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Here are some Spider-Man variants you might not know about

Let’s just say that these are some of the more… reasonable ones.

words by: Alee Kwong
Dec 17, 2021

With all this talk about the multiverse (and the introduction of variants in Loki and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), it kind of makes you wonder how many different iterations of our favorite heroes actually exist across the multiple Marvel universes. Spider-Man: No Way Home is about to give us a glimpse at what it’ll be like for multiple web slingers to meet, but if you step back and look at the larger picture, three Spider-people is barely scratching the surface. So here’s some more.

 

Silk

 

Marvel Universe: Earth-616

A part of the main Marvel comic book universe, Silk (also known as Cindy Moon) shares a similar origin story to Peter Parker. While she was also bitten by a radioactive spider, it would be a few years before she took on the superhero identity of Silk. Her strength level isn’t the same as Spider-Man’s, but what sets her apart from all the other Spider-variants is her incredibly sensitive Spider-Sense. Also, her webbing comes out of her fingertips versus the wrists.

 

Spider-Man 2099

 

Marvel Universe: Earth-928

At the end of the century in Nueva York, Miguel O’Hara takes on the name of Spider-Man 2099 after his DNA is biologically intertwined with a spider — giving him Spider-like powers in a different way than we’ve seen in nearly every other Spider-Man variant. Spider-Man 2099’s powers are different in comparison due to this alternative origin story. Unlike other Spider-variants, he has retractable talons, the ability of telepathy, no Spider-Sense (but instead ultra-sensitive sight and hearing — which is different somehow?), and organic webbing. Miguel O’Hara is confirmed to appear as one of the many Spider-people in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One).

 

Six-Arm Spider-Man

 

Marvel Universe: Earth-92100

One classic Spider-Man comic featured Peter Parker drinking a potion that was designed to enhance his spider-like abilities but resulted in him growing an extra four arms instead, giving him eight limbs like — well, a spider. While this problem was quickly fixed, a What If? comic delved into what Peter Parker’s world would have been like had he not gotten rid of his extra arms. This world involved Parker defeating Doc Ock, successfully saving Gwen Stacy’s life, and becoming a vital protector of the Spider-Verse.

 

Scarlet Spider

 

Marvel Universe: Earth-616

While many Spider-Man variants are just versions of Peter Parker, the Scarlet Spider (also known as Ben Reilly) is actually a clone of the Earth-616 Peter Parker — which makes him kind of a big deal. One of Spider-Man’s foes in the mainstream Marvel universe, the Jackal, used Peter Parker’s DNA to create an exact clone of him. However, as the clone mimicked Peter’s appearance and abilities, it also mimicked his personality, turning against the Jackal in order to pursue his own superhero career as the Scarlet Spider.

 

Spider-Punk

 

Marvel Universe: Earth-138

Spider-Punk (also known as Hobie Brown) is probably one of the most relevant Spider-variants and his efforts mirror a lot of what’s going on in our world today. In this universe, Norman Osborn is the president (*cough* a dictator), forcing Brown to use his powers as Spider-Man to lead a revolution against him and abolish his segregated society. Hobie Brown is not only Spider-Man but is also a rockstar. Although Brown shares the same abilities as Peter Parker’s Spider-Man, he has what Spider-Man doesn’t — a large amount of fans that basically serve as an army.

 

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