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Meet the 6 alternate Spider-Man characters featuring in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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All you Spider-Man fans are no doubt looking forward to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse when it swings into Cineworld on 12th December.

It's not only a stylish and slick animation combining 2D and 3D elements to create a visually stunning comic-book aesthetic, but it also comes from the mind of Phil Lord. He's one of the comedic geniuses behind The LEGO Movie, and the new Spidey movie promises to burst with exhilarating action from our favourite web-head – or web-heads, to be more precise.

What do we mean by that? Well, in addition to being a gorgeous-looking adventure, the movie won't just feature one Spider-Man. In fact, a whole bunch of different incarnations of the wall-crawler collide from across the various Spider-Man comic book universes. Yes there's more than one. 

Here are the six Spider-People swinging into action in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse...

1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man

He might not be the one and only Spider-Man, but Peter Parker's certainly the original and the most well-known character to don the iconic red and blue costume.

We all know Peter's story: the awkward high-school teenager with a love for science who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and transforms into New York's friendly neighbourhood saviour. He's been propelled through three Tobey Maguire movies and two Andrew Garfield ones, and Tom Holland now embodies the character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (He returns for his next solo adventure in July 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.)

However, the Peter who features in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn't the one you know. He is in fact a lot older (40 to be precise) and "not sure he wants to be Spider-Man anymore" – as stated by voice actor Jake Johnson (New Girl) at San Diego Comic Con. If you think you know everything about Spider-Man, you haven't seen him like this before.




2. Miles Morales/Ultimate Spider-Man

Mixed race character Miles Morales (voiced by The Get Down's Shameik Moore) is one of the latest additions to the Spider-Man canon after making his first appearance in 2011's Ultimate Fallout #4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is his eagerly anticipated big screen debut.

As per the comics, when Miles' uncle (known as the villainous Prowler within this particular Spider-Man universe) breaks into Oscorp, a radioactive spider stows away in his bag. This results in Brooklyn teenager Miles being bitten by the radioactive arachnid, developing incredible spider-powers as a result.

Miles is initially reluctant to become a superhero since the Peter Parker of his universe still acts as Spider-Man. Still with us? It isn't until Parker is tragically killed that Miles finally steps up to become the hero he was meant to be. That's because Miles is then trained by a retired Peter Parker from another dimension to become Spider-Man, and judging from the trailer, Into the Spider-Verse is borrowing aspects of this for the big screen adaptation. 


3. Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman

Outside the comics, you might know Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld) best as Peter Parker's love interest from the two Amazing Spider-Man movies – albeit one he wasn't able to save during the devastating climax of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

However, in another universe, Stacy found herself bitten by the superhero bug (literally) and she becomes Spider-Woman (also affectionately referred to as Spider-Gwen). First appearing in 2014's Edge of Spider-Verse comic book series, Spider-Woman's story plays out along similar lines to Peter's, even culminating with the mugging of his uncle Ben Parker (resulting in his death in the Maguire and Garfield movies, although this isn't depicted in Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Unlike in other iterations of Peter's story where Uncle Ben dies, this time he thwarts his attacker. And, in a final twist of fate, it's Peter who tragically meets his demise, transforming into the villainous Lizard before being killed by Gwen. In turn, this inspires Spider-Woman to greater acts of heroism and selflessness.

She also plays drums in punk band The Mary Janes, acquires her costume and web shooters from Janet van Dyne (an alternate Janet van Dyne to the one played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man and the Wasp), and even gets an inter-dimensional device that lets her travel to different realities.




4. Spider-Man Noir

Perhaps one of the most unique iterations of the hero, Spider-Man Noir (voiced by Nicolas Cage) first appeared in a self-contained miniseries in 2009 as a grittier take on Parker's story.

It takes place in 1930s New York against a backdrop of gangsters during The Great Depression. More vigilante than superhero, this Peter Parker was bitten by a venomous spider while investigating the smuggling of ancient statues, using his newfound abilities to avenge the murders of his uncle and mentor.

We also have to acknowledge his slick all-black suit compete with fedora and trench coat – this Spider-Man's clearly got style.


5. Peni Parker aka SP//dr

At just 14 years old, Peni Parker (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) is the youngest Spider-Person to join the team of heroes in Into the Spider-Verse.

First appearing in the same comic book series as Spider-Gwen, Peni has teamed up with other comic-book characters like Daredevil and other Spider-People to defeat many intimidating foes.

Moreover, this anime-inspired hero is the only one not to have any actual spider-powers of her own. Instead, her abilities come from a robotic suit know as SP//dr, which was created by her father. After his death, Peni chose to take up his mantle by allowing herself to be bitten by the radioactive spider that powers the suit's CPU, creating a psychic connection that allows her to pilot it.


6. Peter Porker/Spider-Ham

First appearing in 1983's Marvel Tails, Spider-Ham (voiced by John Mulaney) was originally intended as a parody character in a series featuring other anthropomorphic heroes with other brilliantly bad pun-based names. These included Captain Americat, Ducktor Doom and Iron Mouse.

Rather than being bitten by a radioactive spider, Porker was in fact a spider who was bitten by a radioactive pig (yes, really). Since his first appearance, however, Spider-Ham has since become a fan-favourite and has made many guest appearances in various story arcs, teaming up with many of our favourite heroes and has regularly helped out young Peni Parker, too.



Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is released on 12th December. Which of these characters is destined to become your favourite alternate Spidey? Let us know @Cineworld.

Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.