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Spider-Man is one of the most well-known Marvel Comics characters of all time. Naturally, the character and other media has been referenced in tons of works since the comics came out.

For characters derived from Spider-Man, see Spider-Man Send-Up.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Shonan Jun'ai Gumi!: Mariko catches Ryuji sneaking around on the outside of a building, and asks if he's "the friendly neighborhood Spiderman".

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, robots with costumes of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man are known to appear every once in a while.
  • In episode 36 of Nana Moon, Keke uses her special badge to transform into a superhero who, with her red-and-blue costume and Projectile Webbing, is very obviously meant to be Spider-Man.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: The title of episode 65, "蜘蛛狼" ("Zhizhu Lang", or "Spider-Wolf" in English) is exactly one Chinese character off from being the Chinese name for Spider-Man ("蜘蛛人" or "Zhizhu Ren"). Makes sense, since the episode itself is about Wolffy getting Projectile Webbing powers from a Giant Spider.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: In the unrated version, Ron Burgundy calls Spider-Man a poser.
  • ...And Your Name Is Jonah: One of Jonah's roommates at the hospital sleeps in a Spider-Man T-shirt. After he's brought home, Jonah reads a comic book with Anthony, although he's terrified of Anthony's Spider-Man doll. By the end of the movie, he's learned to like the character.
  • Charlie's Angels (2000): One of the eponymous Power Trio, Natalie Cook, is seen dancing in her Spider-Man underwear during the film's opening.
  • Daredevil: The kiss in the rain is homaged.
  • Deadpool 2: For the "Ashes" music video, Céline Dion calls Deadpool "Spider-Man".
  • Knocked Up: Pete and Debbie got into a fight because he went to see Spider-Man 3 without her.
  • Power Rangers: Billy compares himself and his colleagues to Spider-Man and Iron-Man.
  • Shrek 2: In the "Accidentally in Love" montage, Fiona and Shrek re-enact the upside-down kiss.
  • The Simpsons Movie: Homer has Plopper pretend he's Spider-Pig.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): Sonic gives this little tidbit when the Echidna Tribe showed up during his monologue about his childhood:
    Sonic: Turns out with great power, comes great power-hungry bad guys.
  • Under the Silver Lake: Protagonist Sam finds his hand stuck with a Spider-Man comic in the table, an obvious Actor Allusion to Andrew Garfield who portrays Sam.
  • X-Men: First Class: Raven sees Beast use his powers while upside down and she calls him "amazing".

  • The Dresden Files: In Ghost Story Harry compares his "wizard senses" to "spider sense".
  • In You Look Different in Real Life, Justine imagines herself and the other kids from the documentaries connected by an invisible cord made of something thin but deceptively powerful, like the stuff Spider-Man squirts from his wrists.
  • Joe from Blue Iguana has Spider-Man pajamas and a Spider-Man lunchbox.
  • In You Have a Match, Abby's Spider-Man-obsessed brother Mason once cut the sleeves off her red sweater to make a costume. When he thinks she has a spider in her room, he's delighted.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Skye tells Michael Peterson "With great power comes... a ton of weird crap you don't know about."
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy says her Spider-Sense is tingling. Giles didn't understand the reference.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 

    Web Videos 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • One episode involved the Nerd reviewing various Spider-Man video games for the Atari 2600, NES, Game Boy, and Game Boy Advance. Spider-Man (played by Kyle Justin) guest starred in the episode.
    • In Part 2 of his "Wish List" video, the Nerd reviewed Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage for the SNES.
  • In an episode of Console Wars, Greg and Dan see whether the SNES or the Sega Genesis had the better version of the Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage video game.
  • The Season 4 finale of Epic Rap Battles of History features Stan Lee battling Jim Henson whilst the former using his characters' (including Spidey) gestures throughout the battle.
  • Philosophy Tube: In her video The Politics of Antifa Abigail describes the idea that "anyone who wears a mask in public is bad" as the J. Jonah Jameson approach to political critique.
    "Also, here's a completely unrelated picture of some riot police." (photo of riot police wearing face-hiding gas masks)
  • Schaffrillas Productions ranked Spider-Man: Far From Home at #9 in his Top 10 Movies of 2019 list.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: In "Office Spaceman", Roger has an alias named Parker Peters.
  • Family Guy:
    • Spider-Man makes a safety web for Peter.
    • A Cutaway Gag showed Spider-Man after he shot his web at a blonde woman.
    • In "The Former Life of Brian", Herbert is dressed up a Spider-Man for a birthday party.
  • Muppet Babies: Spider-Man guest starred in "Comic Capers," produced by Marvel Productions (whose logo, seen at the end of each Muppet Babies episode, also featured a CGI Spider-Man). Baby Rowlf and Baby Skeeter entered the Spider-Man newspaper comic, and attempted to foil bank robbers. They only succeeded in irritating Stan Lee, in a live-action cameo, who pointed out there was only one Spider-Man. The Stinger for the episode featured Baby Animal and Baby Gonzo disguised as Spider-Man, with Animal on top wearing the mask, until they collide with a building and Gonzo falls from the bottom of the costume.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Moe'N'a Lisa", J. Jonah Jameson (voiced by J. K. Simmons) wants pictures of Spider-Man.
    • In "Homer the Whopper", Bart says "I just heard that before Spider-Man was a movie, it was a comic book."
    • In "I Am Furious (Yellow)", Stan Lee hums the Spider-Man theme song.


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