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Alternate versions of Spider-Man
The many versions of Spider-Man. Art by Gabriele Dell'Otto. Note:Click image for better view.
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
See also Spider-Man in other media
Spider-Man video games
Spider-Man television series

Spider-Man (also described as Spider-Men and Spider-Totem) 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 other characters that have taken the mantle such as Ben Reilly and Doctor Octavius.

Outside of the mainstream universe there are different incarnations of Spider-Man in alternate universes such an the Ultimate universe version and Marvel 2099 version. Originally these characters were depicted as separate from each other but later on they have crossed over together such as Peter Parker and Miles Morales teaming up in Spider-Men and in "Spider-Verse" where the many versions of Spider-Men are the major protagonist of the storyline. These characters were later merged in the the same universe in the 2015 comic book series Secret Wars as a part of the Spider-Man family.


Main articles: Marvel Universe and Earth-616

Peter Parker[edit]

Main article: Spider-Man

Ben Reilly[edit]

Main article: Ben Reilly

Ben Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker, who also fought crime as the Scarlet Spider. He also took over as Spider-Man (with a new costume) when Peter retired to settle down with his new family.[1] This lasted until the original Green Goblin returned and murdered Reilly.[2]

Mac Gargan[edit]

Main article: Mac Gargan

While possessing the Venom symbiote he posed as Spider-Man as a member of the Dark Avengers[3][4] until his capture at the end of the "Siege" storyline.[5]


Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Midnight Sons Unlimited #3 (1993)
Created by Mort Todd[6]
In-story information
Alter ego Brian Kornfield
Notable aliases Spider-Man to the Xth Power

  • Superhuman strength, speed, agility and durability
  • Black Magic
  • Unlimited adhesive "webbing"
  • Accelerated healing factor
  • Bursts of destructive energy from his mouth.
  • Wall crawling

Spider-X (Brian Kornfield) is a fictional character and supervillain in the Marvel Universe. He first appeared in Midnight Sons Unlimited #3 (October 1993).

As Spider-X was seen by many wearing Spider-Man's costume, he is initially believed to be Spider-Man himself, mutated by the Darkhold, until Mrs. Kornfield learned the truth and explained it to them.

Brian Kornfield grew up off Broadway in New York, raised by his mother, his father having been killed at an unknown time period. He had a very active imagination and idolized all superheroes, even writing letters to as many of them as he could. His mother was brutally assaulted and mugged on the Streets on New York. Brian became obsessed with becoming a super-hero, so he could find and take down her muggers.[volume & issue needed]

Brian was met by the Dwarf, an agent of the demon Chthon, who offered him the power to be like his idol Spider-Man via a page of the Darkhold. Brian accepted the offer and was transformed into Spider-X. His obsessive desire for vengeance was twisted even further by the black magic of the Darkhold and Brian saw himself as the ultimate arbitrator of justice willing to mete out punishment that no one else would.[volume & issue needed]

Spider-X first brutally slew the mugger who had attacked his mother. He then captured and planned to slay some other criminals, which brought him into conflict with the Ghost Rider and John Blaze when they crashed into a web Spider-X had spun across the entire street. Their conflict ended inconclusively when Spider-X fled from the Ghost Rider's penance stare. His eight eyes may have somehow diluted the stare's force, allowing him to break its hold. Another group of occult investigators/warriors, the Nightstalkers, came to New York and investigated a previous letter from Kornfield, which claimed there was an occult basis to the rise in crime in New York City. Spider-X attacked the three when they questioned his mother. His struggles escalated bringing in some of the Darkhold Redeemers summoned by the energy released by the use of a Darkhold page as well as Morbius, the Living Vampire and even Spider-Man himself.[volume & issue needed]

Still seeking to punish criminals, Spider-X continued to fight off the occult warriors, and traveled to the 14th Street power station where the mutant criminal Paralyzer was using the electrical energy to recreate the electrical monster Zzzax. Spider-X attacked Zzzax and the group of heroes fighting him poured their own powers into the conflict which caused an energy overload, apparently both killing Spider-X and dissipating Zzzax.[volume & issue needed]

When Brian first obtained his powers, he can tap into mystical power to achieve virtually limitless variations/amplifications of Spider-Man's powers. He also possesses a high degree of resistance to injury, including mystical assaults. He can recover from most attacks in seconds. He could climb walls and adhere to virtually any surface. He could form durable, adhesive webs which exuded a powerful acid. He possesses 4 extra spider-like limbs, 2 of which grew from his upper back and two from his waist. He had razor sharp fangs and could project bursts of destructive energy from his mouth. Brian Kornfield became a demonic Spider-Man after making a deal with the demon Chthon.[7]

Mattie Franklin[edit]

The niece of J. Jonah Jameson. After being granted spider powers by "The Gathering of Five",[8] she filled in for Peter Parker during one of his temporary retirements[9] and later became Spider-Woman when he retook the role.[10][11] She was killed by the Kravinoff family during "The Gauntlet" and "Grim Hunt" storylines.

Ai Apeac[edit]

Ai Apaec
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Osborn #1 (2011)
Created by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Jamie McKelvie
In-story information
Species God
Team affiliations Dark Avengers
Notable aliases Spider-Man, Decapitator
Abilities Super-Strength
Enhanced Senses
Underwater Adaption
Long sharp teeth that contain powerful poison
Cling to solid walls

Ai Apaec is the Marvel Comics version of the chief deity of Mochica culture, and a supervillain in the Marvel Universe.

Ai Apaec first appeared in the first issue of the 2011 Osborn limited series, and was created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Jamie McKelvie.

Ai Apaec began appearing as a regular character in the Dark Avengers series, beginning with Dark Avengers #175.

Ai Apaec is a chimeric being that has the head, torso, and arms of a human, the lower half being a spider's body, snakes for hair, and long sharp fangs. He was worshipped by the Moche people of South America (Peru). He was eventually captured by government officials and held in a secret government base somewhere underwater.[12] Ai Apaec ends up meeting Norman Osborn when he ends up transferred to the secret base from the Raft. He joins Osborn, Dr. June Covington, Kingmaker III, and Carny Rives into staging a break-out.[13] The inmates secure an escape pod to get to the surface. Afterwards, Ai Apaec returns to the jungle.[14]

During the Spider-Island storyline, Shang-Chi and Iron Fist discover that Ai Apaec was controlling Bride of Nine Spiders of the Immortal Weapons to capture the other members.[15] As Iron Fist fights Ai Apaec, Shang-Chi manages to free the other members where Shang-Chi mutates into a humanoid spider. Upon Iron Fist using his Chi Force to cure Shang-Chi, Iron Fist gets the other Immortal Weapons members to safety while Shang-Chi collapses the hideout on top of Ai Apaec. Afterwards, the Avengers arrested Ai Apaec.[16]

When Norman Osborn reclaimed ownership of H.A.M.M.E.R., he manages to locate Ai Apaec and recruit him to his latest incarnation of the Dark Avengers alongside Barney Barton, Gorgon, June Covington, Skaar, and Superia. To make Ai Apaec his latest Spider-Man, Norman Osborn gives Ai Apaec a genetic-modifying drug that alters his appearance to resemble a six-armed version of the black suit Spider-Man.[17] Ai Apaec and the other members of the Dark Avengers are defeated by both Avengers teams when it turns out that his teammate Skaar was the Avengers' double-agent. Ai Apaec's drug wore off and Captain America knocked him unconscious.[18]

When the Thunderbolts were missing in time, Ai Apaec was present when the Dark Avengers were recruited by Luke Cage to be a replacement team. Ai Apaec and the other Dark Avengers members were implanted with nanites in order to prevent them from going rogue, and placed under the leadership of Luke Cage.[19]

Ai Apaec and the rest of the Dark Avengers team are thrown into an alternate world with John Walker.[20] Ai Apaec was shown to have been shrunken down when he is a prisoner in Iron Man's lab.[21] When Hank Pym mentions having regrown U.S. Agent's limbs and shrunk Ai Apaec, Iron Man lashes out at him and realizes that Henry Pym's control implant had been reworked. The Dark Avengers make their way through Hell's Kitchen to get to Strangetown. They come across a building covered with webs as Ai Apaec claims that this world's Spider-Man had gone under a profound change to have created a long-lasting web. During the fight between the Dark Avengers and Spider-Man's gang, Ai Apaec tells Barney to load him onto an arrow and fire it at Spider-Man. Spider-Man's Spider-Senses go off and he catches the arrow as Ai Apaec and Spider-Man speak in a different language while the other Dark Avengers have been subdued.[22] With help from Ai Apaec, June Covington tells them that they had poisoned Hawkeye on his left side and that the venom must be sucked out. Later on, the Dark Avengers and Spider-Man's gang arrive in Strangetown where they are attacked by the All-Seeing Eye and the Soulsnake. Ai Apaec tells Spider-Man to cast some webbing and give Barney Barton a sword which he uses to destroy the Soulsnake while Spider-Man lands a hard kick to the All-Seeing Eye.[23] Ai Apaec is climbing on Doctor Strange's leg, telepathically calling the Dark Avengers to summon an object contained by Spider-Man's webs which would grant him the perfect distraction. Enraged at the death of Clea, Doctor Strange readies an even more powerful spell. Before he can do the spell, Ai Apaec hits him with all the poison he had killing Doctor Strange and ending his slave spell on Moonstone and Skaar.[24] Ai Apaec and the Dark Avengers later return to their reality. When Ai Apaec reminds the Dark Avengers that he must be restored to his proper size, June Covington steps on him.[25]

Ai Apaec has superhuman strength where it was stated that he was strong enough to rip off a man's head. His long sharp teeth contains a powerful poison and he has enhanced senses. His spider legs can enable him to cling to solid walls and surfaces. Like the diving bell spider, Ai Apaec can wrap himself in a bell-shaped web held by the hair on his legs and abdomen and collect oxygen from the water to exchange the carbon dioxide with the oxygen.

During the Spider-Verse storyline, the Earth-1771 version of Ai Apaec is attacked by Karn. After a short battle, Karn drains away Apaec's essence reducing him to dust.[26]

Doctor Octavius[edit]

Main article: Doctor Octopus
  • Doctor Octopus swapped bodies with Peter Parker during the "Dying Wish" storyline, with Peter dying in Octopus's body. Possessing Parker's body and memories, Doc Ock determined to both prove himself a better Spider-Man than Peter and a better man than Otto Octavius as The Superior Spider-Man, but was eventually forced to sacrifice himself to restore Peter Parker when his focus on the larger picture and his own ego resulted in the Green Goblin taking control of the city in a massive attack at the head of his 'Goblin army'.

Spider-Man family[edit]

  • Scarlet Spider is an alias of four characters that are similar in powers and abilities to Spider-Man.
  • Other clones of Peter Parker such as Kaine,[27] the degenerated first clone, and Spidercide, the shape-shifting third clone.[28]
  • Blood Spider is an evil version of Spider-Man hired by the Red Skull and trained by the Taskmaster. His costume is a combination of the original and black costumes, and he has tanks for his web fluid on his back with hoses leading to the webshooters on his wrists. His partners Jagged Bow (an evil version of Hawkeye) and Death Shield (an evil version of Captain America) were also trained by the Taskmaster.[29] The trio was next seen trying to kill Venom as hired by Lord Ogre.[30]
  • The Spider Doppelganger is an evil version of Spider-Man created by the Magus during the Infinity War.[31]
  • Ezekiel Sims has powers similar to those of Spider-Man, but mystical in origin. He is a member of the Spider Society and its front organization, WebCorps.[32]
  • Tarantula: Several characters have used this identity. See the main article for details.
  • Steel Spider is Ollie Osnick,[33] originally a young teenager who idolized Doctor Octopus and designed his own mechanical tentacles.[34] Later he was so impressed by Spider-Man that he modified his tentacles into spider-legs.[35]
  • Web-Man, a clone of Spider-Man made by Doctor Doom in an Electric Company comic. He wears the inverse of Spider-Man's colors (red where blue should be, and vice versa), and has criminal tendencies. He, along with his other clones, are destroyed when Spider-Man destroys the cloning machine Doctor Doom used.[36]
  • Several characters have used the Spider-Woman identity: Jessica Drew, Julia Carpenter (also called Arachne), Mattie Franklin, and Charlotte Witter. There is a version of Spider-Woman in the Ultimate Universe, a female clone of Peter Parker.[37]
  • Madame Web, a precognitive ally of Spider-Man and the Spider-Women.[38]
  • Anya Corazon, a young heroine with spider powers, formerly an employee of WebCorps.[39]
  • Silk, An Asian American girl who got bit by the same spider as Peter Parkers.

Other examples[edit]

Other multiverses[edit]

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.

Earth X[edit]

In the series Earth X and its sequels, Peter Parker is no longer a superhero and during the course of the series becomes a police officer. Three other related characters appear:

  • The Spiders Man is an enigmatic character who makes illusions using webs that come from his sleeves. He has lumpy red skin that resembles Spider-Man's costume, and wears a tattered cloak.[46]
  • Two alternative versions of Spider-Girl appear: one is called Venom and the other was raised by Ben Reilly.[47]


In the intercompany crossovers called "Elseworlds", 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. The Ben Reilly Spider-Man participated in Marvel vs. DC, where he faced Superboy and won.[48]


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

  • The Spider is an alternative version of Spider-Man who merged with the Carnage-symbiote and has become a psychopathic killer. Before being displaced in time, he had been on death row in his home reality.[49] He originates from Earth-15 and was a member of Weapon X.
  • Mary Jane Watson, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, is part of a resistance against the techno-organic virus and heroes infected with it, including that world's Spider-Man. Mary Jane is also portrayed as a lesbian in issue #34.
  • A Spider-Man who is a member of the Fantastic Five dies in a battle against The Spider.[50]
  • A version of Spider-Man 2099 joins the Exiles when his identity is made public.[51]
  • A Peter Parker is part of a mutant super hero team, Force-X, led by Emma Frost. His codename is "Spider". His outfit is the standard Force-X uniform and he wears goggles instead of a mask. Also, his webbing is organic.[52]
  • A version of Peter Parker exists, who is a child abused by his Uncle Ben. While locked in the cellar he is befriended by a large spider-like creature, the Tallus instructs Blink and Nocturne to lead this universes incarnation of Wolverine to the run down shack the Parkers call home, a fight ensues and the creature and Wolverine are both slain, as Blink and Nocturne depart this reality it is shown that the creature bit the young Peter.[53]
  • Morph fought a Demon Spider-Man on an alternative world. Later, the Demon Spider-Man was viewed briefly by Mojo and Major Domo as it attacked a young couple in a parking complex, but Spider-Man killed himself.[54]

House of M[edit]

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.[55]

The Manga[edit]

Main article: Spider-Man: 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[edit]

Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Peter Parker (Marvel Mangaverse).png
Mangaverse Spider-Man. Art by Tommy Ohtsuka
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man (2002)
Created by Kaare Andrews
In-story information
Alter ego Peter Parker

The Marvel Mangaverse is an comic book universe which was set in the Marvel Comics Multiverse created by Ben Dunn. The universe's incarnation of Peter Parker would debut in Marvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man (2002) the first of a five part mini-series, which was created, written and drawn by Kaare Andrews.[56] Andrews depicted this version of Spider-Man as an ninja and the last of the Spider Clan after his Uncle Ben was killed by Venom.[57][58][59][60] The character is the third depicted manga version of Spider-Man after Spider-Man: The Manga and Spider-Man J.[57]

The Mangaverse Spider-Man first appeared in the first series (created, written and drawn by Kaare Andrews) where his origin was very different from the regular Marvel Spider-Man. In the Mangaverse Peter Parker is the last member of the Spider Clan of ninjas and has been taught martial arts by his sensei, Uncle Ben. After Ben's murder by Venom, an underling of the Kingpin, Peter starts to train in secret so he will be strong enough to exact his revenge. In this version of Spider-Man, Aunt May is Peter's mother's sister instead of Uncle Ben being his father's brother. The Mangaverse Spider-Man was brought back for his own mini-series (again written by original creator Kaare Andrews) in which he encounters a cybernetic version of the Black Cat, as well as the Venom symbiote. This symbiote does not become Venom and has mystical origins and connections to an 'evil' clan of Ninja who are affiliated with Spiders, apparently a counterpart to Spider-Man's own ninja clan. Norman Osborn, better known as the Green Goblin, has a minor appearance in the series.

In New Mangaverse: The Rings of Fate, references are made to both the death of Captain America and in the Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider Clan miniseries which introduced his black costume and the Mangaverse Black Cat. During the course of this series, Spider-Man develops the unexpected ability to shoot webbing, which surprises him entirely. He is also the object of affection for both the Black Cat (though she later turns out to have been in league with the Mangaverse Nick Fury, her true loyalty unknown), and Mary Jane Watson, who becomes the Mangaverse version of Spider-Woman, and is shown to be being trained by Peter in the ways of the Spider-Clan.

Unlike in the mainline Marvel Universe where Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, and Felicia Hardy are now adults, all three of them are in their early to mid-teens at this point, and possibly their mid-to-late teens by the time of New Mangaverse. This version of Spidey has wrapped gloves, a backpack emblazoned with the spider symbol, and tennis shoes.

The Mangaverse incarnation later appears in the crossover comic book storyline entitled Spider-Verse.[61][62][63] He was one of the starred characters in the anthology comic book Spider-Verse #1 starring in the story "Spider Clan: The Many" continuing the Marvel Mangaverse series that starred him before. The story is written by Skottie Young and Jake Andrews. Jesse Schedeen of IGN explained that despite that "fans of the Mangaverse Spider-Man will be pleased to see that Peter Parker return", he expressed Kaare Andrews not returning as unfortunate and also expressing disappointment with the new writers. He felt that Young "goes through a lot of effort in sending Peter on a journey to confront his heritage, only for it not to matter much in the end." He also compared it as Avatar: The Last Airbender-lite than being truly manga-inspired.[64] Meanwhile, comic book writer Nick Lowe complimented their work calling it "great".[62]

Mangaverse Spider-Man also appears in The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 3) #12 teaming up with The Manga's Spider-Man and SP//dr. Jesse Schedeen praised that scene, describing as one of the highlights of the comics book issue.[65]

Shane Denson of Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads was negative on the mini-series starring the comic book character feeling that it didn't offer enough transnational and transcultural themes unlike the other manga series starring Spider-Man. He also compared it to Star Wars with Uncle Ben being much like Yoda, Spider-Man being like Luke Skywalker and Venom being like Darth Vader with him being revealed as Spider-Man's cousin.[57]

Marvel Adventures[edit]

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]


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]


Main article: 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 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)[edit]

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Spider-Girl #32 (May 2001)
Created by Tom DeFalco
Ron Frenz
In-story information
Alter ego Gerald "Gerry" Drew
Abilities Spider-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 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.[71] 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]


An Spider monkey-themed Spider-Man appearing in Marvel Apes. The character was later killed off by an Inheritor in the "Spider-Verse" storyline.

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects[edit]

In the Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects series, set in Earth-50701, Spider-Man was abducted by an alien scientist name 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.[72]

Marvel Zombies version[edit]

Often within the Marvel Zombies universe, it features a zombified Spider-Man who has been turned, along with all other heroes in the Marvel Universe, into a flesh-eating zombie. He is actually infected by Zombie Captain America (actually known as "Colonel America") rather namely in the first issue of Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness, when the infected ex-president bites him on the shoulder, leaving a wound.[73] Although Spider-Man is just as ravenous, cannabalistic and disgusting as the other zombies when hungry, when he has eaten, Spider-Man is constantly racked with guilt at what he has done, agonizing over having eaten Mary Jane and Aunt May, but unable to change his nature.[74] At the conclusion of the storyline, Spider-Man is one of the few heroes who become The Galactus, having consumed the original Galactus and subsequently acquiring his cosmic powers.[75] Later, the Marvel Zombies attack a Skrull planet, only to encounter the new Fantastic Four of the core "616" reality — then consisting of Black Panther, Storm, the Thing and the Human Torch- leaving the Zombies eager to capture the FF and transport back to their reality, although the FF manage to escape.[76]

In Marvel Zombies 2, he is seen with a new cyborg lower leg as well as having his mask repaired as he is seen with it covering his face once again.[77] He has noticed that his hunger is starting to fade, and, as a result, is the first of the Galactus to turn against his fellow zombies, plus Luke Cage joining him as the two confront Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, and the other infected.[78] Eventually with the aid of Forge, Malcom, and the Acolytes, the zombies retaining their hunger are defeated, and many of them are violently killed by an infected Hulk, in the process. Spider-Man is one of the zombies that remain after having killed the Hulk with his cosmic powers, and continue to rebuild New Wakanda, and bury the dead.[volume & issue needed]

Having mastered his hunger, Spider-Man is teleported to a new world, where he consumes and infects the Sinister Six except for Sandman who ran away, however, as his cosmic abilities did not come with him, and his webshooters have somehow dried up, the zombified superhero is forced to make do with his own veins and arteries, a process which he finds to be quite painful, though it is commonly known that these Zombies do not feel pain at all. Following the death of the Spider-Man of this universe- killed by Sandman in revenge for the deaths of the Sinister Six after zombie Spider-Man reverted to type and tore the rest of the Six apart after they killed his other self's family-[79] the zombie Spider-Man works on developing a cure for the plague with the aid of the Kitty Pryde of this universe- on the grounds that her powers mean that she would be at no risk from him if he loses control- using nanites and the blood of this world's Wolverine.[80] With the zombie Giant-Man having followed Spider-Man to this new reality — having already infected the Inhumans (comics), the Hulk, and the Sentry, Spider-Man resolves to stop Giant-Man.[81]

Spider-Man managed to get the Earth-Z infected Wolverine, the Hulk, & the half cybernectic Rhodey- the last now living Iron Man with cybernetic limbs, having cut off his infected body parts to escape being turned into a zombie- and dubbed themselves as the New Avengers as they confront Giant-Man with the infected Quicksilver, Thundra, Sentry, Moon Knight, Super Skrull, Quasar and others to which they are responsible for killing Loki, Hawkeye, Captain America, Thor, and other deceased characters listed and shown. Determined to end the zombie plague forever, Spider-Man ordered the team to destroy the canister he was carrying, which released the Sandman, now infused with nanobites, and wiped out every zombie hero and villain. (Giant-Man was destroyed by Sandman) And afterwards, the Zombie Spider-Man thanked Sandman and commented that his Aunt May and Mary Jane were avenged. He died from being exposed to his own weapon, which happened to be Sandman.[volume & issue needed]

Mutant X[edit]

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,[82] but "Man-Spider" is forced to admit the truth after his clone is killed by Madelyne Pryor.[83] He himself is later killed.[84]

Newspaper strip[edit]

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.[85]


Marvel published a limited series called Powerless in 2004, which tells how the Marvel Universe would be 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.[86]


Warren Ellis's 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.


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 give 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 Superheroes and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy plus the Marvel 2099 timeline).

Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures[edit]

The United Kingdom based Panini Comics publication Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures was loosely based on the continuity of the 1990s animated series.[87] 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.[88]


Main article: Spider-Ham

Spider-Man 1602[edit]

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.[89] While in the Globe theatre, he is attacked and killed by the super villain Morlun.[90][91] 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[edit]

Main article: 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.[92]

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.

Spider-Man 2211[edit]

Spider-Man 2211
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man (November 1995)
Created by Peter David
Rick Leonardi
In-story information
Alter ego Dr. 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[93] 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.[94] This Hobgoblin is Robin Borne, his daughter, driven insane when she was infected by a nanovirus.[95] Spider-Man 2211 is later shot and killed by the Chameleon of the year 2211, posing as Uncle Ben.[96]

Spider-Man (Bruce Banner)[edit]

In Bullet Points, Peter Parker is Hulk and Bruce Banner is Spider-Man. He later appeared in "Spider-Verse" where Daemos snaps his spine. Bullet Points Spider-Man appears in the Spider-Man Unlimited video game as an unlockable playable character.

Spider-Man: Chapter One[edit]

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[edit]

  • Anansi. A playful trickster God based off the West African mythological figure of the same name.[97]
  • Izumi, a Japanese boy who is bitten by a Tsuchigumo version of Venom and transforms into Spider-Man.[98]
  • The Prince of Arachne, a knight version of Peter Parker in an altered retelling of Cinderella.[99] He is killed by Solus in Spider-Verse.[100]

Spider-Man J[edit]

Main article: Spider-Man J

Just one of many manga related Spider-Man characters. The character later crossed over in "Spiderverse" with the Marvel Mangaverse version and The Manga version.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane[edit]

Spider-Man (Pavitr Prabhakar)[edit]

Spider-Man (Pavitr Prabhakar)
Spider-Man India.jpg
An Indian version of Spider-Man
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Spider-Man: India #1 (January 2005)
In-story information
Alter ego Pavitr Prabhakar

Pavitr Prabhakar debuted in Spider-Man: India, a comic book that originally published in India by Gotham Entertainment Group in 2004, retelling the story of Spider-Man in an Indian setting.[101]

Pavitr Prabhakar, a simple Indian boy from a remote village, moves to Mumbai with his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim to study after getting half a scholarship. His parents died some years ago. Other students at his new school tease him and beat him for his studious nature and simple background. He knows his Uncle Bhim is struggling to support him and his aunt Maya, and pay his school fees. Only Meera Jain, a popular girl from his school, befriends him. Meanwhile, a local crime lord named Nalin Oberoi uses an amulet to perform an ancient ritual in which he is possessed by a demon committed to opening a gate for other demons to invade Earth. While being chased by bullies, Pavitr Prabhakar encounters an ancient yogi who grants him the powers of a spider, in order to fight the evil that threatens the world. While discovering his powers, Pavitr Prabhakar refuses to help a woman being attacked by several men. He leaves the place, but comes back when he hears his uncle cry out, and discovers that he has been slain. He learns that Bhim was stabbed when he tried to help the woman. Pavitr Prabhakar understands that with great power comes great responsibility, and swears to use his powers for the good of others.

Nalin Oberoi briefly becomes human again and transforms a mild-mannered doctor into a demon with four magical tentacles (the Indian version of Doctor Octopus), and sends him to kill Spider-Man, as instructed by the demon voices. Doc Ock fails, and Spider-Man makes his public debut as a hero. He is, however, labeled a threat by the newspapers.

Oberoi kidnaps Pavitr Prabhakar's aunt, taking her to a refinery outside Mumbai. There he betrays Doctor Octopus, blasting him into the ocean with a ray. Spider-Man arrives and fights Oberoi, who has also kidnapped Meera. He drops both Maya and Meera from the top of the refinery. Spider-Man dives for his aunt, but fails to rescue Meera, who is saved by Doctor Octopus. Pavitr reveals his identity to Meera and asks her to take his aunt to safety.

Oberoi gets rid of Doctor Octopus for good and touches Spider-Man with the amulet. A Venom-like creature emerges from the amulet tries to lure Spider-Man to the dark side. Pavitr remembers his uncle's saying about responsibility and rejects the evil. By doing so, the link between the demons and Oberoi is shattered, and he becomes human again. Spider-Man throws the amulet into the ocean, and Oberoi is sent to a mental institution.

Peace is restored to Mumbai eventually. Pavitr Prabhakar begins a romance with Meera, and is shown celebrating the festival Diwali with his aunt. The story ends with a quote from the Bhagavad Gita, showing the Venom-Demon still alive.

During the Spider-Verse storyline which featured Spider-Men from various alternate realities, Pavitr Prabhakar was seen fighting a mysterious new villain named Karn, whom he mistook for a demon. The Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body) managed to save him and recruited him into his army of Spiders.[102] In the second volume of Spider-Verse set during the Secret Wars event, Pavitr Prabhakar found himself in the domain of the Battleworld called Arachnia, where he teamed up with Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-UK and Anya Corazon, though none of them remembered their previous encounter during the original Spider-Verse.

Following the conclusion of Secret Wars the team of six Spiders that formed during the event will rename itself and feature 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.[103]

Pavitr Prabhakar is playable among other Spiders in the Spider-Man Unlimited video game.

Spider-Man: Noir[edit]

Main article: Spider-Man Noir

This version of Spider-Man appeared in a 4 issue miniseries (Feb-May 2009). He exists in the Great Depression Era of New York in the 1930s. Aunt May is a speaker of 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. Though he has no wall-crawling ability, he has increased agility, strength, a form of spider-sense, and can spray nets of webbing from his hand. He then dons a black mask, gloves, and a trenchcoat and sets out to stop Norman and his gang. This version of Spider-Man appears in the game, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.[citation needed]

Spider-Man: Reign[edit]

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.[104] The character is later killed by Daemos with his head smashed by Mary Jane Watson's tombstone in "Spider-Verse".

Spider-Man Unlimited[edit]

This version of Spider-Man, after being blamed by J. Jonah Jameson for his son's disappearance exploring another planet, 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.[105]


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

  • Billy Braddock alias Spider-UK, a British-based Spider-Man and a member of the Captain Britain Corps.[106] 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.[107] 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.[108] 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.[109] Following the conclusion of Secret Wars the team of six Spiders will rename itself and feature 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.[103]
  • Aaron Aikman, a young scientist who fights crime using a gadget-laden suit of high tech body armor.[110]
  • Patton Parnell, a disturbed, bullied teenager who upon being bitten by a radioactive spider, becomes a twisted, bloodthirsty variant of Spider-Man/Man-Spider.[111]
  • Peni Parker, a Japanese middle school student who was adopted by Aunt May and Uncle Ben following the death of her parents. She pilots a psychically-powered machine known as the SP//dr, which is partially controlled by a radioactive spider.[112]
  • Spider-Woman, an alternative teenage version of Gwen Stacy who was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter.[113] 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.[113]
  • Spider-Wolf of Earth-13989. An werewolf version of Spider-Man killed by Karn.
  • Spider Moon-Man of Earth-449, where humans live in the moon.[114]
  • Hostess Twinkies Cakes Advertisement Spider-Man, a commercial purpose only Spider-Man who is killed by Morlun. This Spider-Man always defeats his enemies with Hostess-brand Cakes.[85]
  • Old Man Spider of Earth-4 whose identity is that of Ezekiel Sims.[112][115] 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 inform Spider-Man (Earth-616) to protect the "Other" and the "Bride".[115]
  • Cosmic Spider-Man of Earth-13. This version of Spider-Man retained the powers of the Enigma Force.[114] He is killed by the leader of the Inheritors, Solus.[116]
  • Cyborg Spider-Man of Earth-2818. Introduced during the Spiders' battle with Karn.[117] He later dies at the hands of Daemos.[115]
  • Lady Spider of Earth-803. In this reality, she 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.[85]
  • Man-Spider: Peter Parker suffers a serious allergic reaction to the bite of the radioactive spider and is hospitalized. He is discovered by the Six-Armed Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir. In this reality, both Uncle Ben and Aunt May are at Peter's side in the hospital when their house is broken into; thus Uncle Ben is not killed by the burglar as in the main timeline. After he is cured by the dimension-traveling Spider-Men one remarks " at least one reality the Parker family has a happy ending."[118]
  • Spider-Punk (or 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 the corrupt police and government who oppressed the people.[115][119]
  • Spider-Girl of Earth-11. This version 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".[85]
  • Hobgoblin (Peter Parker) of Earth-21205. After Gwen Stacy died, an enraged Peter murdered the Green Goblin and becomes this universe's version of the Hobgoblin. Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacey) attempts to recruit him while on the run from the Inheritor, Verna. He dies saving Gwen from Verna.[120]
  • Spider-Man of Mexico. The son of a Luchadore 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.[119]
  • Regency Spider-Man. This Spider-Man is first glimpsed during the decisive battle with the Inheritors on Loomworld debating what makes him and another black-suited Spider-Man different. In the end, this Spider reckons their differences come down to the "little things". It is revealed that this Spider is married.[121]
  • 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's 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 kills her, other Spider Totems intervene and convince him to join them.[122]


An satire version of mainstream Spider-Man in Not Brand Echh.

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

Main article: Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultimate Spider-Man. Cover to Ultimatum: Spider-Man Requiem #1. Art by Stuart Immonen.

Ultimate Peter Parker[edit]

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. 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.[citation needed]

In Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter is a high-school student who is bitten by a spider during a school field trip—but instead of a radioactive spider (which reflected the Atomic Age in which Spider-Man's origin was written), it is a lab subject that has been genetically modified by Osborn Industries.[volume & issue needed] The themes, characterization, and setting are updated to reflect modern life.[citation needed] It is set in the Ultimate Marvel universe.[citation needed]

This Spider-Man also appears along Amazing, Noir, 2099 Spider-Men in the game Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions wearing the black symbiote suit.

In Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Peter Parker is revealed to be alive and meets his successor for the first time.[123]

The Spider[edit]

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, and his costume bears an orange-and-purple color, as opposed to red-and-blue. In "Death of Spider-Man" story arc, "Avengers vs. New Ultimates", he is revealed to be North Asian, and under the orders of Gregory Stark, led a superhuman uprising in North Korea.[124] During the events of said uprising he was killed by Hawkeye after the Avengers and the New Ultimates intervened.[volume & issue needed]

Miles Morales[edit]

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.[125]

The Webslinger[edit]

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.[126]

What If?[edit]

Further information: List of What If? issues
  • Alternative versions of Spider-Man appear in several issues of What If..?. In one major alternative universe Spider-Man joins the Fantastic Four;[127] this universe is revisited in several different issues of What If..?
  • What if someone else besides Spider-Man had been bitten by the radioactive spider explores what would have happened if Flash Thompson, Betty Brant or John Jameson were bitten by the spider, but all three prove to be failures as the 'new' Spider-Man. Each story ends with Peter extracting the residual radioactive venom from the dead spider and using it to create a serum to give himself powers, thus becoming Spider-Man.[128]
  • What if Spider-Man had never become a crimefighter explores a world where Spider-Man stopped the burglar and continued his television career, becoming a public relations 'specialist' for superheroes until Jameson's angry attack on him for slacking off with his powers results in Daredevil's death, inspiring Spider-Man to become a real hero.[129]
  • What if the alien costume had possessed Spider-Man? sees Spider-Man being killed when he fails to go to Reed Richards for help in time to remove the symbiote, which goes on to drain the Hulk's powers and possess Thor until it is driven away by Black Bolt.[130]
  • "What if?: The Other", set during "The Other" storyline, features an alternative version of Peter who abandons the Spider when given the choice. Some time afterward, the Venom symbiote leaves its current host Mac Gargan and merges with Peter to become Poison.[131]
  • Another "What if?" universe has a version of Spider-Man who works side by side with his Uncle Ben to fight crime after Aunt May is killed.[132]
  • Another issue portrays a Parker whom the radioactive spider bite mutated him into a spider creature, as well as making his son a mutant.[133]
  • In a "What if?" Age of Apocalypse reality, in which both Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr were killed, Apocalypse is served by clones of a symbiote Spider-Man, although the clones seem to be more symbiote than man.[134]
  • In "What If? Spider-Man vs. Wolverine" Spider-Man goes to Russia with Wolverine on a rescue mission and eventually becomes a Black-ops version. Through training alongside Wolverine he enhances his spider-sense and becomes more confident. He eventually decides to join up with Wolverine permanently and leave behind his old ways. He also develops a change to his web shooter which enables him to shoot bullets out of it, which he does, killing a man. He is shown in a sleeker black and red suit more fit for his new lifestyle.[135]
  • What If? Grim Hunt shows what would happen if Spider-Man were to have proceeded in killing Kraven by Julia Carpenter, now possessing Madam Web's powers. 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.[136]

Secret Wars[edit]

A number of alternate versions of Spider-Man appear in the warzones of Secret Wars

  • In the Armor Wars reality, Peter Urich, aka Spyder-Man was killed after he discovered about the disease that forced everyone in that Warzone to wear armor. He was dating Kiri Oshiro,the daughter of Rumiko Fujikawa.
  • In an alternate Civil War reality, where the conflict continued after the anti-registration side's attempt to escape the Negative Zone prison triggered a self-destruct that destroyed most of New York, Peter continued serving on Captain America's side in the conflict, and was given new upgrades such as wings that bear a resemblance to the Falcon, with Rogers noting that Peter is now his fastest operative. Since Mary-Jane and his daughter Maybelle live on Iron Man's terrain due to them not getting the chance to evacuate, he hardly gets the chance to see them.
  • In a different version of Spider-Island, Spider-Man was supposedly killed by the spider infected Avengers which inspired Agent Venom to lead the resistance. However he is discovered to be alive and captive in the Spider Queen's facility. He aids Flash to stop the Spider Queen and becomes the baron of the city after she is defeated at the cost of Flash's life.
  • In Renew Your Vows, a story that has Spider-Man and Mary Jane married with a daughter named Annie (who is developing Spider powers of her own), Peter saves his family from Venom while most of the heroes die to Regent. He retires as Spider-Man to avoid detection from Regent and to focus on raising his family. However, he is later forced to don the mask again to stop Regent and protect his family.

Other references[edit]

  • In the "Age of Apocalypse", Peter Parker is executed by Apocalypse's regime simply because he is a potential ally for rebel Gwen Stacy.[volume & issue needed]
  • Peter Parker's counterpart on Counter-Earth is mentioned as having "died from radioactive over-exposure".[137]
  • Spider-Man was depicted as one of many death victims in Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, Marvel Universe vs. the Punisher[138] and Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.[139]
  • In the Earth-691 continuity Spider-Man is a time-traveler who aids Killraven in fighting a second invasion by the Martians from H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, during which he is killed.[140]
  • In Old Man Logan, Spider-Man was killed (possibly by Venom) during or sometime after the big battle between heroes and villains, where the villains won. In this timeline, he married an unknown African American woman and had a daughter, who eventually married Hawkeye and had a child of their own. Hawkeye won in a poker game and customized the Spider-Mobile after his death.[141]
  • Deadpool encounters a version of Spider-Man in a universe which he refers to as "an Age of Apocalypse" (not the Age of Apocalypse). This alternative version of Spider-Man is Pestilence, a Horseman of Apocalypse. He has six arms, poisonous fangs, and engages in cannibalism.[142]
  • In the X-Men Forever universe, after the X-Men have faked their deaths, Spider-Man runs into Rogue during a patrol, Rogue having recently unintentionally absorbed Nightcrawler's powers and appearance. Testing her new powers, Rogue spends the night fighting crime alongside Spider-Man, later suggesting that the two kiss to see how her recent transformation has affected her original abilities. After Spider-Man assists the X-Men in destroying a group of Sentinels,[143] the X-Men return to the manor, Cyclops concluding that Spider-Man can be trusted to keep the secret of their continued survival.[144]
  • The Ultimate Spider-Man animated series version was one of the many Spider-Men that crossed over in "Spider-Verse" comics.


  1. ^ The Sensational Spider-Man #1 (February 1996)
  2. ^ Peter Parker: Spider-Man #75 (December 1996)
  3. ^ Dark Avengers #1
  4. ^ Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man #1-4
  5. ^ Siege #4
  6. ^
  7. ^ Midnight Sons Unlimited #3 (October 1993)
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #441 (1998)
  9. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #1
  10. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #2
  11. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #5
  12. ^ Osborn #1
  13. ^ Osborn #2
  14. ^ Osborn #5
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