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Return of the Spider-Men!

April 26th, 2012 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

With the crossover between Marvel and Ultimate universes approaching, and the reboot of the Spider-Man movie nearly upon us, Following The Nerd thought that this would be as good a time as any to take a look back at some of the other people who’ve worn that mask/name:

Miles Morales – A teenager of African American and Latino descent, Miles is the second Spider-Man in the Ultimate Marvel continuity.

Venom – ok so he may not have ever been Spider-Man, per se, but he wears the costume that Peter Parker brought back from the Secret Wars and was Norman Osbourne’s ‘official’ Spider-Man in the Dark Avengers team.  Plus, it’s Venom and Venom is cool!

Ben Reilly – depending on your viewpoint Ben Reilly is either a clone of Peter Parker, the original Peter Parker renamed (while the Peter Parker we know is actually the clone), or a story best forgotten.  However Ben Reilly gaves us the Scarlet Spider and was THE Spider-Man for a time too, so deserves a place on the list.

Peter Parker (MC2 Universe) – this is, for all intents and purposes, our Peter Parker / Spider-Man, just a little older, a little wiser, and less one leg (long story, go read the AMAZING Spider-Girl series to find out more).  While he wasn’t the lead character in Tom DeFalco’s Spider-Girl series he was, obviously, the reason Spider-Girl existed and portrayed a very interesting viewpoint on how being Spider-Man would change over time.

Spider-Man 2099 – back before there was an Ultimate Universe, or a MC2 Universe, there was the Marvel 2099 Universe that looked at what the ‘real’ Marvel universe could potentially look like in the year 2099.  Miguel o’Hara was the man behind the mask so, weirdly enough, Miles Morales isn’t the first minority Spider-Man, and he isn’t the first minority Spider-Man from another ‘universe’ to meet the real Spider-Man either!

Spider-Ham – all I can say about this is that if you haven’t read any Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham stories then you are REALLY missing out! 🙂

During Identity Crisis, Spider-Man was framed by Norman Osborn and the Trapster for murder of a small-time crook, leaving Spider-Man with a five-million-dollar reward on his head.  Unable to go out on patrols without the police or even normal people attempting to shoot/capture him, Peter Parker adopted four other costumes with different crime-fighting personae:

Ricochet an athletic character with wuper strength and remarkable agility, as well as flying disc-like weapons which he wore on his sleeves.

Hornet uses a specially designed jet-pack which allowed Parker to fly, and the Scarlet Spider’s old sedative stingers, coupled with Spider-Man’s strength.

Prodigy used superhuman strength and speed, was able to leap from rooftop to rooftop, and used a bulletproof vest to appear even stronger.

Dusk was a dark, mysterious individual, using a costume from another dimension (the Negative Zone) to blend in and out of shadows, as well as to glide; also used Spider-Man’s superhuman strength and spider-sense.

So, there you have it – apart from ‘our’ Spider-Man we have ten other costumed identities with links to, or inspiration from, Peter Parker himself.  That only leaves one question … who is YOUR favourite?

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