Another Major New Spider-Person Possibly Revealed From Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

A themed boardgame reveals that a critical Spider-Man alter ego may be appearing.

We may earn a commission from links on this page.
Web of Spider-Man #118 cover by Steven Butler/Marvel Comics
Web of Spider-Man #118
Image: Steven Butler/Marvel Comics

A brand new superhero potentially coming to the big screen has been revealed in the way most of them are: a toy. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse won’t be in theaters until June 2, 2023, but since it was originally supposed to be out in October, merchandise is finding its way on shelves. One such piece of merch, the board game Trouble, has revealed that one of our favorite Spider-characters may be joining the fun.

On the Spider-Verse themed Trouble you’ll see images of Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, and Miguel O’Hara, all of whom were a given. There’s also the Spot and, most interestingly, the Scarlet Spider. Yes, Ben Reilly himself will be part of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Here are the images (which you can tell were done a while ago as they still have the “Part 1" in the title, which has been dropped).

Image for article titled Another Major New Spider-Person Possibly Revealed From Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Image: Hasbro
Advertisement
Image for article titled Another Major New Spider-Person Possibly Revealed From Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Image: Hasbro
Image for article titled Another Major New Spider-Person Possibly Revealed From Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Image: Hasbro
Advertisement
Image for article titled Another Major New Spider-Person Possibly Revealed From Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Image: Hasbro

In the comics, Ben Reilly is a clone of Spider-Man created to kill the hero. However, he later teams up with him but by then things have gotten incredibly tragic and awful. We’ve covered the character a bunch, and you can read about him at these links. But his possible inclusion opens up just a whole new Pandora’s box of emotional complexities for the film’s characters, if the movie decides to go there.

Advertisement

Recent toy leaks have also revealed that Spider-Punk might be in the film and, as previously revealed, Jessica Drew will be joining as yet another Spider-Person. If all these are to be believed, we now have two returning Spiders (Miles and Gwen) and four new ones (Miguel, Ben, Jessica, Punk). Then there’s also the villains, of which we know the Spot, who you can also see on the Trouble box, as well as Vulture, as revealed in the early footage screened a few months back. All in all, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is going to have 240 characters in it, as opposed to 40 in the first movie.

io9 reached out to Sony which would not comment on characters that may or may not be in the film. But the film is scheduled for release June 2, 2023 and its sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, will be out March 29, 2024.

Advertisement

Update 8/17/2022, 3:10 p.m.: We’ve updated the article with Sony’s response.

Update 8/17/2022, 4:10 p.m.: We’ve updated with official photos.


Want more io9 news? Check out when to expect the latest Marvel and Star Wars releases, what’s next for the DC Universe on film and TV, and everything you need to know about House of the Dragon and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.