Even Weirder Heroes and Other Things We Want to See in the ‘Spider-Verse’ Sequel

Two weeks before Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse even hit theaters, Sony had already green-lit a sequel and at least one spin-off. That’s right, Sony are doubling down on their animated Spidey universe. Why wouldn’t they? The response of critics and fans has been fantastic, with many reviews quickly praising the movie as one of the best Spider-Man movies to ever swing onto screens – with Miles Morales being proof that anyone can be a hero. So what should a Spider-Verse sequel look like? We’ve got a few ideas.

Spider-Gwen + Miles

From the footage we’ve seen in trailers and exclusive clips, it looks like Miles and Spider-Gwen are going to get on quite well, and it would be great to see them team-up once again. Hopefully, they can still travel in between universes by the end of the movie, because the pair have an interesting dynamic in the comics that the animated sequel could quite easily adapt.

In a plotline that started in Spider-Man #12 and finished in Spider-Gwen #15, Miles’ Father disappeared and was discovered on Earth-65. Gwen and Miles teamed up to investigate why, and found that Miles’ Dad was actually the Scorpion on Gwen’s Earth. But when the pair also stumbled on a reality where they were married, they decided to see what would happen as a couple. As mentioned, the series only included two issues – so the relationship didn’t last too long. But figuring out that they work better as friends would definitely be a mature way of approaching a relationship. Regardless of how it plays out, who doesn’t want to see an upside down kiss between two dimension-crossed lovers?


New Villains

With new superhero movies always comes new villains. Sure, Wilson Fisk is an interesting main villain to use in a new animated franchise, but hopefully the sequel uses the opportunity to include new adaptations of classic characters. Since we’ve already seen the Ultimate version of the Green Goblin, what about other terrifying versions of the Goblin persona? There’s always the orange hooded Hobgoblin, or if Norman Osborn acquired a symbiote he could become Red Goblin.

Spider-Man has such a rich history of villains that Sony have plenty to pick from. The animated nature of the Spider-Verse franchise gives them so much more scope to go wild and crazy. You want to see Hydro-Man and The Rhino? Sure thing. An adaptation of The Clone Saga with The Jackal? It could work… Hello world, meet Marvel Zombies. Okay, maybe they won’t touch the clone fiasco… It seems like they’re committed to providing a captivating backstory if Kingpin’s story is anything to go by, so hopefully whichever villain they choose gets the same treatment.



Sony have just kick-started an incredibly popular live-action franchise with Venom, and although it wasn’t a full-horror movie, it wasn’t exactly kid-friendly either. Putting Eddie Brock and the Symbiote into a Spider-Verse movie introduces a younger audience to the character. Even from a profit perspective, Sony still gets more out of those rights. Let’s not forget, this wouldn’t even have to break the timeline of the original Venom film since Sony own both properties. They could quite easily have Eddie voiced by Tom Hardy and acknowledge his previous appearance.

Plus, it could also be a way of branching out into new territory for Venom. If the writers want to stick down the ‘alternate versions of a character’ route, there’s always the recent Venomverse storyline to adapt. That way, we could see a variety of heroes and villains get their own symbiotes! Picture Miles Morales trying to explain to Eddie Brock that his Venom Blast doesn’t have that name because of the Symbiote? Phil Lord and Christopher Miller could easily turn that into a hilarious exchange between the hero and the anti-hero. You know it makes sense, Sony.


Morlun and the Inheritors

For a film with ‘Spider-Verse’ in the title, it seems to remarkably miss a key element of the original storyline of the same name. Back in 2014, the huge event spanned most of the Spider-Man related titles, and brought a multiversal threat to anyone who could spin a web. Morlun and his family, the Inheritors were seeking out anyone with Spider powers, also known as Spider-Totems. They kill any Totem they find to absorb their life force as food. Couldn’t they just eat normal food like the rest of us?

Miles Morales and Peter Parker recruit alternate versions of Ben Reilly, Jessica Drew and even Uncle Ben to fight against the family of energy vampires that threaten the entire Spider-Verse. Considering Into the Spider-Verse has just introduced wider audiences to parallel universes and alternative versions of popular characters, a sequel could take that idea and run wild. The original Spider-Verse storyline would be a great way to do so.


Even Weirder Spider-Heroes

So, you thought Spider-Ham was weird? Well, do we have some stranger heroes for you. If the Spider-Verse sequel is going to double down on the alternative takes on Spider-Man, then it really needs to prove that it can go weirder. Ever heard of Golden Oldie? It’s a version of Aunt May who became the Herald of Galactus on her Earth. No, that’s not a joke. That’s an actual thing that happened in comics. But seriously, there are literally hundreds of different Spider-Men and Women waiting to be brought onto the big screen.

We all know that movies like to use montages to speed a story along. If Miles and Peter need to recruit other Spider-Heroes and go dimension hopping, it would be a great way to showcase some of the weird and wonderful characters populating the multiverse. How about Earth-311, where Peter Parquagh happens to live in the year 1602, in London? Again, not a joke. There’s Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O’Hara – who has one of the most impressive Spider-Man designs ever. Or perhaps Ben Reilly with his hooded costume and his clone backstory!

However Sony decides to move forward with the Spider-Verse franchise, they have an entire multiverse to explore.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14.

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Miles Morales and the Spider-Verse Heroes Explained

In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, we meet Miles Morales — he’s Spider-Man, but in another dimension. When the Kingpin uses a Hadron collider to break down the walls between dimensions, he causes Peter Parker’s Spidey to be sucked into Miles’ dimension. And Peter’s not the only one. There’s Peni Parker from the Japan of Earth 14512. Spider-Man Noir comes from a dark, alternate version of the 1930’s on Earth 90214. Finally there’s Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Woman from Earth 65.

As fun as it is to see all these Spider-People come spilling into this dimension and it seems like these incursions are ripping the universe apart. So Miles Morales and the rest of the Spider-Verse heroes have to figure out how to save their worlds and get back home before it’s too late.

Now, thanks to General Mills, Spider-Man has landed in the future with interactive themed decals. Inside select boxes of General Mills cereals, you can find collectible decals that you can bring to life on your phone.

Together, your whole family can enjoy the web-slinging family seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coming to theaters on December 14th, 2018!

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How Miles Morales and the Spider-Verse Heroes Got Their Powers

Spider-Man, Spider-Ham, Spider-People. Sony’s brand new animated adventure, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, brings us a whole roster of Spider-Heroes that are getting their big screen debut. In each universe there’s a different version of the Spider-Man we all know, and this movie throws them all together. Expect crazy costumes, unique origin stories and a quest to save every single reality in the Spider-Verse. But who are these new Spider-Heroes and how did they get their powers?

Peter Parker

Let’s get the obvious hero out of the way, Peter Parker. Everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. If after three different live action franchises, several animated TV shows and thousands of comics, you don’t know his origin, it’s quite simple. He was bitten by a radioactive Spider and has the ability to climb walls, sense danger and also has super strength. Jake Johnson voices an older Peter in the movie who’s been Spidey for quite some time.

Miles Morales

Voiced by Shameik Moore in the movie, Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate Comics Universe. He’s bitten by a spider engineered with Peter’s blood after his death. The spider had crawled out of a bag carried by Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis, when he visits Miles at his family’s apartment. Aaron Davis is also known as The Prowler, and had actually broken into Oscorp when the Spider crawled into his bag. Is it a coincidence The Prowler has a role in the movie? Definitely not.

In the comics, Miles originally wore a red and blue Spider-Suit like Peter’s, before being told it was in poor taste. Nick Fury gifts the young hero a black and red suit, cementing his role as the new Spider-Man.


What if Peter Parker never became a hero, and the radioactive spider bit someone else in his class? Say hello to Spider-Gwen. That’s right, in an alternate universe Gwen Stacy becomes the wall crawler, and she’s known as Spider-Woman or Ghost Spider.

On Earth-65, Peter Parker wanted revenge against his high school bullies, and experimented on himself to become The Lizard. His fight with Spider-Gwen ultimately led to his death because of the toxic chemicals in his body. Talk about re-spinning the story…

Spider-Man Noir

Peter Parker is a light-hearted hero considering every tragic thing that’s happened to him. In the Marvel Noir universe, Spidey exists during the Great Depression in 1933, except he’s not that fun. When Peter begins working with Ben Urich at the Daily Bugle, he scopes out a shipment of stolen antiques. One of the antiques smashes, releasing a horde of spiders. When Pete’s bitten, he dreams of a Spider-God and later awakens with super powers.

After the deaths of both Uncle Ben and Ben Urich, Peter vows end organized crime in his city, and dons a black costume like every dark brooding vigilante. Lighten up Pete, it’s not all bad – you’re voiced by Nicholas Cage!

Peni Parker + SP//Dr

Are you a fan of huge fighting robots? Peni Parker might just be your new favorite hero. She’s a Japanese-American student adopted by Aunt May and Uncle Ben after her parents died. She’s inducted into a program where she pilots the SP//Dr robot by using a mental link with a radioactive spider. She fights huge monsters and also another robot called VEN#M. It’s like Pacific Rim meets Spider-Man, and we love it.


There’s no easy way to say it, the original Peter Porker used to be a spider before he was bitten by a radioactive pig, May Porker. He then became a pig with Spider-Powers, because that’s just how the Marvel Universe works. There’s no way of taking him seriously, and this is probably one of the silliest characters Marvel has ever produced. Even Howard the Duck has credibility!

His universe is full of other animal alternate heroes, like Captain Americat, Goose Rider and Black Panda. Luckily, John Mulaney will be playing Spider-Ham as silly as possible. Talk about saving your bacon.

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These Are Some of the Most Beloved Heroes and Villains You’d Never Know Without Stan Lee

In the wake of reports that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, fans are mourning the loss of the legendary Marvel Comics creator.

Lee, who made cameos in a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, is credited with creating some of the most popular comic book superheroes and villains of all time, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.

“I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. … I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”

The true origin stories of some superheroes aren’t always clear. But without Stan Lee, the world of heroes and villains would be a lot smaller.

Here are some of the most beloved heroes and villains you’d never know if it wasn’t for Stan Lee.

Heroes created by Stan Lee

• Ant-Man
• Ancient One
• Avengers
• Beast
• Black Panther
• Black Widow
• Captain Marvel
• Cyclops
• Daredevil
• Doctor Strange
• Fantastic Four
• Groot
• Hawkeye
• Hulk
• Human Torch
• Iceman
• Invisible Woman
• Iron Man
• Jean Grey
• Mister Fantastic
• Nick Fury
• Professor X
• Quicksilver
• Scarlet Witch
• Spider-Man
• Thing
• Thor
• Wasp
• X-Men

Villains created by Stan Lee

• Doctor Doom
• Doctor Octopus
• Green Goblin
• Kaecilius
• Kingpin
• Loki
• Magneto
• Sandman
• Vulture
• Whiplash

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