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-?
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: Spider-Man of 1602, who hasn't been seen since the conclusion of his solo series, is the first to be killed by Morlun.
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.
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.
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.
Continuity Porn: Oh, is it there. Some of those Spideys you'd barely remember, like the Spider-Knight, Spider-Monkey, 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.
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 - have 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.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Patton Parnell, a bullied teenager who gained incredible abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Rather than using them to help people as Peter Parker did, he uses them to take vengeance on his tormentors.
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. invoked
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, and a 14-year-old Japanese girl named Peni Parker who pilots a giant robot called SP//dr.
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.