When Sony brought us Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the film became a phenomenon for Spider-Man fans and general audiences worldwide. The first film earned dozens of accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. In October, we first broke the news that the animated Spider-Man sequel would be titled Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Sony later confirmed our report in December when they dropped the first look at the sequel. It teased the return of some familiar faces, along with the promise of some new ones joining the fray. Set your amps to 11 and blast some punk rock because we have a new Spider-Man on the block – Spider-Punk.
The most rebellious of Spider-Man incarnation
That’s right, Hobart Brown, more commonly known as Spider-Punk, will appear in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. For months, we’ve heard murmurs that Brown was one of the prime candidates for the new team of Spider-People that’ll take on the Spot in the animated sequel. He is expected to fight alongside Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, Jessica Drew, and Miguel O’Hara.
These murmurs have now started solidifying as brand new merchandise for the film has hit the shelves in stores, as seen above in a YouTube video by The Combay Collection. Amongst the toys displayed in the video, we get a look at the figure for Spider-Man 2099, along with a description of his character. It reads: “Miguel O’ Hara tried to manipulate the genetics of former Spider-People and accidentally turned himself into the best Spider-Man in the Multiverse!”
Around the 0:24 mark, you’ll also see the Spider-Punk toy mask as one of the new items to promote the upcoming film. In addition, more merch was tweeted about yesterday, as in the tweet below…
SPIDER-PUNK IN ACROSS THE SPIDER VERSE! pic.twitter.com/Tc7IHhIPxB
— Spider-Man Jump Scare (@wubbbie) July 26, 2022
Although the new merch indicates that Spider-Punk will likely be in the next installment of the Spider-Verse franchise, no actor has been confirmed to be voicing him.
Meet Hobart Brown aka Spider-Punk
The Spider-Verse comic event offered fans a plethora of Spider-Variants across the Multiverse. But without a doubt, the Dan Slott/Olivier Coipel design for Spider-Punk has been a fan-favorite since his creation. His design was initially intended for another Spider-Variant known as Spider-UK, but his design was kept and used for Spider-Punk instead.
Hobart Brown was a teenager bitten by a radioactive spider dumped in an illegal radioactive waste by Norman Osborn. He became Spider-Man and rose as a symbol of anarchy and the leader of the Spider-Army. His army went on to fight President Osborn’s regime, eventually defeating the villain and proclaiming freedom for his city.
It makes sense for Brown to finally make his feature film debut. After all, the character’s popularity peak has never been higher prior to this point in the comics. Spider-Punk’s popularity has only skyrocketed ever since its inception in 2014. His rise in affection earned him his 2022 comic book run by Cody Ziglar and Justin Mason.
Brown was always considered a top contender to appear in the upcoming Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse film. He played an essential supporting role in the Spider-Army’s quest to defeat the Inheritors during the original Spider-Verse storyline. He later obtained a more prominent role during the Spider-Geddon storyline years later. Brown is also one of the Spider-Totems in the comics. It’ll be exciting to see how his character interacts with the other characters in the upcoming animated movie.
What we know about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
This film already carries high expectations from audiences as fans await to see what Spider-Variants Phil Lord & Christopher Miller plan to include in the film. We already know that Shameik Moore & Hailee Steinfeld will return to reprise their roles as Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen.
Oscar Isaac is also set to return as Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, following his post-credit scene tease at the end of the first film. Although it has been speculated for some time, there is no confirmation as to whether Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Kimiko Glen, or John Mulaney will reprise their roles from the first film.
We are also expected to see some new “Spider-People” per the film’s synopsis. Among these is Issa Rae‘s take on Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman. Phil Lord also confirmed that the Japanese Spider-Man, more commonly known as Supaidaman, will also appear in the animated sequel. Many fans also expect to see Spider-Man India, given the appearance of Mumbattan in the teaser trailer.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse synopsis: “Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.
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