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After Secret Wars Marvel is going to the self described All-New All-Different Marvel Universe (even though technically it’ll consist almost entirely of pre-existing characters). One of the first things that jumped out at me is that we are getting just a whole bunch of Spider-People.
I mean, look at this:
That’s four whole Spider-themed characters, not even counting the side characters like Silk. Honestly though, it’s not surprising. These four are some of the most popular characters Marvel has going for them, they’d be crazy not to include them. Still, it doesn’t answer the question we’ve posed here: is that too many Spider-People?
Let’s take the obvious point first. Spider-Gwen–who I guess is just Spider-Woman (number two) now that Spider-verse is all said and done–has lost her biggest pull. A bulk of what made her so fresh and interesting was that she existed in a world that’s all turned around. Peter turned into the Lizard and died, Frank Castle is a detective, etc. Now that she’s in this new world she’s just another spider-powered hero. Some of the allure is gone. The character is blander.
Miles Morales is a bit more versatile, as he was originally meant as a Peter Parker replacement. His character could be tweaked a little to make him a bit different, but at the end of the day he’d just end up Peter Parker but different. Best case scenario would be that Miles allows Peter Parker to actually move on in his life. Miles can be the young kid struggling with girls, with poverty, and even–unlike Pete–racial issues if you wanted!
As for Earth-616 Peter and Spider-Woman, I don’t know what to tell you. They’ll be who they’ll be. I am a bit confused as to why they let Spider-Woman live. Of the four, she is by far the mot expendable. I know they had an ongoing title of hers, but was it so popular that she survived to All-New All-Different?
However, this only showcases the issues with bringing all these Spiders together, not if there are too many in the first place. To get a bead on this, let us take a look at the Avengers comic that’s coming out after Secret Wars:
Alright. So with Miles on the Avengers that problem pretty much takes care of itself. If I had to guess, I’d assume Marvel is also trying to keep Spider-Gwen in her own separate space too. Maybe even finding a way to put her back in her own book.
I think, I think, that Marvel knows about their oncoming Spider-Problem and is trying to throttle back. In the end, Pete may be the only real spider-person actually carrying on the torch. It may sound a bit dull, but I think it’s for the best. A crowded stage is often a terrible one.
Plus, with Marvel’s new effort to make Iron Man the focal point of this All-New All-Different Marvel I think “The Age of Spider-Characters” is waning. So to put a final cap on it, I would say that no, there are not too many Spider-people. Currently. Odin knows that could change at any time.