Instigator: Mysterio (Quentin Beck) (of the
Purpose: To collect all of the fragments of the
Tablet of Order and Chaos
Allies: Madame Web (Cassandra Webb)
2099 reality natives: Alchemax, Alchemax Shadow Vision (Doctor
Octopus/Serena Patel, Doctor Octopus' genetic experiments, Hobgoblin,
Scorpion/Kron Stone, Scorpion's children), Public Eye;
Amazing reality natives: Juggernaut (Cain Marko), Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), Mysterio (Quentin Beck), Sandman (William Baker);
Noir reality natives: Goblin's criminal organization (Goblin/Norman Osborn, Hammerhead/Joseph Lorenzini, Montana/Jackson Brice, Ox/Raymond Bloch, Vulture/Adrian Toomes);
Ultimate reality natives: Carnage, Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Deadpool's fanboys, Electro (Maxwell Dillon)
Location: Various throughout the Multiverse
First Appearance: Spider-Man:
Shattered Dimensions video game (September 7, 2010)
History: (Spider-Man: Shattered
Dimensions video game)
- One night, in an unidentified "Amazing" reality, Mysterio broke into Empire State University to steal the
mystical Tablet of Order and Chaos for selling on the black market.
Spider-Man engaged Mysterio, accidentally breaking the Tablet in the
process. Mysterio escaped with a fragment of the Tablet, leaving Spidey
behind. The psychic Madame Web then appeared and explained to Spider-Man
that the Tablet of Order and Chaos was a powerful
artifact and the fragments of it had spread
across not only its native reality but also into three others: an "Ultimate" reality (in which Spider-Man was younger), a
"Noir" reality circa the 1930s and a futuristic reality circa "2099." Madame Web contacted the
Spider-Men of all four realities, explaining the peril of the fragmented
Tablet and how they were needed to retrieve the fragments. After all
four multiversal Spider-Men found their first fragment of the Tablet in
each of their worlds, they gave the fragments to Madame Web. Meanwhile,
Mysterio used his fragment to gain power enough to transform his special
effects into reality.
The "Amazing" reality's Spider-Man soon found a second piece of the Tablet but ended up being chased by his reality's Kraven the Hunter. After initially defeating Spider-Man, Kraven used the Tablet fragment to gain superhuman speed. The "Amazing" Spider-Man managed to subsequently defeat Kraven and retrieve the fragment. Spider-Man Noir found out that his reality's Hammerhead was in possession of another Tablet fragment and, after chasing Hammerhead and taking down his henchmen, Spider-Man Noir defeated a Tablet-empowered Hammerhead by getting him to shoot at nearby engines, creating a shroud of smoke through which Spider-Man Noir could sneak up and attack the mobster to retrieve the fragment.
In his own reality, Spider-Man 2099 chased a new
goblin-themed villain called Hobgoblin. After several battles against
Hobgoblin, Spider-Man 2099 learned that Hobgoblin had "psi-powers,"
which Hobgoblin enhanced with the fragment. Spider-Man 2099
nonetheless managed to defeat Hobgoblin and retrieve the fragment.
Also searching for a second fragment in his own reality, the
"Ultimate" reality's Spider-Man ran across Electro, who used the
fragment to become stronger until he became so powerful that the
"Ultimate" Spider-Man could only defeat the villain by getting him to
attack a dam, which shorted Electro out. While the four Spider-Man
were each retrieving the second fragment in their respective
realities, the "Amazing" reality's Mysterio returned to Empire State
University, where he sensed the existence of other fragments of the
The "Amazing" Spider-Man discovered that the Sandman had found the next fragment in his reality and that it had given Sandman the power to create sand creatures from his own form. Sandman eventually became unstable after spreading his consciousness too thin among the sand creatures and was defeated by Spider-Man. When the "Amazing" Spider-Man gave the fragment to Madame Web, Mysterio abducted and threatened to kill her unless the four multiversal Spider-Men gave him the remaining pieces of the Tablet.
Spider-Man Noir learned that his reality's next Tablet fragment was in the possession of a living Vulture, who attempted to get Spider-Man Noir out of his hair by first leaving him in a burning building and then getting him hit by a train. In the pair's final battle, Vulture Noir gained teleportation powers from the Tablet fragment, but was still defeated. Spider-Man 2099 found his reality's next fragment in the hands of the Scorpion, who was originally his half-brother Kron Stone. During their subsequent fight, Spider-Man 2099 heard Scorpion mention a "pretty lady with metal arms." The fragment soon enabled Scorpion to spawn minions but Spider-Man 2099 defeated Scorpion and got the fragment back, feeling sorry for his half-brother, as Scorpion had intended to use the fragment as part of an attempt to return to normal.
"Ultimate" Spider-Man confronted Deadpool on his live show Pain
Factor. After forcing the "Ultimate" Spider-Man to survive
dangerous obstacles, Deadpool utilized the Tablet to create two clones
of himself but he was nonetheless defeated.
Still retrieving the Tablet fragments, the "Amazing" Spider-Man found the last fragment in his reality in a construction yard, but it was accidentally picked up by Juggernaut, who had been chased there by the Wild Pack and who had found the Tablet fragment on his shoes. Using the Tablet fragment, Juggernaut became stronger but was easily defeated due to the Tablet fragment conflicting with Juggernaut's Gem of Cyttorak, which left Juggernaut vulnerable.
In the "Noir" reality, after Hammerhead and Vulture had both been defeated, the Goblin used the final "Noir" reality fragment to become a large, hulking monster. Following a long battle, Spider-Man Noir defeated the Goblin and retrieved the final fragment in his reality.
After Spider-Man 2099's earlier defeat of his reality's Hobgoblin and Scorpion, the final Tablet fragment was revealed to be in the clutches of the "2099" reality's Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man 2099 defeated her after she used the fragment to power her machines.
The last fragment of the tablet in the "Ultimate" reality ended
up being used by that reality's Carnage when S.H.I.E.L.D. foolishly
put the fragment near the monster. Carnage then went on a rampage,
killing S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and turning them into zombies. The
"Ultimate" Spider-Man defeated Carnage with the help of the remaining
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents using their reprogrammed Spider-Slayers as the
"Ultimate" Spidey's allies and he retrieved his reality's final
The "Amazing" Spider-Man then tried to defeat Mysterio without turning over the last missing fragment of the tablet, but the Tablet proved capable of reassembling itself by pulling its fragments together, leaving the four realities ripped apart under the now-godlike (and gigantic) Mysterio's control. The four multiversal Spider-Men then teamed up to save the entire Multiverse and, after his helmet was crushed by the Spider-Men, Mysterio was defeated. After each Spider-Man returned to their own respective realities, the Multiverse was repaired and the "Amazing" reality's Spider-Man sent Mysterio to jail.
Not long after, Madame Web
was visited by the cartoon pig Spider-Ham, who had hoped to help save
the Multiverse as well but had arrived too late.
Comments: Created by Dan Slott, Daniel Strange, Mark Hoffmeier and Beenox.
Pre-dating Spiderverse in the comics and
Into the Spiderverse in the cinema, Shattered Dimensions was thus a
groundbreaking crossover. In fact, it's more groundbreaking than you
might think, because it includes a crossover between an Ultimate
Universe and is at least intended to resemble the mainstream (616)
universe (see comments below on whether these were the "actual"
Ultimate and 616). In the comics such an explicit and direct crossover
wouldn't happen until 2012's Spider-Men miniseries, and up to the
announcement of that series the powers that be at Marvel had been
pretty insistent that the two realities would never meet (despite
residents of 616 and Ultimate both having encountered the same
versions of the Marvel Zombies and Squadron Supreme-712). What made
the crossover even more fitting was the choice of actors to voice the
Neil Patrick Harris, who had voiced Spidey in the 2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, voiced the "Amazing" Spider-Man
Christopher Daniel Barnes, who voiced Spidey in 1994's Spider-Man: The Animated Series, voiced Spider-Man Noir
Dan Gilvezan, who voiced Spidey in 1981's Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, voiced Spider-Man 2099
and Josh Keaton, who voiced Spidey in 2008's Spectacular Spider-Man, voiced Ultimate Spider-Man
So Shattered Dimensions brought back past
actors who played Spider-Man for an epic crossover long before the
crossover now rumored to be forthcoming in Spider-Man: No Way Home. -
Dimensions take place on Earth-616, 1610, 928 and 90214?
At of the time
of writing, this profile is to the best of my knowledge the first
one about Shattered Dimensions
on the Marvel Appendix. As such, it seems an apropos time to discuss
if the game events are canon for Earth-616,
1610, 928 and 90214.
To be honest, I believe the game deals with alternate realities and
my opinion isn't proofless. The events of the game were not
mentioned either in the Spider-Verse or Spider-Geddon Handbook. On
top of all this, the Spider-Men in the comics released after the
game do not use the abilities that Madame Web gave them in the
beginning of the plot, like watching through walls. Also, every
in-game Spider-Man's universe has some differences compared to
comics' versions. For example:
"Amazing" universe: Although we don't see this in-game itself, in its sequel video game, Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011), it's obvious that Spider-Man has organic webbing, although the game's set in the early 2010s. As we can remember from the comics set in reality-616, Spidey received a small upgrade in the "Under My Skin" story arc in Spectacular Spider-Man II#15-16 but it was removed by Mephisto's "cosmic retcon" after the "One More Day" storyline. Shattered Dimensions chronologically does not fit into the gap between "Under My Skin" and "One More Day" since Kraven was dead at that time while Juggernaut was a X-Men member. Spider-Man: Edge of Time also depicts Peter in a relationship with Mary Jane while Anti-Venom also appears, although he debuted in the reality-616 comics some time after "One More Day."
"Ultimate" universe: The Ultimate part of the story
revolves around Spider-Man in a symbiote suit, though he hadn't worn
it on Earth-1610 since Ultimate Spider-Man I#35. We get explanation
in the beginning of the game, however, as Madame Web rebonded him
with the symbiote and limited the symbiote's influence on his
behavior. However, after the events of the game, the costume remains
with Spidey...and, in my opinion, this fact automatically
decanonizes the game from Earth-1610. Of the other inconsistencies,
I will also single out the appearance of Carnage. The bio says that
Carnage was created by Curt Conners as a result of mixing the blood
of Peter Parker and Venom, although this was not the case in the
Earth-1610 comics. The bio also explicitly states that Carnage from
the game is the original one while also describing the events
involving the Gwen Stacy clone, who was the second Carnage in the
Earth-1610 comics. On top of all that, there's also the fact that Ultimate Deadpool
acted completely out of character, instead acting like 616 Deadpool.
It is possible that the "Ultimate" reality in Shattered
Dimensions is the same as the one we saw in the 2005 Ultimate Spider-Man video game.
"Noir" universe: In Spider-Man: Noir I#4, Spider-Man shoots the Vulture, and the Goblin is killed in the sewers after being attacked by a horde of spiders, but in Shattered Dimensions, they are safe and sound. Slott tried to justify the return of the Goblin in the bio, saying that the spiders could not pierce his skin but nothing was said about the Vulture. If you go into details, you can find a few more interesting details. For example, from the dialogue between the criminals, it is clear that Fancy Dan was killed by Hammerhead for sleeping with his fiancee. However, in Spider-Man: Noir I#2, he was killed by spiders like the Goblin in the finale of the comic. On one of the video game levels, you can see many posters of circus freaks that refer to famous Marvel characters. Among them, you can notice Lizard and Blob, who have already appeared in the Noir comics but in a completely different shape. For example, Fred Dukes appears in the X-Men: Noir comic as a NYPD detective and Curt Connors is one of the antagonists of Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face but he is not a lizard-like monster, rather an evil Nazi scientist. On top of all that, the Goblin and Vulture survived their clashes with Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. In spite of this, in Web-Warriors I#9, Noir Peter explicitly says that he saw the Goblin die in the sewers, referring to Spider-Man: Noir I#4. In the recent Spider-Man: Noir II #4-5, Inanna brought several deceased Spider-Man villains back to life, Osborn and Toomes among them, although they survived in Shattered Dimensions, so if the Noir reality in the game is the same as Earth-90214 in the comics, they would not have been dead to be resurrected. It is clear from one of the Noir Parker's lines that he had only met them once.
"2099" universe: The 2099 universe is based on two existing
realities: Earth-928 and Earth-96099. The problem is that they are
two completely different realities that do not dock with each other
at all, which, in my opinion, automatically confirms the video game
storyline's non-canon status for Earth-928. For example, Miguel's
bio in the video game is taken from the main Spider-Man 2099 comics
but the Kron Stone bio is based on Earth-96099's Timestorm 2009-2099
comic. We know that Stone was Venom on Earth-928, not Scorpion. He
became Scorpion on Earth-96099. In addition, the Earth-96099 version
of Miguel gained abilities in his teenage years, not during
adulthood. Therefore, the game storyline cannot take place on either
928 or 96099.
Due to the fact that Spider-Ham's universe wasn't shown, it possibly could be Earth-8311.Also, it is worth mentioning that realities from the Nintendo DS version of the game can't be the same as realities as those in the console versions of the game. The Spider-Men fought absolutely different supervillains such as Boomerang and Calypso Noir, Vulture and Silvermane 2099, and "Amazing" Tinkerer and Electro. The Spider-Men didn't give their fragments of the Tablet to Madame Web personally but rather, sent them through portals while Mysterio tried to intercept them. In addition, Spider-Man Noir couldn't wall-crawl, only wall-jump, before the acquaintance of Madame Web and Spider-Man 2099 couldn't web-sling until he got web-shooters (due to Metroidvania-like gameplay), though Miguel O'Hara of Earth-928 and the video game's Spider-Man 2099 have organic webbing. Obviously, these realities aren't the same as realities in either comics or console version of the game, and need reality designations.
Profile by Mike Castle.
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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game (2010) - Dan Slott (story), Daniel Strange (writer), Mark Hoffmeier (story, dialogue), Beenox (developer), Activision (publisher)
First Posted: 09/04/2021
Last updated: 08/31/2021
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