If you think there’s only one Spider-Man in the universe, then think again. The newly released computer-animated superhero feature, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, gives us a glimpse of the reality that there can never be only one Spider-Man. This is especially so if we take into account alternate universes.
Before you proceed, a fair warning for all movie buffs is needed in order. This post may contain spoilers! You have been warned!
Here is the list of Spider-People you will get to know when you watch “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”:
1. Miles Morales
Firstly, the protagonist of the story is not Peter Parker. Our mainstay Spider-Man is Miles Morales, a black teenager living in the peaceful side of Brooklyn. He possesses all of Spider-Man’s power. In addition to that, he also has a unique ability – invisibility! Donald Glover and Barack Obama inspire the creation of Miles’ character. In fact, Glover once even volunteered himself to play the character. Unfortunately, he was unable to grab the role. Instead, he was cast as one of the minor characters in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film.
2. Peter B. Parker
A Spider-Man film won’t be a Spider-Man film without even the mention (or appearance!) of Peter Parker himself. In the Spider-Verse film, Peter Parker finds his way into Miles’ universe. Peter ultimately realizes that Miles’ is way beyond his league in superhero work. Thus, he becomes the boy’s teacher. As he was already becoming an over exhausted and overly cynical Spider-Man, him teaching Miles’ to be a hero becomes a refresher for him. His adventure with Miles teaches him how to be a hero again.
Gwen Stacy is originally Peter’s girlfriend in the comic book. She falls to her death. As a result, her death helped Peter grow up as a hero and as a person. Both in the Spider-Verse and in the latest reboot of the comics though, Gwen is still alive and kicking! She is seen swinging around spider-webs, just like the real Spider-Man.
4. Spider-Man Noir
A Spider-Man who came from the ’30s, Spider-Man Noir wears a grim ensemble that stands out among the Spider-People. In addition, his dark ensemble easily matches his gritty attitude. He mostly uses guns to stop the bad guys instead of web-shooters.
You may think that Spider-Ham is a pig; apparently, he is not. Spider-Ham, aka Peter Porker, is originally an eight-legged critter. He gets bitten by an animal scientist (and a pig, at that!). Consequently, he transforms into his current porcine appearance. While his spider-bitten counterparts may have acquired their webbing powers after a bite, Spider-Ham innately possesses that power. After all, he still has his arachnid origins to thank for.
6. Peni Parker
If there’s a Spider-Man from the ’30s, a Spider-Man from the future makes an appearance as well. From the universe of fighting giant intergalactic robots (specifically high-tech alternate Manhattan), Peni Parker appears in the Spider-Verse with her Spidey robot. Peni Parker goes by the name Sp//dr.
7. Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man ’67
In the post-credit scene of Spider-Verse, we see Spider-Man 2099, aka Miguel O’Hara. Spider-Man 2099 is technically the ‘original’ 21st Century Spider-Man. Well, if you consider the Marvel comics timeline. A super geneticist, Miguel is smart enough to have his own dimension-hopping device. Using this device, he travels dimensions, with his first stop being the 2D world of Spider-Man ’67. Consequently, he gets upset upon seeing the 2D world. Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man ’67 then hilariously re-creates one of the most popular Spider-Man memes on the Internet.
This animated film stars Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Mahershala Ali, Luna Lauren Velez, and a whole lot more. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” hits the theaters December 14, 2018.