Everything You Need To Know About The New Spider-People Of 'Across the Spider-Verse'

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was absolutely chock full of great Easter eggs for Spider-Man fans, and its sequel seems to be taking a page out of the same book. If anything, there are actually way more Easter eggs in the new movie with the introduction of the Spider-Society.

The Spider-Society is a collection of spider people from across the universe run by Spider-Man 2099 and includes a lot of fun cameos. Fans even got a look at some of their favorite Spider-Men, like Josh Keaton's incarnation from Spectacular Spider-Man. There was even a surprising live-action cameo that we certainly don't want to spoil here.

With so many new spider-people, that means even more backstories to learn than Into the Spider-Verse had. So let's take a look at some of the new characters that play an essential role in the sequel. Be sure to vote up your favorite ones!

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    99 VOTES

    Spider-Punk (Hobie Brown)

    Hobie Brown, AKA Spider-Punk - a name he hates, by the way - lives in a universe where corporations are corrupt, governments are authoritarian and fascist, and consumerism has run rampant. Can you even imagine? 

    The Marvel Comics Hobie refuses to give in and instead emulates his rock idol, Gwen Stacy, by playing music to combat the establishment. Hobie gains spider powers when a radioactive spider, resulting from illegal dumping, bites him while he's squatting in a building. Now with superpowers, Hobie fights President Norman Osborn and the Thunderbolts using his super strength, spiked mask, and guitars.

    99 votes
  • 2
    54 VOTES

    Insomniac Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

    This version of Spider-Man is the same Peter Parker that fans are familiar with from Insomniac's Spider-Man games. He is still voiced by Yuri Lowenthal in the film, where he has one single line. Talk about some nice corporate synergy between Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation.

    The brief cameo by Lowenthal isn't the only time fans get a glimpse of the Insomniac Spider-Man universe, either. Earlier in the film, Miles's roommate at school, Ganke, is playing Marvel's Spider-Man 2 with some then-unreleased gameplay visible on his computer monitor.

    54 votes
  • 3
    72 VOTES

    Spider-Man (Pavitr Prabhakar)

    Pavitr Prabhakar is yet another version of Spider-Man from an alternate universe. He protects the city of Mumbattan and has only had spider-powers for six months by the time we catch up to him in Across the Spider-Verse. In that way, he differs from the Pavitr of Marvel Comics.

    The comic book version is the chosen hero of Master Weaver, who tells Pavitr of his powers and helps him transform into Spider-Man. Pavitr's life has many similarities to that of Peter Parker. For instance, he is inspired by his Uncle Bhim's advice that with great power comes great responsibility, and he even has a school bully named Flash Thompson. These similarities are played on in Across the Spider-Verse as examples of life moments - or ‘canon events’ - that are true for all spider-people.

    72 votes
  • 4
    60 VOTES

    Lego Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

    The Lego version of Peter Parker in Across the Spider-Verse may be one of the most exciting cameos, not because of the character but the background behind the scene. From what little is seen of this Spider-Man's life, he is a typical version of Peter Parker. He works at the Daily Bugle and is secretly Spider-Man.

    The interesting part of this cameo is that the entire scene was done by 14-year-old YouTuber LegoMe_TheOG, who made waves with his impressive Lego recreations of the Spider-Verse trailers. The YouTuber, whose real name is Preston Mutanga, was chosen by Lord and Miller over the team they worked with on the actual Lego movie, showing just how much the young fan had impressed them.

    60 votes
  • Ben Reilly has one of the more complicated backstories of any mainstream comic hero. Sure, he's no Scarlet Witch when it comes to retcons and complications, but he really isn't too far off. Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker made by the villain Jackal who was obsessed with Gwen Stacy and wanted to punish Peter for accidentally causing her demise. Reilly - convinced he was the real person and not a clone - was pitted against Peter by Jackal.

    To differentiate himself from the real Peter Parker, Reilly eventually adopts the name Scarlet Spider. For a short time, Marvel declared Reilly was the true Peter, and the one readers had been following for years was the clone. This was so hated by fans that Reilly was killed off and turned to dust so the original Spider-Man could return. The grimdark nature of Reilly's backstory is lampooned rather hilariously in the new Spider-Verse movie, which rubbed some Scarlet Spider fans the wrong way.

    53 votes
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    86 VOTES

    Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara)

    First introduced in 1992, Miguel O'Hara was a scientist in the far-flung year of 2099, working for Alchemax. O'Hara was stationed in a branch dedicated to genetically enhancing animals inspired by Peter Parker and the spider that bit him. When Miguel tried to quit Alchemax, he was poisoned by his boss with an addictive substance the company made called Rapture. Since Alchemax manufactured Rapture, Miguel would be forced to stay if he wanted any.

    In an attempt to cure himself, Miguel accidentally gives himself spider powers, which differ slightly from Peter Parker's. For one, Miguel's webbing is organic and comes from his arms instead of web shooters. Another big difference is that Miguel has retractable claws and fangs that can dispense a paralytic substance.

    86 votes