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 multiverse hopping. 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:
Amazing Spider-Man #7-8 (Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in), 9-14
There will also be two mini-series released during this: Spider-Verse Team-Up, which will showcase more of the alternate webslingers, and Scarlet Spiders, in which Ben Reilly, Kaine Parker and Ultimate Jessica Drew team up. Season 3 of Ultimate Spider-Man, Web Warriors, will tie 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.
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.
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.
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, and the Superior Spider-Man.
Badass Crew: Both Peter and Otto realize they have to accumulate allies to fight Morlun and Karn. Peter's team◊ includes Jessica Drew 616, either Ben Relly or Mayday Parker, Miles Morales, Miguel O'Hara, and Anya Corazon; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Marvel Mangaverse Spider-Man, Spider-Man J, and 1960's Animated Series Spider-Man. 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 featuring versions of Spider-Man.
Early-Bird Cameo: 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".
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 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 Spider from Exiles, Poison from What-If: The Other, and Hitman 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 who acts as a supervillain on his world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 as well.