Ever since Spider-Man was introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of his defining traits is his desire and excitement to be an Avenger. Remember how eager he was to impress in Captain America: Civil War (his first appearance)? His excitement to continue doing Avenger-y stuff in Spider-Man: Homecoming? His obedience in Avengers: Infinity War? Well, he’s back in Spider-Man: Far From Home, although the Avengers themselves don’t make an appearance in the film.

While this cinematic version of Spider-Man is best known for his sheer exuberance at being part of the Avengers, did you know that he’s been part of many, many other superhero teams in the comics? In fact, he’s probably got a wallet full of membership cards (or, since he’s a Millennial, he’s probably got a mobile phone full of e-cards just like his GVMovieClub e-card) for the various super teams he’s part of.

Which teams are those? Read on to find out!

 

1. New Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four: Human Torch, Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing. Credit: Geek

The Fantastic Four: Human Torch, Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing. Credit: Geek

Traditionally, the Fantastic Four’s line up is Mr Fantastic (the stretchy rubber-bodied scientist), Invisible Woman (she can turn invisible and project forcefields), Human Torch (fiery guy who can fly), and the Thing (super strong guy who’s made of rock).

The new Fantastic Four: Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider. Credit: Marvel Database

The new Fantastic Four: Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider. Credit: Marvel Database

But one day, the Fantastic Four went missing (they were presumed dead in the comics, but they were actually just missing). So the New Fantastic Four was assembled to rescue them – Wolverine, Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Spider-Man.

Spoiler: They were successful! Although the New Fantastic Four disbanded after that, they teamed up again a few more times after that.

 

2. New Avengers

Luke Cage, Thing, Ms Marvel, Wolverine, Spider-Man & Captain America. Credit: Wikipedia

Luke Cage, Thing, Ms Marvel, Wolverine, Spider-Man. Credit: Wikipedia

If you haven’t read New Avengers, you should really go check it out right now. Formed in the wake of the dissolution of the original Avengers (don’t worry, they disband every few years), the New Avengers came together in 2005. They were made up of individual superheroes (all working solo at the time) who responded to an emergency in New York City, including your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

What emergency? Well, in the Marvel Universe, there’s a giant prison facility for supervillains called The Raft. Being a comic book universe, it is located in the worst possible location – just a few miles off the coast of New York City.

Many supervillains escaped that day, of course. But the good thing was that the superheroes who turned up to help felt that it was fate that they all came together, and stayed on to form the New Avengers.

Spider-Man stayed on with the New Avengers for quite a while after that – but couldn’t get paid because he refused to divulge his identity. The poor guy just can’t catch a break

 

3. Web Warriors

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The Web Warriors is perhaps one of the most meta teams that Spider-Man has ever been on – because there’s (technically) only one member, Spider-Man himself.

How is that possible? Well, that’s because the Web Warriors are made up of the Spider-Men from different dimensions. If you caught Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, then you’ll have caught an iteration of the Web Warriors at work (although they’re not called that specifically in the movie)

Imagine talking to an entire team of alternate dimension versions of yourself. Either you’re going to get along splendidly – or you’re going to go mad.

 

4. Jean Grey School for Higher Learning

X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

If you caught X-Men: Dark Phoenix, then you’ll remember what happens at the end – Xavier’s school for mutants gets renamed the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, in memory of Jean Grey. A similar incident also happens in the comics (it’s a long story), but it ends with Wolverine heading the school.

Yes. Wolverine is the headmaster for a school full of kids with superpowers, and he doesn’t eviscerate anyone.

However, Wolverine dies (he got better, don’t worry) – but before he died, he invited Spider-Man to teach a Special Class at the school. This was just a cover for his real request though – Wolverine suspected there was a traitor amongst the students, and wanted Spider-Man to investigate.

As a result, Spider-Man’s technically a faculty member at the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning – and a teacher, to boot.

 

5. League of Realms

Spider-Man gets a magic helmet in the "War of the Realms" comic book event. Credit: ScreenRant

Spider-Man gets a magic helmet in the “War of the Realms” comic book event. Credit: ScreenRant

In the War of the Realms comic book event that just concluded this year, the superheroes of the Marvel Universe banded together to face a threat to all the Realms (i.e. the multiverse). The evil Dark Elf, Malekith the Accursed (the same villain as the one in Thor: The Dark World), decides to invade every other Realm in existence with his army of Dark Elves.

Spider-Man is conscripted into this army (since they need every super-powered being available to help), but he’s not the most well-equipped hero to battle magical threats. So he’s given a magic helmet, but only learns what its power is later.

The helmet allows him to talk to horses – or anything equine in nature.

That’s when he learns that his mount’s real name isn’t Buttercup – but Queen Arctorius. Fortunately, she liked the name Buttercup, so it was all good.

 

6. Avengers

Spider-Man in the Avengers. Credit: Marvel Database

Spider-Man in the Avengers. Credit: Marvel Database

While Spider-Man is a member of the Avengers now (both in the movies and the comics), that wasn’t always the case in the comics. That wasn’t due to a lack of ability of competency though – it’s just that he didn’t have the time, so he joined as a reserve member in 1991 (he was called upon whenever there was a galactic crisis though).

He did join the official Avengers team in the 2010s, along with Wolverine. It’s significant because both characters were incredibly popular, but never formally joined the Avengers until recently (partly because Wolverine was with the X-Men).

So maybe one day, we’ll see Wolverine in the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Spider-Man: Far From Home. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Spider-Man: Far From Home. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So after Spider-Man’s spectacular adventures in Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, how has life been for him post-Snap? That’s exactly what Spider-Man: Far From Home is all about. It sees Spider-Man (Tom Holland) in his civilian identity as Peter Parker, as he goes on a school trip in Europe. But while it seems that Peter has adjusted well to life after the Snap, there’s more simmering beneath the surface. And with the appearance of a mysterious new character, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), things are about to get more complicated for our wallcrawler.

Will Spider-Man rise to the occasion… or will Spider-Man: Far From Home be the last time we see our beloved arachnid superhero? Find out by catching the film – and remember to stay back for the mid-credit and post-credit scenes!

 

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Credits: Marvel Database, Geek, Wikipedia, ScreenRant, Golden Village Cinemas

 

 

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