One of the funnest things about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the introduction of multiple Spider-Men, but the movie also has fun looking at the alternate version of Spidey’s villains. We had a look at the alternate Prowler played by Donald Glover, and concept artist Kris Anka shares a look at variants of Mysterio, Doctor Octopus, Shocker, and More.
Here’s his post:
— kris anka (@kristaferanka) July 24, 2023
While a lot of fans are already familiar with characters like Doc Ock and Mysterio, Big Wheel is actually an obscure Spider-Man villain who is just a literal big wheel (usually there’s a guy piloting it, but it looks like the wheel here is actually sentient). The Beetle in the comics is also just a character with a specialized suit; kind of like a bug-themed Iron Man.
Admittedly, the villains in Across the Spider-Verse were more of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos, but some are speculating that Beyond the Spider-Verse is going to be pitting multiple Spider-Men against an entire Multiverse of their villains. Then again, it does seem like the clash with the Spot is going to take over the entire plot, and it would be up to Miles to team-up with his Prowler variant to try and save the Multiverse.
For now, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is coming down to be one of the most celebrated comic book films of the year, but after all the controversy surrounding the animators being overworked, fans are hoping that the sequel manages to be easier on the artists this time around—even if it means the film has to be delayed even further.
Beyond the Spider-Verse is expected to come out March next year.