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)
Amazing Spider-Man #7-8 (Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in), 9-15
Spider-Verse Team-Up miniseries
Scarlet Spiders miniseries: In which Ben Reilly, Kaine Parker and Ultimate Jessica Drew team up to fight Jennix.
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.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:
Adorkable: Penelope Parker, the nerdy, 11-year old Spider-Girl.
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.
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. It is also implied it's not Peter Parker.
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...
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 rendered differently as they cross from dimension to dimension.
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, Assassin Spider-Man from The Spider Who Went Into The Cold, the protagonists from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Man Unlimited, the elderly Spider-Man form Reign, the Mary Jane Spider-Woman, and the Twinkies-advertising Spider-Man from Howard the Duck, 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 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. Most of these are explained as being alternate counterparts of the Spiders who were killed.
Bald of Awesome: Mangaverse Spider-Man has shaved his head since the last time we saw him.
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.
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. Lampshaded in Amazing 9, where she is introduced as "your new favorite."
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.
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.
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 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".
Kaine's status as the current reciprocal of the Other is important, as is Silk's designation as "the Bride".
Old Man Spider tells Peter there are three: The Bride, the Other and the Scion. The identity of the Scion hasn't been revealed yet, though the theories are flying thick and fast.
C-List Fodder: 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. To be fair, this is kind of inevitable when you're working with a cast that's mostly C-listers in the first place.
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.
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.
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).
When Peter and Mayday meet each other, Peter recognizes her instantly, a nod to story in Mayday's old title where she ended up in Peter's 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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 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. Spider-Man and Spider-Woman also return. Other solicits reveal that Spider-UK will also survive, but probably won't survive to see the 2015 Secret Wars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verna of the Inheritors is very busty and not afraid to show it.
In an example of Depending on the Artist, Mayday Parker, Gwen Stacey Spider-Woman, and Ultimate Jessica Drew are drawn as being far more buxom than they usually are.
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 versions of Miguel O'Hara are also being attacked, like the one from Avengers Forever, Timestorm, and Exiles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Sell: Morlun becomes one of the few villains in comic book history to resist those delicious Hostess Twinkies golden sponge cakes and their cream filling! Truly a most fearsome opponent.
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.
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 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.
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.
Physical God: The Spider-Man from Earth-13 retained the Uni-Power, and as such the Inheritors aren't going anywhere near there.
Pun: The alternate version of the Spider-Friends are from Earth-1983, and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends was cancelled in 1983. It's ironic since the Spider-Friends are introduced being killed by Morlun.
Retcon The universes of origin for a number of Spiders have been changed:
Spider-Ham's universe has been changed from Earth-8311 to Earth-25.
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 MC2'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.
Sequel Hook: Edge of Spider-Verse #1 ends with Felicia obtaining the sample of Spider-Man Noir's blood that Mysterio was after.
Smug Super: Otto, as usual. He makes the other Spider-Men call him "Superior".
Story-Breaker Power: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.