The lead character designer of the film Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, Kris Anka, informed us that he did draw the Spider-Man variant, Spider-Boy, during the production. However, the variant did not make the final cut in the film because of its ties with DC, the rival company of Marvel.
The character of the Spider-Boy, one of many Spider-Man variants, is owned by DC, which is the main reason his inclusion in the film has been prevented. Using the character in the movie could easily become a legal issue as DC and Marvel are rivals!
It has happened previously where the inclusion of Spider-Boy was impossible as Spider-Ham copied an iconic line of Porky Pig. The legal issues arose because in the 1990s’ DC and Marvel struggled financially, leading to a crossover of their universes in the Marvel Versus DC in 1996.
During this crossover phase, the Spider-Man variant was created, which was a clone of the dead Peter Parker and was named Peter Ross. The character was a merging of two superheroes, Spider-Man and Superboy; hence, it ties the character to DC.
The film, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse was a visual treat for viewers and fans, especially because of the several representations of Spider-Man. The plan was to include as many variants of Spider-Man as possible in cameo roles.
However, it was due to legal reasons that DC had links to the character that Spider-Boy had to be excluded. This aspect raises awareness of the influence and impact of the character of Spider-Man that goes beyond the multiverse of Marvel.
There are rumors that the character of Spider-Man may crossover to The Invincible, an adult animated series by Amazon Prime. The character's popularity, Spider-Man, is so strong that apart from the crossovers, there are copies of him across other production houses and comics. So, can he become one of the universal superheroes of all time? Greater than Superman or Ironman? Only time will tell!
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