Adaptations of Spider-Man in other media
Spider-Man as depicted in other various adaptions
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
Original sourceComics published by Marvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
Print publications
Reference book(s)The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide (2007)
Films and television
Spider-Man (1967–1970)
Spidey Super Stories (1974–1975)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977–1979)
Spider-Man (1978–1979)
Spider-Man (1981–1982)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981–1983)
Spider-Man (1994–1998)
Spider-Man Unlimited (1999–2001)
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series (2003)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008–2009)
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012–2017)
Spider-Man (2017–2020)
Theatrical presentations
Play(s)Spider-Man's wedding (1987)
Spider-Man Live! (2002)
Musical(s)Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2011)
Audio presentations
Radio show(s)Spider-Man (1996)
Video game(s)

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero from Marvel who has been adapted and appeared in various media including television shows, films, toys, stage shows, books, and video games.


Main article: Spider-Man in television

Spider-Man has been adapted to television many times, as a short-lived live-action television series, a Japanese tokusatsu series, and several animated cartoon series. There were also the "Spidey Super Stories" segments on the PBS educational series The Electric Company,[1] which featured a Spider-Man (played by Danny Seagren) who did not speak out loud but instead used only word balloons.[2]

Animated series

Live-action series


Main article: Spider-Man in film


Early films

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series

Main article: Spider-Man (2002 film series)

Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy

The Amazing Spider-Man film series

Main article: The Amazing Spider-Man (film series)

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Main article: Spider-Man (2017 film series)

Sony, Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company announced in February 2015 a deal for Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, with Tom Holland portraying the character.

Other appearances


Novels and books

Main article: Spider-Man in literature

Further information: Spider-Man in novels and Spider-Man book series

Spider-Man features in three original Marvel novels published in the 1970s by Pocket Books -- Mayhem in Manhattan by Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, and Crime Campaign and Murder Moon, both by Paul Kupperberg.[29] In the 1990s, Byron Preiss published a series of novels based on Marvel Comics, edited by Keith R. A. DeCandido, and written by various authors including Adam-Troy Castro, Tom DeFalco, and Diane Duane; Preiss also published two Spider-Man short-story anthologies. Byron Preiss' license eventually lapsed, and the new licensee, Pocket Star (an imprint of Pocket Books), released Down These Mean Streets, by DeCandido, in 2005. In 2006, they released The Darkest Hours by Jim Butcher, and in 2007, Drowned in Thunder by Christopher L. Bennett. Some of the Preiss novels were team-ups with other Marvel characters (including the X-Men, Iron Man, and the Hulk), while others were solo adventures. The Byron Preiss novels shared a common continuity and occasionally referenced events in earlier novels, while later novels included a time-line.

A number of Spider-Man children's books have also been published, from early readers and picture books to novels. Guide books include DK Publishing's Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide, by Tom DeFalco[30] and Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighborhood Hero by Matthew K. Manning.[31]

Motion comics

Spider-Man appears in the Spider-Woman motion comics. In this series, he is voiced by Geoff Boothby.

Comic strips


In 1995, BBC Radio commissioned a Spider-Man radio play which aired on BBC Radio 1 over 50 episodes on week days between January 15, 1996, and March 24, 1996. The performance was co-produced by Brian May, who also contributed to the musical arrangement and wrote and performed the theme tune.[35]

The scope of the story included a number of familiar characters from the Spider-Man comic books as well as key figures from the Marvel Universe such as the Fantastic Four, Namor the Submariner, and Doctor Doom. The role of Spider-Man was performed by William Dufris. The cast list included EastEnders star Anita Dobson.

Live performances

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark promotional poster

In 1987 Marvel staged a mock wedding at Shea Stadium as publicity stunt to promote the wedding issue of The Amazing Spider-Man.

A Spider-Man balloon appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1987 to 1998. A newer version also appeared from 2009 to 2014. Spider-Man also appears as a costume character on the Disney Cruise Line float starting in 2022.

At the Butlins family entertainment resorts in the United Kingdom, a musical titled Spider-Man On Stage played in 1999. The show contained music by Henry Marsh and Phil Pickett and a book and lyrics by David H. Bell. The original cast album by Varios Records runs 44 minutes.

In 2002, the company 2MA produced the first live-action Spider-Man Stunt Show, Spider-Man Stunt Show: A Stunt Spectacular staged in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The same show played at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England in 2003 and 2004. Spider-Man has also made stage appearances in Pantomime at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, United Kingdom. In 2003 a similar stage show called Spider-Man Live! toured North America.

At Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, a musical stage version (loosely based on the 2002 live-action film and based on the comics) titled Spider-Man Rocks! was produced, combined singing and action stunt sequences similar to a Broadway musical. The attraction ran from May 2002 to August 2004, when it was replaced by Fear Factor Live! Because it is loosely based on the 2002 film, Green Goblin is basically in his comic book form instead of his movie form.

A Broadway musical titled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York on June 14, 2011. The show is directed by Julie Taymor and features music by Bono and The Edge. The production stars Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, T.V. Carpio and Patrick Page.[36] The musical is the most expensive piece of live theatre to date,[37] and features high-flying action sequences and stunts. It holds the record for the most preview performances, with 182 before its opening.[37] In March of 2011, an Off-Broadway parody production entitled "Spidermusical" was performed for a week; it garnered favorable attention for being written and staged, all during Turn Off the Dark's troubled and highly publicized preview process.[38]

Spider-Man is featured in Marvel Universe Live!, a 2014 arena show.[39]

Spider-Man, and other Marvel characters, currently make live appearances in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure, Walt Disney Studios Park, and Hong Kong Disneyland. He also makes appearances in Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Islands of Adventure

Video games

Main article: Spider-Man in video games

Dozens of computer and video games starring Spider-Man have been released for over 15 different gaming platforms.

The Amazing Spider-Man, a puzzle-oriented action game developed by Oxford Digital Enterprises and released in 1990 for the Amiga, then later ported to MS-DOS, Commodore 64, and Atari ST. The title was published by Paragon Software Corporation and features over 250 screens.[40]

In 1990, The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, developed and published by Sega, premiered on the Master System and was later ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis in 1991, the Game Gear in 1992, and the Mega-CD in 1993. Fundamentally, the game is the same on each platform with each iteration including new levels, enhanced graphics and a few incremental improvements to the game play. The story involves Spider-Man trying to collect six keys from six villains to defuse a bomb in New York planted by the Kingpin. Spider-Man has a finite supply of webfluid and the only way to replenish is to take photos, most profitably of the supervillains, to sell to the Daily Bugle.

The Amazing Spider-Man was developed by Rare and released for the Game Boy in 1990 by LJN. It is a scrolling platform game where Spider-Main chases supervillains across New York to locate Mary Jane Watson.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released the following year and was developed by B.I.T.S. The game is a side-scrolling beat-'em up. Spider-Man attempts to clear his name after he is accused of a crime committed by the Hobgoblin. In 1993, B.I.T.S. released the third in the series titled, The Amazing Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers.

As well as various games based on the Spider-Man license, Spider-Man has also appeared in a few cross-over titles. He appears as a guest character in X-Men: Mutant Academy 2 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.

Spider-Man appears in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Quinton Flynn. He is one of the main heroes that help Nick Fury fight Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil. Spider-Man appears in its sequel Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 voiced by Benjamin Diskin.

He is also a playable character in Capcom's series of Marvel-based fighting games, first appearing in Marvel Super Heroes as well as every game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series of games starting from Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter. For Marvel Super Heroes and the first two games, he was voiced by Patrick Chilvers. But for the next one which was entitled Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, it was voiced by Josh Keaton and for the 2017 game Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, it was voiced by Robbie Daymond.

While not appearing in the main series due to licensing issues from Sony, Spider-Man appears in Marvel Super Hero Squad, Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, and Marvel Super Hero Squad Online as a playable character. For Marvel Super Hero Squad and Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet, he is voiced by Josh Keaton and for Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, all male Spider-Man characters are voiced by Mikey Kelley and Yuri Lowenthal. He appears as a playable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance and its companion games Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics and Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2.

Spider-Man appears as a non-playable character in the 2003 game, X2: Wolverine's Revenge voiced again by an uncredited Rino Romano. In a deleted scene, Wolverine encounters Spider-Man off of his home turf. Spider-Man states that he heard about the big breakout at the Void and rode out to the town on the charter bus with the other superheroes who can't fly or teleport. When Spider-Man asks if Wolverine needs help fighting Magneto, Wolverine has him deal with the chaos in town until Damage Control arrives.

Spider-Man is a playable character in the 2014 and 2015 games Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and Disney Infinity 3.0, with Drake Bell reprising his role from the 2012 Ultimate Spider-Man series.

The Amazing Spider-Man is a game based on the 2012 film of the same name for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. A sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released in 2014 along with the film of the same name. Spider-Man is voiced by Sam Riegel for both of these games.

A new Spider-Man video game was announced during the Sony Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 Press Conference under the working title "Spider-Man PS4" with the hashtag #spidermanPS4. Yuri Lowenthal reprises his role as Spider-Man from Marvel Super Hero Squad Online and Spider-Man Unlimited. It was developed by Insomniac Games and released on September 7, 2018 for PlayStation 4[b] to critical and commercial success, becoming the best-selling PlayStation 4 game of all time. The game was followed by a three-episode DLC titled Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps, and two sequels, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, released in 2020[c], and Spider-Man 2, released in 2023.

Spider-Man appears as a playable character in various mobile games including Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and Marvel Strike Force.[41]


Web series

Unofficial media


Fan films

See also


  1. ^ Only named "New Goblin" in promotional material and the credits.
  2. ^ With further releases on PlayStation 5 on November 12, 2020 and Microsoft Windows on August 12, 2022
  3. ^ With a further release on Microsoft Windows on November 18, 2022


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