Is Kang the Secret Villain in Across the Spider-Verse? In the latest trailer, Spider-Man 2099 confirmed that the MCU’s Spider-Man and Doctor Strange exist within the same multiverse. So with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the middle of a Multiverse Saga, wouldn’t;lt that make Spider-Verse part of the story? And if s, is the big bad of this trilogy going to be a variant of Kang the Conqueror?
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My friends, we are living in the Multiverse Saga. Not just the Multiverse Saga of the MCU, but of movies in general. We saw a multiverse movie win best picture. DC’s upcoming Flash film is confirmed to have some WILD multiversal shenanigans. And, Sony’s animated Spider-Man films have been multiverse centric since before even the MCU.
So in this video we’re going to talk about the Sony Spider-Verse and how it’s connected to the MCU’s multiverse. And how Kang might appear in the final moments of Across the Spider-Verse. And he be the main villain of the trilogy’s final film, Beyond the Spider-Verse. [clip]
So let’s start with the Spider-Verse animated films. Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse was a multiverse centric story that gave us our first introduction to Miles Morales on the big screen, as well as many other versions of Spider-Man–or as the MCU would call them, variants. [clip, something from Loki explaining variants]
Now the difference between a multiverse and a Spider-Verse is that the Spider-Verse is Spider-Person centric. The overall Marvel Multiverse would include every single Marvel Universe in existence, even universes without a Spider-Man. [clip, America Chavez “Spider who?]
The Spider-Verse however would solely include universes with a Spider-Man, or a Spider-Woman, or even a Spider-Pig. [clip, Simpsons]
In the comics, the Spider-Verse is connected by what’s called The Web of Life and Destiny. This is a three dimensional configuration of the entire Spider-Verse that allows you to travel between different universes. Similar to how the Sacred Timeline from Loki and Quantumania is a three dimensional representation of the MCU’s multiverse.
Now just like the Sacred Timeline has the TVA and the Citadel at the End of Time, the Web of Life and Destiny has a lobby of sorts as well, a center point if you will. Very similar to what we’ve seen in the Across the Spider-Verse trailers.
Every Spider-Person is connected to this multiversal web; and it’s actually been theorized that this connection to the Web of Life and Destiny is what gives each Spider-Person their spider sense. [clip, banana, Peter tingle]
So in the trailers for Across the Spider-Verse we see these hexagonal shaped portal-tunnels that the Spider-People use to travel the multiverse. Remember, Kingpin’s machine from the last movie that allowed for multiversal travel was destroyed, and the Spider-People thought they’d never see eachother again. [clip]
But with access to the Web of Life and Destiny, the Spider-People can now navigate the Spider-Verse via a wristband [b-roll, point to Gwen’s band]. Very similar to the time travel bands we saw the Avengers use in Endgame. [b-roll, Tony holding up wristband to Cap]
Now speaking of the MCU, we’ve heard Sony’s animated Spider-Man films reference the MCU. In the trailers for Across the Spider-Verse we hear Miguel Ohara’s Spider-Man 2099 say this. [clip, little nerd]
This is of course in reference to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. When the MCU’s Peter Parker along with Doctor Strange accidentally brought Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men, plus their villains, into the MCU. [clip, Andrew “hi” Nona screaming]
And come the end of that film when the multiverse is cracking–we see a lot of Spider-Verse characters like Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Scorpion, and Black Cat coming into the MCU via Doctor Strange’s botched spell. They’re all being brought in because they know Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
So with Spider-Man 2099 referencing the events of an MCU film, that all but confirms that the multiverse of the animated Spider-Man films and the multiverse of the Marvel Studios MCU films and Multiverse Saga are the SAME cinematic multiverse.