Spider-Man is one of the most iconic, popular and commercially successful superheroes of all time. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, he first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 in August 1962. Since then the character has appeared in several comic book series, movies, television shows and video game adaptations set in the Marvel Universe.
Spider-Man is the superhero identity of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents were killed in a plane crash. After being bitten by a radioactive spider Peter acquires spider related abilities which include: clinging to surfaces, shooting spider-webs from wrist-mounted devices and detecting danger with his spider-sense.
Through the years the Peter Parker character has evolved from a shy high school student to a troubled but outgoing college student to a married high school teacher, and a single freelance photographer. In the last decade, our friendly neighbourhood Web-Slinger joined the Avengers, Marvel’s flagship superhero team.
As we wait to see what the future holds for Spider-Man some fans have been tossing around the idea of a Spider-Verse existing within the MCU.
The idea of the Wall-Crawler existing in more than one universe isn’t a new concept. In the comic books, Ultimate Spider-Man follows the adventures of a teenaged Peter Parker in an alternate universe, while Ultimate Comics Spider-Man sees teenager Miles Morales take up the mantle of Spider-Man after Ultimate Peter Parker’s supposed death. And let’s not forget The Amazing Spider-Man which is the mainstream continuity of the Spider-Man comic book series.
With the recent introduction of the multiverse and the success of the animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (which featured multiple versions of the character) Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be the perfect opportunity to bring the different Spider-Man characters together in one movie.
In a recent press tour interview for Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland gave his thoughts on sharing the MCU’s multiverse with former actors, Maguire and Garfield reprising their roles.
“It would be amazing. It would be really, really cool, and it’s something that the fans really want. So whether Marvel and Sony decided to do that, it’s up to them. It’s not up to me. I can’t walk in like, ‘Kevin [Feige], this is what we’re doing on the next one!’ But it would be really awesome.”
Unfortunately, this Spidey-filled collaboration will probably just remain a pipe dream (especially since Marvel already has a five-year plan in place for the next phase of movies).
But don’t fret, the good old internet is here to breathe life into all your Spider-Verse fantasies.
Not long after Tom Holland expressed his enthusiasm at the idea, a fan-made trailer emerged which brings all three classic live-action web slingers together in one movie, called Spider-Man: Into the Multiverse. Enjoy!