Which versions of Spider-Man could appear in sony's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated movie? The star of the show is Miles Morales himself, voiced by Shameik Moore. The latest trailer has also confirmed that Jake Johnson is playing Peter Parker, Miles's mentor, while Hailee Steinfeld is "the spunky, free-spirited" Spider-Gwen. But with a title like "Into the Spider-Verse", it's safe to say this movie will reveal a lot more than three alternate-dimension versions of the wondrous wall-crawler.
In the comics, Spider-Verse was a 2014 event that saw every alternate-reality version of Spider-Man ever, united in battle against the inter-dimensional threat of the Inheritors. It was also a perfect opportunity for Marvel to get creative, with writers and artists launching brand new versions of the wall-crawler. Probably the most famous of these is Spider-Gwen, created by Robbie Rodriguez and Jason Latour for a one-off, who proved popular enough to launch her own spinoff. Several of these heroes have even earned their own Marvel Legends action figures, with more on the way.
The scale of the event has fans asking which versions of Spider-Man could actually appear in Into the Spider-Verse? According to the trailer, we'll find out at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. But in the meantime, here are some of the best alternate-reality wall-crawlers we'd love to see appear in the film.
Let's start with one of the classic alternate versions of the wall-crawler - Spider-Man 2099. In 1992, Marvel Comics launched the 2099 imprint. Set in a dystopian future where corporations ruled the world, the 2099 imprint launched a new "Heroic Age" as new superheroes appeared, each inspired by the legends of the past. The most popular of these was a character created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi, Spider-Man 2099. Miguel O'Hara was a geneticist who worked for the corrupt corporation of Alchemax. When O'Hara's bosses gave him a dose of an addictive drug in order to make him more compliant, O'Hara attempted to use genetic editing to remove the addiction. Unfortunately, an act of corporate sabotage during the process led to Miguel's DNA being rewritten, and he became "50% spider."
Spider-Man 2099 was easily the most successful hero of the entire range, and the character has a long and prestigious history in Marvel Comics; he became a member of the reality-jumping Exiles, and most recently settled in the present day for a while, attempting to save the life of his lover.
Mayday Parker, Spider-Girl
Another classic alternate-reality spider is Mayday Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Girl. Mayday was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz in 1998 for a What If? one-shot, and proved so popular an idea that Marvel launched what they intended to be a 12-issue miniseries. The book gained a small but committed fanbase and ultimately became a record-holder as Marvel's longest-running comic with a female lead.
This version of Spider-Girl exists in a future timeline where Peter and Mary-Jane married and had a daughter. Her personality is a carefully-cultivated blend of her parents', and over the course of Mayday's 100+ issue run, Marvel developed her timeline and even launched spinoff books such as A-Next to explore the future of other heroes in this timeline.
Mayday is one of the most popular alt-reality Spider-Man characters of all, and it would be a real shame not to see her in the animated film. She's also fairly unique in the Spider-Verse, in that Mayday operates as part of a family unit - and has a little brother, too!
He may not be one of the most famous Spider-Men, but Spider-UK is crucial. Created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez for the Spider-Verse event in the comics, Spider-UK is a version of the wall-crawler who joined up with the inter-dimensional Captain Britain Corps. As such, his experience and understanding of trans-dimensional travel proved crucial to establish the story's core concept. That same knowledge of dimensional travel means he could well be an important figure in Into the Spider-Verse.
If Sony do choose to include Spider-UK, though, they'll have to redesign him slightly. That character is tied to the Captain Britain Corps, and Sony don't actually have the film rights to that!
Now let's go to one of the wackiest Spider-Men of all time, Tom DeFalco and Lance Armstrong's Spider-Ham! No, the idea of a "spider-pig" isn't unique to The Simpsons Movie. Spider-Ham lives in an anthropomorphized cartoon-like universe, and does battle with villains like Ducktor Doom and Doctor Octopussy. Created back in 1983, he's starred in enough spinoffs and mini-adventures to develop a full world of animal-like heroes such as Hulk-Bunny, Deerdevil, and the Goose Rider. Spider-Ham himself is actually a mutated pig, obviously.
Everybody was quite amused when Dan Slott decided to integrate Spider-Ham into the Spider-Verse event back in 2014, but to be fair that story did promise to include "every Spider-Man, ever!" Spider-Ham proved to be one of the standout characters, and Marvel even considered launching a Spider-Ham comic. The unexpected popularity of Spider-Gwen meant the publisher pivoted away from that book, but there have been constant references to Spider-Ham since.
With Phil Lord and Chris Miller involved, Into the Spider-Verse is sure to have a pretty zany sense of humor. The animated medium would be perfect for introducing Spider-Ham; as the comics proved, few scenes are more effective for the character than seeing heroes doing a double-take at the appearance of a talking pig!
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- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018