THE COSMIC SPIDER-MAN
Real Name: Peter Parker
Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-13) human mutate
Group Membership: Spider-Army (Captain Spider/"Flash" Thompson of Earth-78127, Old Man Spider/Ezekiel Sims of Earth-4, Prince of Arachne/Peter Parker of Earth-71004, Scarlet Spider/Kaine Parker of Earth-616, Silk/Cindy Moon of Earth-616, Sp//dr/Peni Parker of Earth-14512, Spider-Girl/Anya Corazon of Earth-616, Spider-Girl/Betty Brant of Earth-78227, Spider-Girl/May Parker of Earth-982, Spider-Ham/Peter Porker of Earth-8311, Spider-Man/Ben Reilly of Earth-94, Spider-Man/Hobie Brown of Earth-138, Spider-Man/Max Borne of Earth-9500, the time-displaced Spider-Man/Otto Octavius of Earth-616, Spider-Man/Pavitr Prabhakar of Earth-50101, Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-616, Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara of Earth-928, Spider-Monkey/Peter Parker of Earth-8101, Spider-UK/Billy Braddock of Earth-833, Spider-Woman/Ashley Barton of Earth-807128, Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy of Earth-65, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew of Earth-616, numerous others)
Affiliations: Benjy Parker of Earth-982, Spider-Army
Enemies: The Inheritors of Earth-001 (Jennix, Morlun, Solus, others)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Little Totem," Spider-Man
Base of Operations: Central Park, New York City, New York
First Appearance: Spider-Verse Team-Up#1 (January, 2015)
Powers/Abilities: The Cosmic Spider-Man had a wide variety of superhuman powers derived both from his status as a Spider-totem and his connection to the Enigma Force. He displayed a danger-warning Spider-Sense as well as the ability to fly and project vast amounts of cosmic energy.
He likely possessed the superhuman strength, agility and ability to cling to solid surfaces shared by other Spider-totems and, while he did not display these powers, he also likely possessed abilities shared by other hosts of the Enigma Force including Uni-Vision providing superhuman senses, molecular manipulation and the ability to survive unaided in outer space.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 167 lbs.)
(Amazing Spider-Man III#9 (fb) - BTS) - Peter Parker was given cosmic powers by the Enigma Force and he decided to keep his newfound powers.
(Vault of Spiders#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, a photo was taken of the Cosmic Spider-Man in full costume.
(Spider-Verse Team-Up#1) - Earth-94's Spider-Man was recruited into the Multiversal Spider-Army and brought to Earth-13, where he met the other Spider-Army recruits and Earth-13's native Spider-Man counterpart.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#9) - As Earth-616's Spider-Man met up with the rest of the Spider-Army and asked why their base on Earth-13 was safe, the Cosmic Spider-Man floated down to the ground with Earth-982's Benjy Parker in his arms and remarked that he could answer that question. Handing Benjy over to his sister May (herself Earth-982's Spider-Girl), the Cosmic Spider-Man was confronted by Spider-Man-616, who had realized the Cosmic Spider-Man was a counterpart of himself that had kept the cosmic powers he had once possessed. Cosmic Spider-Man confirmed that he had kept the cosmic powers bestowed to him by the Enigma Force and then answered Spider-Man's question about being safe by commenting the Earth-001 Inheritors, who were hunting Spider-totems across the Multiverse, would be foolish to attack him in his own reality and that he could keep the Spider-Army safe on Earth-13. Spider-Man-616 then asked why the godlike Cosmic Spider-Man didn't just take the fight directly to the Inheritors and the Cosmic Spider-Man replied that his Enigma Force-based powers were tied to their home reality. He further explained that if he were to leave Earth-13, his powers would stay and he would become a normal Spider-Man but he would come to the aid of the Spider-Army in another reality if they were ever in a situation where one more Spider-Man would make the difference.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#10) - The Cosmic Spider-Man watched as Earth-616's Spider-Man questioned why the Spider-Army considered him to be "the chosen one" and the subsequent discussion about how Earth-616's Spider-Man had previously survived an encounter with an Inheritor was interrupted when Spider-UK received a reading on a second team of Multiversal Spider-counterparts. As the Spider-Army spoke about the second team, Earth-616's Silk looked over the various Spider-Man, including the Cosmic Spider-Man, and wondered if she had the same connection to any of them that she did with Earth-616's Spider-Man. Admitting to herself that she did not feel a connection to the Cosmic Spider-Man or Earth-94's Spider-Man, Silk did feel a connection to Earth-616's Scarlet Spider (Kaine). The Spider-Army soon decided to bring the second team to Earth-13 and the Cosmic Spider-Man promised Earth-982's Spider-Girl that he would look after her brother Benjy as the Spider-Army split into teams to bring in the second group. When Silk, who was ordered to stay behind for "reasons," grew annoyed and ventured near one of the portals to another reality, the Cosmic Spider-Man tried to warn Silk against going but she ignored his advice and jumped through the portal anyway. One of the remaining Spider-Army members commented to the Cosmic Spider-Man that Silk's presence would not go over well and Cosmic Spider-Man agreed. When the Spider-Army returned to Earth-13 with some of the second group, Spider-Girl-982 immediately went to the Cosmic Spider-Man to check on Benjy and he passed Benjy over to her. The Spider-Army was quickly surprised, however, when the time-displaced Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) of Earth-616 announced himself in charge of the Spider-Army.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#11) - The Cosmic Spider-Man watched as both Spider-Men from Earth-616 fought over who should lead the Spider-Army and at one point during the fight, Earth-982's Spider-Girl suggested the Cosmic Spider-Man break up the fight using his powers. Claiming he could not take a side in the fight, the Cosmic Spider-Man instead suggested they let the conflict play itself out. Once the two Spider-Men had resolved their conflict, they discussed finding a safer place to hide rather than out in the open on Earth-13 and the Cosmic Spider-Man assured them there was no need, as he was there to watch over them all. Spider-UK agreed and stated that Earth-13 had worked well so far but Earth-616's Spider-Man (Peter Parker) opted to move elsewhere instead rather than put all of their eggs in one basket. After many of the Spider-Army departed to handle specific tasks ordered by Earth-616's Spider-Man, the Cosmic Spider-Man and the remaining members of the Spider-Army's Spider-Sense went off, heralding the arrival of the Inheritors on Earth-13. Figuring the Inheritors would have never dared come to Earth-13, the Cosmic Spider-Man took to the air and fired a volley of cosmic energy bursts towards the Inheritors. Announcing that the Inheritors could not comprehend his cosmic powers and that they had come a very long way to die, the Cosmic Spider-Man continued his attack on the Inheritors but the Inheritor patriarch Solus revealed that the Inheritors had conquered mortality long ago. Solus then engaged the Cosmic Spider-Man directly, surprising the hero, who reminded Solus that he was the most powerful thing in the universe. Proclaiming that Solus was no match for the Enigma Force, the Cosmic Spider-Man threateningly generated more energy but Solus, remarking that the Enigma Force was the same primal force of life that the Inheritors devoured, fed off the energy of the Cosmic Spider-Man, leaving him a withered husk. With his last words, the confused Cosmic Spider-Man whispered that he had ultimate power and ultimate responsibility.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#12) - The Cosmic Spider-Man's corpse remained on the ground as Earth-138's Spider-Man exclaimed that the Spider-Army was now screwed. Earth-616's Spider-Man soon returned to help against Solus but the entire Spider-Army was soon forced to flee to another reality, leaving behind the Cosmic Spider-Man's corpse.
(Spider-Man 2099 II#7) - Spider-Man 2099 & Earth-803's Lady
Spider returned to Earth-13 from the future of 2099, only to find the
corpse of the Cosmic Spider-Man littered among the other corpses.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#13 - BTS) - As the Inheritors discussed
having hunted the Multiversal Spider-totems to the brink of extinction
and their plans for a final battle against the Spider-Army, images of
the Spider-Army's casualties reflected in the Great Web of Life and
Destiny, including an image of the Cosmic Spider-Man.
(Vault of Spiders#1 - BTS) - Earth-001's Master Weaver looked photos of various Multiversal Spider-totems as he thought against the war against the Inheritors and, while thinking of the Spider-totems that had already been lost, he passed over photos of the Cosmic Spider-Man and several other Spider-totems.
(Spider-Geddon#4 (fb) - BTS) -
At some point following the Cosmic Spider-Man's death, a statue was
erected in his honor in Earth-13's Central Park, now a twisted memorial
to the battle against Solus that had occurred there.
(Spider-Geddon#4 - BTS) - Some of the Spider-Army visited Earth-13's Central Park, hoping to analyze the Enigma Force, and saw the Cosmic Spider-Man statue. When Earth-1048's Spider-Man mentioned that the area looked like a war zone, Earth-1610's Spider-Man (Miles Morales) remarked that a war had occurred there when Solus drained the Cosmic Spider-Man of his energy. Spider-Man-1610's further explained how the Earth-13 locals left Central Park as it was following the battle and how they put up a memorial statue for the Cosmic Spider-Man.
Comments: Created by Christos N. Gage, Dave Williams and Dexter Vines.
Despite online sources calling him Captain Universe, Earth-13's Spider-Man is never actually called by that codename. He is only referred to as the Cosmic Spider-Man or Spider-Man. It is mentioned that he has the powers of Captain Universe though...
While the Cosmic Spider-Man appears in both Amazing Spider-Man III#9 & Spider-Verse Team-Up#1, both cover dated January 2015 and both actually released on store shelves on November 5, 2014, I chose to list Spider-Verse Team-Up#1 as his official first appearance because the story in that issue chronologically occurs prior to Amazing Spider-Man III#9. In Spider-Verse Team-Up#1, we see the Spider-Army recruit Earth-94's Ben Reilly Spider-Man into the Spider-Army and the story ends with Ben and his recruiters arriving on Earth-13 and seeing the Cosmic Spider-Man and numerous other Spider-Army, whereas Ben Reilly is already a member of the Spider-Army in Amazing Spider-Man III#9.
Following the Cosmic Spider-Man's death, Earth-928's Spider-Man 2099 & Earth-803's Lady Spider returned to Earth-13 to find the corpses of the Spider-Army members who died against Solus and the Inheritors. Oddly enough, the Cosmic Spider-Man was seen in his costume and still resembling his normal form when the two Spider-totems find him among the casualties despite Solus leaving him a withered husk. So either this is an art error and he was simply not drawn as a withered husk or maybe he appeared normal because the Enigma Force was slowly restoring and potentially resurrecting him. We may never know...I mean, yes, a statue was erected in his honor but that doesn't mean a story couldn't be written that revives him, right?
Some online sources list Earth-13's Spider-Man as being mentioned in Spider-Geddon#5 but he is not actually mentioned by name in that issue. The closest we have is when Miles Morales yells at the Enigma Force and mentions that they were trying to stop monsters that had killed a version of the Enigma Force in another reality. That is likely why Spider-Man-13 is listed as being mentioned in Spider-Geddon#5 but I chose not to list it as an appearance in this profile as Earth-13's Spider-Man is not mentioned by name and it was only a throwaway reference to events we had already seen directly in Amazing Spider-Man III#11.
Cosmic Spider-Man's physical height & weight are approximated from that of his Earth-616 counterpart.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Earth-13's Cosmic Spider-Man should be distinguished from:
Amazing Spider-Man III#9 (January, 2015) - "Spider-Verse, Part One: The Gathering" story - Dan Slott (writer), Olivier Coipel (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Verse Team-Up#1 (January, 2015) - "The Power of Positive Thinking" story - Christos N. Gage (writer), Dave Williams (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#10 (January, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Olivier Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#11 (February, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Olivier Coipel (pencils, inks), Wade von Grawbadger, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Mark Morales (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#12 (March, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Man 2099 II#7 (March, 2015) - Peter David (writer), Will Sliney (art), Devin Lewis, Ellie Pyle (editors)
Amazing Spider-Man III#13 (March, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Vault of Spiders#1 (December, 2018) - "Prologue" story - Jed McKay (writer), Scott Koblish (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe (executive editor)
Spider-Geddon#4 (January, 2019) - Christos Gage (writer), Jorge Molina, Carlo Barberi (pencils), Jay Leisten, Jose Marzan, Jr. (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
First posted: 08/11/2022
Last updated: 08/11/2022
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