I know Peter Parker was the original Spider-Man, but I've read about a few others, Spider-Man Noir for one. And recently that Miles Morales is the new Spider-Man.

How many Spider-Men / Spider-Women (Spider-Persons?) do we know exist in the Marvel universe?

  • How complete of a list are you looking for? Does an alternate-reality version of Peter Parker as Spider-Man count in addition to the Earth-616 version? Does someone who temporarily inhabited Peter's body and acted as Spider-Man count?
    – phantom42
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:43
  • @phantom42 Absolutely, as complete a list as possible! I know Spider-Man Noir is an alternate-reality Spider-Man for a start.
    – Daft
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:46
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    Someone could copy and paste the entire wikipedia article, but the list you seek already exists: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_versions_of_Spider-Man
    – Paul Omans
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:54
  • @PaulOmans ...wow, I honestly didn't think it was that many.
    – Daft
    Nov 24, 2015 at 15:55
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    @SS-3.1415926535897932384626433 Yes it is. Nov 24, 2015 at 19:53

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17 "Spider-" prefix heroes, +2 with variant prefixes, +7 with "Spider" in the name

By my count, there were 12 before the Spider-Verse storyline (where many alternate-universe equivalents to Spider-Man were met) and another 5 met during it. There were also 2 that had variant prefixes (e.g. alternate spellings) and 7 that had Spider in the name, but it was not a prefix. In many cases, multiple heroes have taken on a role.

Before Spider-Verse

Introduced During Spider-Verse

With names that previously existed:

  • Spider-Man
    • Aaron Aikman, Patton Parnell, Cosmic Spider-Man, Cyborg Spider-Man, Hostess Twinkies Cakes Advertisement Spider-Man
  • Spider-Woman*
    • Gwen Stacy
  • Spider-Girl
    • Penelope Parker

* Although her comic series is called Spider-Gwen, the character herself goes by "Spider-Woman".

Completely new:

  • Spider-UK
    • Billy Braddock
  • Spider-Wolf
  • Spider Moon-Man
  • Spider-Punk (a.k.a. The Anarchic Spider-Man)
  • Spider-Ma'am
    • Aunt May

Others with variant prefixes

Others having Spider in the name


While not a character, there have been several pieces of technology with the "Spider-" prefix or a variation on the name.

  • Spider-Armor
    • Used by Peter Parker
  • Spider-Mobile
    • Built by Peter Parker with the help of Johnny Storm
  • Spider-Slayer
    • Robots designed to kill Spider-Man, first made by Dr. Spencer Smythe
  • SP//dr
    • A psychically-controlled vehicle used by Penni Parker (Spider-Verse)
  • Please let me know if I missed any! Nov 24, 2015 at 17:25

Frankly? Too many to list here.

But from the Wikipedia page on Alterntaive Version of Spider-Man, notable Spider-Folk include;

Peter Porker was born a spider (simply named Peter). He resided in the basement lab of May Porker, a slightly goofy animal scientist who had created "the world's first atomic powered hairdryer", hoping that "the introduction of nuclear fusion into America's beauty salons" would "revolutionize the hair care industry". After dousing her head with water and activating the dryer, May Porker accidentally irradiated herself, and in a fit of delusion, bit Peter, who then found himself transformed into an anthropomorphic swine much like May Porker herself. Running from the Porker homestead disoriented, Peter soon came to realize that he still retained a spider's abilities.

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    You forgot Spider-Monkey from Marvel Apes, and Spider-Girl, both of whom have had their own series pre-Spiderverse. Nov 24, 2015 at 16:26
  • There is presumably some finite number, since there are a finite (though large) number of issues of Marvel comics, with a finite number of panels and words and so on. OP asked for a number, not a list. Nov 24, 2015 at 18:54

If you would have asked this question last year, it would have been easier to answer. Unfortunately, the Spider-Verse event created dozens of new spider heroes.

Peter Parker is your basic and Miles Morales came over from the Ultimate Universe. Right now, Jessica Jones (Spider Woman), Gwen Stacy (Spider Gwen) and Miguel O'Hara (Spider Man 2099) have their own comics. Cindy Moon (Silk) had a comic very recently, but I think it's cancelled now.

In recent memory, Doctor Octopus became Spider-Man in Superior Spider-Man. Ollie Osnick, who was a DocOck wannabe, became Spider-Kid and later Steel Spider. Scarlet Spider is a very messy one... I'll let you read up on it yourself.

Once Spider-Verse hit, there was a UK Spider-Man, Spider-Punk, Spider-Ben, etc. You can see a (not complete) list here: http://www.newsarama.com/20656-spider-verse-s-spider-men-we-try-to-name-them-all.html

However your question asks about the Marvel Universe, which just got destroyed, so most of those are technically not extant anymore. In the Marvel Universe there are only 4 (If you treat Secret Wars as having ended even though it's still going on but the sequels are already out). If you add the one who will be in the MCU, that makes 5.

Here is the wiki list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_versions_of_Spider-Man


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