Marvel brought back its “What-If” storylines earlier this year, and its first issue featured a version of Spider-Man I’m sad to see didn’t make his way into the movie. In this adventure, Peter Parker ends up trading his web shooters for bullet shooters and begins killing criminals much like Frank Castle does in the role. Spider-Punisher would be a great addition to the team, especially if any villains needed to be dealt with “permanently.”
An original draft of Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse contained an Australian Spider-Man, which sounds incredible. Unfortunately, co-director Rodney Rothman already revealed his introduction and exit wasn’t too heavy, and he was ultimately cut from the feature. There’s a silver lining, however, as the Aussie Spider-Man’s lack of an introduction and subsequent death never happened, meaning there’s always a chance he pops up in a potential sequel with some vegemite and a boomerang in tow!
William “Billy” Braddock may not be much more than a British version of Spider-Man, but his significance in Marvel’s Spider-Verse storylines cannot be denied. Braddock eventually becomes the leader of the Web Warriors and is more than familiar with inter-dimensional travel. It stands to reason he’s a character that could prove quite handy to the Into The Spider-Verse crew, even if he’s essentially just a basic run of the mill Spider-Man with an accent.
Hobart Brown may just look like a punk-rock version of Spider-Man, but this hero is no poser. In fact, this Spider-Hero once disabled an entire army through the power of punk rock and then defeated his enemy President Osborn with a swift guitar bash to the head. If that’s not punk rock, I’m not sure what else qualifies. If the Spider-Verse is looking for someone to stand against oppression and topple authority, Brown’s the guy.
Back in the late ’70s, Toei and Marvel joined forces to bring a Japanese version of Spider-Man to the Land of the Rising Sun. The result was Takuya Yamashiro, a Spider-Man unlike any other that had previously existed. Among other things, Yamashiro received his powers from a warrior hailing from the planet Spider and had a ship that transformed into a giant mech called Leopardon.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse could throw all the cameos in the world at us, but none would be as cool as bringing Tobey Maguire back as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. An argument can be made that the Spider-Man franchise would’ve never gotten this popular if it weren’t for those films, and it can definitely be said Into The Spider-Verse wouldn’t be the same without it. Just think of all the references to it in the adventure!