There have been so many versions of Spider-Man throughout the decades, but they have all remained surprisingly similar to each other, from throwbacks to simple references. Here is just some of what I've noticed:

Ultimate Spider-Man (2000 comic series)


  • The Sinister Six isn't brought together by Doctor Octopus, nor to specifically kill Spider-Man.

Spider-Man (2002 film series)


  • Parker gained his powers from a "genetically-engineered" spider.
  • Spider-Man became a wrestler before turning to heroics.
  • Venom's name is Edward Brock, Jr.
  • Peter and Mary Jane Watson have known each other since childhood.
  • Doctor Octopus' trenchcoat appearance.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008 TV series)


  • The Rhino's real name is Alex O'Hirn.
  • Eddie Brock's personal history with Peter Parker.
  • The existence of Kenny "Kong" McFarlane.


  • John Jameson's space mission-gone-wrong is what brought the Venom symbiote to Earth, kicking off "The Symbiote Saga."


  • Spider-Man's origin is basically frame-for-frame from the first movie, with minor tweeks.
  • Norman Osborn gives unreserved praise to Peter Parker, much to the jealousy of his son Harry.
  • The existence of Bernard Houseman.
  • Black Cat kisses Spider-Man while he is upside down on a webline, just like Earth-96283's Mary Jane Watson.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008 franchise)


  • The existence of Aaron Davis and, implied, Miles Morales.
  • Ned greatly resembles Earth-1610's Ganke Lee.

Marvel's Spider-Man (2017 TV series)


  • Gwen Stacy briefly becomes Spider-Gwen, before eventually becoming Ghost-Spider.
    • And early in Season 3, a version of Gwenom.


  • Spider-Man and most of his supporting cast are aged down into teenagers.
  • Kraven the Hunter is the star of a reality TV show.
  • The Daily Bugle does not play as big a role in Peter Parker's life.
  • Harry Osborn is the Hobgoblin.
  • Spider-Man is, against his will, a founding member of the Sinister Six.
  • Hammerhead is an independent gangster.


  • Dr. Curt Connors wears a prosthetic arm in place of his handicap (starting in Season 3).


  • Otto Octavius was a teacher of Peter Parker before becoming Doctor Octopus.


  • Parker battled a professional wrestler named "Bonesaw" in a prototype costume before going after the burglar that killed Uncle Ben.


  • The Spider-Man costume greatly resembles the one from The Amazing Spider-Man.


  • Spider-Man wears a homemade costume before switching to a more hi-tech, official costume.
  • Many of the other heroes that crossover into the show have similar personalities to their cinematic counterparts.
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