Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-1178) human mutate
Group Membership: Oscorp
Affiliations: The spider who bit him
Enemies: Alchemex (see comments), Dr. Octavianick Riviera
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Sensational Spider-Switch
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
likely Manhattan, New York, USA, Earth-1178
First Appearance: "Is this an alternate reality Spider-Man or not?" game in the Spider-Verse presentation at San Diego con (2022)
Powers/Abilities: Spider-Switch has unspecified spider-derived abilities, likely comparable to other Spider-Men, including superhuman strength, speed, and presumably reflexes. He may or may not possess a danger-warning sense and/or the ability to cling to surfaces, allowing him to scale walls and sit or stand on walls and ceilings. He very likely has some ability to project a webbing-like substance; if so, it is unrevealed whether this is via physical mutation or via technology.
McGreg's right leg extends from what would otherwise be his right shoulder, while his right arm extends from what would otherwise be his hip (see comments).
Unrevealed (no frame of reference, although the Simpsons' McGreg was
taller than Dr. Riviera, even with his limb discrepancy; perhaps
Weight: Unrevealed (if comparable to the above, perhaps 190-220 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (his irides were not clearly shown, even in the Simpsons' version; they may have been light enough to not show up against his sclerae; they may have been dark enough to not show up in contrast to his pupils; or, it is just artistic license for the cartoon series, and Reality-1178's McGreg's eyes have a different color)
Hair: Dark brown (if it matches the Simpsons' reality version)
(“Spider-Verse Pop Quiz: Are They a Real Spidey??” game in the 60 Years of Spider-Man: A This Week in Marvel Special Event presentation at San Diego con (fb) - BTS) - Parker McGreg was a scientist working at Oscorp, developing weaponized creatures such as spiders, birds, and wolves.
“60 Years of Spider-Man: A This Week in Marvel Special Event” and the game was called “Spider-Verse Pop Quiz: Are They a Real Spidey??”
While McGreg was on the verge of breakthrough with his favorite spider, Alchemex (see comments) agent/corporate saboteur Dr. Octavianick Riviera caused an explosion in the lab, freeing the dangerous arachnid.
Injured in the blast, McGreg was also bitten by the spider, which actually helped keep him alive while he was rushed to the hospital.
Dr. Riviera operated on McGreg, swapping his right arm and his right leg (which presumably had been severed in the explosion). Awakening with the proportionate strength and speed of a spider, McGreg looked in horror upon how he had been changed.
Discovering that Dr. Riviera had both caused the explosion and performed the disfiguring surgery, McGreg vowed vengeance as the "Sensational Spider-Switch."
Comments: Created by Ryan Penagos, as an homage to a character created by Matt Groening.
While I could not be there for the event, I've been told this by an
inside source, Michael O'Sullivan, my successor as the head of the
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and the assistant manager of
digital assets at Marvel:
Here are the cards used during a "Spider-Verse Pop Quiz: Are They a Real Spidey??" game in the 60 Years of Spider-Man: A This Week in Marvel Special Event during San Diego con.
The character was created by Ryan Penagos for that game.
The reality designation of Earth-1178 was used on those cards during the game played at the Spider-Verse presentation during San Diego con.
Back to Snood...
One can only assume that he retains his scapula ("shoulderblade")
and this his hip and shoulder joints had been luxated (dislocated)
during the injury. His femoral head would then articulate with his
scapula (shoulderblade)'s glenoid fossa,
replacing the humeral head from the original joint. Similarly, his
humeral head could fit (with some modification) into his acetabulum
Alternatively, if his humerus and femur were broken below the hip and shoulder joints, the broken end of one bone could be adjusted to fit onto the broken end of the other bone.
Gluteal, quadriceps, and hamstring muscles would be attached to deltoid, pectoral, ands biceps muscles (and vice-versa), while the nerves of the brachial (arm) plexus would have to have been anastomosed with those having originated from the pelvic (leg) plexus (sciatic, femoral, etc), and vice-versa, with the nerves of the pelvic plexus anastomosed with those having originated from the brachial plexus (supraspinatus, subscapularis, musculocutaneous, axillary, radial, median, ulnar, etc.).
Of course, it's not so simple, and it would all be virtually impossible to achieve complete success and functional limbs with current technology (although it's getting better), in the Marvel Multiverse, it's no less likely than gaining super-powers from being bitten by a radioactive spider.
Technically, neither Spider-Switch nor Parker McGreg have been pictured yet...the Spider-Man image is a standard picture of Spider-Man, and it certainly doesn't have the right arm and leg switched. The image of Mr. McGreg is the character as he exists in the mainstream Simpsons reality, and Parker McGreg/Spider-Switch are not from that reality.
It's anyone's guess whether "Alchemex" is a misspelling of Alchemax, or whether that is how the reality if spelled in Reality-1178.
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe team came up with the
Reality-1178 designation, during which we considered that Earth-1178
had been previously erroneously described in duplication of:
Earth-1115, in which Sue Storm married Namor and became an Atlantean queen. Fantastic Four #47 (2001).
Having seen the Simpsons episodes, I think there's a bit of missing text..."the man with an arm and an arm for leg," should say "the man with a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg."
Further, while this was not a known existing alternate reality at the time of the game, in the infinite Multiverse, every reality exists, and so somewhere there is indeed a reality where Parker McGreg is the Sensational Spider-Switch!
And, here's a link to the original Simpsons appearance. If it doesn't work, search "Simpsons McGreg"...
Dr. Nick Riviera is one of my favorite characters from the Simpsons (as well as, of course, Comic Shop Guy).
Mr. McGreg is one of his most famous surgeries, and while it makes him seem like a quack (which he is) to have botched up the limbs, the amount of skill necessary to result in functional limbs in such a surgery is impressive.
Among my favorite quotes:
"And the most rewarding part of my job is when they give me my money."
"Oh, did you graduate from Las Vegas upstairs medical school, too?"
"Ugh, the coroner...I am so sick of this guy!"
"Inflammable means flammable? Ugh, what a country..."
Profile by Snood.
Spider-Switch should be distinguished from:
“Spider-Verse Pop Quiz: Are They a Real Spidey??” game in the 60 Years of Spider-Man: A This Week in Marvel Special Event presentation at San Diego con (2022)
First posted: 08/20/2022
Last updated: 08/20/2022
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