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Top 10 Alternate Versions of Spider-Man from the Spider-Verse

Top 10 Alternate Versions of Spider-Man from the Spider-Verse

Despite being unable to put together a solid trilogy of movies, Spider-Man remains one of the most iconic and beloved of super heroes. Just about everyone should know the origin of Peter Parker by now, be it from a comic book, movie, or even the cartoon.

2014 brought us a comic book series from Marvel about the Spider-Verse. It was actually a cool story arc the had a group of nasties called the Inheritors who lived by consuming the life essence of Spider-Men across the dimensions. Led by the Superior Spider-Man, he traveled across the dimensions to collect as many Spider-Men as possible to eventually confront and defeat the Inheritors. If you haven’t read the story yet, it’s worth checking out. One of the best things about the Spider-Verse storyline was all the very diverse and creative versions of Spider-Man. So with that in mind, here are our Top 10.

Top 10 Alternate Versions of Spider-Man from the Spider-Verse

 

Spider Assassin

10. Spider-Assassin (Peter Parker)

Earth: 8351
First Appearance: Superior Spider-Man 32

This Spider-Man has abandoned his moral code and teamed up with Wolverine to put down the villains that need stopping. He has no qualms about killing, which is a distinct change from the Spider-Man we’ve all come to know and love. Unfortunately, Spider-Assassin doesn’t get too much “screen time” in the Spider-Verse story arc.

 

Cosmic Spider-Man

9. Cosmic Spider-Man/Captain Universe (Peter Parker)

Earth: 13
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man 09

Cosmic Spider-Man was probably the most powerful of the group. He controlled the Enigma Force, a cosmic-esque power that greatly enhanced his abilities. The Spider-Team took refuge in Earth 13 under his protection and used it as their home base. It was thought that The Inheritors weren’t strong enough to attack the Spider-Men in Captain Universe’s home turf…

 

Spider-Ham

8. Spider-Ham (Peter Porker)

Earth: 25 
First Appearance: Edge of Spider-Verse 03

Originally intended to be a parody Spider-Man, Peter Porker originally was a spider that ended up being accidentally irradiated by the eccentric scientist May Porker. He was turned into a pig with spider powers and off he went to fight for justice. While goofy looking, his time in the Spider-Verse was actually pretty entertaining.

 

Spider-Man House of M

7. House of M Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Earth: 58163
First Appearance: Superior Spider-Man 32

In the House of M story arc, mutants had won the civil war with the humans, and were now the dominate species on Earth. Peter Parker ended up becoming something of a celebrity during the mutant/human war and could now live freely with his powers. Unfortunately, his life was unraveled when J. Jonah Jameson discovered he wasn’t born a mutant and revealed it to the world.

 

Spider-Man Noir

6. Spider-Man Noir (Peter Parker)

Earth: 92100
First Appearance: Edge of Spider-Verse 01

A significantly darker take on Spider-Man, this Peter Parker was raised during the great depression. Instead of his colorful red and blue outfit, he wore all black, and even fought with a pair of pistols. If you are a fan of Noir style comics, this one is a must read.

 

Spider-Man India

5. Spider-Man (Paviitr Prabhakar)

Earth: 50101
First Appearance: Superior Spider-Man 32

This clever take on Spider-Man moves it from the friendly confines of New York City to India. Pavitr Prabhakar is a young boy who comes from a small, remote village in India. After moving to the big city, he eventually meets a Yogi who grants him the powers of a Spider. I liked this fresh take on Spider-Man, especially his origin story.

 

Spider-Gwen

4. Spider-Woman/Spider-Gwen (Gwen Stacy)

Earth: 65
First Appearance: Edge of Spider-Verse 02

In an ironic twist, Gwen Stacy is bitten by the radioactive spider and takes up the mantle of Spider-Woman. Peter Parker, sick of being bullied, develops a chemical that ends up turning him into The Lizard. Parker and Gwen eventually fight, and he dies as a result of his injuries. Spider-Gwen is blamed for Peter’s death and ends up being motivated by it to fight crime and clear her name.

 

Spider-Robot

3. SP//dr (Peni Parker)

Earth: TRN451
First Appearance: Edge of Spider-Verse 05

Definitely one of the coolest concepts from the Spider-Verse, Peni Parker inherited the SP//dr suit from her dad. It’s basically a giant mechanical spider-robot that she pilots from the inside. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Spider-Man had a more Iron Man type of spin, this one is worth checking out.

 

Superior Spider-Man

2. Superior Spider- Man

Earth: 616
First Appearance: Superior Spider-Man 32

In an attempt to save himself from dying, Dr. Otto Octavius somehow managed to swap his consciousness with that of Peter Parker. In this ongoing series, Otto lived the life of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, with all of both his and Peter’s memories and abilities. He was driven to fight crime to prove that he was in fact, the Superior Spider-Man. I particularly enjoyed this run, especially Otto’s terrible abilty to banter with super villains.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man

1. Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

Earth: 1610 (Ultimate Marvel)
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man 09

The Ultimate Universe had a Spider-Man just like the original. However, when Peter Parker died fighting the green goblin, a new Spider-Man emerged. Miles Morales, a half-black, half-latino 13 year old kid was bitten by a radioactive spider and took up the mantle of Spider-Man as a tribute to his fallen hero. Miles had many powers similar to Parker’s, yet he also had some unique to him. Unlike Peter, Miles was more of a reluctant hero. But as we all know, with great power…Miles was eventually forced into action and now has fully embraced being a hero.



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