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Spider-Geddon Just Created THE Most Horrifying Spider-Man Ever

One of the best aspects of Spider-Verse and Spider-Geddon is how many fresh takes on Spider-Man have been introduced. In Spider-Geddon alone, we’ve got the most 1990’s take on the character possible and a young black woman serving as a virtual reality hero, both of which are strong enough concepts to justify at least a miniseries.

Now, the event has introduced us to a character who is simultaneously a callback to an almost 20-year-old story and also the most frightening Spider-Man ever introduced. Everyone, meet your new waking nightmare: Spiders-Man.

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What makes Spiders-Man so frightening isn’t just that he’s made of spiders bunched up in a Spider-Man costume. Sure, that’s pretty horrifying but what makes him truly scary is that he doesn't seem to even know that he’s a legion of spiders. This Spider-Man makes quips, talks strategy, acts like Spider-Man.

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But tears in his costume reveal the mass of insects underneath, and he’s definitely not all there. Many of his jokes center around eating someone; at one point he compares another Spider-Man to veal, assign us that he’d never actually eat someone because he understands the concept of responsibility. In short, because he thinks he’s Spider-Man, he wouldn’t do something Spider-Man wouldn’t do. It’s a thin veil that could be pulled aside at any moment, and if it is, it’ll leave the assembled heroes dealing with something almost as bad as the Inheritors.

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But while this is a frightening concept, it's not one without precedent.

The idea was (somewhat) explored before in “The Coming of the Thousand,” one of the stories from the early 2000’s Spider-Man anthology series Tangled Web. The story (by Garth Ennis, John McCrea and James Hodgkins) centered around a former bully of Peter Parker’s, Carl, who ate the spider that turned Peter into Spider-Man.

Transforming into a thousand spiders, Carl gained the ability to crawl inside someone, consume their innards and steal their body. It’s a truly terrifying story that Spider-Man barely survives before it ends on a classic Ennis punchline.

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Spiders-Man seems to be the product of a What If? reality where the Thousand had managed to kill Spider-Man. Maybe the remnants of Peter Parker would have taken hold in the mind of the spiders (like how his consciousness survived Doctor Octopus body-swapping with Peter), and now it’s trying desperately not to realize what he’s become. Unlike his human multiverses brethren, Spiders-Man doesn’t make jokes to distract his enemies or cover his fears. He makes jokes to stall his hunger, a twist that would be tragic if it wasn’t so terrifying.

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