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Top 10 Alternate Reality Versions of Spider-Man

VO: AS WRITTEN BY: Thomas O'Connor
Written by Thomas O'Connor The Marvel Multiverse is a place of infinite possibilities, and but let’s be honest, we just want more Spider-Man. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Alternate Reality Versions of Spider-Man. For this list, we’re looking at our favorite alternate versions of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, whether they be Peter Parkers from alternate dimensions, or other characters who have taken up the mantle of Spider-Man in their respective Universe. Have an idea you want to see made into a WatchMojo video? Check out our suggest page at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and submit your idea.
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The Marvel Multiverse is a place of infinite possibilities, and but let’s be honest, we just want more Spider-Man. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Alternate Reality Versions of Spider-Man.

For this list, we’re looking at our favorite alternate versions of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, whether they be Peter Parkers from alternate dimensions, or other characters who have taken up the mantle of Spider-Man in their respective Universe.

#10: Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham


You may think that this porcine powerhouse is an ordinary pig with the proportionate strength and speed of a spider, but you’d be wrong. This web-slinger actually began as an arachnid, specifically one from a universe populated by animal people. After being bitten by May Porker, a pig inventor irradiated and driven into a frenzy by an atomic hair dryer, his body transformed into that of a pig while retaining his natural arachnid abilities, resulting in “something greater than either spider or pig”. Naturally, he set out to use his newfound power to fight for truth and justice, and rampant animal puns.

#9: The Spider


In 2003 Marvel published “Marvel 1602”, a miniseries set in an alternate timeline which the Marvel heroes were born in the Elizabethan Era. In this timeline, “Peter Parquagh” is the apprentice of Sir Nicholas Fury, her majesty’s top spy. After several adventures, he finally gained spider-powers and became the masked crimefighter he was always meant to be, a career that brought him up against similarly oldy-timey versions of The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and The Lizard, all while rocking a period-appropriate spidey suit complete with ruffled collar. Sadly, his adventures came to an end when he was cut down by the evil dimension-hopping vampire Morlun.

#8: Fantastic Four Spider-Man


In yet another alternate timeline, this one the focus of the very first of Marvel’s “What If?” comics, a cash-strapped Spidey joins the Fantastic Four, who promptly rename themselves the Fantastic Five. At first, this seems like a great arrangement for all involved, with Spidey getting not only a steady paycheck but a much better public image. But it doesn’t take long for disaster to strike, as was almost always the case for “What If?” stories. Spidey’s presence disrupts the team dynamic, and The Invisible Woman finds herself more and more ostracized from the team, eventually leaving it for good.

#7: Spider-Man Noir


As far as superheroes go, Spidey is pretty firmly on the bright and colorful side of things, a far cry from heroes who prefer to play in the “gritty, dark and broody” sandbox. But not so for this alternate-reality web-slinger, who hails from a version of the Marvel universe modeled after the black and white crime-ridden landscape of film noir. This world’s Spidey wears an all-black outfit made from his departed Uncle Ben’s World War 1 uniform, and rather than leave bad guys tied up for the cops, he prefers to just shoot them and be done with it. Harsh, but thematically appropriate.

#6: Spider-Boy


Despite their vicious competition for the hearts, minds, and wallets of comics fans everywhere, Marvel and DC have gotten along on occasion and sometimes have even collaborated. On one such occasion, the result was Amalgam Comics, a comics label owned by both companies and populated by mashups of each company’s characters. Of the many odd characters to inhabit this universe, this amalgamation of Spider-Man and Superboy frankly is definitely one of the weirdest. A genetic clone with a web-gun and the power to manipulate gravity, he’s the mashup few wanted and fewer liked. Like most of the Amalgam Universe, we should probably forget he ever existed.

#5: William Braddock AKA Spider-UK


Spider-Man isn’t the only hero to team up with his trans-dimensional counterpart. The UK-based superhero Captain Britain has teamed up with his counterparts to form the Captain Britain Corps, a group dedicated to protecting the multiverse. One of his many alternate versions also plays for Team Spider-Man, and that’s this Union-Jack-wearing Spider. After leaving the Captain Britain Corps to protect his fellow Spiders, he led the Spider Army in their fight against the sinister Inheritors. Following the Inheritors’ defeat, he went on to form the Warriors of the Great Web, a group that protects those worlds that have lost their Spider-Man.

#4: Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker)


Alternate timelines seem to be the running theme here, and we’ve got another one for you. In the timeline of Marvel’s MC2 series, the heroes of the Marvel Universe have all already grown old and passed on their respective mantles to the next generation. For Spider-Man, this wasn’t entirely a choice, as he lost one of his legs during a pitched battle with the Green Goblin. But thankfully for Peter, and the rest of New York, his daughter May, nicknamed Mayday, took up his mantle with gusto. Mayday has all the powers of her dear old dad, and she’s continued to fight the good fight even after the MC2 series was ended.

#3: Spider-Woman AKA Spider-Gwen


This relatively recent addition to the Spider-Man universe has quickly become a fan-favorite, skyrocketing in popularity since her first appearance in the “Spider-Verse” storyline. In her universe, Gwen Stacy was bitten by that fateful radioactive spider rather than Peter Parker. Obviously, this sent her down a much different path than her mainstream counterpart, one with significantly more crime fighting and significantly less dying. Like Peter, she struggles to balance her two lives, with the added pressure of sharing a house with an NYPD captain determined to put her behind bars. But also like Peter, she has a knack for taking what life throws at her in stride.

#2: Spider-Man 2099


In the far-flung future of 2099, the age of superheroes has long since passed and massive corporate conglomerates control the world. But when a brilliant geneticist working for the Alchemax corporation is granted spider-powers in a failed attempt on his life, this dark future gains a familiar-looking red and blue hero. Undoubtedly the most popular and enduring character to emerge from Marvel’s 2099 series, this sci-fi influenced webhead has had numerous team-ups with his contemporary counterpart and even recently had an extended stay in the present. And who can blame him: the year 2099 sounds kinda depressing. We’ll stick with 2211 - at least that era’s Spidey gets awesome robot arms.

#1: Miles Morales


After the smash success of the Spider-Man and X-Men movies, a comics universe populated by newly updated versions of those characters was created in order to draw in new readers. For years, the Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker fought the forces of evil before perishing in battle. Thankfully, this young hero was ready to take his place, having gained similar spider-powers himself. But when the Ultimate Universe was destroyed and its comic line discontinued, he was spared the fate of so many of his peers when he was transplanted to the primary Marvel Universe. The Ultimate Universe itself may not exist anymore, but this breakout character endures.
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