The Five Best Alternate Versions of Spider-Man

The Five Best Alternate Versions of Spider-Man

With the “Spiderverse” mega-event in full swing, nearly every iteration of the popular character is making an appearance in one way or the other. From Spider-Ham to Mayday Parker, we’ve seen a million different takes on Spidey throughout the years. With so many versions making the cut, it’s really difficult to nail down specific favourites and which version is the coolest or most interesting. I put together this little list of my personal choices for the best alternate versions of Marvel’s most iconic super hero.


Miguel O’Hara aka Spiderman 2099:

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My personal favourite. I remember making my dad take to me the comic shop specifically so I could buy the first issue. The 2099 universe really wasn’t anything spectacular, and some of the future versions of classic 616 characters were… less than fantastic. The Spider-Man of the 2099 world though was awesome. Miguel O’Hara lived in an era where evil mega-corporations ran the world, and upon finding out just how corrupt the firm that he worked for really was, an attempt to silence him resulted in his DNA being bonded with a spider’s. This version has slightly different powers than the original; rather than sticking to walls he has razor shop retractable claws in his fingers and toes, gains pronounced canines capable of injecting venom, and the writers abandoned the classic “spider sense” in favour of enhancing vision and hearing. The costume, based off a Day of the Dead outfit, is creepy and menacing with just enough of the right colouring to still look like something Spider Man would wear. Miguel differs from Peter in that he is bold, determined, and somewhat arrogant, but still has that classic Peter Parker brilliance we’re all familiar with.


Miles Morales aka Ultimate Spider-Man:

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 This was one of the best decisions Marvel has ever made in reimagining a classic hero for a modern audience. The comics industry has been under fire for ages now for not pushing minorities as major characters; for every Black Panther we have ten Caucasian heroes. Enter Miles Morales, the half-black, half-Latino Spider Man of the Ultimate Universe, who took over as the web-head after Peter Parker was killed by the Green Goblin. Initially reluctant to jump into Peter’s shoes, over time Miles grows into the role and becomes a fresh take on the character while retaining its core elements. Far from being just a gimmick to appease the PC crowd, Marvel deserves some applause for committing to a character like this and giving him the time and space to evolve into a fully fleshed and independent hero.


Otto Octavius aka the Superior Spiderman aka SpOck:

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 This 30 issue series is probably the best Spider-Man arc we’ve had since Kraven’s Last Hunt. Superior Spider-Man asks the question “What if Doctor Octopus took over for Peter Parker?” and ran with it. Over the course of 30 issues, we got to watch as Otto Octavius took advantage of Peter’s gifts without being saddled with the guilt and angst that plagued the character and prevented him from ever having a decent life. Crime rates plummet, “Peter” starts a successful business, and finally axes the toxic (and by this point super boring) relationship with Mary Jane. Of course, this couldn’t last forever, and the end of the series finds Otto relinquishing control and giving Peter back his life. Which is too bad, as this was the most interesting “What-if” scenario we’ve seen.

Kaine Parker & Ben Reilly aka the Scarlet Spider:

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 I had to include Kaine and Ben in this list, if only to remember just how bad the Clone Saga was and the extreme 90s-ness of the sleeveless hoodie Scarlet Spider costume (Still my favourite, to hell with the haters). Both characters are clones of Mr. Parker and thus aren’t necessarily fresh or unique spins on the idea. Plus they carry with them the crazy amounts of baggage and sour memories the Clone Saga left us with. Kaine is basically Spider-Man with the angst and edge factor cranked to 11, and Ben is like Peter without that notorious “Parker luck.” Slight personality differences aside, there isn’t anything inherently unique in these versions, but man oh man I love that blue hoodie.

Peter Porker aka Spider Ham:

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 I was reluctant to include this version because, well, it’s pretty stupid. But, being the only non-human version and the only one that the writers could have a bit of harmless fun with, I decided to put him on the list. Believe it or not, this version of Spider-Man actually started as a spider, and received his powers after being bitten by a radioactive pig version of Aunt May. The series ran for two years and featured various anthropomorphic animal versions of several Marvel characters including Captain Americat, the Incredible Iron Mouse, and the villainous Ducktor Doom. Silly, but fun, I bet it was a blast just coming up with the names for these versions. Who wouldn’t cower in fear upon seeing the approach of the world devourer himself, the mighty Galactypus?

Superior Spider-Man Continues This Summer, Leads Into New Spider-Man Event

Superior Spider-Man Continues This Summer, Leads Into New Spider-Man Event

Marvel has announced that the popular Superior Spider-Man series will continue on for two more issues.

Superior Spider-Man #32 will arrive in August and will tell an untold story of what happened to Otto for nine hours after being transported to the year 2099 in Superior Spider-Man #19.

Issue #32 will apparently be the start to the big Spider-Man event “Spider-Verse” later this year. The event will feature an appearance from every version of Spider-Man created.

A preview page from Superior Spider-Man #32, out this August.
A preview page from Superior Spider-Man #32, out this August.

 

Both issues will have Spider-Man writer Dan Slott writing for them, and art will be done by Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Adam Kubert.

The Superior Spider-Man series was written by Dan Slott and told the story of Otto “Doctor Octopus” Octavious switching bodies with Peter Parker. After Peter in Otto’s dying body made Otto relive his past experiences, Otto vowed to become a better Spider-Man then Peter ever was.

Superior Spider-Man issues #32 and #33 will be released in August and September later this year.

Spider Man 2099 Will Return In New Comic Series In July

Spider Man 2099 Will Return In New Comic Series In July

Spider Man 2099 will soon be making his return to the comic book world in the form of an ongoing series, written by the character’s original creator Peter David, and illustrated by Will Sliney (Fearless Defenders).

It appears the questions surrounding the future role of Miguel O’Hara, following his entrapment in our present timeline at the end of Superior Spider Man #19, will finally be addressed. Newsarama has reported that O’Hara will be sticking around to try and alter the future he came from, where mega-corporations like Alchemax rule the city of New York.

This makes perfect sense, since we witness O’Hara take a job at the newly formed Alchemax corporation near the end of Superior Spider Man #19, in order to keep tabs on Tiberius Stone, his new boss and future father of his longtime nemesis Tyler Stone.

The 2099 series that emerged in 1992 ran for 46 issues, 44 of which were written by Peter David. The instability Marvel Comics faced during this period in time however, resulted in the firing of many writers and artists. David decided to walk away from the series, and Marvel turned the 2099 titles over to fill-in writers and editors, who only managed to continue the series for two more issues before it finally perished. Aside from a few rare appearances here and there, a consistent Spider Man 2099 series was no where to be found.

With Peter David returning to the series, combined with the fact that O’Hara’s stuck in the mainstream Marvel timeline, the possibilities for stories are quite exciting, considering the breadth of characters available in the Heroic Age, and the experience David has with the character.

O’Hara is a lot tamer than Parker – but isn’t entirely devoid of humour either – and David was able to capture this character trait very well during the 44 issues he wrote in the 90’s.

Watching Spider Man 2099 trying to alter the future he came from by attempting to influence Alchemax’s direction, will be interesting. Every interaction with Stone will likely be meaningful, as he tries to turn him into someone who actually cares about others, which will potentially lead to him raising his son Tyler Stone, into a less hateful selfish human being.

Spider-Man 2099 will launch in July.