Tom Holland and makes his debut appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

Peter Parker first appeared as a child in Iron Man 2, who wore an Iron Man mask and glove and is saved by Iron Man while trying to "battle" the Justin Hammer robots gone rogue.[67] Parker was played by Max Favreau, the son of the film's director and actor for Happy Hogan, Jon Favreau. [68]

In Captain America: Civil War, Peter is found by and recruited into the Avengers by Tony Stark, who provides him with a new suit in exchange for his help in dealing with Captain America and his faction, who have gone rogue in the wake of the implementation of the Sokovia Accords. During the battle, he proves to be a formidable opponent, going toe-to-toe with Falcon, Winter Soldier, and finally Captain America himself. He later helps Stark and War Machine take down Giant-Man / Ant-Man, but is injured in the fight and sent home by a grateful Stark.

He next stars in his first solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he is mentored and monitored by Stark through the latter's chauffeur, Happy Hogan (who is annoyed by him to the point where the latter neglects his duty), while balancing his high school life with his vigilantism. He later stumbles onto a group of smugglers and criminals stealing Chitauri technology left in the event of Avengers led by the mysterious Vulture, who is revealed to be the father of his high school crush and Decathlon leader, Liz Allan. He goes on a quest to defeat them and prove his mettle to Stark as well as his worthiness of being an Avenger; which he dreams of becoming. However, after defeating Vulture, he declines Stark's offer of membership and decides to be a friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man instead.

Parker then returns in Avengers: Infinity War, first appearing in a school bus being alerted to Thanos' invasion and sets out to investigate; saving Iron Man from Cull Obsidian in the process. He later joins Stark, much to the latter's chagrin, in rescuing an abducted Doctor Strange from Ebony Maw; receiving the Iron Spider Armor made for him by Stark the previous year when he rejected Stark's offer in order to survive in outer space. The two later kill Maw by ejecting him out of his ship into deep space and free Strange; following which Parker is knighted an Avenger by Stark, much to his delight. The trio head to Titan to confront Thanos, where they are joined by several members of the Guardians of the Galaxy in combating the Mad Titan after an initial misunderstanding. However, the heroes are ultimately defeated, and upon Thanos snapping his fingers with a completed Infinity Gauntlet in Wakanda, Parker along with Strange and the Guardians (except Nebula) are reduced to dust alongside half of the universe; with Parker being the last person on the planet to vanish, fading away in Stark's arms.

Parker returned in Avengers: Endgame, appearing in the final act amongst the revived heroes (after Bruce Banner brought them back) in joining the Avengers, the Guardians, and all of their allies for a final battle against Thanos' army. Amidst the battle, he worked with heroes such as Valkyrie and Captain Marvel to keep their newly created Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Stones out of Thanos' hands. In the end, Stark gives his life to defeat the Mad Titan by stealing the Infinity Stones from him, snapping his fingers, and causing Thanos and his forces to fade away; the energy of all six stones killing him immediately after. Parker tearfully tells him they won before his mentor passes away. In the end, he attended Stark's funeral and later returned to school alongside Ned.

Parker will return in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Marvel vs. Capcom[]

Designated as Earth 30847, not much of this Spider-Man is different from traditional iterations, except for the fact that the universe is shared by Capcom characters. This universe does not have a concrete lore, but the main plot of Marvel vs. Capcom does feature Spider-Man contributing to the battle against Ultron Sigma, a fusion of Ultron and Sigma from the Mega Man X series.

Marvel 2 in One[]

When traveling through the multiverse, the Thing and the Human Torch get stranded in a universe with an apocalyptic Earth. This Earth is ruled by an evil version of Spider-Man who is wearing Captain America's mask.[69]

Infinity Warps[]

Peter Spector (Moon Knight's story with elements of Spider-Man's life) was attacked by Goblin by Night, who killed his Uncle Ben and aunt May. In near-death he is revived from the Master Weaver by a spider to be his avatar and is given spider powers, but splitting his personality into four. With his newfound powers he fights the crime with the name ArachKnight and is CEO of his company along with Harry Russell and Merly Jane.[70]

Venomverse[]

In the Venomverse an alternate version of Spider-Man who reunited with the symbiote after leaving Eddie Brock, is recruited with the other Venoms to fight the Poisons. He is later tricked by a Poison into thinking it was Aunt May and then got consumed by the Poison and became a villain to Venom. He was later blown up with the other Poisons from a bomb created by a Venomized Rocket Raccoon.[71]

Hasbro released an action figure of Poison in the Marvel Legends line.

Punisher vs The Marvel Universe[]

After being the first to be infected by a virus that turned people into cannibals, Spider-Man ate Rhino and took control of a piece of New York alongside Black Widow, Deadpool and Scorpio. He as Patient Zero hires Frank Castle to rescue a pregnant Mary Jane from Kingpin's group. Frank did exactly that, but he later kills Patient Zero.[72]

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes[]

In this universe Spider-Man is a LEGO minifigure with a more funny personality in Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

Spider-Man and Deadpool[]

In an alternate future Spider-Man is an old man who got paralyzed from a Life Model Decoy Deadpool and lives in a retirement home with an elderly Wade Wilson. Unknown to Spider-Man, Oldpool was giving his blood to Peter so he would not die. In a battle between LMD Deadpools, Oldpool uses Doctor Doom's time machine and mistakenly switches places with the mainstream Deadpool. After they got to the main timeline they are reunited with the main Spider-Man and Oldpool. Then after stopping Master Matrix (the LMD master created from Peter's parents) and Chameleon, Old Man Peter and Oldpool fade away to their timeline.

Characters introduced in Spider-Verse[]

The various Spider-Men who appear in the storyline. Art by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

In the Spider-Verse event, a multitude of new Spider-Men (and women) from throughout the multiverse are revealed.

Spider-UK[]

Billy Braddock alias Spider-UK, a British-based Spider-Man and a member of the Captain Britain Corps.[73] He became a sole survivor from Earth-833 after his home reality was destroyed during Time Runs Out and chose to remain in the reality of the defeated Inheritors along with Anya Corazon.[74] During the second volume of Spider-Verse set during the Secret Wars event, Spider-UK and Anya Corazon found themselves in the domain of the Battleworld called Arachnia with no memories of how they got there[75] and eventually teamed up with Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Man: India, neither of them remembering their previous encounter during the original Spider-Verse.[76] Following the conclusion of Secret Wars, the team of six Spiders will rename itself and be featured in a new ongoing series called Web Warriors, a name that was coined by Peter Parker from the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series during the original Spider-Verse.[77] During Spider-Geddon, when the Inheritors came back, Morlun snapped Spider-UK's neck, killing him.[78]

Spider-Gwen[]

An alternative teenage version of Gwen Stacy who was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter.[79] On this Earth, Peter Parker's anger at being bullied results in him transforming himself into the Lizard. When he dies due to the chemicals he used in the transformation, Gwen is inspired to use her powers to help others.[79]

Dr. Aaron Aikman[]

Dr. Aaron Aikman is a young scientist who fights crime as "The Spider-Man" using a gadget-laden suit of high tech body armor. He is supposedly killed by Morlun.[80]

Patton Parnell[]

Patton Parnell is a disturbed, bullied teenager who upon being bitten by a radioactive spider, becomes a twisted, bloodthirsty variant of Spider-Man/Man-Spider and is subsequently killed by Morlun.[81]

SP//dr[]

Spider-Wolf[]

Spider-Wolf is a werewolf version of Spider-Man of Earth-13989 killed by Karn.

Spider Moon-Man[]

Spider Moon-Man of Earth-449 where humans have successfully colonized on the moon. He is killed by Morlun.[82]

"Golden Sponge Cakes" Spider-Man[]

"Golden Sponge Cakes" Spider-Man is a parody of the Spider-Man that appeared in Hostess-brand Cakes advertisements during the 1970s and 1980s. He is killed by Morlun.[25]

Old Man Spider[]

Old Man Spider of Earth-4 is Ezekiel Sims.[83][84] He took the Spider-Man mantle after his reality's Peter Parker was killed by Morlun. He died during the Spiders' clash with the Inheritors but was able to warn Spider-Man (Earth-616) to protect the "Other" and the "Bride".[84]

Cosmic Spider-Man[]

Cosmic Spider-Man of Earth-13 is a version of Spider-Man who retained the powers of the Enigma Force following its possession of him. The side effect is that his abilities will only work on his Earth.[82] He is killed by Solus.[85]

Cyborg Spider-Man[]

Cyborg Spider-Man of Earth-2818 is introduced during the Spiders' battle with Karn where the origin of his implants are never explained.[86] He is destroyed at the hands of Daemos.[84]

Lady Spider[]

Lady Spider of Earth-803 is May Reilly. Her father keeps a large number of animals in his study and when she is bitten by a spider she tries to pet, she realizes that like the spider, she too is caged. Lady Spider does not have spider based superpowers, but instead uses a steampunk set of mechanical spider legs.[25]

Man-Spider[]

In an unidentified alternate reality, the Man-Spider is Peter Parker who has an allergic reaction to the bite of the radioactive spider and is hospitalized. Because both Uncle Ben and Aunt May are at Peter's side in the hospital when their house is broken into, Ben is not killed by the burglar as in the main timeline. He is discovered by the Six-Armed Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir, who cure him of his spider powers.[87]

Spider-Punk[]

Spider-Punk (a.k.a. The Anarchic Spider-Man) of Earth-138. He is an African-American punk rocker named Hobart Brown who joins the Spiders' battle with the Inheritors. On his own world, he helped lead a populist revolution against corrupt President Norman Osborn and his Venom enhanced police force.[84][88]

Spider-Girl of Earth-11[]

Spider-Girl of Earth-11 is an 11-year-old girl named Penelope Parker who gains spider powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. She dons a homemade costume and becomes Spider-Girl, despite viewing her new powers as "gross".[25]

Hobgoblin of Earth-21205[]

After Earth-21205's version of Gwen Stacy died, an enraged Peter murdered the Green Goblin and becomes this universe's version of the Hobgoblin. Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy) attempts to recruit him while on the run from the Inheritor, Verna. He dies saving Gwen from Verna.[89]

Arácnido Jr.[]

In an unidentified alternate reality, Arácnido Jr. is the son of a Luchador who died after being betrayed by his tag team partner. This version of Spider-Man protects the streets of Mexico City and wears a costume inspired by that of his father.[88]

Spider-Ma'am[]

On Earth-3123, Aunt May was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, and takes the identity of Spider-Ma'am. She and her family are confronted by Karn. Sensing that he is too strong for her, she proposes to offer her life for the sake of her family, causing Karn to hesitate for a moment (because she reminded him of his mother). Before Karn tries to kill her, the other Spider Totems intervene and convince him to join them in their fight against the Inheritors.[90]

Characters introduced in Spider-Geddon[]

In the Spider-Geddon event, a multitude of new Spider-Men (and women) from throughout the multiverse are revealed.

Spider-Ben and Pete[]

On Earth-91918, Peter and Ben Parker live together in a Latin & Spanish neighborhood and Ben is married to a Spanish Aunt May. When Ben got shot by a mugger, he had a blood transfusion with Peter and got his nephew's Spider-powers. When Ben became a Spider-Man, he was a ruthless hero where he once severely beat up Kraven the Hunter. He alongside Peter battled crime until May died from unknown reason.[91]

Spider-Man (Norman Osborn)[]

On Earth-44145, Norman Osborn is a six-armed version of Spider-Man. As Norman is informed of Harry moving through Oscorp and having been secretly armed, he is told that Harry is on the 15th floor near Mr. Warren's lab. Becoming Spider-Man and arriving where a warped Cosmic Cube is located, Norman confronts Harry who dons the Kobold armor. It was revealed during the fight that Norman killed Peter Parker as Harry fires a laser beam at the warped Cosmic Cube. As Oscorp starts to disintegrate, Norman is pleased that Harry finally gave him what he wanted by accidentally giving Norman access to the multiverse. Just then, Spider-Punk arrives and pulls Norman out much to his dismay.[92] In the end of the event, after destroying the Web of Life along with Spiders-Man, he is seen holding a piece of the Web inside a container with an evil smile on his face.[11]

Marvel Gamerverse[]

In this universe of Earth-1048 set in the Marvel's Spider-Man, Peter has been Spider-Man for eight years, and he and Mary Jane are just friends after a breakup. He does not work for The Daily Bugle anymore, but instead works as an assistant to Dr. Otto Octavius who is Peter's idol and father figure, until Otto sought revenge against Mayor Norman Osborn. After a heartbreaking battle against Doctor Octopus, Peter gets the cure to Devil's Breath virus which was unleashed by Octavius, but is unable to save Aunt May because other people needed it so he was forced to sacrifice her. It's revealed that Aunt May knew about Peter's identity as Spider-Man. Miles Morales also appears where his father got killed from an attack by Mister Negative's Inner Demons and he got his powers from a genetically-altered spider which was brought unknowingly by Mary Jane Watson. In Spider-Geddon, Superior Spider-Man recruits Peter to fight the Inheritors after they defeated Tarantula.[93] He is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.[94]

Web-Slinger[]

In the universe of Earth-31913 that is based on the Old West, there's a cowboy version of Spider-Man called Web-Slinger who rides a Spider-Horse and has a six gun web-shooters. He was first seen investigating Doc Morbius' bloodsucking rampage and child abductions. After Doc Morbius is defeated, Web-Slinger is advised by Doc Morbius to rescue the children before the chemicals reach the flames. Web-Slinger does so as Doc Morbius perishes in the explosion. The children then notice that Web-Slinger's horse is wearing a mask and ask about it.[95]

Spider-Byte[]

In an unnamed alternate universe, an African-American girl named Margo is Spider-Byte in the Virtual Reality world. She is a genius student at the Peter Parker Memorial, Science & Technology. In this universe, the VR world has become equal to the real world and she is the Spider-hero of that world. Spider-Byte is first seen stopping a Virtual Reality identity thief who robbed someone's online account. Afterwards, she goes to her class.[95]

Savage Spider-Man[]

An unidentified alternate universe version of Spider-Man who lives in the Savage Land. When Peter and his family were flying inside a plane, the engine started burning and Peter's parents gave him the only parachute left in the plane to save Peter. Peter landed on the Savage Land where he was raised by a tribe of giant spiders. The spiders made Peter to go under the Trial of 1,000 Venoms where he was injected different poisons by the spiders to see if Peter would survive. He succeeded, and from the trial he got spider-powers. Now with his powers, he protects the land from the intruders like Wilson Fisk of the company Kingliner and Ka-Zar the Hunter when they are poaching dinosaurs. There was also a mentioning that Ka-Zar the Hunter's father killed the last of the Man-Things as he unknowingly sets off one of Savage Spider-Man's traps that nearly crushes Ka-Zar the Hunter. Savage Spider-Man then confronts Wilson Fisk who recognizes him as Peter Parker. A flashback in a discussion between Richard and Mary Parker and Wilson Fisk mentioned that Peter was supposed to stay with his aunt until something happened to his uncle. When Fisk's soldiers show up to attack, the giant spiders also arrive and attack the soldiers while some of them follow Fisk onto his airplane. Savage Spider-Man swings away as more giant spiders surround the airplane.[95]

Spider-Kid[]

Astro-Spider[]

Spiders-Man[]

Spiders-Man from Earth-11580 is actually thousands of spiders working in a hive mind that think they are Peter Parker.[96] On this Earth when Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy visited the Horizon Labs, he fell in a pit full of radioactive spiders which consume him. His conscience is absorbed into them. When the Goblin Nation (this team is composed by Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Demogoblin and Jack O'Lantern) arrives to kill Gwen Stacy, Spiders-Man saves her. After defeating the goblins, they abandoned the costume.[97]

Spiders-Man joins up with Superior Spider-Man's group. He also assists Spider-Man of Earth-44145 in a secret plan to keep the Inheritors on Earth-616.[96]

The Spider (George Stacy)[]

On an unnamed Earth; George Stacy got spider powers, and wears a black homemade suit (with white stripes included, in the upper part). He saves Betty Brant from a female version of Shocker.[97]

Spider-Man (Harry Osborn)[]

During the return of the Inheritors, Spider-Gwen's device to travel through the multiverse got destroyed by Verna and then Gwen got stranded in an alternate universe.[98] In this universe Peter Parker and this universe's Gwen Stacy got a job at Oscorp and Peter wanted to create a cure for cancer, after his Uncle Ben died from it. Peter was experimenting with spider venom to create the cure but one of the spiders bit Harry Osborn making Harry this universe's Spider-Man. Harry alongside Gwen Stacy as this universe's Green Goblin started to fight crime together, until during a fight with the Sandman, both Harry and Gwen's father got killed.[99]

Spider-Cop[]

Spider-Cop is a version of Spider-Man who works for the New York Police Department in his reality. Described by Miles as a "grizzled veteran of the force," Spider-Cop wears a police uniform over his costume alongside a police cap, sunglasses, and a mustache over his mask. The Spider-Man of Earth-1048, who frequently assumes the persona of Spider-Cop in his own reality, is surprised that Spider-Cop actually exists.[100] Spider-Cop later joins the other Spider-Totems summoned by the Spider-Man of Earth-616 and Spider-Gwen.[11]

Spider-Man (Stan Lee)[]

A Stan Lee variation of Spider-Man appeared during the final battle of the Inheritors and when New U Technologies' cloning technology was used to revive the Inheritors as babies.[11]

Minor references[]

In other media[]

There are many other versions of Spider-Man outside of comic books. Some in film, in television or in video games among countless other media. Some characters have crossed over in the comic book canon as one of the separate incarnations such as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series version and the live-action Japanese show version appearing in Spider-Verse. Also, one of the alternate Spider-Men from the series final of the '90s TV show appeared in Spider-Verse as a background character, and the two live-action versions from the original trilogy and Amazing Spider-Man series are mentioned.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse[]

The 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse adapts the Spider-Verse storyline and the Ultimate Spider-Man books starring Miles Morales. Variations of Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Noir, SP//dr, Spider-Man 2099, and the Spider-Man from the 1960s animated series (voiced by Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, Kimiko Glenn, Oscar Isaac, and Jorma Taccone respectively) are featured.

The film also features two different versions of Peter Parker. The version in Miles' dimension has been Spider-Man for over 10 years, was married to Mary Jane Watson, and also had a secret underground lair in Aunt May's backyard that housed dozens of different Spider-Man costumes and gear. In the movie's first act, he is killed by the Kingpin while trying to stop the villain from using a particle accelerator to access other dimensions. His death inspires the recently bitten Miles Morales into carrying on his mission as the new Spider-Man and stopping the Kingpin from endangering the city. Unlike other versions, the Peter native to Miles' dimension had blonde hair. He was voiced by Chris Pine.

Spider-Man's exposure to the particle accelerator causes an alternate version of Peter Parker to get sucked into Miles' dimension. This version of Peter is in his 40s and has been Spider-Man for over 20 years. He was also married to Mary Jane Watson, but they divorced after he refused to have children with her. This coupled with the death of his Aunt May sent Peter's life into a downward spiral where he gave up being the wallcrawler, resulting in him getting lazier and overweight. He reluctantly agrees to mentor Miles on becoming the new Spider-Man to return to his home dimension, but later tries to prevent Miles from joining the other displaced Spider-Men when the young hero's inexperience begins to hold them back and volunteers to sacrifice himself so the other heroes can get home. Miles later joins them in the final fight against Kingpin and his minions after he learns how to control his powers and instills new confidence in Peter that he will successfully defend his dimension. Thanks to his experience with Miles and a run-in with an alternate version of his ex, Peter decides to give his relationship with Mary Jane another shot. He was voiced by Jake Johnson.

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