Spider-Punk confirmed for Spider-Verse 2 in merchandise leak

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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is set to be huge, expanding on the stories of Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. Alongside the newly-introduced Spider-Man 2099, the movie will also have more Spider-People than ever. Fans are naturally curious about the other Spider-Men that could appear in Spider-Verse 2 and merch for the film has spoiled a beloved Spider-Verse character making their animated debut: Spider-Punk.

Are we getting (Spider) Punk’d?

Merchandise for Spider-Verse 2 was spotted by Twitter account MCU Marvels, which revealed some toys for Spider-Punk. Alongside a toy guitar - how else would you know he was a Spider-Punk? - the images also show Spider-Punk’s mask on full display, confirming the character’s appearance in Across the Spider-Verse.

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For those unaware, Spider-Punk’s mask is the classic Spider-Man mask with horns on the top of his head that makes it look like a mohawk. He also wears denim jackets and sneakers with his costume, if you weren’t convinced that this spider was a punk.

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Who is Spider-Punk?

Rather than just being an alternate version of Peter Parker, Spider-Punk is actually an alternate version of Hobie Brown, who most comic book readers know as The Prowler in Earth 616. Spider-Punk Hobie’s universe is more extreme than Peter Parker’s as his world has been radically taken over by corporations, rallying the lower class to fight for equality.

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Prior to his upcoming appearance in Spider-Verse 2, Spider-Punk has been featured in various Spider-Verse comics. He was a prominent supporting character in the original Spider-Verse crossover, appeared in the Spider-Verse mini-series tied to Secret Wars, and was a main character in the short-lived Web Warriors series.

The character also got a five-issue mini-series this year simply called Spider-Punk, which will conclude in September. In addition to Hobie as Spider-Man, there are also punk rock versions of Hulk and Captain America.

Fans will be able to see more of Spider-Punk in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse next year, on June 2, 2023.