There were plenty of great movies released in 2018, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was perhaps the most surprising; it had amazing animation, strong voice acting and complex characters. And Spider-people. So many Spider-people. While the critically and commercially acclaimed film was many people’s first introduction to the multi-dimensional cast of web-head heroes to bear the Spider-moniker, the Spider-Verse concept has been a pivotal part of Spider-Man’s mythology since 2014. In Spider-Verse, Marvel introduced hundreds of alternative versions of Spider-Man banding together to protect the mystical Web of Life and Destiny from the Inheritors, a family of vampiric creatures who feast on heroes connected to the web. This seminal comics event not only united Spider-Man across the multiverse, it also united all Spider-Man across all media. Every iteration of the wall-crawler, from Spider-Gwen to Spider-Ham, is now canon.
Celebrate the day by watching Spider-Man movies and reading some of the comics. We’ve even come up with a list for you! Use your spidey senses and choose wisely. As Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”