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40 Alternate Spider-Man Costumes, Ranked

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It's easy to lose track of just how many alternate versions of Spider-Man there are swinging around Marvel's multiverse, but we've rounded up as many as we can of to see how their costumes stack up against one another. Though the release of the animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, has pushed the concept of a web of Peter Parker alternatives into mainstream movie-going consciousness, it's one that's been played with in Marvel Comics continuity for a long time. Web Man, for instance -- who will appear somewhere on this list -- was introduced in the late '70s. This little known clone was an attempt by Doctor Doom to create an evil wall-crawler to eliminate his heroic genetic template.

Earth-616, the prime Marvel universe, has since become no stranger to rogue Spidey clones, with some of the more successful ones taking up Spider-themed identities of their own. Others on this list hail from one of countless parallel realities where life turned out very different for Peter Parker. Some ground rules before we get started: we'll only be including alternate reality Spider-Man variants or Peter Parker duplicates, so don't expect to see characters like Spider-Woman or Silk on here. We're also disqualifying any costumes that are exact or near-exact replicas of the original like some of the animated and live-action movie versions, as well as animal variants like Spider-Monkey and Spider-Ham that merely change the shape of the suit because of their non-human bodies. Qualifying suits will be ranked according to visual appeal, gadgetry and popularity. Okay, ready? Let's do this!

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40 TURKISH SPIDER-MAN

Turkish Spider-Man

Bringing up the rear is Turkey's laughable take on Marvel's webslinger. 1973's 3 Dev Adam, or 3 Giant Men, featured Captain America and a character called El Santo battling Spider-Man, portrayed here as a murderous crime boss in the Turkish underworld.

Despite appearing in his original suit on the movie's poster, in the film, the inexplicably villainous Spidey's actor has to make do with the worst looking cosplay ever. Even if they had to change the design for copyright reasons, it's unforgivably shoddy work.

39 WEB MAN

Web Man

Web Man. It's a name that sounds like it was hastily crossed off of Stan Lee's first draft when he was cycling through potential monikers for his most famous creation. Actually, we have Doctor Doom to blame for it entering official Marvel canon.

Doom created Web Man in 1977's Spidey Super Stories #25 to be "the opposite of Spider-Man." All of the wall crawler's powers with none of the pesky moral fortitude. This was reflected in the swapping of the red and blue on his costume, like DC's Reverse Flash. It makes sense, but it's still very silly.

38 POWERLESS PETER

Powerless Peter

This de-powered version of Peter Parker appeared in the mid-'00s Powerless miniseries. In this universe, the spider bite that should have given him arachnoid-themed abilities just gave him a shrivelled arm and clinical depression in the wake of his uncle's demise.

This doesn't stop Peter from eventually taking on an alter ego: The Spider, harnessing the power of the World Wide Web against Normal Osborn. As such, his "costume" is just his normal clothes. A good disguise, but intentionally pretty boring.

37 SPIDER-X/MAN-SPIDER

Man-Spider

These two are to Spider-Man what Stan Lee's Just Imagine... was to Batman, physically manifesting the animal side of an animal-themed superhero. Spider-X was born when a Spidey superfan made a pact with a demon for similar powers as his idol.

Man-Spider (pictured) is usually Peter Parker, though his various multiverse equivalents and relatives have also been afflicted with this monstrous mutation. Sometimes he goes full spider, other times only certain body parts are effected. Either way, it's a creepily literal interpretation.

36 SPIDER-BOY

Spider-Boy

Marvel and DC's Amalgam Universe merged two of the company's teen heroes -- Spider-Man and Superboy -- to become Spider-Boy, real name alias: Pete Ross. His powers are based on gravity manipulation rather than Kryptonian physiology or radioactive spider bites.

Spider-Boy is another unfortunate victim of '90s superhero comics' fashion. The suit itself is perfectly fine, but... the leg straps? The pouches? The leather jacket? It's so much and so very unnecessary. Then again, he did make it himself, so what do you expect from the "Outrageous Spider-Boy?"

35 THE AMAZING SPIDER

The Amazing Spider

This alter ego was the first one assumed by Earth-11638's Peter Parker, a world in which his uncle continued to live and became his nephew's superhero mentor. (Perhaps that explains the cheesy name choice.) This Peter wasn't his usual cash-strapped self, either.

After amassing a fortune through his technology company, the Amazing Spider decided to start amassing spider powers from around the multiverse, too. Worst of all, he did it all in a cape. And while there's nothing wrong with a cape in a superhero comic, something that ostentatious just looks wrong on Spider-Man.

34 SPIDERCIDE

Spidercide

Ben Reilly, aka Scarlet Spider, isn't the only Peter Parker clone on the block. Another "Peter" who also popped out of one Jackal's pods in Amazing Spider-Man, Vol.1 #399 in the mid-'90s was Spidercide, though the villain wouldn't adopt that alter ego until New Warriors, Vol.1 #61.

Spidercide has all of the original Spidey's powers, plus extra speed, strength and stamina, as well as a bit of shapeshifting thrown in too. Considering this, his suit is pretty dull; little more than a pattern-less version of Spider-Man's.

33 SPIDER-MAN 2211

Spider-Man 2211

Max Borne is the Spider-Man of 2211 on Earth-9500. As with Spider-Boy, the suit -- first appearing in 1995's Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man #1 -- is very... busy to look at, which only gets worse with the additional robot arms. But, at least everything serves a purpose.

The costume is a cybernetically enhanced exoskeleton complete with bulletproof armor, different types of webbing, rocket boots, all sorts of sensors, a time-travelling machine, memory erasing technology and even a stochastic modelling device to predict the future.

32 THE SPIDER

Peter Parquagh

The Spider-Man of 1602, Peter Parquagh, was born in England and raised by his Uncle Benjamin, much like his Earth-616 counterpart. He also received his powers from the bite of an abnormal spider, and though not as strong as the modern-day Peter, he still possesses the same abilities.

His suit is exactly what you'd expect from a "ye olde" take on Spidey. It's Spider-Man if he was attending a Renaissance Fair, complete with a ruff, breeches and a Tudor jacket, with his web canisters taking the form of spinnerettes on both wrists.

31 CAPTAIN UNIVERSE SPIDER-MAN

Captain Universe Spider-Man

Captain Universe isn't really a person, much less a costume, but despite just being an incorporeal cosmic entity it does have a recognizable look: dark blue and white with a glowing constellation pattern, which merges with the costume of any being it chooses to mix its essence with, such as Spider-Man.

Because Captain Universe is supposed to represent all the powers of the universe, this union gives Peter Parker more power than he's ever had before, though you can only really tell that Spidey is still in there thanks to his familiar red mask sticking out of the top.

30 LADY SPIDER

This high-flying heroine is Earth-803's Aunt May who first appeared in the debut Edge of Spider-Verse issue. Like her nephew from another universe, she suffered from a spider bite and the loss of a parent, pushing her into a mindset of never wanting to be "caged" like the creature she would come to embody as a vigilante.

May constructed her unique Spidey suit from bits and pieces found in her late father's garage to become the Lady Spider. The goggles, corset and flight cap with the mechanical spider legs make this look like Spider-Man by way of the Rocketeer. The way you feel about this costume will depend on your tolerance for all things steampunk.

29 SPIDER-PUNK

Unlike Spider-Boy, Hobart Brown, the “Anarchic Spider-Man” from Earth-138, has the punk credibility to pull off the leather jacket-over-costume combo. In his universe, he leads a working class rebellion against Osborn’s oppressive regime.

His 616 counterpart is Hobie Brown, aka Prowler, who once impersonated Peter Parker. This alternate Hobie has all of Peter’s powers plus 15,000 volts of rock ‘n’ roll on his side. If punk fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood designed Spider-Man, this is what he’d look like.

28 WOLF-SPIDER

As we've already covered, there are plenty of examples of Peter letting his animal side getting the best (or worst) of him. But, while these more monstrous variants tend to just look werewolf fusions of man and beast, Wolf-Spider from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon is more unique.

Not to be confused with the actual werewolf Spider-Man, Spider-Wolf, Wolf-Spider is based on a specific type of arachnid rather than just a generic spider, and along with all the standard Spider-Man powers, he has Doctor Octopus-style bio-organic spider arms. And if wasn't already clear, the red eyes and black hair also scream: villain.

27 STEEL SPIDER

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First appearing in 1982's Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #72, Ollie Osnick was the number one fan of one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies, Doctor Octopus. To emulate his idol, Ollie built his own robotic legs and took them for a spin while engaging in some light villainy.

Spider-Man soon interrupted his short-lived criminal career and steered him on the right path. Ollie became so enamoured with Peter that he switched lanes completely, taking up the mantle of Spider-Kid. Unfortunately, he kind of sucked at it and hung up his suit, eventually trading it for this slicker Steel Spider one instead.

26 CYBORG SPIDER-MAN

The cybernetically enhanced Spider-Man of Earth-2818 has all the organic abilities you’d expect from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man plus a few extra surprises -- like a sonic cannon in his arm. Fully equipped for a future Skynet dystopia.

He was joined by Superior Spider-Man to defeat Karn, a dimension-hopping leech who was determined to suck spider powers from every universe. Unfortunately, Cyborg Spider-Man's time in the Superior Spider-Man squad would end up being his undoing as he perished on Earth-TRN588 battling Daemos.

25 BLOOD SPIDER

Blood Spider

Blood Spider sounds like an early '00s emo band but it's actually the name of an assassin trained by Taskmaster to take down Spider-Man. Michael Bingham trained alongside Hawkeye knock-off, Jagged Bow, and Captain America knock-off, Death-Shield to mimic his target's combat style and abilities.

His wall-crawling and web-shooting doesn't come naturally, but rather from a mechanical backpack connected to shooters on his wrists. Visually, his suit is very close to the one that Spider-Man 2099 wears, and while decent, he's not the best-looking assassin we'll see on this list.

24 SP//DR

SP//dr

Similarly to the Japanese TV version, the Spider-Man (or, Spider-Girl) of Earth-14512, Peni Parker, partners up with a giant mech. But, in this case, the robot she pilots acts as her suit rather than just in tandem. They were created by Gerard Way for Edge of Spider-Verse #5, taking inspiration from cult anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Peni has a special connection to the SP//dr suit as its last user, her father, breathed his last breath in it. To become its next pilot, Peni had to allow the radioactive spider that helped power its drive bite her, bonding them forever.

23 OLD MAN SPIDER

As Old Man Logan proved, saving the world isn't just a young man’s game, and, these days, you’re not a real superhero without a grizzled elderly variant. Ezekiel Sims of Earth-4 took up the Spider mantle following the demise of Peter Parker at the hands of the villain, Morlun.

Another creation of Gerard Way for the 2014 Edge of Spider-Verse series, Ezekiel's suit takes after the one worn by Peter in Earth-312500 in 2003's Amazing Spider-Man #300 that saw him go down a much darker path. The smarter, military look of the jacket is befitting of an maturer vigilante veteran.

22 ASHLEY BARTON (SPIDER-WOMAN)

As you might have guessed from the surname, Ashley Barton is the daughter of Clint Barton, as well as Peter Parker's granddaughter, Tonya Parker-Barton in Earth-807128. Ashley took a more hardcore approach to vigilantism than the rest of her family, choosing to remove Kingpin's head from his body rather than remove him from society.

She eventually swallowed some of her anger in order to embrace her superhero lineage -- the Spider side of it, anyway. She went from Spider-Girl to Spider-Woman, adopting her maternal grandfather's costume, albeit with some more unique alterations to make it more her own.

21 AARON AIKMAN (THE SPIDER-MAN)

Edge of Spider-Verse #3 gave us the Spider Armor -- an Iron Man style exoskeleton worn by Earth-31411's Aaron Aikman. Aaron worked at the Ikegami Medical Center as a scientist where, rather than wait for a radioactive spider to come bite him, he re-sequenced his DNA to become genetically enhanced.

He created the suit to help him fight supervillain, Red-Eye. Unfortunately, he was no match for Red-Eye's backup, but the suit is impressive nonetheless. The stylish armor is equipped with sensors, propulsion boots, a "neuro pulse stinger" and silk-spinners in both arms.

20 SPIDER-UK

Spider UK

What if Captain Britain became Spider-Man? The answer is Spider-UK, the arachnid-powered native of Earth-833. William Braddock swapped his usual superhero identity for the Spider title instead after learning about Morlun's interdimensional hunt for Spider-Men and Women everywhere.

Spider-UK's doesn't have the standard spider sense, but he does have a dimension-jumping talisman. Being an amalgamation of two Marvel characters, his costume is very similar to the original Spider-Man suit but with the addition of the Union Jack pattern on the torso that Captain Britain sports. It's a surprisingly cohesive merger.

19 MAY PARKER (SPIDER-WOMAN)

May Parker

May "Mayday" Parker is the first daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson-Parker in Earth-982. Naturally, May aspired to follow in her father's footsteps, unperturbed even after he lost a leg from a vicious battle against the Green Goblin.

By age 15, May's own powers manifested and she began her career in her uncle Ben Reilly's costume... only for it to be destroyed by her worried parents. May eventually took the name Spider-Girl (and later -Spider-Woman) and donned her own individualized version of the iconic Spider suit.

18 SPYDER-KNIGHT

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This medieval twist on Spidey originates from Earth-TRN458 in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. He first showed up in the third part of the show's own take on the "Spider-Verse" saga, signing up for the Web Warrior's cause like any chivalrous hero would.

This English Peter Parker wears the famous red and blue Spider colors in the form of a knight's armor, which might not be that practical for swinging around in, but why even bother swinging when you've got a noble steed by your side? Yes, that's right, Spyder-Knight has a Spyder-Horse.

17 PAVITR PRABHAKAR

PAVITR PRABHAKAR

Pavitr is the Spider-Man of India from Earth-50101. Like his American doppelganger in another universe, he lives with his aunt and uncle, is a high achiever in school and a prime target for bullies. He also suffers the same tragedy -- the loss of his uncle, which he takes responsibility for.

The main difference is that instead of a spider, Pavitr gains his powers from a mystical source. His costume suitably stays true to the classic Spidey one while incorporating a twist reflecting his own cultural heritage, swapping the blue and red tights for looser pants and a web-patterned belt.

16 GERRY DREW

Gerry Drew

The son of Spider-Woman in Earth-982, Gerry was born with a rare blood disease from radiation exposure while his mother carried him. Desperate to cure him, Jessica Drew replicated the same experiment that turned her into Spider-Woman. It didn't work, but Gerry did gain similar superpowers.

Inspired by stories of his mother's adventures with Spider-Man, Gerry decided to take after his favorite superhero, even recreating the suit with a few adjustments. Gerry's version adds underarm webbing for gliding and a larger, more detailed logo. It's a solid spin on the classic.

15 AI APAEC

Ai Apeac

Not to be confused with the Venomized Peter Parker, Ai Apaec is a whole new level of creepy in the Spider-Verse. After all, his nickname is "The Decapitator," a name that comes from his true identity -- an ancient Peruvian god that is half-man, half-spider with the head of Medusa and a mouth full of teeth.

Though he first appeared in 2011's Osborn #1 he didn't adopt the Spider-Man name until 2012's New Avengers, Vol.2 #18 when Osborn drafted him for his Dark Avengers team. His eight-armed suit is simple but effectively communicates his status as Earth-616's Dark Spider-Man.

14 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

Being the technophile that he is, it didn't take long for Otto Octavius to make some changes to the Spider-Man costume once he got into Peter Parker's body. The first alterations were hidden. He packed the suit with tech, added a carbonadium-plated mask and claws to the hands and feet.

Then Otto really went to town on the thing: mechanical arms, (duh!) web wings, sonic webbing, flamethrowers, improved lenses, bigger claws... That old saying about kitchen sinks comes to mind. But aesthetically, Otto's edgier suit remains a memorable one.

13 HOUSE OF M SPIDER-MAN

House of M Spider-Man

As part of the "House of M" storyline that altered the entire Marvel Universe, the Spider-Man of Earth-58163 was created. This anti-mutant world wasn't as accepting of people with Peter's abilities as Earth-616 had been, and, despite not actually being one, he became a hero for mutant-kind.

As well as settling down with Gwen Stacy instead of Mary Jane Watson, this Peter made some subtle but distinctive changes to the original Spider-Man costume too. As well as adding a larger, red logo, the costume belt-less middle takes after Alex Ross' great redesign.

12 SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED

Ultimate Spider-Man

Featured in the short-lived animated series, Spider-Man Unlimited from 1999-2000, this take on the Spidey suit was created more out of legal necessity than creative. Saban Entertainment were restricted from using the original costume because of a deal being cut between Marvel and Sony.

Saban had no choice but take a stab at it themselves, and what they came up with was surprisingly good. The spider logo stretching out into the rest of the suit's red and blue striped pattern is really slick, though we could probably do without the tattered "impact webbing."

11 (ASSASSIN) SPIDER-MAN

assassin spider-man

The Spider-Man of Earth-8351 is "not the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man anymore," which is just the kind of tough guy talk you'd expect from a version of Peter Parker that has spent too much time hanging around Wolverine. For a while, the pair worked as assassins.

As well as all of the standard spider-related powers, this Spidey is also a master combatant -- even besting Black Widow -- and he's no stranger to firearms. His suit is very similar to the Superior Spider-Man's but those narrowed black eyes just give it the edge.

10 ULTIMATE JESSICA DREW

Unlike her Earth-616 version, Earth-1610's Spider-Woman is a gender-swapped clone of Peter Parker, making her quite literally the female version of Spider-Man. Like her fellow clones, she has all of Peter's memories, powers and brainpower.

And like the original Spider-Woman suit, this alternate one drains all the blue out of her male counterpart's costume, leaving just the red. In fact, without the yellow, this "Ultimate" version pares the design down ever further, making the white of her logo, eyes and gloves really pop against the dark scarlet.

9 SCARLET SPIDER (KAINE PARKER)

Scarlet Spider Kaine

Kaine was the Jackal's earliest attempt at cloning Peter Parker, and -- like every first draft -- he was far from perfect. But, despite his mind being a little underbaked, he's one of the most physically formidable in the Spider family, and the most attuned to the animals his powers stem from.

Eventually, Kaine took on Ben Reilly's Scarlet Spider moniker and fashioned his own version of his clone brethren's suit. Kaine's appears to be dipped in blood red, complete with bloodshot lenses embedded in his black mask, which suits his violent reputation.

8 GHOST SPIDER

Let's head back to Earth-11638, home of the power-hungry Amazing Spider. Well, the former home of the Amazing Spider, because this alternate Peter Parker's ethically questionable plot inevitably went sideways thanks to the interference of his Earth-616 doppelganger.

After slipping into a coma, Earth-11638 Peter's spirit took a trip to Hell and back in 2011's Incredible Hulks Annual #1 and he awoke to become a fusion of Spider-Man and Ghost Rider: Ghost Spider. Obviously, this fusion turned out to look as cool as it sounds. (Plus, no more cape!)

7 PS4 SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man PS4 Header

Game developers Insomniac could have easily kept Marvel's most famous character looking exactly like the Spidey we know and love for their acclaimed 2018 video game adaptation for the PlayStation 4. Instead, they took a risk to put their own stamp on the character.

While the additional white detailing might not be to everyone's taste, they -- like every part of the suit -- are there for a good reason. Covering his chest, knuckles and feet, they're carbon-fiber to deal an extra wallop and boost defence, as do the red areas, while the blue panels increase mobility. Looks good and does good.

6 IRON SPIDER

Spider-Man Iron Spider Suit

Thanks to its appearance in the MCU, this Stark tech-infused armor has become one of the most recognizable alternate Spider-Man suits. Variations of it have been worn in different universes by Amadeus Cho, Natasha Romanov, Mary Jane Watson and alternate Peter Parkers.

Whether its beefed up into a Hulk Buster exoskeleton or a just a skin-tight suit with mechanical limbs, Peter Parker himself said it best when he claimed, "they haven't invented a word for how cool this armor is." Turns out, everything looks better with gold.

5 BEN REILLY/SCARLET SPIDER

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Nothing says "neighborhood" like putting a hoodie over your spandex. Ben Reilly's Spider-Man: Step Up 2 Da Streets costume from the mid-'90s has become so iconic, it's been replicated all around the Marvel Universe by everyone from Spider-Ham to Flash Thompson to Felicity Hardy -- daughter of Black Cat.

That ripped blue hoodie is so beloved that Marvel's attempt to replace it with a more standard superhero look in 2017's Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 lasted just one story arc. The creepy grin certainly didn't help things, either...

4 SPIDER-MAN NOIR

The trenchcoat loving Peter Parker of Earth-90214 is the answer to how a Spider-Man/Rorschach mash-up would turn out. First appearing in 2009's Spider-Man Noir #1, he comes not only from another world, but another time -- the '30s, taking inspiration from the era's hardboiled detective archetype.

His spider powers are supernatural in origin, and he went to a much darker place than his Earth-616 variant following the brutal way his uncle's life ended. All of this informs his perfectly "Noir" costume, from the monochrome palette, to the goggles to the patchwork mask.

3 SPIDER-MAN 2099

Spider-man 2099

Of all the alternate Spider-Men and the garish costumes of the '90s, none have enjoyed such enduring popularity as Miguel O'Hara and his Spider-Man 2099 suit. Though we got a sneak peek at him in 1992's Amazing Spider-Man #365, he debuted properly in his own solo title later that year.

The best feature in this sleek design is the mask; one of the most unique in the Spider-Verse. The markings are reminiscent of a luchador mask, emblematic of Miguel's Mexican heritage, while the absence of eyes makes him look like a real "Spider menace."

2 SPIDER-GWEN

Things turned out very differently for Peter Parker and his Earth-616 love interest Gwen Stacy in Earth-65. Not only was Gwen the one to receive the radioactive spider bite, but Peter wound up becoming doomed villain, the Lizard after trying to emulate Spider-Woman.

This left Gwen to fill her reality's Peter Parker-less void, and boy did she do it in style. Spider-Gwen's costume does the impossible. It's fun but practical; classic yet modern and even better: it's actually fashionable. Who'd have thought in 2014 Ben Reilly would be dethroned as the hooded Spidey King?

1 MILES MORALES

Spider-Man Miles Morales

There really couldn't be any other alternate Spider-Man in the top spot but Miles Morales. Hailing from Earth-1610, a world where Peter Parker prematurely passed away, Miles got his powers from the traditional spider bite -- a genetic experiment of Norman Osborn's making.

Though Miles donned the late Spider-Man's suit initially, he soon switched to his own black and red one made by S.H.I.E.D, marking him out as an all new, all different kind of wall-crawler, without desecrating the sanctity of the original. It's an instantly iconic design for a character that has become a firm favorite.

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