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Spider-Man Noir: Everything Web-Heads Need to Know

Featured in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse alongside other versions of the friendly web-slinger, the character of Spider-Man Noir emerged from the shadows and into the light. Credited with bringing about the creation of the Marvel Noir Universe, the character is a darker version of the traditional Spider-Man born in the 1930's Great Depression Era. Reeling from the same tragic loss as his counterparts, Noir becomes a reluctant hero and plots to save his city from its own corruption. Battling against a monstrous version of The Goblin and constantly surrounded by enemies, this version of Peter Parker is forced to make unlikely allies and come to terms with his tainted conscience.

His adventures are chronicled in the four-part mini-series Spider-Man Noir, released in February 2009, and extended in the sequel Spider-Man: Eyes Without a Face where he encounters The Crime Master and Doctor Octavius. The character was also briefly featured in the one-shot Edge of the Spider-Verse where he encountered alternate versions of himself and joined their team as a member of The Superior Spider Army and later the Web Warriors. In the comic Spider-Geddon, Noir meets his doom while trying to save his friends from a supernatural enemy. The character has also starred in various television animated series and video-games before receiving world-wide attention from his appearance in Into the Spider-Verse.  In the animated film, the character takes on a more comedic tone as he tries to inspire Miles Morales to don the mask and save his city from destruction.

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20 CODE OF CONDUCT

Unlike previous incarnations of Spider-Man, Noir was never raised with the "with great power comes great responsibility" mentality. After witnessing the brutal assassination of his Uncle and forced to live during the Great Depression in a city overrun with corruption, Peter Parker was instead introduced to the belief that "if there is too much power, then it is the responsibility of the people to take it away."

Fueled by a sense of revenge and need for justice, Parker takes it upon himself to wage war against "The Goblin" and his Enforcers who wreak havoc upon New York. Along his journey, Parker's moral compass begins to sway as he tries to figure out who he can trust and what actions are necessary to achieve his mission.

19 CAUGHT IN THE WEB

In his desire to avenge his uncle's passing at the hands of "The Goblin," Parker makes a close ally of Ben Urich, a reporter from The Daily Bugle who seeks to expose the villain's illegal activities. Through Urich, Peter comes to realize the true depravity of his city as he witnesses various respected businessmen and enforcers of the law shaking hands with hardened criminals and back-stabbing fiends.

Working with Urich as his assistant photographer, Peter comes to discover his mentor's secret- he's been using the alias "Spider" to receive information about Goblin's activities. In his pursuit for answers, he learns Urich has been blackmailing Goblin in exchange for fueling his cocaine addiction. Angered by the betrayal, Peter attacks Urich, cursing their friendship.

18 WITH GREAT POWER

Intercepting a tip meant for Urich, Peter heads to the pier where The Goblin's men are unloading a shipment of rare antiques meant to be on route to the Metropolitan Museum. Sneaking into the warehouse, Peter overhears the men discussing a rumor that a curse has been places on the artifacts. Distracted by their conversation, the men accidentally drop one of the crates, releasing a swarm of ravenous spiders.

One of the spiders lays claim to Peter's hand, biting him and releasing its venom into his bloodstream. Overtaken by a vision of a giant spider-humanoid named Anansi who offers him "The Curse of Power," he awakens to find he's been given superhuman abilities.

17 OFF TO WAR

Steadfast in his desire to bring about justice, Peter sets to work crafting a costume made from his uncle's World War 1 airman uniform. Donning the suit, along with a trench coat and his uncle's revolver, the young hero takes on the persona of "Spider-Man" and begins his pursuit of the Goblin. Still reflecting upon his dream of the Spider-God, Peter learns his powers include shooting webbing from his wrists and enhanced durability that lends itself to leaping from tall surfaces.

Another capability is his "Spider-Sense" that alerts him to unseen dangers. This sense is triggered during suspicious encounters such as when Chameleon disguises himself as J. Jonah Jameson and begins asking Peter questions about Urich, hoping to gain information about the reporter's files on the Goblin.

16 FREAKS OF NATURE

While most of Spider-Man's villains earn their creature-inspired nicknames from the costumes they wear, Noir's rogue gallery contains true monsters. Norman Osborn received his "Goblin" nickname based on his skin disorder that gave him a reptile-like appearance. Born a circus freak and routinely mocked for his deformity, Osborn vowed to become a powerful mob boss and earn respect by striking fear in his tormentors.

Gathering his fellow side-show freaks, Osborn created "The Enforcers" to do his bidding. Among the members are the Nosferatu-esque cannibal Vulture, shape-shifter Chameleon and his animal-trainer half-brother Kraven. Goblin also has a collection of thugs-- Ox, Fancy Dan, and Montana-- to do his dirty work.

15 BLURRED LINES

Being a darker version of the traditional, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Noir has no qualms when it comes to using full force to bring down his enemies. Using Urich's files on the Goblin, Noir is able to dismantle every one of the villain's bases of operation, leaving a trail of his associates strung up in his webs across the streets of New York.

When Vulture is sent to attack Peter Parker, he instead finds Aunt May and intends to make a meal of her when Noir interrupts his feast. Instead of relying on his webs to restrain the creature, he unloads his revolver into Vulture's chest. He is then reprimanded by Aunt May who states "we are nothing without rules of behavior."

14 CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE

After bringing down the Goblin, Noir's new mission is investigating The Crime Master. During his pursuit of the emerging villain, Peter and Urich's former flame Felicia Hardy develop a romance. As the owner of the Black Cat nightclub, Felicia is privy to conversations between numerous underground criminals and Peter seeks her help in unmasking The Crime Master.

After her stubborn refusal to sway from her neutral stance, Peter plans to leave before he is swept into Felicia's passionate embrace and the two spend the night together. It's later revealed that behind Peter's back, Felicia's has been pursuing a relationship with The Crime Master and was once romantically linked with Norman Osborn.

13 BRINGING DARKNESS TO LIGHT

Spider-Man Noir was the pitch that created Marvel Noir; the idea for the character being created by Fabrice Sapolsky and offered to David Hine in December 2006. An announcement was later made in 2008 regarding the creation of a 1930's era pulp-inspired line of comics featuring noir versions of popular Marvel superheroes. Spider-Man Noir and X-Men Noir debuted that year and were each given a four comic mini-series.

In December 2009, Spider-Man Noir was given a sequel entitled Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face which followed the events after Spider-Man took down The Goblin. Noir received mainly mixed reviews while Eyes Without a Face favored more positively with fans.

12 FINDING THE VOICE

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse director Bob Persichetti recently revealed Nicolas Cage, who voices Spider-Man Noir, was the "first official lead" cast for the now Golden Globe winning film. Cast two years before the film's release, Persichetti stated he was specifically looking for "seminal actors" who were also "comic-book geeks" and was relieved when Cage enthusiastically accepted the role.

Intrigued by the dark origin of the character, Cage was also impressed by the film's concept art and design for the character's costume. For the first recording session, Cage arrived to the studio wearing dark glasses and never broke character when delivering his lines. After three hours of delivery, Cage said his goodbyes and "walked out of the room and that was it!"

11 COLORFUL LANGUAGE

The creators behind Into the Spider-Verse revealed in an interview with Collider that while writing for Spider-Man Noir, they almost gave Nicolas Cage some suggestive slang that would have given the film an NC-17 rating. While trying to come up with creative curse-words that still remained child-friendly, the writers accidentally made Cage say phrases that had an entirely different meaning back in the day.

Meant to illicit bursts of laughter, Noir's nicknames during his battles with bad-guys were revealed to be "f---y, pornographic acts" once given a quick check in  Google translate. In the end, Noir refers to the villains as "hard boys, real biscuit-boxers" when trying to inspire Miles Morales to become Spider-Man.

10 A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING

Honoring the stylized tone of the brooding character, Nicolas Cage drew inspiration from Humphrey Bogart and his interactions with James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Bogart is regarded as one of the greatest actors of American cinema, having numerous roles as a gangster before landing the romantic lead in Casablanca. Bogart once remarked his proudest performance was in The Maltese Falcon where he played a private investigator.

A perfect blend of angsty anti-hero and humorous comedic relief, Cage's Noir has memorable lines such as "sometimes I let matches burn down to my fingertips just to feel something, anything." His bleak outlook on his black and white life is drastically altered when he encounters a Rubik's Cube and becomes fascinated by its bright colors.

9 ARMY OF ARACHNIDS

During the events of Edge of the Spider-Verse, Noir is transported from his time period to 2099 by Superior Spider-Man when a fight between him and Mysterio is interrupted by Karn. Obsessed with eliminating those with spider-abilities, the hunter has traveled across the Multiverse to defeat every version of Spider-Man. Bringing Noir to his universe, Superior Spider-Man introduces him to the other versions of the web-slinging hero.

Becoming a member of the Superior Spider-Army, Noir is tasked with aiding their quest to defeat Karn and restore each member to his / her original timeline. Dealing with an attack from Karn's associates, Noir briefly returns to his Earth to recover from his injuries before joining Six-Armed Spider-Man in recruiting a Spider-Man from Earth-15011.

8 WEB-SLINGING WARRIORS

After the events of Edge of the Spider-Verse, Noir is recruited by another spider-team known as the Warriors of the Great Web from Earth-001 to take down alternate versions of Electro. Joining forces with Ghost-Spider, Spider-Ham, Spider-Girl, and others, Noir defeats enemies such as The Lizard, Rhino, Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin.

Noir eventually finds himself stranded on another Earth with Spider-Ham and Pavitr Prabhakar, Indian Spider-Man from Earth-50101. Working alongside their extended Spider-family, the group is able to defeat Harry Osborn as he attempts to wreak havoc across the Multiverse by eliminating every version of Spider-Man.

7 AN HONORABLE ENDING

Fearing their old enemy The Inheritors are back to seek revenge, the team is brought together again in Spider-Geddon to stop Superior Octopus from using the entitys' technology to expand his reign. Creating clones of himself to achieve immortality, Octopus releases Morlun who wishes to wipe Spider-Man (Earth-616) from existence.

Planning to destroy the clones, Noir is attacked by Morlun who emerges from one of the containment units. Feasting on his energy, Morlun is distracted, leaving Noir to shoot one of his grenades attached to his belt in an effort to destroy them both in a fiery blaze. However, Morlun manages to escape from the inferno unscathed.

6 FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

In the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, Noir is introduced in "The Spider-Verse, Part 2" where he battles Green Goblin and encounters a much younger version of himself. After being bit by an exotic spider, Noir reveals to Peter Parker that he became a reluctant hero out of a need to protect his city from being consumed by its own corruption.

Dedicated to his mission, Noir distanced himself from Aunt May and Mary Jane and learned to heavily rely on himself. During various episodes in the series, Noir learns to work with others when he joins forces with Spider-Man 2099, Spyder-Knight, Spider-Girl, Spider-Ham, and Ultimate Spider-Man as The Web Warriors to defeat an overpowered Green Goblin.

5 A DOOMED EXISTENCE

Though an entirely separate version of Spider-Man, the character Slinger bares an eery resemblance to Spider-Man Noir. On the animated series Avengers Assemble, Peter Parker is introduced as a member of the Defenders from the Planet Doom timeline. Somewhat inspired by his Noir-counterpart, this version of the hero has a sarcastic personality and is distrustful of those around him.

Unlike other versions of Spider-Man, Slinger wasn't bitten by a radioactive spider and given superhuman abilities. Instead, he relies on his advanced knowledge of weaponry and technology when it comes to combat. In the episode "Planet Doom," he reluctantly aids Thor in defeating Doctor Doom who has altered Earth's timeline to erase the Avengers from existence.

4 A SHATTERED UNIVERSE

In the 2010 video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man Noir is introduced as a playable character alongside Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man. The plot centers around "The Tablet of Order and Chaos" that is broken into fragments during a confrontation between Amazing Spider-Man and Mysterio. Each version of Spider-Man is summoned by Madame Web to retrieve the pieces, defeat their respective villains, and restore order to the broken timelines.

In the Noir Universe, Spider-Man is tasked with protecting a fragment from the clutches of Hammerhead who uses the supernatural artifact to fuse his weapons to his arms. Once all of the fragments have been successfully found and Mysterio is defeated, each Spider-Man is returned to their original timeline.

3 OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Spider-Man Noir's fighting style in Shattered Dimensions is a reflection of the darker tone his character has compared to the other versions of the web-slinger. Using a combination of stealth and precise timing, Noir is able to use sneak attacks to defeat his enemies.

During the gameplay, the user will see the screen turn black and white to signify Noir has concealed himself in the shadows. The screen will return to its normal color when Noir exposes himself to the light. The game's script-writer Mark Hoffmeir, who previously worked on Spider-Man: The Animated Series was especially impressed with the character that he bought several versions of the comic and gave them to his co-workers.

2 FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN

The cast of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions were actors who had previously voiced a television version of Spider-Man. The voice of Spider-Man Noir was Charles Daniel Barnes, who provided the voice for Spider-Man in the 1990's animated cartoon. He's continued to lend his voice to various incarnations of the character including Spider-Man 2099, Superior Spider-Man, and Spyder-Knight.

The beloved cartoon ran for five seasons from 1994-1998 and followed the adventures of Peter Parker as he struggled to find balance between his college life at Empire State University and his crime-fighting alter-ego. The series included popular villains from Spider-Man's rogue gallery as well as an evolving love triangle between Parker, Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy.

1 FAR FROM HOME

Accidentally revealed by Tom Holland in July 2018, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming entitled Spider-Man: Far From Home will follow Peter Parker on his European vacation where he'll encounter Mysterio and the Elementals. Intentionally leaving behind his costume to enjoy time away from responsibility, Peter is called back to his web-slinging antics and receives a new super-suit.

Revealed at Brazil Comic Con, the "Stealth Suit" bares a resemblance to Spider-Man Noir's costume. Over the years, the suit's capabilities have been altered to fit its user's needs. Warping light and sound, the suit can render itself invisible and is equipped with Spider-Tracers. It's believed the suit is a gift from Nick Fury suggesting it's part of S.H.I.E.L.D's undercover spy program.

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