In Spider-Man: The Animated Series season 5 during Spider Wars, we learn about parallel universes with different versions of Spider-Man and they fight a common evil. This arc seems quite similar to Spider-Verse storyline from the comics.

So, was the Spider-Verse storyline inspired by Spider-Man: The Animated Series?

  • According to wikipedia, the comic story-line was in fact based on Spider-Man: TAS (specifically the last two episodes). Unfortunately, the only source provided is fandom.com.
    – Raj
    Commented Apr 18, 2019 at 15:35
  • @Raj noticed that but I was looking for some proof if we can get Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 5:38
  • @Raj do you have evidence?
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Dec 23, 2021 at 15:58

2 Answers 2


Not Really

When Dan Slott, the writer of the 2014 "Spider-verse" event was asked about inspiration for his comics he replied -

As Slott tells it, the inspiration for the storyline came from him wanting to tell his version of the plot from the video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions as a comic book. In the video game, an artifact called the Tablet of Order and Chaos caused cross-dimensional trouble for four versions of Spider-Man: Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099.

He revealed more information on this Twitter thread.

When asked directly about Spider Man: The Animated Series -

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This actually kind of upset John Semper who wanted credit for creating the whole Spider Verse.


The idea of multiple dimensions has been around long before Spider-Man. Peter had also crossed paths with alternate realities in the past. I doubt that it was based on, but it was probably at least slightly inspired by the show.

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    But in the show a bunch ( 5 or 6) of Spider-Man come to same place similar to spider-verse rather then one or two spider-man version corssover Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 13:41
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    The show was trying to do an adaptation, albeit a very loose one of the clone saga, which was very big in the 90's.
    – Sky Lord
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 17:26
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    The Clone Saga in Other Media In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Miles Warren creates clones of Hydro-Man and Watson in "The Return of Hydro-Man" (episodes 59-60), but they degenerate in the end. A more cosmic Clone Saga takes place in "Spider Wars" (episodes 64-65), when Spider-Carnage tries to destroy the Multiverse. marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Clone_Saga
    – Sky Lord
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 17:26
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    This answer lacks credibility. Maybe look into some sources and answer sans opinion. Commented Dec 23, 2021 at 17:51

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