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'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' Fan Theories That Are Actually Plausible

January 7, 2021 196 votes 41 voters 3.9k views10 items

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into theaters in 2018, and it quickly solidified its place as one of the best Spider-Man films ever made. The beautiful animation, brilliant voice-acting, and enticing story drew viewers in to watch the film over and over again. It's no wonder that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse holds the highest rating of any Spider-Man film on Rotten Tomatoes with a 97%.

Like any Marvel property, the fans tend to come out of the woodwork to find details others might miss. When that happens, they often come up with compelling fan theories, and some of them are pretty plausible. This list highlights the best fan theories all about Into the Spider-Verse, so take a look, and if you find one you like, be sure to give it an upvote!

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    The Spider-Man Played By Jake Johnson Is An Older Version Of Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man

    Photo: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse / Columbia Pictures

    From Redditor u/Shadow55512:

    In the new trailer for Into the Spiderverse, the opening shots show the Spider-Man played by Jake Johnson (the one coaching Miles Morales) recreating lots of scenes from the original Raimi trilogy.

    I figured this was just fan service at first but what if he's meant to be Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man? He looks like an adult as opposed to a college student like Tobey was which makes sense since this movie releases eleven years after Spider-Man 3, which would place this Peter Parker at about 31-33 years of age.

    Exactly how old this character appears to be. Let me know what you guys think. Maybe this is obviously what they're doing and it just went over my head, but if this is correct, it's gonna be awesome to see what other adventures that iteration of Spider-Man had.

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    The Spider That Bites Miles Is From Our Universe

    Photo: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse / Columbia Pictures

    From Redditor u/SchneiderWebb:

    So I just rewatched Spider-Verse, and something that bothered me after my first watch was that it wasn't clear where the spider that bit Miles came from. It was clear that it came through the Collider and back in time, but we never hear anything about the universe (42) that it came from.

    All the other universes sent Spider-people, but universe 42 just sent the spider. So that means that the radioactive spider hadn't actually bitten anyone yet in universe 42. And since Miles swatted it, that universe just doesn't have a Spider-Man. My theory is that we live in universe 42 and that's the reason Spider-Man doesn't exist here.

    Thanks a lot, Kingpin.

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    Aunt May Is A Technological And Scientific Genius

    Photo: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse / Columbia Pictures

    From Redditor u/IrishTuber:

    The Aunt May we see in this movie is a genius and she made or helped make all of her Spider Man's gadgets and tech.

    This would explain why this universe's Spider-Man has a spider cave and why she has access to it. At the end of the movie, we know she's capable of making web-shooters. She recognized the original goober instantly.

    But where did she get this knowledge? She was most likely a research partner with Dr. Olivia Octavius. Dr. Octavius says her friends call her "Liv" and that's what Aunt May calls her upon seeing her. Both also immediately recognize Peter B. Parker as being from another dimension, due to the nature of their research: Quantum and Multi-verse theory.

    So why'd she give up such a promising career? To become a full-time mother figure for a newly orphaned Peter Parker.

    Whether this is true or not, this version of Aunt May is definitely my favorite.

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    The Adult Spider-Man Is From The Canceled 2003 Series

    Photo: Spider-Man: The New Animated Series / MTV

    From Redditor u/Dalcor117:

    As we can see in the film, the characters that come from another universe still retain their graphic style. For example, Penni Parker comes from an anime universe, and she retains her anime visual appearance despite being in a 3D universe... Spider-Ham is the same.

    Adult Spider-Man has a 3D look, therefore he comes from a universe that is also 3D. Let's remember the 2003 series. Despite being very good it was canceled with only 13 episodes. The story of Peter Parker was not told - we could only see the typical, [he] is a teenager who likes photography, is in love with Mary Jane and his parents died.

    But also he looks a lot like the adult Spider-Man from Spider-Verse. The age agrees since in 2003 he was a teenager, and in 2018 he would be an adult, also let's not forget that the 2003 series was made in 3D.

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