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In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, we met a lot of Spider-Entities. Hundreds, at least, and possibly a thousand or more. Just about every Spider-Man suit you’ve ever seen is represented here. But we’re not here to talk about a bunch of slightly different Peter Parkers. In fact, we’re not about to talk about Peter Parker at all, because the best new Spider-People we meet in Across the Spider-Verse are all somebody else. Or some thing else, in some cases–several of them aren’t human at all.
That’s a large part of the magic of the Spider-Verse: we get to meet so many Spider-Folks who aren’t Peter Parker. Which is great, because we’ve had more than our fair share of those Spider-Men on the big screen. Now it’s time for the others to get their time in the sun.
Warning: There are some spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. But this is just a fun feature and we’re not going to talk about the plot much.
It may be somewhat difficult to believe, but nearly all the Spider-Beings who get meaningful screen time actually do originate in the comics, even the animal ones. See, a few years before we had the first Spider-Verse movie, which came out in 2018, we had a Spider-Verse event in the comics back in 2014. In this story, Spiders from every dimension formed the Web-Warriors, a trans-dimensional Avengers-esque group made up exclusively of Spider-People, in order to defend themselves against a group of multiversal hunters dedicated to killing every single Spider-Being.
So, yeah, nearly every outlandish new Spider-Person we meet in Across the Spider-Verse has origins in the comics, with many being introduced specifically in these Spider-Verse comics. So yes, even the horse came from the comics.
Check out our list of our favorite new Spider-Folks that we met in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse below.