Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did Spider-Verse really have every Spider-Man in it? Who was the Red Hood during Dan Slott and Ty Templeton’s Batman Adventures? And did SHIELD and Hydra end up fighting against each other in a comic that originally didn’t feature either?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Spider-Verse had every Spider-Man ever in it.
In 2014-15, Marvel had a fun crossover spearheaded by Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott called Spider-Verse, which pit the Spider-themed heroes from throughout the Marvel Multiverse against the evil Morlun and his family, the Inheritors. It was a blast of a storyline…
And it served to introduce some brand-new Spider-themed characters from alternate realities, like the surprise smash success, Spider-Gwen…
I dug Spider-Verse a lot, so I’m certainly not trying to knock it at all. However, when the event was first promoted, it was said “Every Spider-Man Ever.”
Even in an interview with CBR’s own Albert Ching, Slott described the story thusly:
“This is every Spider-Man ever teaming up, or fighting each other,” Slott said, adding later that readers will definitely see some “spider-fights.” “Some won’t get along. It’s a Spider-Man story on a scale we have never seen before. Epic in its scope.”
“Olivier Coipel is chained to a table drawing as we speak,” Lowe said. “You can tell we’re serious about it, because he’s already working on it. It is incredible. It’s huge and mind-boggling.”
“The thing is, every Spider-Man ever wasn’t enough,” Slott added. “We’re bringing in even more. New ones that you’ve never seen before.”
And Slott really, really did his best to make that true. We even got Hostess Spider-Man by Slott and Ty Templeton (more from these guys later)!
But due to legal restrictions, Dan Slott eventually noted that there were at least eight Spider-Men who could not appear in the crossover, including Nicholas Hammond’s Spider-Man from the 1970s TV series…
The CGI Spider-Man from the MTV series…
Plus both movie Spider-Men at the time, Tobey Maguire…
and Andrew Garfield…
However, in Spiderverse #2, a tie-in to the storyline, they at least fit in a reference to Maguire and Garfield…
But yeah, not every Spider-Man ever! Still a very cool story, though! Thanks to CBR’s own Rob Levin for suggesting that I feature this one!
What other Spider-Men did you see missing in the story?
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On the next page, more Dan Slott/Ty Templeton goodness! Who was the Red Hood during their Batman Adventures run?
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