Spider-Man: Best Comedy Acts of the 2010s
The 2010s marked a new twist in Spider-Man comic book history. This decade saw the creation of the Spider-Verse which also saw Miles Morales take on the role of wall-crawler.
Morales’ early days aside, Peter Parker’s own storylines were still being released. However, even the character of Parker went through a phase of maturity around this time. Once billed as a young, humorous teenager, the 2010s Peter Parker was a responsible adult who struggles to balance his home life with his superhero antics.
ten Hunted (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 5 # 16-23)
A spiritual successor to the classic Kraven The Hunter comic book storyline Kraven’s Last Hunt, the web-slinger along with several other animal-themed superheroes and villains falls prey to Kraven in hunt. Therefore, not only Spider-Man, but even enemies like the Lizard and the Rhino are also affected.
Kraven is an intimidating villain in the storyline as he is willing to kill his own children so as not to live up to his heritage. As Spider-Man makes unlikely alliances with his enemies, Kraven continues to show the full extent of his hunting abilities and newfound immortality.
9 A Moment in Time (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 # 638-641)
A moment in time is a four-issue storyline that finds out that Spider-Man’s alter ego is becoming common knowledge. Eager to change his current situation, he makes a deal with Doctor Strange to reverse time. The result, however, is such that his relationship with Mary Jane would worsen and his own memory would fade.
The reason Spider-Man fans would be excited about this comic is that its plot is very similar to that of the Spider-Man: No Path Home Trailer. It shows both the profound consequences of Strange’s witchcraft and Spider-Man’s constant struggles with his superhero identity.
8 Absolute Carnage (Crossover)
A 2019 crossover event, Absolute carnage features murderous sadist Cletus Cassidy in his most evil state. Becoming the host of the Carnage symbiote, he proceeds to the death of all symbiote hosts in the Marvel Universe.
The mega-event is a perfect companion to read alongside other symbiote-centric limited series like Maximum carnage and Venom vs. Carnage. Like the latter two, Spider-Man also plays an integral supporting role while teaming up with Venom and Miles Morales. As Venom: let there be carnage marks Carnage’s cinematic debut, Absolute Carnage would provide an interesting perspective on the character of Kassidy.
7 Spider-Island (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 # 659-660, 662-673)
Peter Parker has been Manhattan’s Guardian for many years. Now imagine everyone in Manhattan has also developed the same powers as him. What’s this Spider island Turn around.
The offbeat premise is filled with enough action and humor to entice readers. It was also an iconic cross series as it not only included numbers from The Amazing Spider-Man but also associated one-shots involving Avengers, Cloak and Dagger and many other Marvel characters.
6 Dying Wish (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 # 698-700)
In one of the most shocking twists and turns in Spider-Man comic book history, The Amazing Spider-Man # 700 ended with Doctor Octopus taking control of Peter Parker’s body. The story begins with Spider-Man’s classic comic villain on his deathbed. His days are numbered, he designs such technology that allows him to swap bodies with Spider-Man.
The shocking ending had far-reaching consequences in the Marvel Universe as Doc Ock assumed the identity of “The Superior Spider-Man” (also featured in the comic book series of the same name). This evil variant of the web-slinger has added a whole new dimension to Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus’ eternal rivalry.
5 Spider-Verse (Crossover)
The story that kicked off a whole new world of spider-powered heroes, Spider-Verse found Peter Parker joining forces with other powerful versions of the Crawler Wall like Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man 2099, and many more. When each alternate version of the hero is tormented by Morlun and his heirs, they plan to travel through dimensions and stop the chaos.
The plot also served as the inspiration for the 2018 animated film. Into the Spider-Verse. The film naturally restored interest in Morales’ origin and the concept of the Spider-Verse. But if fans want to get the full summary of this interdimensional story, then Spider-Verse is the perfect place to start.
4 Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy (Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 # 16-19)
Dead more begins with The Jackal bringing together villains like the Lizard and Electro with the promise of reuniting them with their loved ones. To increase Spider-Man’s troubles, Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) returns from the dead.
As seasoned readers know, Scarlet Spider was the Spider-Man clone. Killing him and bringing him back has been a running trope, but in this story, Ben begins to lose his mind. Instead of just treating him like a Spider-Man villain, he has enough space to function as an individual charged with his own existence.
3 Spider-Man and the X-Men (limited series)
Spider-Man and Wolverine lived their adventures together, but this was the first time the former could officially collaborate with members of the X-Men team. In fact, the storyline is dramatic from the start as it takes place after Wolverine’s death. Following this tragedy, Peter Parker voluntarily joined Professor Xavier’s school as an ethics teacher for struggling students.
This new role of teacher is quite interesting to read. Usually, it’s Spider-Man who is treated as a protégé or sidekick of the other heroes. In this case, he functions as the more mature, guiding the young mutants down a morally responsible path.
2 Spider-Men (Limited Series)
As the title suggests, this limited series features both Peter Parker and Miles Morales swinging webs together. As Mysterio unites two multiverses, Parker from Earth-616 and Morales from Ultimate Universes team up to restore balance.
The comics are a prime example of showing both Spider-Men’s team spirit as well as their ideological differences. While Parker has become more strategic in his approach, Morales is more impulsive due to his young age. The mentor-student relationship between the two signifies a new future for the Spider-Man mythos.
1 Ends Of The Earth (The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 # 682-687)
Before becoming Spider-Man, Peter Parker was always a skilled scientist. In Ends of the Earth, he puts his keen sense of science to good use by setting up Horizon Labs, a tech hub influenced by both Spider-Man and Green Goblin. Thus, its inventory includes a wide variety of weapons such as Spider Gliders and Spider Bombs.
This entrepreneurial side of the hero is a new phase of his personality which shows how far he can go to be a responsible hero. The very reason he created Horizon Labs is to fight enemies like the Sinister Six.
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