Sony's Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse introduces the world to different versions of Spider-Man, including Miles Morales, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Gwen, and more. But when it comes to the wildest versions of the Spider hero spanning the multiverse, Into The Spider-Verse doesn't even scratch the surface.
The main universe of Marvel Comics canon is home to the most familiar versions of Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and the rest of the Avengers. But as moviegoers are now learning, this universe and its Earth are just one of an infinite number, with infinite realities, containing infinite re-imaginings of Spider-Man. And while Into the Spider-Verse may introduce some unique versions (Peni Parker and her SP//dr robot, for one), the Spider-Verse has even stranger heroes from different times and places that could have made the cut.
With that in mind, we're sharing some of our favorite Spider-Men not in Into The Spider-Verse, from the compelling to downright wacky. It's a big multiverse, but practically every Earth has some version of Peter Parker and/or Spider-Man. Here are the 10 Best Spider-Men NOT in Into The Spider-Verse.
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Spider-Man India (Earth-50101)
On this Earth, it isn’t Peter Parker of Queens who becomes Spider-Man but Pavitr Prabhakar of Mumbai, India. Pavitr doesn’t get bitten by a radioactive spider, either. Instead, Pavitr receives his abilities from an ancient yogi who grants him the powers of a spider to defeat an evil crime lord possessed by a demon (obviously). His costume appears similar to traditional Indian clothing and less like a spandex suit, but it still features that iconic webbed design.
Otherwise, Pavitr’s journey follows similar beats to Peter’s, with his Uncle Bhim being killed in an incident that Pavitr could have prevented, leading him to learn the ultimate lesson all Spider-Men must learn: with great power must also come great responsibility, no matter one's nationality. Still, it’s a unique version of the character that incorporates Indian culture and customs, breaking the mold of Spider-Man being solely an American concept.
This Spider-Man is Hobart Brown (not to be confused with Earth-616's Hobart, who is the original Prowler), a homeless teenager who gains spider-powers when he’s bitten by a radioactive spider created by President Norman Osborne’s dumping of toxic waste. Brown takes on the persona of Spider-Punk, wearing a version of the spider-suit that just screams anarchy, with a ripped denim jacket and giant spikes. He leads the people of New York in an uprising against Osborne’s V.E.N.O.M. soldiers, eventually getting his revenge when he kills Osborne by bashing him to death with his guitar. Rock on.
In this universe, Peter Parker falls into a vat of radioactive spiders who quickly consume his body and absorb his consciousness. Now existing as a hive-mind of a thousand spiders who believe they are Peter Parker, the spiders come to Gwen Stacy’s rescue when she’s later attacked, revealing themselves to her as Spiders-Man. This is truly one of most bizarre versions of Spider-Man there is, but in a vast multiverse of infinite possibilities, it stands to reason there’s at least one Earth out there where Spider-Man is literally made of spiders.
Superior Spider-Man (Earth-616)
One of the more controversial picks on this list, the Superior Spider-Man isn’t really a Spider-Man from another universe. Not technically, anyhow. This version of the character is the same Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Earth-616, but the twist is that his body is under-control of the consciousness of Dr. Otto Octavius. And Doc Ock isn't just in control of Peter’s body, he’s also able to access all of Peter's memories, using what he learns to become a “superior’ Spider-Man. He even redesigns the spider-suit to include a set of mechanical spider-arms, mimicking his own Dr. Octopus' arms.
Over time, though, the experience of being Spider-Man changes Doc Ock for the better, and he eventually sacrifices himself to allow Peter to regain control of his body. The Superior Spider-Man version of the character is a controversial but also weirdly compelling take, exploring how one of Peter’s most notorious villains would handle being the hero for once.
Zombie Spider-Man (Earth-2149)
In this universes, there is a virus that turns several of Marvel's heroes and villains in to flesh-eating zombies. Among them are Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and while he does wind up eating both Mary Jane and his Aunt May, he feels really bad about it afterwards.
It's this remorse sets Zombie Spider-Man apart from the other Marvel Zombies, and in time, he does begin to overcome his craving for human flesh, even helping develop a cure for the virus. Ultimately, releasing the cure also kills Zombie Spider-Man, but his sacrifice is only further proof that even when Spider-Man is a flesh-eating zombie, he is still a hero.