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Welcome to Spider-Verse comics reading guide!

The multiverse has always been an exciting part of sci-fi storytelling, showing us alternate versions of the characters we care about. But few heroes have explored their multiversal counterparts the way Spider-Man has. From the animated series’ “Spider-Wars” saga to the Shattered Dimensions video game, Dan Slott’s Spider-Verse comics, Marvel Studios’ No Way Home, and now Miles Morales’ Spider-Verse film trilogy, the Spider-Man franchise has weaved a complex web of variants and legacy characters that no other franchise can hope to match.

But with so much Spider-Verse content across the multiverse in comics and multimedia, where’s the best place to start? Read on below to find out!

Spider-Verse Comics Recommendations:

  • Spider-Men (2012) #1-5
  • Spider-Verse (2014)
  • Spider-Verse (2015) #1-5
  • Web Warriors (2016) #1-11
  • Spider-Geddon (2018)
  • Spider-Verse (2019) #1-6
  • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #1-51
  • The End of the Spider-Verse (2022)

The first Spider-Verse stories started outside of comics, with Spider-Man the Animated Series and the Shattered Dimensions video game both featuring team-ups of alternate versions of Spider-Man. Writer Dan Slott took inspiration from these two stories to create the 2014 comic event Spider-Verse, which has now become a monumental multimedia movement. So gathered below is the complete history of the Spider-Verse in comics, TV, movies, and video games, plus the major variants and villains from the Spider-Verse film trilogy. Enjoy reading!

For more related to Spider-Verse comics, check out our other reading guides, including Miles MoralesKingpin, and Silk!

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Spider-Verse Comic Events

Before the first Spider-Verse event, the Spider-Verse had already been teased a few times in comics. While Stuart Moore introduced the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men in a short story from 2007, the first Spider-Man multiverse crossover in comics was actually Brian Michael Bendis’ Spider-Men miniseries in 2012. Spider-Men showed the iconic first meeting of Earth-616’s Peter Parker meeting Earth-1610’s Miles Morales, with major consequences for Marvel’s Ultimate universe and the future of the Spider-Man concept.

Dan Slott took the Spider-Verse to its fullest potential a few years later with the seismic event Spider-Verse (2014), which introduced some of the most beloved Spider-Man variants we have today. Spider-Men and Spider-Verse were the main comic inspirations for the hit animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

The Spider-Verse saga continued loosely with Web Warriors (2016) and Spider-Verse (2015), a Secret Wars tie-in series. These series led into the next crossover events, Spider-Geddon in 2018 and The End of the Spider-Verse in 2022.

  • Marvel Comics Presents (2007) #1 (“Unfriendly Neighborhood”)
    • Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men (not multiversal)
  • Spider-Men (2012) #1-5
  • Prologue to Spider-Verse (2014)
    • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #30-35
    • FBCD 2014 (Guardians of the Galaxy) #1 [C Story]
    • Superior Spider-Man (2013) #17-31
    • Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #1-4
    • Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #1-5
    • Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4-6
  • Spider-Verse (2014)
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #7-15
    • After #7: Superior Spider-Man (2013) #32-33, Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #1-5, Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #5
    • After #9: Spider-Verse (2015) #1, Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #1
    • After #10: Scarlet Spiders (2015) #1, Spider-Woman (2014) #1, Spider-Man 2099 #6
    • After #11: Spider-Verse Team-Up #2, Scarlet Spiders #2, Spider-Woman #2, Spider-Verse #2
    • After #12: Spider-Man 2099 #7, Scarlet Spiders #3
    • After #13: Spider-Woman #3, Spider-Verse Team-Up #3, Spider-Man 2099 #8
    • After #14: Spider-Woman #4
  • Spider-Verse (2015) #1-5
    • Secret Wars tie-in series
  • Web Warriors (2016) #1-11
    • Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1, 21
    • Clone Conspiracy (2016) #2
  • Spider-Man (2016) #12-14, 234-240
    • #12-14 with Spider-Gwen (2016) #16-18
  • Spider-Men II (2017) #1-5

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  • Spider-Geddon (2018) #0-5
    • Prologue: Edge of Spider-Geddon (2018) #1-4, Spider-Geddon Handbook (2018) #1
    • After #0: Superior Octopus (2018) #1
    • After #2: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #311-312, Spider-Girls (2018) #1, Vault of Spiders (2018) #1, Spider-Force (2018) #1, Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #1
    • After #3: Spider-Force #2, Vault of Spiders #2
    • After #4: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #2-3, Spider-Girls #2-3, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #313
    • After #5: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4, Superior Spider-Man (2018) #1
    •  Animated short films:
      • Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man Noir (2018)
      • Spider-Geddon: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018)
      • Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man (2018)
  • Spider-Verse (2019) #1-6
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Spider-Man – Across the Spider-Verse (2019) #1
    • Kid-friendly comic featuring Spider-Verse characters
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #44, 48-57
    • After #48: Amazing Spider-Man: The Sins of Norman Osborn (2020) #1
  • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #1-51
  • The End of the Spider-Verse (2022)
    • Prologue: Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #1-8
    • Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #1-5
    • Spider-Man (2022) #1-8
  • Marvel’s Voices: Spider-Verse (2023) #1

 

Extra reading:

  • Age of Ultron (2013) #10
  • Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #11
  • Deadpool: Too Soon? Infinite Comic (2016) #6
  • Venomverse (2017)
  • Spider-Man Annual (2019) #1
  • Spider-Man 2099 (2019) #1
  • 2099 Omega (2019) #1
  • Spider-Man: Curse of the Man-Thing (2021) #1
  • Alligator Loki Infinity Comic (2022) #6

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Spider-Gwen: Gwen Stacy, Earth-65

In addition to the main Spider-Verse events above, here are some additional Spider-Gwen recommendations!

Earth-65’s Spider-Woman was introduced in just a few years ago in the Spider-Verse crossovers, but she’s already become one of the most popular characters in Spider-Man media. Here are a few of her highlights, but be sure to check out our complete Spider-Gwen reading guide here!

  • Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #2
    • Spider-Verse (2015) #1-5
  • Spider-Gwen (2015) #1-5
  • Spider-Gwen (2016) #1-34; Annual #1
    • Spider-Women (2016)
    • All-New Wolverine Annual (2016) #1
    • Spider-Man (2016) #12-14
  • Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #1-10
  • Ghost-Spider (2019) #1-10; Annual #1
  • King In Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage (2021) #1-3
  • Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse (2022) #1-5
  • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #32-36
  • Marvel’s Voices: Spider-Verse (2023) #1 [H Story]
  • Spider-Gwen: Shadow Clones (2023) #1-5
  • Continue with the Spider-Gwen reading guide!

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Spider-Man 2099: Miguel O’Hara, Earth-928

In addition to the main Spider-Verse events above, here are some additional Spider-Man 2099 recommendations!

Miguel O’Hara is the Spider-Man of Earth-928, in the year 2099. Created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi, the character was envisioned as the cyberpunk Spider-Man of a potential dystopian future. He is a super-genius with spider DNA, giving him unique powers that no other Spider-Man variations have. There have been a few versions of Spider-Man 2099. One of Miguel’s variants traveled with the Exiles across the multiverse, and another is actually from Earth-2099!

  • Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1-46; Annual #1; Special #1
  • Marvel Age (1983) #125
  • What The–?! (1988) #26
  • 2099 Unlimited (1993) #1-3, 8-10
  • Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man (1995) #1
  • Fantastic Four 2099 (1996) #1-8
  • 2099: World of Tomorrow (1996) #1-8
  • 2099: Manifest Destiny (1998) #1
    Captain Marvel (1999) #27-30
  • Exiles (2001) #72, 75-99, Annual #1
  • Timestorm 2009/2099 (2009) #1-4; Spider-Man #1
  • Superior Spider-Man (2013) #17-19, 23, 27-31
  • Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #1-12; (2015) #1-25
  • Secret Wars 2099 (2015) #1-5
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #25, 32-36
  • 2099 (2019) Alpha #1, Omega #1
  • Spider-Man 2099 (2019) #1
  • Spider-Man 2099: Exodus (2022) #1-5, Alpha #1, Omega #1
  • Spider-Man 2099: Dark Genesis (2023) #1-5

 

Extra reading:

  • Thor Corps (1993) #3
  • Ravage 2099 (1992) #5, 15
  • X-Men 2099 (1993) #5
  • Doom 2099 (1993) #14, 18, 33, 39
  • Punisher 2099 (1993) #13
  • Ghost Rider 2099 (1994) #7
  • 2099 A.D. (1995) #1; Apocalypse #1; Genesis #1
  • Spider-Boy Team-Up (1997) #1
  • Avengers Forever (1998) #12
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #439
  • Spectacular Spider-Man (UK) (1995) #178
  • Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #5, 7, 11
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1 [E Story]
  • All-New X-Men Annual (2014) #1
  • All-New X-Factor (2014) #20
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1 [B Story]

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Spider-Ham: Peter Porker, Earth-8311

In addition to the main Spider-Verse events above, here are some additional Spider-Ham recommendations!

Peter Porker is the Spider-Man of Earth-8311. This is a cartoon-based universe inspired by Looney Tunes, where all the inhabitants are silly animal characters!

  • Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham (1983) #1
  • Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham (1985) #1-17
  • Marvel Tales (1964) #201-219, 223-230, 233, 236-240, 247 [B Stories]
  • What The–?! (1988) #3, 18, 20, 22, 24 [B Stories]
  • Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #5
  • Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #1, 3
  • Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special (2010) #1
  • Spider-Gwen Annual (2016) #1 [E Story]
  • Deadpool: Too Soon? Infinite Comic (2016) #1-2, 6-8
  • Marvel Chess Collection (2014) #89
  • Lockjaw (2018) #1-4
  • Ziggy Pig/Silly Seal (2019) #1
    • Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal Infinity Comic (2019) #1, 6-7
  • Spider-Man Annual (2019) #1
  • Spider-Ham (2020) #1-5
  • Spider-Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility (2021) #1

 

Extra reading:

  • Marvel Age Annual (1985) #2-3
  • Cable & Deadpool (2004) #11
  • Spider-Man Family (2005) #1
  • X-Babies (2009) #4
  • Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX (2015) #1
  • Spider-Gwen (2016) #33
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2016) #37
  • Spider-Bot Infinity Comic (2021) #7
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018) #36
  • Marvel’s Voices: Pride (2022) #1

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Other Spiders!

In addition to the main Spider-Verse events above, here are some additional recommendations starring the different Spider-People!

  • Spider-Man Noir (Peter Parker, Earth-90214)
    • Spider-Man Noir (2009) #1-4
    • Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face (2010) #1-4
    • Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #1
    • Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #1
    • Marvel Chess Collection (2014) #78
    • Spider-Verse (2019) #5-6
    • Spider-Man Noir (2020) #1-5
    • Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #1 [D Story]
    • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #41-43
  • Spider-Punk (Hobie Brown, Earth-138)
    • Spider-Verse (2015) #2 [C Story]
    • Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #3
    • Edge of Spider-Geddon (2018) #1, 4
    • Spider-Geddon (2018) #0 [B Story]
    • Spider-Punk (2022) #1-5
    • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #38
    • Marvel’s Voices: Spider-Verse (2023) #1 [D Story]
  • Sp//dr (Peni Parker, Earth-14512)
    • Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #5
    • Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #3
    • Edge of Spider-Geddon (2018) #2
    • Cosmic Ghost Rider (2018) #3
    • Spider-Verse (2019) #3, 6
    • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #7-14

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  • Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly, Earth-616 clone of Peter Parker)
    • Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #144-151
    • Spider-Man: The Lost Years (1995) #1-3
    • Web of Spider-Man (1985) #118
    • Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider (2017) #1-25
  • Spider-Man India (Pavitr Prabhakar, Earth-50101)
    • Spider-Man: India (2005) #1-4
    • Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #3
    • Spider-Verse (2015) #1-5
    • Web Warriors (2016) #1-11
    • Edge of Spider-Verse (2022) #3
    • Spider-Man: India (2023) #1-3
  • Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker, Earth-982 daughter of Peter Parker)
    • What If…? (1989) #105
    • Spider-Girl (1998) #½, 1-100, Annual #1
    • Spider-Man Family (2005) #1; (2008) #1-3
    • Amazing Spider-Girl (2006) #1-30
    • Avengers Next (2007) #1-5
    • Amazing Spider-Man Magazine (2007) #1
    • Spider-Verse (2015) #1 [B Story]
    • Spider-Verse Team-Up (2015) #3 [B Story]
    • Spider-Island (2015) #1-5 [B Stories]
    • Spider-Girls (2018) #1-3
    • Spider-Verse Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #26-29
  • Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew, Earth-616)
    • Spider-Woman: Origin (2005) #1-5
    • New Avengers (2005) #1-64
    • Secret Invasion (2008)
    • Spider-Woman (2009) #1-7; (2014) #1-10; (2015) #1-17; (2020) #1-21
    • Captain Marvel (2012) #6-16; (2019) #1-49
    • Avengers Assemble (2012) #1, 6-25
    • Secret Avengers (2014) #1-15
    • Doctor Strange (2015) #21-24

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The Spot: Johnathon Ohnn, Earth-616

The Spot (Johnathon Ohnn) is not a Spider-Man variant but he is still an important character in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and its sequel, Beyond the Spider-Verse! His comics character has a similar history to his onscreen counterpart in the Spider-Verse films, so these comics are a fun way to get some background on this wacky old-school villain.  

  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #94-100, 245-246
  • Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #16-17
  • Wolverine (2003) #26-27
  • Super-Villain Team-Up: Modok’s 11 (2007) #1-5
  • Dark Reign: Mr. Negative (2009) #1-3
  • Daredevil (2011) #1, 20-21
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013) #12-13
  • Jessica Jones (2016) #1-6
  • Infinity Wars (2018) #1-2
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #6-7
  • Symbiote Spider-Man (2019) #1-4
  • Deadpool Infinity Comic (2021) #1-5
  • Carnage (2022) #2-3

 

Extra reading:

  • Fantastic Four (1998) #38, 40, 44
  • Civil War: War Crimes (2007) #1
  • Free Comic Book Day 2007 (Spider-Man) #1
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #589, 642, 645
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #6, 16, 18, 20
  • Winter Soldier (2018) #3
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #19.HU, 66
  • Star (2020) #1

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Spider-Verse in Multimedia

The Spider-Verse didn’t start in the comics, and it certainly won’t end there! From animation to live action to video games, here are the complete adventures of the Spider-Verse across multimedia.

Spider-Verse in Movies and TV Shows:

  • Spider-Man (1994) S5 E12-13
  • Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! (2009) S1 E29, E44
  • Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) S3 E9-12; S4 E3, E12, E16-19
    • Tie-in comic: Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors – Spider-Verse (2015) #1-4
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
    • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)
    • Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse (2024)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021) S1 E1-50; S2 E1-36
    • Meet Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021) S1 E1-11; S2 E1-10

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Spider-Verse in Video Games:

  • Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (2010)
    • Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (2011)
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012)
  • Spider-Man Unlimited (2014)
  • Marvel Future Fight (2015)
  • Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (2019)

 

Extra playing:

  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (2011)
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest (2013)
    Marvel Heroes (2013)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013)
    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)
  • Marvel Contest of Champions (2014)
  • Marvel Mighty Heroes (2015)
    Marvel Avengers Academy (2016)
  • Marvel Strike Force (2018)
  • Marvel Duel (2020)

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And that’s our guide to the Spider-Verse comics! Which Spider-People are you most excited for in Across the Spider-Verse? What are your theories for Beyond the Spider-Verse? Let me know on Twitter @vinwriteswords and remember to follow the site @MyCosmicCircus for more multiversal mayhem coming soon!

Check out our full list of comics reading guides here, including our Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen guides below!

Miles Morales Comics Reading Guide

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Spider-Gwen Comics Reading Guide

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