Spider-Verse is the 2014-2015 Bat Family Crossover for the Spider-Man comic series.Morlun, the vampiric creature that once infamously killed Peter Parker, is back and he's looking to wipe out anyone that wears a large spider on their chest. And that means going on a multiverse roadtrip. As mentioned, last time Pete dealt with this guy, he died. And with Morlun gunning for all Spiders, he's gonna need help: he's not stopping with the Spiders in the 616 universe - Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Woman, Spider-Girl, Agent Venom, and Toxin - he's going for everyone, from Miles Morales and Jessica Drew in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, to May "Mayday" Parker in the MC2 Universe, to Spider-Ham and beyond! Can our heroes stop Morlun from succeeding or will their combined egos be enough to drive themselves crazy?Current list of titles are:
Edge of Spider-Verse #1-5: An anthology series where each issue focuses on a different alternate Spider-Man; including Spider-Man Noir, the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman, Aaron Aikman, Patton Parnell, and SP//dr (a Spider-Man Mini-Mecha)
Season 3 of Ultimate Spider-Man, called Web Warriors, also ties into Spider-Verse, with the cartoon's version of Peter Parker teaming up with Miguel O'Hara, Miles Morales, a version of Spider-Knight, Spider-Ham, and a female version of himself named Petra Parker. An endless runner mobile game called Spider-Man Unlimited was also released during the event, with the selling point of players being able to collect various alternate-dimension Spider-Men. In the aftermath of the comic will be two new series, Spider-Gwen, focusing on both the aftermath of Gwen's romp in the story and picking up where her tale in Edge of Spider-Verse left off and Silk, following the adventures of Cindy Moon.
Spider-Verse contains examples of the following Tropes:
Alternate Self: Up to Eleven. The banner not only showcases versions of Peter Parker from other worlds, but different costumes from "Amazing" Spider-Man's history. Solicits promise that every Spider-Man in history, and some new ones, will show up.
Anyone Can Die: Dan Slott mentioned he cannot vouch for any of the Spiders surviving his event, and seeing as they've killed off cartoon characters...
Ascended Extra: The Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman was so well received that she'll be getting her own solo series.
Back for the Dead: The Spider-Man of 1602, who hasn't been seen since the conclusion of his solo series, is the first to be killed by Morlun.
Other fallen returners are the Spider-Man who joined the Fantastic Four and House of M Spider-Man.
The Miguel O'Hara from Avengers Forever, the Miguel O'Hara that allied with the Exiles and the Miguel O'Hara from Timestorm have also perished.
Back from the Dead: The promo banner prominently showcases deceased Spideys like both versions of Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man II), the Spidernote A psychopathic version of Peter Parker bonded with the Carnage symbiote from Earth-15, who debuted in Exiles #12 and died in Exiles #44, Last Stand Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Man.note Although he comes from a time before he'd given Peter his body back.
Badass Crew: Both Peter and Otto realize they have to accumulate allies to fight Morlun and Karn. Peter's team includes Jessica Drew 616, Ultimate Jessica Drew, Miles Morales, Miguel O'Hara, Anya Corazon, Mayday Parker, and Spider-Gwen; while Otto's Anti Hero Team includes Spider-Monkey, Spider-Man Noir, Assassin Spider-Man, Old Man Logan Spider-Girl, Cyborg Spider-Man, and Spider-Man India. It's also implied that both groups will unite.
Bat Family Crossover: Not only will the comic feature Spider-Men from different dimensions and different versions of 616 Spider-Man, but related characters such as MC2 Spider-Girl, Spider-Woman 616, Ultimate Spider-Woman, Doppelgänger, Venom... and more. Interestingly, it has elements of Crisis Crossover as well, due to the universe-hopping and many, many Spider-Men.
The Black Sheep: Karn is considered this amongst the Inheritors. His shame at not killing the Master Weaver when he had the chance mirrors Peter's own arrogance leading to the death of Uncle Ben.
Bowdlerise: Ashley Barton, who was called Spider-Bitch in the Old Man Logan universe, is simply called Spider-Girl in the Spider-Verse books. Probably due to how controversial the name was.
Call Back: The writers have stated that Miles Morales will prove to be important in the story, since he's already been involved in at least one other crazy, dimension-hopping Spider-Man crossover. Kaine is also slated to play a big role due to his powers being the same as the ones Peter used to kill Morlun the second time.
Alternate (presumably civilian) versions of Idie Okonkwo from the X-Men and Kamala Khan briefly appear in Peni's issue as well.
Canon Immigrant: The concept of the Inheritors may have been inspired by Morlun's sister and two brothers from Spider-Man: The Darkest Hoursnote Although said three siblings do not appear. which was itself inspired by a comment Ezekiel made about beings similar to Morlun existing.
The Chosen One: The Master Weaver refers to Karn as this, the sole member of their family who doesn't want to kill but create.
C-List Fodder: Morlun's first confirmed kill? The Spider-Man of Marvel 1602. It's implied that this story line will be used to thin the herd of alternate Spider-Men, since Slott said he couldn't vouch for anyone's safety.
Superior Spider-Man #32 shows us that the Spidey of the Fantastic Five, the Spidey of House of M, a Spidey that stuck with Iron Man during Civil War and a Spidey that kept wearing the old Spider-Armor have perished. The Amazing Spider-Man #7 ups the ante by killing off even more Spiders, namely the cast of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and Spider-Man Unlimited, although these were just alternate versions of the characters from the cartoons.
After being hyped up as an evil version of Peter Parker, Parnell is eaten by Morlun. Then again, the ending might hint at his transformation into a Thousand-like being.
Continuity Porn: Oh, is there ever. The arc promises to feature some Spideys even dedicated fans would barely remember, like the Spider-Knight, Spider-Monkey, Old Man Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Reign,and Spider-Man J. Then you have the various costumes Pete's worn over the years - Big Time, Future Foundation, Symbiote, Secret War, Iron Spider, Captain Universe, Bombastic Bag-Man, etc. They even included Betty Brant as Spider-Girl, from the "What If?" story where the spider bit her instead of Peter.
The writers have stated that Kaine will play a major role in the story, in no small part due to the powers he received from The Other being the same ones Peter used to kill Morlun the second time. They also said that Miles Morales will also have a bigger role in it.
Crisis Crossover: Between the various Spider-Man related titles, such as Spider-Man 2099, MC 2 Spider-Girl, and Spider-Man Noir, as well as the numerous What If? comics and animated series featuring versions of Spider-Man.
Cryptic Background Reference: Edge of Spider-Verse #3, which features Aaron Aikman, has references to comics where mentioned villains debuted... comics which don't exist in real life.
Demonic Possession: Naamurah is an extra-dimensional entity allied with Morlun, who is possessing the body of Hannah Ikegami.
The Dreaded: Morlun is terrified of the Peter Parker of Earth-616 to the point where he refuses to set foot in that dimension.
For the storyline itself. During Superior Spider-Man, the current Madame Web (ex-Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter) cryptically says "ALL SPIDERS MUST DIE!", which goes ignored while doctors go treat Angelina Brancale (a.k.a. Stunner), Doc Ock's ex-girlfriend who'd just came out of her coma and found out about Doc Ock's "death".
Ezekiel mentioned that Morlun had a family in the same profession as him, but aside from a – presumably now non-canon - novel, they haven't been seen or mentioned since... until now.
Spider UK shows up at the end of the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman story prior to his appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #7
Enemy Mine: Keeping in mind that several versions of Spider-Man are antagonistic - if not flat out evil - and that several spider-themed supervillains are getting dragged into this conflict, if they are going to work together to defeat Morlun and his family they will have to do this.
Evil Counterpart: When you're gonna bring in every version of Spider-Man, it's important to remember that some versions of him - like the Superior Spider-Man, Spider from Exiles, Poison from What-If: The Other, and Assassin Spider-Man from The Spider Who Went Into The Cold, to name a few - have been far darker, if not outright turned super-villain... and that's not counting the non-Spider-Man Spider-themed villains.
One of the new Spider-Men is Patton Parnell, a twisted, bloodthirsty version of Spider-Man.
As a non-Spider-Man counterpart to Peter, we have Karn, as shown in Superior Spider-Man issue 33, whose hesitation to kill the Master Weaver resulted in his mother's death and his own shame, mirroring Peter's arrogance leading to the death of Uncle Ben, with each going down diametrically opposed paths of heroism versus murder to secure their place as heroes of their people once again.
Evil Redhead: Patton Parnell is a teenager who "experiments" on his neighbours' pets, spies on his next-door neighbour Sarah Jane while she's changing, and after he gets spider powers eats his uncle (who, granted, was an abusive SOB) and bites Sarah Jane to impregnate her.
Expendable Alternate Universe: The Inheritors are going through from universe to universe devouring every Spider Totem they come across. Many of the universes are just Peter Parker in his various uniforms, which are not especially important to the main timeline anymore. Other examples are Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and Spider-Man Unlimited, which had the totem killed along with his friends, but takes place in an alternate universe of where the victim is primarily known, meaning that the totem is still alive, but this is just a separate one that is similar in all ways except being dead.
Faking the Dead: Karn spears a Spider-Man throughout the chest... only for the Spider-Man to reveal himself as a cyborg and blast him with a sonic cannon, creating an opening for Superior Spider-Man's team to attack.
The Family That Slays Together: The Inheritors use to be this before Karn got their matriarch killed. Morlun and Karn now hunt solo, while Brix and Bora are a Brother-Sister Team and are also working with their father. The other members are also working with the patriarch of the family too.
Foregone Conclusion: The early announcement of such titles as "Silk" and "Spider-Gwen" show that these characters will survive the event.
For Want of a Nail: As with many Alternate Universes in Marvel, this is how things tend to turn out. Taken Up to Eleven with Patton Parnell, who, according to Word of God, is basically Peter Parker if he'd made the exact opposite choice at almost every major event in his life. This turns out to have been a lie, as Parnell only spends three days as Spider-Man before Morlun kills him.
In the Spider-Gwen universe, Gwen becoming Spider-Woman leads to Peter becoming The Lizard and Matt Murdock working for the Kingpin.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Patton Parnell, like Peter, was a bullied teenager who gained incredible abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Rather than using them to help people , however, he uses them to take vengeance on his tormentors.
Game Face: Patton Parnell can turn his teeth into shark-like fangs, protrude chelicerae, and grow eight glowing red compound eyes.
I Let Gwen Stacy Die: In a twist, Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman feels this way about her Peter Parker, since he took the Lizard formula and died after their climactic battle, an unfortunate accident for which she is wanted by her own father.
Mr. Seahorse: Patton Parnell learns that the spider that bit him transfers its young through bites, and infects Gene Thompson and Sarah Jane with his offspring before being eaten by Morlun.
My Future Self and Me: Peter Parker as Spider-Man - post getting his body back - and Otto Octavius as Superior Spider-Man come to blows.
Mythology Gag: The first appearance of British Spider-Man (also known as Spider-UK) has him observing Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, Spidey was planning to join Gwen in England until her death ruined the plan.
Spider-Gwen's version of Peter becoming the Lizard was probably a reference to the Spider-Lizard◊ storyline.
Name's the Same: This is not counting how many Peter Parkers and Spider-Men we got, we also have to count in the numerous Spider-Girls, Scarlet Spiders and Spider-Women here. Otto even complains about how all the Spider-Men he's encountered thus far are versions of Peter Parker, and that there are no others like him. invoked
The Spider-Man 2099 tie in also shows that alternate version of Miguel O'Hara are also being attacked. Like the one from one of the possible futures shown in Avengers Forever.
Never Trust a Trailer: Well... maybe not a trailer, but solicits and interviews described Patton Parnell as an evil version of Spider-Man who had made the opposite choices that Peter had. Instead, he only has spider powers for three days before Morlun eats him, and turns into a Man-Spider type monster.
Nineties Anti-Hero: The Anti Hero Team SpOck pulls together are mostly these as they include Spider-Monkey, Spider-Man Noir, Assassin Spider-Man from What If: The Spider Who Went Into The Cold, and Spider-Girl/Bitch (Ashley Barton) from Old Man Logan, and a cyborg Spider-Man with Spider-Man India as the Token Good Team Mate. The Assassin Spider-Man and Ashley Barton are singled out as the most likely to murder, however, and brought into an inner circle within the group.
Both Spider-Monkey and the six-armed Spidey can't stand SpOck due to his arrogance.
One-Winged Angel: Patton Parnell transforms into a creature with four legs, four arms, fangs, mandibles, and eight glowing red compound eyes. Unlike Peter Parker's spider-monster form, it doesn't help him against Morlun.
Original Generation: Dan Slott has said that he's going to be making brand new Spideys for this event - he's not content with who he gets to play with. Among the ones revealed so far are a Cyber Punk-looking Spider-Man clad in Powered Armor named Dr. Aaron Aikman, a hooded Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman, a supervillain Spider-Man named Patton Parnell, a 14-year-old Japanese girl named Peni Parker who pilots a giant robot called SP//dr, and a cyborg Spider-Man with a heavily weaponized body.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before Patton Parnell chows down on his abusive Uncle Ted, he says "With Great Power Comes A Great Appetite!"
Physical God: Among the myriad versions of Peter that exist are those who were given god-like power by cosmic entities such as the Uni-Power and Phoenix Force.
Pun: The alternate version of the Spider-Friends are from Earth-1983. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was cancelled in 1983.
Race Lift: One of the new Spider-heroes is Peni Parker, a 14-year old Japanese girl who was adopted by her universe's versions of Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
Depending on your perspective, Miles Morales may count since he is an alternate version of Spider-Man (albeit as the successor to his universe's Peter Parker).
Sacrificial Lion: The Spider-Man of the 1602 universe is killed by Morlun rather easily, cementing the danger he represents. The Wolverine of What If: The Spider Who Went Into The Cold is also killed fairly easily, in a single blow from Karn's spear, while the FF from What If? #1 is massacred entirely off-panel. It gets worse with the cast of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and Spider-Man Unlimited joining the ranks of the fallen. Although thankfully they were not the official versions of the same.
Smug Super: Otto, as usual. He makes the other Spider-Men call him "Superior".
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With so many Spideys around, it's not going to be a surprise that some of them just don't want to play nice, especially considering some versions of Peter are evil.
Never Trust a Trailer: Well... maybe not a trailer, but solicits and interviews described Patton Parnel as an evil version of Spider-Man who had made the opposite choices that Peter had. Instead, he only has spider powers for three days before Morlun eats him, and turns into a Man-Spider type monster. Also, the choices presented to him are far and wide not the same ones Peter even had, with the situation around him being as different as he himself is.
Villainous Glutton: Daemos of the Inheritors. He stayed in an alternate version of the Spider-Man Unlimited universe after killing that universe's Spider-Man because the Beastmen of Counter-Earth count as Animal Totems, so he stayed to eat them all. It got to the point that another Inheritor had to be sent to retrieve him.
What the Hell, Hero?: When Spider UK warns Saturnyne and Rona of the deaths of Spider-Men, Saturnyne, frustrated and angry that he only cares about "trivial" deaths when entire universes are dying tells him to get lost. Thankfully, Rona's a lot more sympathetic to UK's worries and charges him to save the other Spiders on the off-chance that the Inheritors' attacks are connected to the Incursions.