Spider-Man (Marvel Mangaverse)

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Mangaverse Spider-Man. Art by Tommy Ohtsuka
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man (2002)
Created byKaare Andrews
In-story information
Alter egoPeter Parker

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) from the Marvel Mangaverse is an alternate version of Spider-Man created by Kaare Andrews. He is just one of many examples of different cultural Spider-Men much like Spider-Man (Pavitr Prabhakar), Spider-Man 2099, and Miles Morales.

Publication history[edit]

The Marvel Mangaverse is a 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. [1] 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.[2][3][4][5]The character is the third depicted manga version of Spider-Man after Spider-Man: The Manga and Spider-Man J.[2] The character is also not the only Japanese Spider-Man. There also exists Takuya Yamashiro from the Tokusatsu series, Spider-Man and SP//dr debuting in the Spider-Verse storyline.

Fictional character biography[edit]

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.[6][7][8] 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.[9] Meanwhile comic book writer Nick Lowe complimented their work calling it "great".[7]

Other versions[edit]

A alternate version of Peter Parker from the Mangaverse appears in the series Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Clan.[10] He 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.[11]

In other media[edit]

Concept art of the Marvel Mangaverse Spider-Man suit in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.


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 did not 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.[2]


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  3. ^ Suárez-Orozco, edited by Marcelo M.; Qin-Hilliard, Desirée Baolian (2004). Globalization culture and education in the new millennium. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0520930967.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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  10. ^ Secret Wars: Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse #1. Marvel Comics
  11. ^ "Amazing Spider-Man #12 Review". IGN.
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