One of the core pieces of Spider-Man’s identity as a comic book icon is the vast number of alternate universe (AU) versions of the character, and this is something the big-screen Spidey franchises are starting to really lean into: “Spider-Man: No Way Home” took all three live-action Spider-Men — Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey MacGuire — and stuffed them into a jumbled-up, our-universes-got-tangled adventure to (spoiler alert) get the non-MCU Spider-Men home.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg — Sony’s continuation of its Spider-Man movie series, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” leans even more heavily into the notion of AU Spider-Man characters than its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which gave us Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), and Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) on the big screen for the first time.
“Across the Spider-Verse” hits theaters on June 2 and features an even more extensive list of AU Spidey characters, many of which will be unfamiliar to fans who haven’t explored the greater “Spider-Verse,” as it has been dubbed, of comic book storylines and cartoons. We already know from the trailer that we’ll see the return of Peter B. Parker and Gwen Stacy alongside several new faces, like Jessica Drew (Issa Rae), who’s the pregnant, motorcycle-riding Spider-Woman, and Miguel O’Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099, whom we met after the credits in “Into the Spider-Verse.” Longtime Spider-Man fans will likely recognize some of the other alternate-reality Spider-Folk we see in the trailer, but we’ve definitely got some deep cuts to work with. Here are some of the Spider-Men we’ll see in “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.”
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Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099
This version of Spider-Man is an Irish-Mexican scientist from Nueva York in the year 2099. While trying to recreate the original Spider-Man powers, half of his own DNA is rewritten with spider DNA. Oscar Isaac voices O’Hara in “Across the Spider-Verse,” where he doesn’t seem too friendly to Miles Morales, based on what we’ve seen in the trailer. We’ll see what happens.
Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman
Issa Rae voices this iteration of Jessica Drew’s Spider-Woman, who we see is pregnant and riding a bad-ass motorcycle. So far, we know that she doesn’t keep a secret identity, but not much else until the movie debuts.
Ben Reilly, Scarlet Spider
Scarlet Spider (Andy Samberg) is a clone of Peter Parker. Reilly’s original goal was to fight Spider-Man, but the two become allies. Since we know that this movie’s version of Spider-Man 2099 isn’t friendly to Miles Morales, it’ll be fun to see how much of the original Scarlet Spider story remains.
Hobart ‘Hobie’ Brown, Spider-Punk
Hobart, or “Hobie,” Brown was a homeless New York City gutter-punk who was bitten by a radioactive spider. Instead of at a lab or science exhibit, this spider was mutated by Norman Osborn, who was dumping toxic waste. In the comics, Spider-Punk kills Osborn with his guitar — who said punk is dead? In the upcoming “Across the Spider-Verse” movie, he’s voiced by Daniel Kaluuya.
Pavitr Prabhakar, Spider-Man India
Voiced by Karan Soni (of “Deadpool” fame) in the movie, this comic hero was never bitten by a radioactive spider. Instead, Pavitr Prabhakar was granted his powers by an ancient yogi after a crime lord (later to become this universe’s Doctor Octopus, with four magical tentacles) became possessed by a demon.
Instead of living with Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Pavitr lives with his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim. And yes, Uncle Bhim dies as a result of Pavitr’s failure to act in a situation where he could have used his powers to help someone.
Takuya Yamashiro, Japanese Spider-Man
One of the most obscure Spider-Men we’ll meet in “Across the Spider-Verse” is Takuya Yamashiro, Spider-Man from the ’70s live-action Japanese TV series. In this iteration, Takuya is a professional motocross racer and the son of an astrophysicist.
Instead of being bitten by a spider, Takuya is contacted by Garia, a telepathic alien from the Planet Spider, who later grants Takuya the Spider Bracelet, the source of Takuya’s Spider-Powers. And there’s a giant robot named Leopardon involved, because why wouldn’t there be?
In many ways, this series served as a precursor to “Power Rangers” — it revolves around spandex-clad superheroes, giant robots, and mysterious aliens, which “Power Rangers” fans are all too familiar with.
Otto Octavius, Superior Spider-Man
What happens when Peter Parker dies and Otto Octavius transfers his own consciousness into Parker’s dead body? Octavius takes it upon himself to continue on as Spider-Man, inspired by Parker’s dying wish and dedication. There are 33 issues of “The Superior Spider-Man” comic if you want to find out more about this funky Spidey.
Mary Jane Parker, Spinneret
In the “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” arc, Mary Jane Watson ends up taking possession of the Venom symbiote, which she later learns to control. She takes on the name Spinneret.
May “Mayday” Parker, Spider-Girl (and Infant)
Mayday is the daughter of Peter B. Parker and Mary Jane Watson, whom we get to see as an infant and as her more grown-up iteration of Spider-Girl. It’s cool to see “Across the Spider-Verse” really leaning into alternate reality rigmarole and giving us two iterations of the same character.