Is it just me, or are big spider-character-themed team-ups all the rage these days? SPIDER-GEDDON just started up, and it aims to repeat the success of SPIDER-VERSE. Speaking of which, the Marvel movies won’t be caught dead missing out on the Spidey action. The SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE film is making waves recently, with a new trailer and a handful of details coming out of NYCC 2018.

While the comics are at leave to deal with as many Spider-Men and Women as they want, the SPIDER-VERSE film seems to be taking a more concentrated route (a very smart choice, in my book). At this point, we know at least six of the Spideys we’ll see in the film. Those include the classic Spider-Man, Peter Parker, as well as Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker (aka SP//dr), and Spider-Ham (ugh).

The first three are probably the most popular spider-characters around. Spider-Man Noir and Peni Parker are sorely underrated and really deserve more attention. And Spider-Ham… continues to find ways to stay relevant. I really just want him to go away. Anywho, I find it might be advantageous to round all these Spideys up and do some review on their characters before the SPIDER-VERSE film drops. Now’s also a good time to drop some fair speculation on the characters, because why not? So, let’s take a look at the Spiders of INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Peter Parker, AKA., The Amazing Spider-Man

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Cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I really should just skip this one. You know who Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man is. If you don’t, you’re doing something wrong. The new trailer even made a joke about this. But, hey, consistency is key. So, I’m obligated to cover this guy. Besides, there’s some stuff I have to say about the SPIDER-VERSE film version.

So, a quick recap: nerdy Peter Parker meets a radioactive spider, gets spider powers, his Uncle Ben dies, he juggles life and superheroics, and so on and so forth. I’ll spare you all of Pete’s exact history because there are over 50 years of it to go through. Besides, I’m sure most of you guys know it. The important bits, at least.

If there’s one thing you need to remember, it’s with great power there must also come great responsibility. Don’t forget the “there must also come” part. Too many people do.

In INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) is about 40 years old. We’re getting a weathered, experienced version of Spider-Man in this film. It also seems like we’re getting a Spidey who’s a bit of a bum. I don’t know about you guys, but from every trailer we’ve seen of this movie, I just get the sense that Pete is somewhat over the whole superhero thing in this movie. As I said, there’s a whole joke about him being so big in the most recent trailer.

Despite all that, though, there’s a lot pointing to Pete being a solid mentor figure in the film, as well. Him teaching Miles how to web swing and that little motivational bit about being unique gives me hope that Pete won’t be a total ass. Fingers crossed.

Miles Morales, AKA., (Ultimate) Spider-Man

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Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man. Courtesy of Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment.

Way back when there was such thing as the Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker died. The world was without a Spider-Man, for a little bit, at least. Then, Miles Morales got bit by a genetically-altered spider, created by Oscorp. Thus, he became the Ultimate Universe’s new Spider-Man.

Nowadays, Miles is a part of the regular Marvel Universe. He’s been an Avenger, a Champion, almost killed evil Hydra Captain America, the whole nine yards. Frankly, he’s one of the coolest spider-people around. Writer Brian Michael Bendis really worked wonders with this kid.

Shameik Moore voices Miles in the SPIDER-VERSE film. I suspect the film will handle Miles’ superhero origins similarly to how the comics handled it, in terms of how he gets his powers and such. I worry, however, about how the film might toss him too quickly into the fray. When Miles showed up in the SPIDER-VERSE comic event, he had been Spider-Man for about three years. He had a lot of time to develop and grow. With the SPIDER-VERSE film, it seems like they’re really going to throw him into this whole superhero thing with little warning.

Then again, he’s going to be trained by Peter Parker, so he’ll be learning from the master. But, at the same time, INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is still tossing Miles into a multi-dimensional conflict right off the bat. That’s a lot for a new Spidey to handle. Let’s hope Pete can give him the proper guidance and training quickly enough so Miles can make it out alive.

Gwen Stacy, AKA., Spider-Gwen/Spider-Woman

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Spider-Gwen. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Okay, really, she’s called Spider-Woman in the comics, but everyone calls her Spider-Gwen for the sake of simplicity.

Hailing from Earth-65, Gwen Stacy’s superhero origins aren’t actually all that close to Peter Parker’s. She was bitten by a radioactive spider and gained amazing spider powers, but that’s just about where the similarities end. In Gwen’s dimension, Peter Parker was obsessed with being like Spider-Woman. He turned himself into the Lizard, but that quickly went awry, and Peter died from his own concoction. Of course, in typical Spidey fashion, Gwen got stuck with the blame for Pete’s death, thus marking her a public threat.

From there, Gwen’s adventures spiral insanely out of control. I think the craziest difference between her dimension and the regular Marvel Universe is that Matt Murdock is the Kingpin, and a disgustingly good one, at that. But other than that, Gwen’s fought beside many other spider-heroes, fought a slew of her universe’s villains, (kind of) lost her powers and bonded with Venom for a bit. Actually, I think she’s still bonded with the symbiote.

In any case, there’s not a lot we know about the Gwen featured in the SPIDER-VERSE film. I suspect the film version of Gwen (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) will be identical to the comic book version. At the very least, we know she’s a drummer, which is a match from the comics. Her costume and style appear to be identical, as well. We’ll just have to wait and see if INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE makes any huge alterations to Gwen’s character.

Peter Parker, AKA., Spider-Man Noir

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Spider-Man Noir. Courtesy of Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment.

An alternate version of Spider-Man from Earth-90214, Peter Parker was bitten by an exotic, venomous spider, which granted him a vision from a spider god. When Pete woke up, next thing he knew, he had crazy spider powers. A more grizzled version of the hero we know and love, Spider-Man Noir stalks his enemies from the shadows and strikes without mercy. He’s one of those Spider-Men.

The original Spider-Man Noir comic was written by David Hine, with art by Carmine Di Giandomenico. It’s one of the most underrated Spidey books out there. It tells a gripping, gritty story, with art to match the tone. It’s tough to find a physical copy of the book nowadays, but I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the internet. Give it read if you can.

In the SPIDER-VERSE film, Spider-Man Noir is voiced by Nicolas Cage (god fucking bless). Like Spider-Gwen, I suspect Spider-Man Noir’s origins and history will be similar to his comic book counterpart. I think I’m most excited to just see what Cage does with this character. Even if it’s just his voice, there’s lots of room for him to get creative.

INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is obviously a bright, colorful movie, with tons of fun, high-flying action. It’s not going to be a dark film, and I don’t suspect it will delve into the realms of any dark themes, and there’s no way we’ll see Spidey Noir kill someone. Tonally, the character might have to shift, which I worry about. But, at the same time, I can accept that, for the sake of the movie. It wouldn’t make sense to have one Spidey out of the bunch killing when the rest are super chill.

Peni Parker, AKA., SP//dr

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Peni Parker, aka SP//dr. Courtesy of Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment.

Peni Parker is perhaps the craziest alternate spider on the block. The idea for SP//dr comes from Evangelion-style anime. SP//dr is really the name of the mech that Peni operates. However, only someone who is of the Parker bloodline can operate the mech. Also, you have to bond with an actual spider that partially controls the mech. It allows for an ease in use of the suit. It’s really weird.

But, surprisingly, between the two solo comics, Peni has had, I’ve found her to be one of the most interesting and creative spider-heroes out there. Both her solo books, EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 and EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2, were both written by Gerard Way. Way has injected tons of character into Peni, delivering a believable story, as Peni is going through that angsty teen phase of her life, while also dealing with her responsibilities as SP//dr.

Kimiko Glenn is lending her talents to voice Peni Parker in the SPIDER-VERSE film. The film version of the character resembles the comic book version almost to a tee. Her mech, however, seems much more film friendly. It’s got a much brighter color scheme going on, for starters. Really, it bears no resemblance to the comic book version at all. I’m okay with that, though. There’s also no telling if Peni will have that weird connection with the spider in the film. I’m willing to bet that whole thread won’t appear in the film. No need to make things any weirder than they already are.

Spider-Ham

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Spider-Ham. Courtesy of Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment.

Excuse me for a moment while I groan to myself…

I’m not a Spider-Ham fan. I can acknowledge that he’s got some funny moments here and there, but otherwise, he’s completely overblown. He’s the kind of joke that doesn’t know when to stop, kind of like Kevin Hart. More often than not, Spider-Ham just annoys me. He rarely adds anything to the story, and I’d rather watch other, more interesting characters do stuff instead.

But, alas, INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE feels the need to include him. Oh well.

Spider-Ham is actually a really old spider-hero. He first showed up back in 1983. Since then, he’s had many one-off adventures and tons of short appearances. His most prominent appearances have probably been in SPIDER-VERSE, SPIDER-GWEN, and currently in SPIDER-GEDDON.

John Mulaney is voicing Spider-Ham in the SPIDER-VERSE film. I don’t really watch anything with Mulaney in it, so I have no concrete opinion of him or his work. His voice fits the character, I guess. I just hope he doesn’t make it worse than it needs to be. I know, I probably gripe about this character a little too much.

In truth, he can be funny and is great for comedic relief. I just find him to be, more often than not, improperly used and executed. He’s had some genuinely deep character moments, but he’s used too often to just tell bad jokes. I suspect that the latter will be the case for INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, but I’d love for the film to prove me wrong.

What Other Spiders Can We Expect To See In the SPIDER-VERSE Film?

So far, we only know about these six Spideys appearing in the SPIDER-VERSE film. But, with an entire Spider-Verse out there, who else should we expect to see? I have some ideas.

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Spider-UK. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

First off, I’d love to see Spider-UK. He’s one of my favorite alternate Spider-Men, and his history in the comics is a great example of well-paced character development. I’d also love to see the Ben Reilly or Kaine. We probably wouldn’t get the latter, and would more likely see Ben as the Scarlet Spider. Frankly, though, I’d love to see Ben Reilly as Spider-Man, rather than the Scarlet Spider.

I think it’d be pretty dope to see Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman, show up. She’s really the furthest thing from an actual spider-themed hero, but she’s still one of the best Spider-Women out there. Hell, she’s the original. Also, I think we deserve to see May “Mayday” Parker on the big screen. She’s the best Spider-Girl out there. You want a character with heart, look no further.

There’s an absolute fuck-ton of Spideys that could show up in the SPIDER-VERSE film. These are a few I’d like to see, but what about you guys? Any Spideys you’d like to see show up in the film? Leave a comment with your top picks.

Regardless of who else we see in this film, there’s no doubt INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE will be tons of fun. One sure-fire takeaway we’ve already got is that the film looks gorgeous. I mean, come on, that’s a spectacular animation style they’ve got going. Here’s hoping this is the Spider-Verse movie we’ve all been waiting for.

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE hits theaters on December 14, 2018!

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