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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.


Asian Animation


  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: In the unrated version, Ron Burgundy calls Spider-Man a poser.
  • 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 (2017): 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.
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  • 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.
  • X-Men: First Class: Raven sees Beast use his powers while upside down and she calls him "amazing".

Live-Action Series

  • 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 Video

  • 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.

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 (1984): 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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