Here, I am referring to the animated Spider-Man films Into the Spider-Verse and Across the Spider-Verse.

We have seen (or seen refernced) many a Spider-Man variant, many villains, and some anti-heroes (Venom).

Are there supposed to be literally no superheroes in any of the universes who are not Spider-Beings?

  • Sony Pictures is likely very limited in which other heroes they can mention in their films, since I believe they only own the movie rights to Spider-Man-related characters. The movie rights to the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Punisher, etc. are all owned by Marvel Studios, so Sony would need to work out a deal with them to use any of those characters, and my impression is that Kevin Feige doesn't want to share. (He seemingly doesn't even want them to use Spider-Man in their live-action films.) Jun 13, 2023 at 18:33
  • I believe Sony could use Silver Sable, a Black Widow-esque mercenary who repeatedly fought alongside Spider-Man and only takes jobs where she's up against criminals. There are also a few characters -- such as the Prowler, Rocket Racer, and the Steel Spider -- who initially started out as small-time crooks, but soon reformed and became heroes going forward. You also have characters who've gone back & forth, like the Sandman, the Black Cat, and Morbius. Jun 13, 2023 at 18:48

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Doctor Strange gets a mention in the new Across the Spider-verse film.

"Now, don't even get me started on Dr. Strange, the little nerd back on Earth 1999999"

I'm pretty sure he meets the definition of "superhero".

  • Good find...... Jun 13, 2023 at 20:03
  • @ThePopMachine - Those are the only finds I know
    – Valorum
    Jun 13, 2023 at 20:54
  • I guess the follow up is: Did they make specific arrangements with Disney? And why even bother with the one? Jun 13, 2023 at 22:43
  • @ThePopMachine - There are a bunch of disney-copyrighted things in the film, including mention of Doctor Strange, depiction of the multi-verse, etc. I'm guessing these were all run by Disney's creatives and lawyers.
    – Valorum
    Jun 13, 2023 at 22:47
  • @Valorum - Is the concept of a multiverse strictly copyrighted by Disney? It's not something I'd strictly associate with the Avengers, X-Men, FF, etc. Jun 13, 2023 at 23:23

I have answered a similar question a while back. The short answer is: yes, there are other superheroes in the "Spider-Verse".

To understand why the answer is a pretty simple yes, we need to understand that when it comes to marvel, pretty much all marvel media is part of the marvel multiverse. When it comes to the multiverse, due to the MCU and the Spider-Verse movies, it's getting a little bit wonkie. This is because the MCU declared itself Universe 616 even though the comic main universe already is Universe 616, and the universe Miles comes from in the Spider-Verse movies is also considered Universe 1610, which in the comics is the Ultimate universe (where Miles also first appeared in the comics after it's Peter died due to being shot by the punisher and right after having to fight a couple of villains who escaped from Prison, including Norman Osborn in his goblin form trying to kill him and his family). Funny enough, the Spider-Verse movies even "made fun" of the fact the MCU declares itself as 616 when Miguel O'Hara (Spider-Man 2099) said

Now, don't even get me started on Dr. Strange and the little nerd back on Earth 1999999

referencing the movie Spider-Man No Way Home and it's Multiverse event.

So not only is it theoretically true that this movie is part of the Marvel Multiverse, the movie even references the multiverse (this is not the only occasion. The "Canon Events" scene utilizes scenes from Spider-Man (2002), The Amazing Spider-Man and from the comics to show "Canon Events"). So yeah, they reference at least 2 universes in which other heroes exist. Comic 616 and the MCU 199999.

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