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  • Miles' Leap of Faith: When he first tries to web sling early in the movie, he picks a relatively short building. He accidentally trips and hits the ground. Later, he chooses a much higher building and succeeds. Both times Miles was terrified and makes a mistake (you can see him flailing around in a panic the second time, and the glass breaking is likely because he can't let go of it again) but because he choose a higher building, he had time to correct for his errors, which is the same reason why it's more dangerous for cats to fall at shorter distances than at high ones.
    • He also could survive the fall from the shorter building relatively unscathed, but knew that wasn't the case for the taller building. After all, as Peter B. said, the best way to learn is under intense, life-threatening pressure.
    • Miles also fails that first attempt because he doesn't have the webshooters yet. He has no way of knowing that Spiderman's webslinging is from a mechanical device, until he sees the devices on Peter B's wrists in the cemetery scene. It isn't until Miles gets his own set from Aunt May that he's not only mentally, but physically equipped.
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    • There's also the symbolism of Miles' shoes: first time he leaps, they're untied, sort of representing he's still hasn't matured into his role. Second time he leaps, they're tied, signifying he's ready to take responsibility for the mantle.
    • Miles's excuse for not immediately web-swinging is that he "runs better than [he] swings." Turns out, he does. In his first swing through the city, Miles does indeed shoot out some webs, but what is he actually doing to traverse through New York? Running. Running on the ground, running on cars, running on rooftops and running on walls. The webs are only there to boost himself.
    • The breaking glass shows that he was tense and frightened (because he could not 'relax' to unstick himself), meaning that he did not know whether or not he was ready. Just as Peter B. Parker told him: he would not know, because it was a leap of faith.
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  • A big point of Miles' story is having great expectations placed on him. Just like the story, his life takes a large turn after he meets homeless looking Peter B. Parker at a graveyard who then somewhat becomes his teacher/mentor for the rest of the film.
  • During the opening credits of the film, there's a lottery ball with the number 42, which can boost Miles' claims of getting into Vision's based off of a lottery draw, and the spider that ends up biting him has the experiment number 42 on it. This number also starts to haunt Miles after his first attempt at taking a leap and failing. After he is sprawled onto the ground, the numbers that fell off of a sign can be seen next to him. At first they were numbers that sort of symbolize his luck, now it almost symbolizes a curse for him to take up the Spider-Man mantle.
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  • Miles' Invisibility power is reflective of the flaw he struggles with throughout the film: his (perceived) inability to live up to the expectations put on him (both as himself and as the next Spider-Man) that makes him want to be invisible to escape it. Before the climax, all the instances where Miles used the invisibility was to hide or run away from the situation and had no control over how to willingly activate the power. It's only after Miles stops running away or hiding that he's able to use it on will, as his identity as Spider-Man.
  • There's a strong hint that "Gwanda" is Gwen Stacy (aka Spider Woman). When Peter B Parker is hastily teaching Miles to "unstick" to walls, he advises him to "relax". Who else told him to relax earlier when his sticking powers were going haywire? "Gwanda".
    • Then there's her reaction to Miles' Power Incontinence in general; she seems to be more annoyed than freaked out. Of course she is... she's probably had to handle the awkwardness of stick-'em powers, herself.
  • Why was Miles so trusting to reveal his identity to his roommate? Because earlier, he saw him wearing headphones whilst working on homework, just like Miles did in the opening of the movie. Miles may have seen a kindred spirit in his roommate, someone who isn't stuck up like all the other students at his new school.
    • The roommate (Ganke) has also already seen Miles without his mask, crawling on the wall and in the company of the other Spiders. Ganke's already kept the secret and didn't rat Miles out to either the school or Miles's parents, nor did he start blabbing to all the other students. Ganke was also reading a Spiderman comic during the wall-crawling scene, and it was Ganke's comics that fell on Miles at the end of the initial "sticking" sequence. Kindred spirits, indeed, and one who's already proven he can keep his mouth shut.
  • After he is bitten, Miles starts having internal monologues and has his thoughts appear as comic style word boxes. This shows that he is now the main hero of his own Spider-Man story and his origin has now started.
  • The Peter Parker in the comic books Miles looks at looks like classic silver age Peter Parker (dark-haired), yet the Peter in his universe is blonde. Could be that Spidey had deliberately given the comic creators a different description of what he looked like, plus false names for him and his loved ones (he's called Billy in Miles' comic), in order to protect his secret identity.
    • That or the comic book writers don't know who he is, so had to invent his name, appearance and adventures.
  • Before attending Mary-Jane Parker's eulogy for her husband, Miles goes to a shop to buy a Spider-Man costume, but ends up buying one that is a few sizes too small. Why was it too small? Because Miles just picked his size from a few days ago. He forgot that he went through a sudden growth spurt after being bitten by the radioactive spider.
    • Also, it serves as a visual metaphor of the fact that he's not Spider-man yet. Remember when he asks the costume store owner if he could return the costume if it didn't fit, the owner says, "It always fits. Eventually."note  And this is Stan Lee's cameo, with Stan Lee himself telling Miles he'll be Spider-man eventually, just not yet.
  • A smaller bit of Fridge Brilliance in the shop: Stan tells Miles that he and Spidey were friends. Cool meta-reference to Stan being Spidey's creator, right? But in universe, Stan is just the owner of a comics shop. So how does he know Peter? Because Peter may have been a regular customer, which makes Peter a comics fanboy — One of Us!
  • When introducing themselves, Peter B. uses the "Hello my name is" sticker, which we later see was given to him by Aunt May when she prepares to introduce him, Miles and Gwen to the other Spider Heroes.
  • Peter and Gwen's Spider-sense kicking in before Miles when meeting the other Spider-Heroes makes sense since they've been Spider-Man (or woman) in their own universes for years, whereas Miles had only got his powers at least two days ago.
  • Miles' Suit-Up of Destiny montage and subsequent swing through the city is amazing, but the detour into Manhattan may seem strange, considering that he was coming from Aunt May's place in Queens and is heading towards Fisk's lab in Brooklyn. It makes sense, though: even beyond the Rule of Cool involved in jumping off the tallest building in the city, and the significance of that leap of faith in his character arc, the fact is that taking any train line from Queens into Manhattan and then swinging across the Manhattan Bridge was probably a lot faster than taking the G train.
  • It's explained that the reason why the alternate universe Spider-People are glitching out is because they are in a universe where their atomic makeups aren't compatible with its environment. No wonder some of them have very obvious Art Shifts. This is essentially proven by Miguel O'Hara travelling to Earth-67, where instead of retaining his art style, he actually reverts into the dimension's Limited Animation, because his goober bypasses the incompatibility.
  • Whilst Peter B. is explaining his plan to infiltrate Alchemax, Miles has to tell him that the head scientist is in fact the lady with the bicycle and not the sinister looking man with a bowl cut, to which Peter responds that he needs to examine his personal biases. Given who the head scientist turns out to be in this dimension, this is Five-Second Foreshadowing of the need to let go of not only the preconceptions of Spider-Man, as none of the ones in the film are exactly like the mainline universe one, but also of his Rogues Gallery.
    • On a related note, much like the various Spider-People bear different degrees of similarity to the mainline incarnation, so do the villains - Kingpin is more or less unchanged beyond a few significant details, much like Peter B. Doctor Octopus is gender-flipped and plays out more like an original character with a few similar personality traits and the same name - much like Gwen. Prowler is a lot darker and more dangerous than usual, which ties into Noir, etc.
  • When Miles and Peter B. run into this universe's version of Doctor Octopus, Peter asks "Do your friends call you Doc Ock?" just to make sure who it is he's talking to. As the scientist reveals her bodysuit and retractable limbs, she notes "My friends actually call me 'Liv.' My enemies call me Doc Ock." When Kingpin's team of villains show up at Aunt May's house, May deadpans "Oh great, Liv is here" meaning they may be or had been friends in this universe, which confirms the Friendly Enemy relationship between the Parker family and Doc Ock.
  • Aunt May 1610 acts as a foil to...Doc Ock? No, wait, think about it. May clearly has some amount of technical skill, just like Ock. "Liv" and "May" are both three-letter names. Ock is a Genki Girl and Dark Action Girl who goes around in shiny rubber and an artificial-looking harness, and bright colors when she's in scientist mode, while May wears grey, natural fabrics and mostly tries to stay out of fights. When they do fight, Ock is offensive, while May is defensive. May wears her hair down and slightly messy, Liv wears hers up. May is a subtle Deadpan Snarker, Liv is honest and direct to a fault. Liv lives For Science! and may be The Sociopath, while May is warmer and more concerned with the human element. And finally, Liv completely ignored how Peter was trying to be romantically charming, while May says she wants to get back in the dating game.
  • For all his initial reluctance, Peter isn't half-bad at teaching Miles. This may be a reference to the arc in the comics where he became a teacher.
  • Every time a new Spider-Person is introduced, their respective comic book is added to a "collection" that pops up throughout the film. When Miles finally dons the black and red suit, his own comic is added to the mix; this, of course, signifies that he has finally become an official member of the Spider-Family. But notice how the other heroes had their comic books added while they shared their origin story? Miles' comic is the final one to be included because the entire film up to that point was his origin story.
  • The Creative Closing Credits has a montage featuring thousands of Spider-Men all at once. This is befitting to the idea that there are countless alternate dimensions in the Spider-Verse, and thus, countless Spider-Men.
  • The ease and skill with which Spider Ham kicks Scorpion's tail makes perfect sense: as Scorpion said, he's a cartoon... and man oh man, have cartoons come a long way. Poor guy didn't even stand a chance.
    • Further, Scorpion dismisses Spider-Ham as a threat, because Spider-Ham is a cartoon. Scorpion failed to realize that he's a cartoon too.
  • All of the Spider-People that were bitten by radioactive spiders (or a radioactive pig in Ham's case and a mystical spider for Noir) all have similar powersets except Miles. That's because his spider was dimensionally displaced, as shown by its glitching and proximity to the collider, so its power granting is unique more in line with a case like Peni's psychic link with her power granting spider.
  • The password on Liv's computer ends with the numbers 3 and 5. What do you get when you add them together?
    • Also if you look around her office carefully, there's a lot of octagonal shapes surrounding her. It's easy to guess what creature has eight limbs, and a prototype of her soft robotic octopus arm can be found laying on her desk.
    • Also, look at her hair. It's the kind of massive explosion of hair that screams "eccentric and kooky scientist"! However, when seen in a different light, it also looks rather like the tentacles of an octopus...
  • The Kingpin blames Spider-Man for the death of his wife and son, when they died in a car accident trying to get away from the Kingpin. In a franchise where the premise is based on personal responsibility, it makes total sense that the Big Bad won't admit when something is his fault.
  • Spider-Man Noir curbstomps Tombstone, but can't figure out a Rubik's cube. Spider-Man Noir comes from a world that's devoid of colour and Tombstone is an albino, so Spider-Man Noir naturally has the advantage when he doesn't have colour or pigmentation overwhelming his senses.
  • The second Peter Parker we meet is Peter B. Parker. Peter Benjamin Parker is his full name in the comics and most adaptations but he always calls himself Peter Parker professionally and personally. So Peter B is simply to distinguish him from Miles' Peter, and signify that he's a B-grade version of the Peter we know and expect.
  • One of the many signs that Peter B. Parker, the older Spider-Man has become a parody and shadow of his former self is that he has more in common with the villains (Prowler, The Kingpin) then he does with his fellow Spiders:
    • The Prowler a.k.a. Aaron Davis is a bachelor living in a small apartment, and when interacting with Miles preaches the virtues of the single life and gives him advice on picking up girls. Similar to Peter B who presents himself as "handling his [divorce] like a champ" who also moved into a small apartment where he lived alone. In the Alchemax infiltration, he decides "to put the moves on Liv" as a way to show off to Miles. This also provides a build-up for Miles who had initially seen Aaron Davis as the Cool Uncle but who immediately sees Peter B as a "janky, broke, old hobo Spider-Man", and who on following Aaron's advice ends up cooling his bond with Gwen, and who when he returns to Aaron's single apartment later finds out he's the Prowler and the man who helped the Kingpin kill his Spider-Man. Peter B in other words provides Miles a lens to see his Uncle as not as cool as he claimed to be, and likewise when Aaron Davis dies apologizing to Miles and asking for redemption, this inspires Miles to cheer up Peter B and try and fix his life.
    • The Kingpin is fixated on the collider and alternate dimensions to try and find other versions of his wife rather than deal with the fact that he drove his wife away from him through his own actions. Peter B also drove Mary Jane away and when coming to Miles' dimension fixates on the widowed Mary Jane, longingly staring at her from a rooftop when she gives an eulogy, grabbing Blond Peter's photograph of her at his work-station, and then gutting his all-important mission for a chance to talk to her and beg forgiveness, ignoring Gwen's warning that she is not his MJ and is a different person. Like the Kingpin, Peter B struggles to face his own shortcomings and failures, but unlike him, with the help of Miles and Gwen he eventually overcomes them.
    • Also, another hint that this Peter is a parody of his former self? He's Peter B.— the "second" one that was only meant to be a Butt-Monkey; a literal parody (if you were in the shoes of an author writing a separate comic about him). The first, original Spider-Man is Peter "A."
  • When Miles has his big Apotheosis swing, the glass breaks as he jumps off the skyscraper. Because he was still terrified, not relaxed. He was still sticking to it. That's also why he spends most of that drop tumbling and flailing, then straightens himself into a dive. He was freaking out.
    • Speaking of which, an Apotheosis is when someone rises to a divine level. And this is the moment where Miles finally grows into his role. So when he's falling, the Signature Scene shot is inverted so he's ascending instead. The script even explicitly says "Miles isn't falling through frame. He's RISING."
    • Echoed in the lyrics. Throughout the movie - albeit coincidentally - the music often mentions the dark when Miles is scared or insecure ("I'm not scared of the dark," then "when it gets dark outside")... as he fights past the fear and truly becomes Spider Man, "I go hard with it no matter how dark it is!!"
    • Inversely, when Miles is mingling with the New Yorkers at the very end of the movie, he shows off his wallcrawling for the crowd, only to momentarily slip off. He's so at ease and relaxed that he accidentally unsticks from the wall.
  • Given this Peter's backstory and the fact that this is a Sony movie, and how every flashback is from the original Spider-Man movie trilogy, it's not unreasonable to conclude that the movie takes place in the same universe as the Sam Raimi films starring Tobey Maguire. There are several incompatibilities — Peter's hair color, his Dr. Octopus being a woman, Aunt may being younger as well as his Alfred, the fact that he's wearing the regular suit rather than the Symbiote during the flashbacks, the fact that he has mechanical web-shooters and not organic web-shooters, and MJ hanging upside down from the ladder rather than him but these could all be choices of presentation and Broad Strokes.
    • Given the misery guts status of the Raimi films, it's easier to assume that Peter B. is from the closest version of the Raimi universe, where almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong, in the films, that Peter was chronically depressive due to him not handling the duality of being Peter/Spider-Man at all well.
  • Jefferson is Jefferson; kind of rigid and a square, man. Exactly the same on and off the clock. His foil Aaron is a free-flowing, loving, charming "cool" uncle, but his 'night job' is as a merciless, inhuman killer. Jeff doesn't like Spidey because he's a masked vigilante, while Aaron is a masked criminal. Oh, and Aaron aided and abetted Miles' graffiti and vandalism, while Jeff knew about it but looked the other way. And when he does reach out to Miles about the street art, he still wants it to be in a controlled, legal way. Aaron kept his criminal life secret from Miles because he wanted Miles to look up to him, while Jeff ignored the vandalism because he didn't want to extinguish Miles' "spark".
  • Miles' relationship dynamics with his Dad and his Uncle parallel and invert his relationships with Blonde Peter and Peter B:
    • At the start Miles think that his father is overbearing, overprotective, and a little bumbling but finds Blonde Peter a heroic ideal who he looks up to and admires. Both Jefferson and Blonde Peter are married men who are responsible and loving, and where Miles takes his father for granted, he's rather overly devoted to Blonde Peter's memory, feeling guilty and fearful about fulfilling his mighty shoes. When Miles meets Blonde Peter in Kingpin's collider, the latter shoos Miles away, grants him a MacGuffin and dies to save him, whereas in the finale when Miles is battling the Kingpin, it's Jefferson who inspires Miles to get up and get his Heroic Second Wind and defeat Kingpin. In effect Miles goes from his idealized father figure to seeing the greatness inside his real Dad and loving him in return. One of them dies to save him, the other one saves Miles by inspiring him to fight.
    • Aaron Davis and Peter B are both older single men who live alone and are adult figures who treat Miles as an equal and try not to see him as a child (as his parents, understandably, have difficulty adjusting to doing so), the difference is that Aaron treats Miles as a Replacement Goldfish for his younger brother Jefferson and is nurturing his irresponsibility, while Miles treats Peter B as a Replacement Goldfish for Blonde Peter and tries to nurture his responsibility. Both Aaron Davis and Peter B try to pass themselves off as hip, single, dudes except where Aaron in his personal life actually seems to be as cool as he tries to be (mostly because of his ill-gotten gains as a villain), Peter B is a total failure at living alone, unable to take care of himself, and his attempt at hitting on Liv, to show off to Miles that he can put his charm on, fails miserably. Aaron Davis dies tragically earning redemption and asking forgiveness from Miles, while Miles saves Peter B. from a tragic fate, gives him a second chance to ask his Mary Jane for forgiveness.
  • When Gwen, Peter B, and Miles all meet the other Spider-Men, Spider-Ham is drenched in water when he meets them, which he very firmly claims is because he just washed his hands. You might say that instead, he was sweating like a pig.
  • Combined with Fridge Funny, Peter B. doesn't have money to pay for his food when he and Miles visit the diner. This isn't just because he's hopped dimensions; Peter has always had infamous money problems. Peter B likely has it worse, considering that he blew what money he had on TGI Spidey's.
    • Another possibility is inflation. In the movie, two burgers and some fries costs around $30,000. If Peter B's universe is close to our own, he might have a hundred dollars in his wallet when he arrived, which would still be essentially worthless here.
    • Look at where Peter B is when the portal sucks him up—he's lounging in his apartment, wearing just his Spidey-suit. Even if he was in the habit of randomly carrying his wallet with him around his home, the suit has no pockets and thus nowhere to hold a wallet.
  • Gwen mentions to Miles after Aaron is killed that only the other Spiders understand how Miles is feeling in that moment. Gwen, fittingly, understands Miles's situation best, as her origin is almost identical to his: she's the only other spider whose dead loved one died as a supervillain while their respective Spider was fighting them (Miles and Gwen were both in costume when Aaron and Peter died, respectively), and both Spider alter-egos were falsely accused of the murders by their parents (Jefferson and Captain Stacy.)
  • When Miles asks his father what's wrong with Uncle Aaron, his father doesn't answer. He's never been shy about sharing his opinions with Miles before. But maybe he suspects the whole Prowler thing, and doesn't want to destroy Aaron's relationship with Miles.
  • How is it that Gwen is present before the particle accelerator event? Simple, time is relative. She wasn't early, everyone else was late.
    • The purpose of the collider is to find alternate universe counterparts to the one whose DNA is in the beam. But then why was Gwen Stacy pulled when all the others were alternate versions of Peter Parker? Because she was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Blond Peter.
    • Keep an eye out when Gwen first arrives in Miles' universe. As she comes flying in, she grabs a street light and swings around it several times before landing. While she's spinning, you can see the sky quickly start to shift from night to day to night several times, seemingly reversing the flow of time.
      • She even mentions being shot into last week. She wasn't exaggerating, she actually ended up shooting partway back in time, likely due to some of the dimensional shifting.
    • On top of that, Peter B.'s flashback shows that when he arrived, Blond Peter's death was already on the news cameras. Given how Blond Peter was killed and disposed of by then, Peter B. most likely arrived a few hours after the particle collider went off. Even further, we don't see exactly when Spider-Noir, Peni, and Spider-Ham arrive, meaning all of the other Spiderpeople could have arrived at different points in time as well.
  • The spot Aaron takes Miles to make graffiti happens to be very close to the accelerator. Aaron probably found it while guarding the site for Kingpin.
    • According to the artbook, Aaron built most of his own gear, including likely his boots and gauntlets. In other words, Aaron wasn't lying when he told Miles that he found it while working an engineering job. On top of that, the fact that the collider was being built in the tunnel more than fits the "engineering" label anyways.
  • The movie seems to set up Jefferson to blame Spider-Man (Miles) for killing his brother, but drops it almost immediately. And why not? The forensic report would quickly show that Prowler was shot in the back, and since when has Spider-Man ever used a gun?
  • When Scorpion's introduced, we get a yellow text box to translate his Spanish to English - the only time in the movie that happens. The yellow text boxes represent Miles' thoughts after he gets spider-powers. Miles speaks fluent Spanish and he's interpreting for the audience.
  • Miles has powers that none of the Peters nor Gwen have. But he's remarkably similar to a different Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099. Like Miguel he has offensive mutations in the form of his venom blast vs Miguel's toxic venom, and he has defensive mutations in the form of his active camouflage reflex and Miguel's talons. Where did the spider come from that bit Miles? Alchemax in a different universe, presumably Miguel's. It also explains their differences too, as Miguel's genetic code was mechanically rewritten by the encoder he was testing on himself, while Miles received his powers from a spider bite directly.
    • If the spider's from Miguel's universe it would explain how and why he started monitoring the film's events from his reality.
  • Miles attempts to add a cape to his Beta Outfit only to have it be torn off by Peter B. Considering it's revealed that his Peter had an alternate costume with a cape and most likely wore it publicly at some point, that was probably Miles's favorite costume of Peter's.
  • Peter B. doesn't just call it a "goober;" Aunt May does as well. Strange Minds Think Alike? No: She invented the term. Peter, an eternal nerd, of course cares about how it works; but Aunt May would only care about — or, for that matter, need to know — what it does. And Peter B. picked up on the term because 1) she's right, it honestly doesn't matter how the darn thing works, as long as it gets the job done; and 2) to honor his beloved mother figure. (Of course, the counter-argument is that Earth-1610's May Parker is clearly involved in Peter's crime-fighting ways, having access to his Spider-Cave, being capable of creating hand-crafted artisanal webslingers for Miles after he accepts the Call to Adventure, and taking part in the brawl at her house; so why does she need to simplify things.)
  • Blonde Peter seems to be extremely well-adjusted compared to all the Spideys, but why is that? Blonde Peter knows something that the other Spideys only realized and accepted halfway through — or even at the end of — the movie: You Are Not Alone. When they first meet Miles, Peter B. and Gwen both have their walls up. Peter B. refuses to mentor him, and Gwen isn't ready to have friends yet. Not so for Blonde Peter: during his meeting with Miles, he offers to teach him the ways of Spider-Man. Compared to Peter B., he also has a present support group in Aunt May and MJ, while Peter B. has neither. Even when Peter B.'s Aunt May was alive, one can assume she wasn't as supportive as Blonde Peter's Aunt May, who watches over Blonde Peter's shed and is essentially his Alfred.
    • Also, all the Spider-People suffer from I Let Gwen Stacy Die, both alternate Peters' being their respective Uncle Ben. The only time Uncle Ben (read:Blonde Peter's Uncle Ben) physically shows up in the whole movie? He's peacefully walking into the light. Blonde Peter has moved on from blaming himself for Uncle Ben's death and he's no longer doing his superheroics out of guilt for his inaction.
    • He's also based on Ultimate Peter Parker, not regular Peter Parker. Regular Peter Parker, whose early days B is based on, lived in a never ending spiral of shame and death. Ultimate Peter Parker had a generally happier and more stable life with the exception of dying that one time.
  • Noir's Nazi-punching is apparently a case of Anachronism Stew given that the Nazis were only just coming to power in Germany in 1933...except wait, no it isn't. He's not from our Earth. Who's to say that the Nazis didn't come to power earlier in Noir's home dimension? It's nowhere near as big a change as Mini-Mecha or cartoon animals!
  • Jefferson sees Spider-Man, who's actually his own son Miles, lying next to the corpse of Aaron Davis who's killed by Kingpin, and mistakes him for being Aaron's murderer. He later comes to his sense in the ending and realizes that Spider-Man didn't do it. While it might seem like a sudden change, it actually makes sense. Aaron is killed by a gunshot wound, and Spider-Man doesn't use guns, ever. Plus Aaron died wearing his Prowler costume, which tells him that he's a criminal who could've died from something that was his own fault. This might also be a Take That! against the same thing that happened in the Sam Raimi trilogy, where Harry Osborn holds a grudge against Spider-Man because he mistakes him for killing his father Norman when a closer inspection would've revealed that Norman was the Green Goblin who died from the wounds inflicted by his own glider.
  • Meta-Example. The Peter Parker from Miles' universe is blonde headed, just like Comic-Book!Peter Parker's clone "Ben Reilly", hinting that the first Peter Parker we see in the movie is not the "main" one. Genius character designers, genius.
  • The Collider grabs people by scanning for similar DNA to a sample introduced into its beam when active, as shown when Kingpin and Doc Ock use samples that belonged to his wife and son in order to find versions of them. This explains why the Green Goblin accidentally caused the alternate Spider-people to come in: during the fight, he was holding Peter against the beam. That explains Peter B, Noir, and Peni, all of which are different versions of Peter and thus share DNA. But how did it grab Gwen and Spider-Ham, the first of whom isn't a different version of Peter Parker, and the second who isn't even human? Answer: Peter's genetics aren't purely human any more. What the Collider sampled wasn't just Peter's DNA, it was also the spider's. Thus picking up the trace of the spider's genetics in Gwen, and Spider-Ham (who had originally been the spider).
  • As pointed out by Stephen Lea Sheppard here, the Peter Parker from Miles's universe is young, photogenic, extremely popular, financially successful, hugely skilled, Happily Married, largely at peace with his uncle's death, in close contact with his still-living aunt, and the owner of an awesome secret lair containing an arbitrary number of cool vehicles and gadgets. It's like he's the ultimate Spider-Man.
  • When the Prowler arrives at Aunt May's house, Miles is the one with the goober. Peter proceeds to take it off of him, tell him to run, and launch himself at the Prowler. But if Miles is supposed to be running away, why take the goober off him when it would be safer if he kept it? Answer: He's making himself a bigger target for the Prowler, so that he won't go after Miles..
  • The cast of characters has a number of Race Lifts and Gender Flips. Why is this? Because they're based on the Ultimate Universe - or to be even more accurate, an Ultimate Universe that actually delivered on the promise of a more diverse and dynamic world for the 21st century that Miles Morales exemplifies, rather than simple retellings of older stories with a Darker and Edgier bent.
  • Peter B. Parker's entire arc is meant to be reminiscent of the mainline Spider-Man comics. His Manchild attitude is because Status Quo Is God and writers still treat Peter like he's a teenager or college-age even though he graduated in the 70s. The major events of his life that he mentions are Aunt May dying and him breaking up with his wife because he didn't want kids - events strongly linked to stories like The Clone Saga and One More Day, both of which involved Aunt May's near-death, Peter and MJ's marriage in trouble, and a potential child being eliminated, and both of which were meant to de-age Peter. Essentially, this is a Peter who doesn't have a Sliding Timescale. Even his dire financial straits due to bad investments might be a reference to the The Great Comics Crash of 1996, which the mainstream industry never really recovered from. His choice to marry MJ and let Miles be Spider-Man is meant as advice for what the mainstream comics could be, and should be - embracing change and maturing, rather than trying to recreate the past forever.
  • Spider-Gwen using a fake name may seem odd at first until you realize that Gwen Stacy in Miles's world is most likely dead, and didn't want to draw too much attention to herself using a dead woman's name.
  • At first I was wondering how the world even found that the Blond Peter had died, since the collider was underground and out of sight, but then it hit me that with Fisk so eager to exploit Spider-Man's image after killing him he probably had the body planted in an obvious location so it would be found and look like he'd been killed in the quake. He might have even leaked word of it to the media to make sure it was found.
    • In one of the movie's many Freeze-Frame Bonus moments, the newspaper headline at Blond Peter's gravesite says Spider-Man was "FOUND DEAD IN FRONT OF DAILY BUGLE". The body was planted in the most obvious location available.
  • The movie attracted a lot of buzz for introducing Doctor Octopus as the unassuming scientist "Liv" before revealing who she really was. While that may seem like just a gratuitous reveal put in to surprise the audience, it also makes sense for the character. Octopuses are known for being highly adept at camouflage, and they often hide in plain sight in front of their prey before attacking; Liv does exactly that.
  • Miles arriving late for class serves an important plot point aside from the obvious: by arriving late, after the video has started, he (and the audience) miss the part where a documentary video would normally state the name of the speaker, or make the display of her name (which Miles partially blocks) larger, thus concealing the fact her name is Olivia Octavius.
  • All of the villains in the movie, save for the Prowler, were part of the membership of or played a part in creating the Sinister Six at some point throughout the franchise's history. There are only six villains throughout the entire movie's runtime, and they all work under and include Kingpin.
  • At Kingpin's party that celebrates Spider-Man, the Spider-Gang briefly think that it can't be as easy as just going into the party, in full costume. Judging by the fact that the villains were already waiting to ambush the heroes at the Super-Collider, it was likely not only true, but designed that way to out them in the first place.
  • The line "Everyone can wear the mask" could be a nod to how their are currently several Spider-Men in Earth-616 of the comics. There is Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Doc Ock and Miguel O'Hara who was stranded in their timeline and might still be there if him being among the other Earth-616 spiders in Spider-Geddon isn't a Continuity Snarl, but rather his decision to stay with them. Also their are other Spider-Men who also share identities with each other Kaine Parker and Ben Reilly are both the Scarlet Spider.
  • The "nostrils" on Spider-Ham's nose seem to be a second set of eyes. Well he was originally a spider and would have had more than two eyes.
  • On a meta level, one of the reasons the movie opens with Spider-Man quickly recapping his origin is because the creators believed most viewers have already seen several retellings of the origin and want to move on. And yet, not only does it end up presenting the origins of four other Spider-People, the film as a whole is an origin story for Miles Morales. In other words, the movie begins by lulling viewers with a lighthearted mockery of Spider-Man's origins, then ends up sucker-punching the audience with a movie jammed with Spider-origins! Note that all of the advertisements for the movie present it as a Spider-Man sci-fi story and not a Spider-Man origin story...
  • Spider-Ham is the one who comes to Peni's rescue while in the Collider. Like Ham, Peni and SP//dr are cartoons. Which is also why Spider-Ham delivers his Bond One-Liner after Peni whacks Scorpion with her mech's arm.
    Spider-Ham: Awww, did THAT feel like a cartoon?
  • Peter B. Parker's costume design directly mirrors his character development. When we first meet him he's unmasked, in sweats, a parka, and with mismatched shoes, and honestly is dejected in life. But when he finally starts teaching Miles and they infiltrate Alchemix, he ditches the coat and puts on his mask. Later, when fully believing in Miles, he gets a new, full suit from this universe's Aunt May. As his costume goes back to a "pure" Spider-man look, so too does Peter B. Parker get his life in order.
  • Why didn't Gwen try to contact the Spider-Man of Miles' universe? After all, she was thrown backwards in time by one week when she was brought over to Miles's universe, and Spider-Man was still alive at that point. Her spider sense drew her towards Miles' school, so why didn't it draw her to that universe's Peter Parker? If she had helped Peter at the collider initially, he might not have died. Gwen couldn't have done so due to temporal causality since the incident which brought Gwen to that universe was that event; if she tried to help the Miles-verse Peter at the start, it would create a time paradox, because if Gwen had helped shut the reactor down and fight the Kingpin, she would create a paradox as the collider overloading is what brought her into that universe in the first place.
  • One of the film's creators wrote on Twitter that in Spider-Ham's universe hot dogs are actually made of human meat. This explains the credits scene where a bunch of Spider-Hams are roasting Spider-Man like a pig.
  • During Doc Ock's introductory, she addresses Miles as "young man/little boy", showing how he's not fully integrated into the role yet. When he takes his leap of faith, she addresses him as "Spider-Man".
  • How did Miles get into the Super-Collider without detection or going through the Gala? Yes, he could turn invisible, but he already knows of a direct way in that doesn't involve the elevator route: The back door his uncle inadvertently showed him, which was how he got in originally. This also explains how he made up the time lost getting his suit and making his leap of faith—unlike the other Spiders, who had several delays to deal with (such as infiltrating the gala and getting through it), Miles just went down to the subway tunnels where he'd been before with his uncle and went straight the to the Collider.
  • When Spider-Man 2099 tries to speak with Earth-67 Spider-Man, they end up starting an argument over the rudeness of pointing. It just seems like comically Skewed Priorities at first, but consider the original context for the infamous scene. The episode in question, Double Identity involved a Master of Disguise ruining Spider-Man's image, and in the original scene, the fake Spider-Man was on the right...the Spider-Man Miguel is talking to. Assuming this scenario still applies, Miguel is unwittingly threatening to blow his cover and he's arguing because he's getting defensive and trying to deflect attention from his fakeness.
  • The Peter Parker of Miles' Universe (or Miles!Peter) was shown to make a comic book based on his real life. This would be a very idiotic move on his part except for a few things: As seen in the mentioned comic book (which was seen after Miles stumbles into his room at Visions right after discovering his powers), the "Peter" in the comic book has brown hair and eyes, but Miles!Peter was shown to be a blonde with blue eyes, and he definitely did not used his real name given how he warned Miles to not let Kingpin or his goons see his face.
  • Miles' attempts to make Peter B. Parker his mentor draws a parallel with the Kingpin's plan to get his family back, and Peter B represents why the Kingpin's plan is doomed to fail from the start. Not only are he and the other Spiders atomically incompatible with Miles' dimension, but Peter B is a very different person from the Spider-Man that Miles and Kingpin knew. He has a different appearance, a different personality, he's notably older and they don't even have the same voice actor. When people die, they cannot come back and cannot truly be replaced. Miles' Peter Parker, as well as Kingpin's family, are gone, and neither Miles or Kingpin can do anything about it.
  • Peter B. volunteering to stay behind isn't just him being a Death Seeker, but actually makes sense. Porker, Noir, and Peni and her mecha would all stick out just a bit, leaving him and Gwen as the ones who would have the best chance of fitting in for however long they have. Gwen, however, has a dad, probably a mom, and her whole life ahead of her. The sad truth is that aside from alternate MJ, there's probably no one who would miss Peter B. too much.
  • Liv (aka Doc Ock)'s soft robotics tentacle rig is actually a bit of brilliance. She's seen later working on a terminal while connecting hardware using one of them, meaning that she's smart enough to realize that the soft robotics is actually better to work with electronics (using metal would risk causing a shorting out of hardware due to improper contact). That would mean she wouldn't have to ground herself to anything metal to be able to plug in or hook up electronics with it, unlike previous incarnations of Doc Ock with metal robotics.
  • The "True Adventures of Spider-Man" comic book Miles finds after his Power Incontinence debacle at school is a stroke of brilliance — To explain, the Peter Parker of Miles' universe or Blonde!Peter adapted how he came to realize his powers, but here's the brilliant part: The "Peter" from the comic book has brown hair and brown eyes along with glasses but Blonde!Peter has blonde hair (obviously) and blue eyes and a quick flashback showed he wore glasses during his youth. Why is this ingenious? Because it's a clever way to hide his identity while telling his origin story, because many people who knew Blonde!Peter would be able to put together that he is Spider-Man if he kept his same hair and eye color and previously wore glasses. By changing the former two, those who are close to him won't put two and two together.
  • Each of the Spider-People represent a certain aspect of Spider-Man's character:
  • Why do only the Spider-people show up when the Collider is used? Becaue Green Goblin pushed Spidey's face in it, causing the collider to look for others with the same DNA sample.
    • On that same thought, how come they didn't bring back Vanessa and Richard, Fisk's wife and son on the first try? Because they were testing it to see if it worked.
  • Just something I thought about. Since there are infinite universe with infinite Spider-people, then there should be at least an infinite amount of people with the same DNA as our main Spider-People, right? Well, the machine apparently isn't that powerful enough to summon all the versions. It still runs on a finite energy source. That, or there really are only 6 (7?) Spider-People in the Marvel universe with the same DNA.
  • Miles learns from Peter B.'s mistake by incorporating pockets into his Spider-costume.
  • To help sell that all the Spiders are alike, all the Spiders that we see get sucked from their universes (Peter B., Gwen, and Spider-Ham in his short) try to anchor themselves using webs.
  • When Miles comes in late to class, they are watching a video of a slightly kooky woman scientist. In the shot from the POV of the class, Miles partially obscures the screen, so all we see of the scientist's name is "Dr. Olivia O".
  • Miguel O'Hara tries to call his dimension-hopping invention a "goober", only for Lyla to correct it into a "gizmo". Meta-wise, this is a nod to how even though Spider-Man 2099 is a variation on the concept of Spider-Man, he is ultimately not the same character as Peter Parker.
  • Peter B.'s theme is a regular heroic orchestral piece while Blonde Peter's has record scratches and hip hop beats. It's a remix, much like how Blonde Peter is a remix of the Spider-Man we're all more familiar with.

Fridge Horror

  • Fisk's plan to find an alternate dimension where his wife and son were still alive fails spectacularly as several incarnations of his family see him attacking Spider-Man and flee in terror. Considering how different some parallel worlds can be, it wouldn't be too out there for one of those dimensions to have a Fisk that wasn't a villain. This version of the Kingpin may have very well just alienated the family of a decent man.
    • Or, worse, a decent animal counterpart!
  • Fisk's plan was doomed to fail. Throughout the movie, the audience sees what happens to people that don't belong in a dimension and so even if he was able to bring his family over it would've only been a matter of time before they died again.
    • Also, the fact that Liv likely knows that the alternate Vanessa and Richard will likely die just makes all the more monstrous.
      Liv: All we have to do is kill a couple of Spiders, and the Collider will bring your family back. As many families as you want.
    • We don't know for sure that anyone extracted via the Super-Collider will suffer molecular decay. Peter B and the rest of the Spider-Gang were pulled in by accident during a test run that wasn't intending to extract anyone at that point. It was just see how many dimensions would open until the Green Goblin forced Blond Peter into the beam causing the overload/explosion. It's quite possible that Doc Ock had a controlled extraction process for pulling out Vanessa and Richard that would have left them stable.
      • This in itself is still Fridge Horror. If it's true.... Then how does she know this!?
  • There's the fact that, if nothing else was a problem, Fisk's plan was doomed to failure because it's extremely unlikely for any alternate families he finds to be fine with being ripped from their home dimension and loving husband and father to be adopted by what is essentially an Identical Stranger.
    • It's also unlikely for any alternate Fisk to react well to have his wife and son taken from him.
      • Although there is a possibility some alternate Fisks are deceased.
  • At the end of the movie, Peter continues to insist on remaining behind to destroy the collider despite the fact that he will die if he does so and Miles won't. While on the surface it seems like a lack of faith in Miles, considering how washed-up he was in his home universe, it's not that difficult to read this as him planning to commit suicide in a manner that would at least allow him to preserve his heroic legacy.
    • Similarly, there's Gwen offering herself up as the one to stay behind. Genuine Heroic Sacrifice so she wouldn't have to live with seeing her best friend die three times? Or is the guilt of letting her Peter die (which her flashback heavily implies might've been partially her fault due to fighting him as the Lizard) getting to her and she too is Driven to Suicide?
  • While they’re talking in Miles’s room about how they can’t save everyone even as a superhero, even Ham says that you can’t save everybody in danger. How many people has he failed to save in his happy-go-lucky cartoon universe?
    • It happens that in a deleted scene -because the directors did not want to ruin an emotional moment- Spider-Ham tells us about the death of his Uncle Frankfurter:
      Spider-Ham: (tearfully) He was electrocuted... and it smelled so good.
  • Aunt May is an elder, and seems to be living alone. Who will help her clean up the mess that the spiders and the villains made at her living room? And what about the cost of the broken walls and furniture?
    • Given how much the secret lair in her shed must have cost, it's quite possible that May has plenty of emergency funds from her nephew.
    • Plus, Miles knows where she lives now. It's not like it'll be hard for him to sneak out of school and web-sling on over to give her a hand.
    • Her status as Spider-Man's aunt is also publicly known. She specifically mentions that she doesn't want any more well-wishers when the Spider-Gang show up at her doorstep. It seems fairly likely that, given the mood, there'd be a public outpouring of support to help rebuild her home after it was wrecked by super-villains so soon after her nephew's death.
      • Adding to that, when she was introduced, she had her bat out. What if she had also been harassed by Spider-Man enemies (or even regular people who believed he was a menace) who decided take it out on her?
  • As badass as it is how Miles essentially claims one of Peter's suits for himself by tagging it in black and red, it is a little alarming knowing that some spray paint fumes can be dangerous to inhale and that Miles is doing just that every time he breaths with his mask on.
    • During the final battle, we see that Miles survives a full-impact slam from the Kingpin that cracks the concrete beneath him. It doesn't seem like paint fumes are major health concern to Miles.
  • Since we never get any interactions or history between Miles-verse Peter and Gwen, it's entirely possible that there was a Gwen who was friends/lovers with that version of Peter who DID suffer the well-known Gwen Stacy fate.
  • While it was immensely satisfying to see the Kingpin trussed up in webbing at the end of the film, realistically the only action he did that has a credible witness is him fighting Spider-Man as seen by Officer Davis. Since the Super-Collider was considerate enough to destroy itself and the Fisk building, physical evidence would be hard to come by. Given how much Blond Peter insisted that Kingpin has "everyone in his pocket" it's hard to believe he didn't cover his tracks while building the Super-Collider and it's highly unlikely anyone in his employ would testify against him. So, all the Kingpin has to do is claim that it was this new Spider-Man who sabotaged the Super-Collider (after all it was his goober that caused it to explode) and you have the conditions for a very weak criminal case against the Kingpin meaning it's very likely he'll go free.
  • Let's ignore the whole "dooming the universe" thing. Because of the death of his family, Fisk becomes more dangerous than ever in this movie. If Wilson Fisk A had succeeded in pulling an alternate version of his family away form their world, it would enrage Wilson Fisk B. Wilson Fisk B would then create his own Super-Collider which would help him steal a family from Wilson Fisk C. Wilson Fisk C would create his own Super-Collider, which will help him steal a family from Wilson Fisk D, rinse and repeat.
    • Even if that doesn't happen, stealing Vanessa and her son away from Wilson Fisk B could cause him to go insane and become a bigger threat to his version of Spider-man and the other marvel heroes. His family's disappearance could cause him to unleash unspeakable terror on his New York.
  • One YouTube viewer has noted the underlying horror of Dr. Olivia Octavius's first reaction to seeing Peter B. Parker. She rushes forward and declares "I'm kind of freaking out right now. I mean, you're supposed to be dead!" At first, it simply seems like Dr. Olivia is one of the countless people who heard about and mourned Peter Parker's death. But once her connection to Kingpin is revealed, the line takes on a whole new meaning. It's not "You're supposed to be dead because I heard it on the news," it's "You're supposed to be dead because I know my boss killed you."


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