Comic Book: Spider-Verse

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 - he's going for everyone, from Miles Morales and Jessica Drew in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, to May "Mayday" Parker in the Marvel Comics 2 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:

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 lead-up to the event, with the selling point of players being able to collect various alternate-dimension Spider-Men. It later held a more direct tie-in to the Spider-Verse, bringing in Morlun as a guest boss and specifically adding Spider-Men (and -Women) who were being featured in the comic to the roster. However, both tie-ins had alternate plots with different villains prompting the multiversal team-up: Ultimate has the Green Goblin traveling to different universes to get spider-DNA samples to enhance himself with, while Unlimited features an invasion by an interdimensional Sinister Six. An upcoming update will finally align itself with the Spider-Verse storyline with Morlun a focus.

In the aftermath of the comic were 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. It will also be followed up by Secret Wars (2015), which will feature many of the surviving Spiders, with a self-titled series being one of the many tie-ins.

Spider-Verse contains examples of the following Tropes:

  • Adorkable: Penelope Parker, the nerdy, 11-year old Spider-Girl.
  • Alternate Self: Up to Eleven. The event showcased Spiders from other worlds, nearly ever Spider-Man and alternate costume in history, and some new ones as well.
    • Last Stand/Old Man Spider-Man is from Earth-4, whereas the one seen being gunned down in Spider-Man's vision of a possible future is from Earth-312500. When he's killed, it's revealed that he's not an alternate of Peter, but of Ezekiel, who failed to save his world's Peter from Morlun and took up the Spider-Man name in his memory.
    • While gating to another world, Jessica Drew of Earth-616 encounters a spoiled, arrogant version of herself. It turns out that this nastier Jessica Drew is Morlun's serving girl/concubine.
    • The Master Weaver is an older version of Karn.
  • 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...
    • Though most of the Earth-616 Spiders did have a nice set of Plot Armor during the event, one of the last casualties during the event was Kaine Parker, though as of #15 it appears he'll be coming back.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Spider-Monkey is absolutely flabbergasted that Spider-Ham is a thing. Spider-Ham calls him out on this.
  • Art Shift:
    • The art style of each universe wildly varies from Super-Deformed to Animesque to super-realistic, and the Inheritors and visiting Spiders are often rendered differently as they cross from dimension to dimension.
    • Peter Parker from Ultimate Spider-Man is drawn in the same style of the show, regardless of setting.
    • Everything in Earth-67 is in the style of the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon. Everyone visiting the dimension notes the bizarre design and appearances of everyone and how difficult it is to navigate a city where the Daily Bugle is the only building that has any unique features.
  • Ascended Extra: The Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman was so well received that she'll be getting her own solo series.
  • Back for the Dead: Many incarnations of Spider-Man, including Spider-Man 1602, House of M Spider-Man, Assassin Spider-Man from The Spider Who Went Into The Cold, the protagonists from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and Spider-Man Unlimited, the elderly Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Reign, the Mary Jane Spider-Woman, the Twinkies-advertising Spider-Man from Howard the Duck, MC 2 Spider-Man, Bullet Points Spider-Man, Spider-Monkey from Marvel Apes, the Prince of Arachne from Marvel Fairy Tales, the Betty Brant Spider-Girl, Arachnosaur, and the Spidey from Marvel VS Capcom reappear only to be killed.
  • 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 , Last Stand Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Man.note  Most of these are explained as being alternate counterparts of the Spiders who were killed.
    • In the actual storyline, The Electro of Lady Spider's world revives Leopardon, who proceeds to kick ass. Then Miguel and Lady Spider rebuild its body.
    • In the epilogue, Kaine yet again resurrects, crawling out of the body of his Other incarnation.
  • Backdoor Pilot: David Hine has stated that Edge of Spider Verse #1 was partly written as a pitch to revive Spider-Man: Noir. Edge of Spider-Verse #2 ended up being this for Spider-Gwen
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In the finale, Otto slits the Master Weaver's throat to rob the Inheritors of their most important remaining source of power, namely the power to travel across universes. Unfortunately, this is seen as a very bad thing in-universe, since said actions may cause the multiverse to collapse even sooner due to not having this being to monitor it.
  • Badass Boast: Spider-Man Japan dishes out an epic one when he crashes the brawl between the Spider Army and the Inheritors.
    Takuya Yamashiro: *translated from Japanese* I am the emissary of Hell! And I shall fight this great evil for the fate of all Spiders!
  • Badass Crew: Spider-UK, Miguel O'Hara, and Otto Octavius all set out to accumulate allies to fight the Inheritors. Their groups unite into a single army, although not without some issues.
    • Superior Spider-Man recruits Spider-Monkey, Spider-Man Noir, Assassin Spider-Man, Old Man Logan Spider-Girl, Cyborg Spider-Man, and Spider-Man India.
    • Spider-UK recruits Old Man Spider, Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, Sp//dr, MC2 Spider-Girl, Amazing Spider-Man, Amazing Jessica Drew, Spider-Man 2099, Anya Corazon, and Silk.
    • In the event's continuation in Secret Wars (2015), Mainstream Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man India, Spider-Ham, Spider-UK, and Spider-Gwen are set to team up.
  • Badass Family: The Inheritors appear to be this, as an entire family of multiversal Hero Killers.
  • Bald of Awesome: Mangaverse Spider-Man has shaved his head since the last time we saw him.
  • Bat Family Crossover: It features 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... and more. Interestingly, it has elements of Crisis Crossover as well, due to the universe-hopping and many, many Spider-Men. Miguel O'Hara actually considers turning this into a Crisis Crossover when he ponders getting someone besides a Spider to help, such as the Hulk.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The Inheritors, who are hunting everyone with a spider Chest Insignia. Karn is the youngest brother, and Daemos is the eldest brother.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Daredevil serves as this to Peni Parker.
  • Big Damn Villain: Morlun, when he kills Patton Parnel, who had turned into a monster.
  • Big Good: 616 Peter is hailed as the best of all the Spiders, though SpOck thinks he's the hero, as this happens in the last issue of the "Necessary Evil" arc of Superior Spider-Man, which is before his Character Development and Heel Realization.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Inheritors are exiled into the radioactive wasteland that Ben Parker lived in except for Karn, who made a Heel-Face Turn, The Prophecy is stopped, but the Master Weaver is dead at Otto's hands and must be replaced by Karn, while Spider-UK's world is gone due to the incursions and the other killed Spiders are most likely still dead... except for Kaine.
  • 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.
  • Bland-Name Product: The Hostess Twinkies-advertising Spider-Man now advertises "So-So Cakies", a fictional counterpart from Howard the Duck, the comic where he debuted.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Spider-Gwen got her own book after one issue in Edge of Spider-Verse. Lampshaded in Amazing 9, where she is introduced as "your new favorite."
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Solus wrecks Leopardon...but in the process burns out the Enigma Force, which likely made it a lot easier for the Other to kill him and allowed the other Spideys to escape. Leopardon was later rebuilt as a Man of Kryptonite to the Inheritors, meaning more or less all Solus accomplished was burning out his own God Mode and making himself easier to kill.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The Six-Armed Spidey saves a Peter Parker from his Man-Spider transformation by using the formula that gave him his extra arms. It pretty much saves him from the Inheritors.
  • Brought Down to Badass: While fighting to give the others time to flee, Takuya Yamashiro has his monster-slaying giant robot destroyed by Solus, who had powered-up from eating Cosmic Spider-Man. Sure, Takuya no longer has the mighty Leopardon at his beck and call, but he's still a Spider-Man, and the other Japanese Spider-Men promise they got his back.
    • Solus himself has this happen to him. He burned out Cosmic Spider-Man's stolen power doing so. He's still certainly a threat, but it probably made the Other killing him a bit easier.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The Spider-Man of the Marvel/Capcom fighting games still does this. Morlun gets into it with his "INHERITOR FIST!"
  • The Cameo:
  • Canon Immigrant: The concept of the Inheritors may have been inspired by Morlun's sister and two brothers from Spider-Man: The Darkest Hoursnote  which was itself inspired by a comment Ezekiel made about beings similar to Morlun existing.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In The Amazing Spider-Man #9, Silk half-jokingly suggests Peter relocate to the moon in order to solve their problem. The issue opens with Morlun killing Spider Moon-Man, a Peter Parker who had done just that.
  • 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.
    • Spider-UK designates Peter as this, as he's the "greatest one of all".
    • Old Man Spider tells Peter there are three: The Bride, the Other and the Scion. Kaine is the Other - although that used to be Peter; Silk is the Bride; and Benjy Parker is the Scion.
  • C-List Fodder: This story line is used to thin the herd of alternate Spider-Men, in the lead up to Secret Wars (2015).
    • Morlun's first confirmed kill? The Spider-Man of Marvel 1602.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The Miguel O'Haras of Avengers Forever, Exiles and Timestorm have also perished.
    • Bullet Points Spider-Man, Bruce Banner, gets his spine broken and then devoured by the Inheritors.
    • The elderly Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Reign is killed by Daemos, and Mary Jane Spider-Woman from Exiles is eaten by Morlun.
    • Assassin Spider-Man and Cyborg Spider-Man are killed by Daemos, as is Old Man Spider.
    • Despite being hyped up as the one force capable of taking on the Inheritors, Cosmic Spider-Man is easily killed by Solus. Though he did take out Jennix with little effort... not that it matters, since he respawned instantly.
  • Composite Character: A lot of the Spider-Men are mash-ups with other characters, some of the more prominent ones being Spider-UK (Captain Britain), Cosmic Spider-Man (Captain Universe), and "Spider-Gwen" (Gwen Stacy).
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Pavitr Prabhakar is creeped out by the sheer number of similarities between himself, the Peter Parker from Earth-616, and the other Spider-Totems, stating that it feels like they're all expendable copies of him. Spider-UK snaps him out of it and reassures him that that's not the case.
  • Contemptible Cover: For Spider-Woman #1's variant cover, Marvel hired erotic artist Milo Manara, who drew Spider-Woman climbing onto a roof in a suggestive - and anatomically impossible - manner.
  • Continuity Nod: The basic premise of this arc draws on the Spider Totem plot introduced in JMS' Spider-Man and expanded on by Arana, Spider-Island, and Scarlet Spider.
    • When Peter and Mayday meet each other, Peter recognizes her instantly, a nod to a story arc in Mayday's old title where she was sent back to the past.
    • Miles recognizes the Superior Spider-Man from the last time he went romping in the 616 universe, back in Cataclysm The Ultimates Last Stand. He also recognizes the Amazing Spider-Man from Spider-Men, leading to him becoming very confused.
  • Continuity Porn: Oh, is there ever. The arc promises to feature some Spideys even dedicated fans would barely remember, like the Prince of Arachne, 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. Most of them are Back for the Dead cameos, though.
    • In The Amazing Spider-Man #13, Otto finds out that Peter is from later on in Earth-616's timeline, meaning he loses control of Peter's body. It's a Foregone Conclusion that his true identity will be revealed, explaining why he reappeared in Superior Spider-Man #19 shouting "I'll find a way! You haven't seen the end of Doctor-"
  • Cosmic Chess Game: Solus states that the war between the Spiders and the Inheritors functions as such, with the Other (Kaine Parker, formerly Peter Parker), the Bride (Cindy Moon), and the Scion (Benjy Parker) being important players on the side of the Spiders.
  • 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.
  • Cruel Mercy: After the final battle, The Inheritors are banished to Earth-3145, a nuclear wasteland. Earth-616 Peter pities them enough to give them the location of Ezekiel's bunker.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Most battles with the Inheritors turn into this. Even when one of them dies, they have a cloning facility on Earth-802 that gives them replacements.
    • The Punisher 2099 versus Daemos. In favor of the Punisher, who takes exactly one hit.
  • Cutting the Knot: Otto thinks he's doing this when he kills the Master Weaver, but what he really does is FUBAR the Multiverse.
  • Darkest Hour: Morlun, Solus and Jennix invade Earth-13, kill Spider-Monkey, Captain Spider, Cosmic Spidey, and the Prince of Arachne, then capture the Scion - Benjy Parker.
  • Death World: Earth-3145 is in the immediate aftermath of a thermonuclear war that at the very least reduced New York City to an uninhabitable wasteland.
    • On the bright side, the Inheritors can't go there due to their crippling weakness to radiation, which ironically makes it the safest place in the multiverse for our heroes.
  • Delicious Fruit Pies: The snack cake-advertising Spider-Man from Howard the Duck #14 learns that Morlun is able to resist them. We can only speculate as to whether things might have worked out different if Daemos had been the one to face "So-So Cakies" Spider-Man.
  • Demonic Possession: Naamurah is an extra-dimensional entity allied with Morlun, and she is possessing the body of Hannah Ikegami.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Mangaverse Venom warns Spider-Man away from the temple to stop him from participating in the Spider-Verse. When Peter insists on entering, Venom decides to kill him himself, but was steamrolled by several Spider-Men, Women, and Girls.
  • The Dreaded: Morlun is terrified of Earth-616 and its Peter Parker to the point where he refuses to set foot in that dimension.
  • 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".
    • 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.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • Morlun considers the Newspaper Comic Spider-Man to be one due to the glacial and repetitive storytelling pace, which leaves him so confused and horrified that he almost breaks his brain trying to puzzle it out instead of eating the resident Spider-Totem and leaving.
    • Miles Morales and the Peter Parker from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon are creeped out by the flat pastel-colored palette and repetitive backgrounds of the world of Spider-Man (1967).
  • 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.
  • Escape Artist: Mysterio Noir's main shtick.
  • 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.
    • The Peter of Spider-Gwen's Universe died when he attempted to get revenge on his bullies by (possibly unintentionally) turning himself into the Lizard. He also had Scary Shiny Glasses. He serves as a bizarre mixture of her Starter Villain, Gwen Stacy, and Uncle Ben. Finally, her version of Matt Murdoch works for The Kingpin.
    • 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 Only Has to Win Once: Turned into an inspirational speech, of all things, when SpOck uses his numerous defeats as Doctor Octopus to inspire a rather broken Uncle Ben Spider-Man.
  • 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 totems killed along with their friends.
  • Faking the Dead: Karn spears a Spider-Man through 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 used 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.
  • Fighting a Shadow: If one of the Inheritors is killed, they just get reborn in a cloned body. Until their clones are all destroyed.
  • Flanderization: It's stated that the Spider-Man from His Amazing Friends "can't understand" death. In their actual show, Peter finding out Uncle Ben had been killed was actually shown and Never Say "Die" was sometimes subverted with the characters actually saying the word killed.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The early announcement of such titles as "Silk" and "Spider-Gwen" show that these characters would survive the event. Spider-Man and Spider-Woman also return. While other solicitations seem to hint that Spider-UK would die in the lead-up to Secret Wars (2015), it's revealed that he'll be a major player in the tie-in series named after this storyline.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Madame Web waking up out of a coma with glowing eyes and stating "ALL THE SPIDERS WILL DIE!" foreshadows the appearance of Naamurah and her ilk and implies she may be possessed.
    • After Kaine bonds to the Other, a pair of glowing red eyes in a place between worlds states "Spider.", while at "the End of All Things" a shadowy figure seated on a throne in a room filled with bones remarks that the "the Culling will soon begin."
    • In Spider-Verse itself, May's line about hoping that somewhere in the Multiverse a version of herself exists who never lost her parents seems to be foreshadowing the Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows tie-in for Secret Wars 2015.
  • 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.
    • The world where Ben Reilly comes from is one where Peter is powerless, most likely having his powers removed after the Spider-Man: The Last Story mini-series instead of losing them temporarily.
  • Freudian Trio: In the Scarlet Spiders team, Jessica Drew (Earth-1610) is the superego, Ben Reilly (Earth-94) is the ego, and Kaine (Earth-616) is the id.
  • 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.
  • Gender Flip:
    • Peni Parker aka SP//dr
    • Penelope Parker, aka Spider-Girl
  • Going Commando: Jessica and Ben have an awkward moment when they need to disguise themselves in hospital gowns and realize that neither of them are wearing underwear under their costumes.
  • Good Counterpart: Sasha Kravinoff (or just a female version of her husband, Kraven) is one of Penelope Parker's teachers in Spider-Verse #1.
  • Homage: Peni Parker is a Japanese 14-year old who pilots a Mini Mecha designed by her deceased parent, which she controls via a Psychic Link with the mind of a radioactive spider housed inside the robot.
  • Hard Head: Those spikes on Spider-Punk's mask aren't just for show, they help protect his head. So much that he was able to get into a head-butting match with Hammerhead and stay standing.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Karn joins the Spiders near the finale to fight his family, sick and tired of being a pariah.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Amazing Spider-Man #8, the MC 2 Peter Parker and Mary Jane stay behind to deal with Daemos. It doesn't hold much, but it's enough for Spider-UK and Last Stand Spider-Man to save Spider-Girl and Benjy.
    • In Amazing Spider-Man #9, the Bullet Points Spider-Man is crippled and captured by Daemos buying Old Man Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen time to rescue Kaine. Old Man Spidey's quite pissed off at losing Bruce Banner.
    • Ben Reilly sacrifices himself to blow up the Inheritors' cloning facility.
  • He's Back: Concerning the Marvel Mangaverse Spider-Man, as the last time we saw him he had retired after trying to get in touch with his Spider-Side and just rejecting everything.
    • Leopardon's return after Miguel and Lady Spider rebuild him.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: In Amazing Spider-Man #9, Spidey confronts a Spider-Man who still has the Enigma Force. When Peter asks why he doesn't just go and vaporize the Inheritors, Cosmic Spidey says that he can't leave his world or he just becomes another normal Spidey as the Enigma Force stays in his world. On the plus side, they're not going to mosey on over to this world because of that reason, thus makes Cosmic Spidey's world a save haven.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Some of the Spider-Men are monsters who have let their spider side take over. The first one to have direct focus as a new one is Patton Parnell.
  • Humongous Mecha: Peni Parker is an original character who pilots the Evangelion-esque SP//dr, and Leopardon from Spider-Man (Japan) appears as well.
  • I Hate Past Me:
    • Superior Spider-Man assumes Amazing Spider-Man is from earlier in the Earth-616 timeline, before Otto pulled his "Freaky Friday" Flip on Peter. Later on, this crosses over with Other Me Annoys Me when he finds out that his Earth-3145 counterpart was responsible for that Earth being a radioactive wasteland.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Marvel Apes Spider-Monkey finds it completely absurd that one of the Spider-totems is a talking bipedal pig.
  • 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.
    • Taken up to eleven and beyond when Spider-Gwen travels to a universe where Peter became the Hobgoblin as a result of the guilt from Gwen's death, Gwen ends up watching him die to the Inheritors as the two attempt to connect.
  • Imagine Spotting: When the Spider-Man from Ultimate Spider-Man suddenly turns into a Super-Deformed version of himself in a hippy costume upon arriving in the world of Spider-Man (1967), Miles is taken aback and Peter sheepishly admits he has an overactive imagination.
  • Immediate Sequel: Kaine is ambushed by the Inheritors immediately after the conclusion of New Warriors.
  • In Media Res: Most of the Edge of Spider-Verse issues are deliberately written as though they are in the middle of running storylines, in order to give the feel that these characters are the stars of their own narratives in their respective universes.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Referenced in the title of one chapter, "It's The Little Things", and discussed between two Peters wondering what the difference between the two of them is (besides that one of them's wearing the classic red and blues, and the other's wearing the black suit inspired by the symbiote). Turns it it's that one of them is still married.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Man Unlimited, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man (1967), and the Marvel Vs. games have been integrated into Spider-Verse.
  • Invincible Villain: A common complaint about the Inheritors is that not only do they seem to never lose, but they seem to win effortlessly more often than not. Solus gets the most such complaints.
  • I Told You So: Cindy tells Peter this after he's told about Morlun and Daemos.
  • Joke Character: The Hostess/So-So Spider-Man. To the point where Spider-Verse #1's preview shows off his entire story as just one page - there to dead in 8-9 panels!
  • Jumped the Shark: In-Universe. Miles Morales thinks that being chased by the police, riding in a sentient Spider-Mobile with the animated Ultimate Spider-Man, 60's animated Spider-Man, Mini Marvels Spider-Man and a street-clothes-ish Spider-Man flanked by a cowboy Spider-Man with a wall-crawling horse is that. Animated Ultimate, though, thinks its back in the cowboy Spidey's world.
  • Kryptonite Factor: The Inheritors can't stand radiation, which is why Morlun died the first time he tried eating Peter.
    • Man of Kryptonite: Leopardon is rebuilt to be this, with it's weapons being enhanced to utilize radiation to exploit this weakness.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After Patton commits a string of killings (including the murder of a child), he's promptly mutilated and killed by Morlun.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
  • Lethal Joke Character: Spider-Ham, who proves a formidable fighter using violent Toon Physics.
    Spider-Ham: Hey, where I come from, an anvil to the head is a flesh wound. You people are so fragile.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Amazing Spider-Man and Superior Spider-Man take issue with each other when their respective Spider teams meet up, and come to blows over who is going to lead the combined team after Old Man Spider's death.
  • Lighter and Softer: Morlun notes that Earth-1983 is this compared to other Earths. He has a slightly similar reaction to So-So Cakes Spider-Man.
    • Averted in the Spider-Man (1967) universe as 60's Spidey mentions the death of his Uncle Ben.
  • Made of Iron: Karn gets caught in an explosion, hit by a tree, electrocuted, and stabbed, and he keeps going.
  • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: Every Spider-Man is promised to show up in this, in the number of thousands.
  • Me's a Crowd: Whoo, boy. When you not only have Spider-Men, Spider-Women, Scarlet Spiders, and Spider-Girls from different universes, but also Spider-Men from different points in Peter's history...
    • The Ben Reilly of Earth-94 is attacked by a "flock" of Vultures made up Jimmy Natale, Blackie Drago, and Old, Young, and Noir versions of Adrian Toomes.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Otto killing the Master Weaver destabilized a multiverse that was already collapsing leading up to Secret Wars (2015).
  • Mistaken for Racist: Very briefly, Animated Ultimate Spider-Man thinks Spider-Man '67 is going to call out Miles Morales on being black, but no, he's just surprised that Miles is a high-school kid.
  • 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.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Patton Parnell and Man-Spider or Spider-X; Scarlet Spider's The Other form, and Doppelgänger are just a few of the more monstrous Spiders.
  • Mood Whiplash: Amazing #7-8 is this as we deal with Spider-UK and MC2 Spider-Girl while Peter gets to romp around with the new Ms. Marvel.
    • The Penelope Parker feature by Katie Cook is a Lighter and Softer story presumably aimed at kids. A far cry from the violent, gorey crossover going on around her!
  • Mook Carryover: The Looter assumed command of what was left of the Superior Spider-Man's Spiderlings. He also commandeered a Spider Tank.
  • Most Common Superpower:
    • Verna of the Inheritors is very busty and not afraid to show it.
    • In an example of Depending on the Artist, Mayday Parker, Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman, and Ultimate Jessica Drew are drawn as being far more buxom than they usually are.
  • Multinational Team: Most of the Spiders are Americans. A couple are British (616 Jessica Drew and Spider-UK), one is Indian (Spider-Man India) and four are Japanese (Sp//dr, Spider-Man J, Mangaverse Spider-Man and Supaidaman). Some, like Anansi and Doppelgänger, aren't even human.
  • My Future Self and Me: Otto Octavius as Superior Spider-Man assumes that Peter Parker as Amazing Spider-Man is from the Earth-616 timeline before the body swap, causing him to forfeit their duel. In actuality, Peter's from after Otto's Heel-Face Turn and Heroic Suicide.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mayday has a hold of Solus' life crystal and is preparing to crush it in front of a begging Daemos. When the Master Weaver is killed, she stops and realizes what she's doing and stops.
  • 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.
    • Spider-Gwen's universe is Earth-65, a reference to Gwen's first appearance being in 1965
  • Name's the Same: invoked 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. Explicitly lampshaded during Peter's brawl with Otto:
    Spider-Gwen: Go get 'im, Pete!
    Ultimate Cartoon Spider-Man: Which one? They're both Pete. Heck, most of us are Petes.
    • The Spider-Man 2099 tie in also shows that alternate versions of Miguel O'Hara are also being attacked, like the one from Avengers Forever, Timestorm, and Exiles.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Japanese Spider-Man arrives in the Leopardon to save the day from Solus, but the robot is promptly torn to shreds.
  • 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. 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: How does this get kicked off? Peter freeing Silk from her containment room thanks to the Orb unleashing the secrets of the Watcher's eye.
    • Silk leaving Earth-13 attracts Daemos, Brix, and Bora to Earth-928 and results in the deaths of Spider-Cyborg, Old Man Spider, and Assassin Spider-Man deaths. To make amends she warps to a random dimension in order to distract the Inheritors.
    • Jessica Drew ends up sending Silk running off in a huff after she warns Anya and Spider-Gwen over her naivety.
    • Kaine's Roaring Rampage of Revenge and Silk trying to rescue Jessica ends up giving the Inheritors exactly what they needed to start up the prophecy.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Electro of Lady Spider's world blasts Leopardon's head when she dives behind it for cover. It's enough to revive the robot, which proceeds to kick ass. Not only that, said robot is now upgraded to have radiation-based weapons to exploit the Inheritors' weakness, and now Solus, the only one who was strong enough to destroy it head on, is dead, meaning Electro just revived a very big threat for the villains.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • SpOck refers to most of his team's members with nicknames such as "turtleneck" for Noir and "polymelian" for the Six-Armed Spider-Man.
    • Animated Ultimate Peter refers to the team he and Miles are putting together as the "Web Warriors". Miles starts calling them that despite hating the name.
  • 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.
  • No Fourth Wall:
    • Morlun is utterly perplexed and horrified by the repetitive and glacial storytelling progress of the Newspaper Spider-Man's universe.
    • Miles and the animated Ultimate Spidey are perplexed at the world of Spider-Man (1967) and its repetitive backgrounds.
    • Miles has no patience for Animated Ultimate Peter's Cutaway Gag tendencies.
    • Spider-Man '67 and Miles have an amusing background conversation about Animated Ultimate Spider-Man breaking the fourth wall.
    • Morlun breaks into the Marvel vs. Capcom universe and kills the Spider-Man there, confusing the kid who's playing the game.
  • No Sell: Morlun becomes one of the few villains in comic book history to resist those delicious So-So golden sponge cakesnote  and their cream filling! Truly a most fearsome opponent. He also defeats the Marvel vs. Capcom Spider-Man with a perfect victory.
  • Odd Friendship: Old Man Spider-Man is partnered with Spider-Ham.
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Spidey freaks out when he learns that about Morlun's return and that he has a brother. So much so that he demands every last Spider around back through the portal double time - they were not safe there.
    • Peter gets another one when SpOck bring out the claws and screams out that he is in charge now.
    • A even bigger one happens when Captain Universe Spider-Man gets slaughtered with ease by Solus.
    • Otto has a subtle one when he figures out that the Peter Parker from Earth-616 is from later on in the timeline, meaning that he lost.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Both Spider-Monkey and the six-armed Spidey can't stand SpOck due to his arrogance.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • Patton Parnell transforms into a Man-Spider-like 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.
    • When Kaine arrives on Loomworld, he transforms into a Man-Spider so monstrous that even Morlun is scared.
  • Original Generation: Dan Slott made brand new Spideys for this event, including 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.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: The arrogant and scientifically-minded Otto dismisses all the talk of supernatural Spider-Totems as nothing but backwards superstition, an attitude that leads to him killing the Master Weaver, the god that weaves the Web of Life and Destiny and grants the Spider-Totems their powers. Even worse, Otto hits his full Villainous Breakdown as he starts cutting the Web of Life, declaring that he's going to Screw Destiny.
  • People Farms: Jennix's ultimate plan is to clone Spider-Totems so they can continuously eat, rather than risking hunting them to extinction. The problem is that he can't clone the essence of the Totems, which makes the Scarlet Spider Team a very tantalizing target for him.
  • Pet the Dog: The Spider-Man Newspaper Strips, one of the few active universes with Peter and MJ still married, is spared by the Master Weaver in one of his only acts of rebellion, placing it in a pocket dimension away from the Great Hunt.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: The Master Weaver greatly resents being controlled and ejects Morlun from the newspaper comic universe, claiming it was temporally unstable.
    • Amazing Spider-Man #12 reveals that he has apparently planted subtle seeds for a much grander rebellion for a long time.
  • Physical God: The Spider-Man from Earth-13 retained the Uni-Power, and as such the Inheritors aren't going anywhere near there. Until Solus decides to take him out.
  • Post Final Boss: After the inheritors are defeated, Otto goes a bit crazy and attempts to cut off the Web of Life to save his own hide, so the rest of the Spiders have to stop him.
  • The Prophecy: Turns out that the Inheritors' big reason for needing the Other, the Bride and the Scion is so they can sever the connection with the Spider Totem and prevent more Spiders from being created through their blood. The get the Other, preventing it from ever manifesting again, and the Bride, preventing new Totems from arising through chance or magic, but fail to get the Scion, whose blood would have prevented any new Spider Totems from arising at all.
  • Pun: The Spider-Friends' home universe is retconned to Earth-1983, and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was cancelled in 1983. It's ironic since the Spider-Friends make their comic book debut being killed by Morlun.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mayday keeps constantly doing this after the Spiders' escape from Earth-13, constantly telling the others that they're a bunch of fakes, that her Peter was the one, true Spider-Man and when Uncle Ben tries to initially comfort her, she tells him that her Peter would be disappointed with him. Of course, she's incredibly distressed and angry over Benjy getting kidnapped.
  • Retcon: Slott confirmed via Twitter that he intends to retcon the designations of universes not already featured in comics, completely disregarding the databooks:
    • Spider-Ham's universe has been changed from Earth-8311 to Earth-25.
    • The universe of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was changed from Earth-8107 to Earth-1983.
    • The universe of Spider-Man Unlimited was changed from Earth-751263 to Earth-7831.
    • The universe of Spider-Man (1967) was changed from Earth-6799 to Earth-67.
    • Averted with the Marvel vs. Capcom universe. The designation best known by the fandom (Earth-96169) was a long-perpetrated bit of Fanon that was taken at face value. Spider-Verse #2 was actually the first time Marvel provided an official designation for the reality, Earth-30847.
  • 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, and Marvel Comics 2's Peter Parker, Mary-Jane, and Wes joining the ranks of the fallen. Though, highly doubtful they'd kill them, Hummingbird and Nova of the New Warriors are beaten by Daemos.
  • Saying Too Much: When Peter asks Otto if he based his holographic assistant on Anna Maria Marconi, Otto - who had been operating under the assumption that Peter was from before his Grand Theft Me abruptly realizes that Peter never met Anna Maria before his Grand Theft Me, ergo that Peter is from later on in the timeline and eventually regains control of his body. He doesn't press the issue, but it will come up eventually, explaining why he was shouting "I'll find a way! You haven't seen the end of Doctor-" when he reappeared in Superior Spider-Man 19.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Edge of Spider-Verse #1 ends with Felicia obtaining the sample of Spider-Man Noir's blood that Mysterio was after.
    • Tyler Stone secretly oversees Spider-Man 2099 and Lady Spider's scanning/dissection of both Daemos and a device that allows dimension hopping.
    Lady Spider: Astounding. I've never seen anything like this.
    Spider-Man 2099: Stick with me. You'll see all kinds of new things.
    Tyler: Indeed. We all will.
  • Screw Destiny: Otto attempts to do this by cutting away the Web of Life.
  • Shipping Torpedo: The "Welcome Home"Explanation  cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #13 shows Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Gwen struggling to keep Spider-Man and Silk away from each other.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slasher Smile: After Patton Parnell eats a rat, he flashes a menacing bloodstained grin, revealing his new shark-like teeth.
  • Smug Super: Otto, as usual. He makes the other Spider-Men call him "Superior".
  • Story-Breaker Power: Played with: The Spider-Man of What If? Vol 2 #31 has the powers of Captain Universe. Despite being pretty much omnipotent, he can't actually deal with Morlun and pals because the Enigma Force is tied to his universe, meaning that if he tries to leave it he'll just become a "normal" webslinger once again. However, it does make his world one of if not the only safe haven for the Spider-Men of the multiverse... At least until it turns out the Enigma force is pure life and creation, which is exactly what the Inheritors feed on. Universe!Spidey takes out only one of them before Solus easily defeats him.
  • Straight Man: Miles Morales of the Ultimate Spider-Man comics is this to his entire team when he goes out on missions in this crossover. Crosses over into The Comically Serious.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: At the end of his solo story, Spider-Punk removes his mask to reveal that he's an African-American teenager. As his story deals with citizens rising up to fight against an oppressive and totalitarian police state, this arguably fit even better.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: In Amazing Spider-Man #15, Otto, knowing if he goes back to his time, he will die, attempts to destroy the Web of Life after killing the Master Weaver, which would destroy all of reality in the process. He's stopped before he gets too far, however.
  • Super-Deformed: Spider-Ham, Mini Marvels Spider-Man, and Spider-Man J have ridiculously large heads in comparison to the rest of their bodies.
  • Talk to the Fist: Peter punches SpOck in the face in order to get him to shut up and work with the rest of the team.
  • Take That:
    • Peter's fight with Otto is one glorious Take That towards Superior Spider-Man, and doubles as Self-Deprecation on the part of Slott.
    • In Spider-Verse Team-Up #3, Tom DeFalco sneaks in a jab at Dan Slott for kiboshing May's happy ending in Spider-Girl: The End when Mayday tells Uncle Ben that she hopes that somewhere out there an alternate version of herself exists who never had to suffer the loss of her parents and brother.
  • 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. This is especially shown when it comes down to Spider-UK and the Superior Spider-Man's teams meeting as Superior just absolutely believes his team is the "superior" one.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: When Otto and Peter finally tussle, Mayday begs Cosmic Spidey to stop it, but he states that this is something that must run it's course.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: This is how Miles is able to tell that Superior Spider-Man isn't the Spidey he met before. On the other hand, Peter's shocked when Mayday says that she wishes she was the one to kill Daemos.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Karn is the only heroic Inheritor by the end of the story, just as the Master Weaver thought he would be.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Immediately after Patton Parnell awakens his powers, he starts thinking of other people as food or incubators for his spider offspring.
  • Unexpected Character:
  • Uranus Is Showing: Animated Ultimate Spider-Man chuckles when 60's Electro mentions that the weapon is powered from a rock obtained on Uranus.
  • Villainous Breakdown: We see the true beginning of SpOck's breakdown with this story as his glorious plan to stop the Inheritors utterly backfires, leading to the deaths of Cyborg Spider-Man, Assassin Spider-Man, and Old Man Spider as well as forcing them from their 2099 base, leading to SpOck utterly flipping out and screaming out that he is in charge now and the fact that he has his claws out means he's ready to fight.
    • It gets worse at the end: having realized that he'll lose Peter's body, he flips out, kills the Master Weaver and then starts cutting the Web of Life in a desperate attempt to defy fate.
  • Villainous Glutton: Daemos of the Inheritors. He stayed in 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.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Miguel and Lady Spider quickly return to Earth-13, only to find the carnage done by Morlun, Solus and Jennix. However, they also find the wreckage of the fallen Leopardon and Lady Spider declares she can fix it and she knows the perfect place to do so. They also enhance its weapons with radiation, making it an even bigger threat to the Inheritors.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Patton Parnell was only "Spider-Man" for three days in-universe.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Spider UK warns Saturnyne and Roma 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, Roma'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.
    • SpOck, despite deciding to follow Peter, snaps at him after a few incidents costs them a few bases and powerful aids.
      • He then calls out the Uncle Ben that quit being a hero on his cowardice, telling him every time he's failed he's gotten back up and for him to do the same.
  • The Worf Effect: Cosmic Spidey is naturally played up as the Spider-Totems' heaviest hitter. When the Inheritors attack his home dimension, he is quickly taken out by Solus.
    • In the following issue, Supaidaman's Giant Mecha Leopardon is called in for backup, and is effortlessly torn apart by Solus. The rebuilt and upgraded Leopardon gets one of its own when Electro accidentally activates it.
    • And then, Solus gets one-shotted by an Other-powered Kaine.
  • Worth It: Peter doesn't care how beat up his face ends up, giving SpOck his deserved licks in Amazing Spider-Man #11 is more than worth it.
  • You Are Too Late: When Spider-UK and Last Stand Spider-Man drop in to rescue MC2 Spider-Girl and her brother, she begs them to help her save her father, only for Last Stand Spidey to tell her that there are only two Spider-Totems in that world. This breaks Mayday.
  • You Killed My Father: In Amazing Spider-Man #8, Mayday Parker swears to kill Daemos after the Inheritor kills her boyfriend and parents. Daemos' response is Bring It.
  • You Look Familiar: Issue 2 of Spider-Verse Team Up has Miles Morales team up with the Ultimate Spider-Man... who just got through teaming up with a Miles Morales in his cartoon!
    • 616-Peter sends them off to recruit more Spider-Men. So far they've got a sentient Spider-Buggy, the 60's cartoon Spidey, and a Spider-Cowboy!
  • You Shall Not Pass: Mangaverse Venom does this to Mangaverse Spider-Man, trying to keep him out of the temple of the Spider-Clan. The other Spiders just web him up and ask Mangaverse Spidey to join them.