Hobie Brown
Spider-Punk
Textless cover of Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 (August 2018).
Art by Gerardo Sandoval.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #10 (January 2015)
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoHobart Larry Brown
SpeciesHuman mutate
Place of originEarth-138
Team affiliationsSpider-Army/Web-Warriors
Notable aliasesSpider-Man
Abilities
  • Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, coordination and balance, ability to cling to solid surfaces
  • Accelerated healing
  • Genius level intellect
  • Proficient scientist and engineer
  • Precognitive spider-sense ability
  • Utilizing wrist-mounted web-shooters
  • Musician
  • Expert combatant

Spider-Punk (Hobart Brown) is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is an alternate version of Hobie Brown and Spider-Man who opposes President Norman Osborn, V.E.N.O.M., and the Inheritors.

Hobie Brown / Spider-Punk made his film debut in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, voiced by Daniel Kaluuya.

Publication history

Spider-Punk first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (January 2015), created by writer Dan Slott and artist Olivier Coipel. According to Slott, the original design of Spider-Punk was intended to be Spider-UK by Coipel, but Slott disapproved of him being Spider-UK, describing the character as "all punk". Slott, however, liked the design and help utilize the character for Coipel.[1]

Fictional character biography

Spider-Verse (comics)

During the "Spider-Verse" storyline, the Earth-138 version of Spider-Man is revealed to be Hobart Brown, originally operating as Spider-Punk. He is a homeless teenager who was transformed by a spider that was irradiated as part of President Norman Osborn's toxic waste dumping. He becomes the punk rock inspired Spider-Man, leading the downtrodden people of New York against Osborn's V.E.N.O.M. troops. Spider-Punk managed to kill Osborn during a riot by bashing the President with his guitar. After President Osborn's death, Spider-Punk unmasked himself to the viewing crowd as their savior.[2] Spider-Punk was later recruited by Superior Spider-Man to join an army of Spider-Men.[3]

Spider-Geddon

During the "Spider-Geddon" storyline, Spider-Punk is shown to be fighting Thunderstrike, while the other Web Warriors are dismantling Loomworld.[4] Spider-Punk (who is starting to call himself Spider-Man) takes down Thunderstrike. When Spider-Punk states to Eric Masters to carry a message to the Red Skull about taking the Bowery, Eric is then reduced to a skeleton by Kang the Conqueror who claims that he has the rights to his name in the future for his company KangCo. When Spider-Punk goes on the attack, Kang summons some Spider-Punk dolls to assist him. After fighting them, Spider-Punk gets away from them and asks for a tape from Captain Anarchy who is busy fighting the Annihilation Wave when they emerged in Harlem from the Negative Zone. When the Spider-Punk dolls catch up, they get into a fight with the Annihilation Wave where one of them eats the tape that Captain Anarchy was going to give to Spider-Punk. After getting the tape out of the insectoid's mouth, Spider-Punk is surprised when Kang catches up to him. As Captain Anarchy holds Kang off, Spider-Punk swings away. Meeting up with Robbie Banner, Hobie tries to convince him to help while reminding him of how he helped in battles against the U-Foes, the Universal Church of Truth, and Hydra. When Kang catches up again, Robbie plays the tape and becomes the Hulk to attack Kang. When Kang is defeated, he states that Captain Anarchy is not marketable and died old while Hobie died young. After Kang disappears with Hulk confused on what Kang meant, Spider-Girl shows up and states that something big is coming, and Spider-Punk agrees to go with her.[5] Spider-Punk later visited an unnamed reality and saved the Norman Osborn version of Spider-Man from the collapsing Oscorp Tower.[6] Seven months ago, Spider-Punk assisted Spider-Girl, Pavitr Prabhakar, Spider-UK, and Karn as the Master Weaver have been keeping a surveillance on the Inheritors as they send a Spider-Bot to Earth-3145 to check up on the Inheritors. Spider-Girl and Pavitr consider Spider-Punk to be the worst Spider-Man.[7]

Spider-Punk is among the spider-powered characters that recruit Miles Morales to confront Superior Octopus when it was discovered that his cloning machine was made from the Inheritors' technology. They try to warn Superior Octopus, but it was too late as the Inheritors start to emerge as they kill Spider-Man Noir and Spider-UK.[8] After the Inheritors emerge, Spider-Punk and Superior Octopus come up with a plan to kill the Inheritors.[9] Spider-Punk informs the rest of Superior Spider-Man's group the bad news as Octavia Otto of Earth-1104 discovered that Solus lives again.[10] As Miles Morales' group joins Superior Spider-Man's group in fighting the Inheritors, Spider-Punk notices that Jennix was driven insane and Verna is missing.[11]

Spider-Punk: Banned in D.C.

Spider-Punk's first solo mini-series, written by Cody Ziglar and drawn by Justin Mason, fleshes out Earth-138. After defeating Kraven and the Hunters, Spider-Punk and Captain Anarchy head back to their base to reconvene with Riri Williams/Riotheart to show her a weapon they pulled off of Kraven's group and determine where it came from. However, they are later attacked by Taskmaster.

In other media

Television

Spider-Punk makes a cameo appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Return to the Spider-Verse: Part 4", voiced by Drake Bell.[12] This version speaks with a Cockney accent. He is among several alternate reality Spider-Men that the villainous Wolf Spider took hostage to siphon their powers before the "prime" Spider-Man, Kid Arachnid, and Spider-Woman arrive to save them.

Film

Hobie Brown / Spider-Punk appears in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, voiced by Daniel Kaluuya.[13] This version is a Briton who, like Kaluuya, comes from Camden.[14] Polygon noted a positive general consensus around him, saying he is one of the characters in the film "that's been blowing everyone's minds with just how wild he looks".[15] Spider-Punk has been described as the "most entertaining Spider-Man variant we meet" in the film,[16] as well as "one of the coolest".[17] Ayan Artan of Digital Spy (DS) saw the introduction of Spider-Punk into Miles Morales's story as positive Black British representation: "His character design is jagged around the edges and consistently shifting, while his personality swings between that classic cockney sensibility and immeasurable Black-British street swagger. He's simply the coolest Spider-Man in Across the Spider-Verse and perhaps even more refreshingly, he knows it, revels in it".[18]

Video games

References

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  2. ^ Spider-Verse #2. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #10. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Superior Octopus #1. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Edge of Spider-Geddon #1. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Edge of Spider-Geddon #4. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Spider-Geddon #0. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ (Spider-Geddon) #1. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Spider-Geddon #2. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Spider-Geddon #4. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Spider-Geddon #5. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ "Return to the Spider-Verse Pt. 4". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 4. Episode 19. September 17, 2016. Disney XD.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (November 7, 2022). "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Adds Daniel Kaluuya as Spider-Punk". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  14. ^ "How Daniel Kaluuya's Cockney-Speaking, Authority-Defying Spider-Punk Came to Life". GQ. 2023-06-09. Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  15. ^ "Spider-Punk's chaotic look had to break Across the Spider-Verse's animation rules". Polygon. 2023-06-06. Retrieved 2023-06-10.
  16. ^ "Who is Hobie Brown in Across the Spider-Verse?". The Digital Fix. 2023-06-06. Retrieved 2023-06-10.
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  18. ^ "Across the Spider-Verse's Spider-Punk is a step forward for Black British representation". Digital Spy. 2023-06-06. Retrieved 2023-06-10.
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