When it was originally announced, it seemed like Sony's animated Spider-Man movie was going to be a simple origin story of Miles Morales -- the Spider-Man who assumes the mantle in a universe where Peter Parker dies -- but now we know that things are more complex than that. Titled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony is teasing that Miles won't be the only one shown to wear the mask in the movie. A multiverse full of Spider-Men (Spider-Mans?) is on the table, and we can tell you that there is no shortage of characters who could appear in this movie.
Into the Spider-Verse looks to be taking most of its inspiration from the massive Spider-Verse storyline that took over the pages of Amazing Spider-Man. The event saw Peter Parker teaming up with different Spider-Men from across the multiverse -- some different versions of him, others completely different -- to combat a threat that sought to kill all Spider-Men for good. A huge swath of characters both old and new was recruited, delivering some instant fan-favorites. We don't know if the plan is to have cameos in Into the Spider-Verse or if the film is a launching point for a new brand of animated one-shot films starring Spider-Verse characters (which would be cool of Sony), but we hope that these are the Spider-People that get to swing by.
Without question, the most popular character to come out of Marvel's Spider-Verse. Spider-Gwen, as she's popularly known, is a variation of Gwen Stacy who was bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker (he became the Lizard, FYI) and become the Spider-Woman of Earth-65. Spider-Gwen was created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez. When she was first introduced, she was almost an immediate star with her cool costume propelling her to the cosplay circuit. Following Spider-Verse, Gwen has shown up, well, pretty much everywhere. She got her own comic book series and regularly appears in other books, TV shows, and video games. If Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is introducing other characters, Spider-Gwen is practically a sure thing.
In the year 2099, Peter Parker and his Spider-Man legacy are long dead until geneticist Miguel O'Hara accidentally splices his DNA with a spider's genetic code (it happens). O'Hara decided to become the new Spider-Man and protect the streets of New York from the villainous corporation Alchemax and futuristic versions of classic Spider-Man bad guys. Spider-Man 2099 is a fan-favorite and has shown up in multiple video games and TV shows since he was created in 1992. He recently came back in a big way when he was stranded in the present day Marvel Comics alongside Peter Parker and then participated in the Spider-Verse event. Spider-Man 2099 is a unique and popular twist on Spider-Man, and he has a lot to offer for a movie role. Who doesn't want to see the Batman Beyond of Spider-Man?