Who is Spider-Punk?
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse introduced numerous spider versions of the Marvel superhero from different dimensions and media. One of the standout characters was Spider-Punk, a subversive variant that challenges the traditional character. Voiced by Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, the character appeared with a spectacular animation style that took 2-3 years to complete, making him the character that took the longest to bring to life.
About Hobie Brown
Spider-Punk’s real name is Hobart Brown, a homeless teenager, whose life was changed when a radioactive spider bit him. The character hails from Earth-138, and appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol.3 #10 in January 2015. Hobie is not only inspired by punk music, but he’s a figure who leads the downtrodden of New York against Osborn’s VENOM troops.
Powers and Abilities
Like Peter Parker, the spider bite gave Hobie the ability to stick to walls, fantastic agility, strength, and a spider-sense that warns him of danger. In the movie, his guitar seems to have abilities of its own. While it is not specified what the musical instrument can do with it, we know that in the comics, Hobie is able to kill off Venom symbiotes thanks to the sound waves from the instrument.
Is Across the Spider-Verse’s Spider-Punk the same as the one in the comics?
The movie takes a few liberties with the character, with the main difference being that he is now an English punk instead of a New York City punk. However, the essence of the character remains unchanged.
Where to read more about Spider-Punk?
The best way to start reading is with the Spider-Verse event, including The Amazing Spider-Man #9-15; Spider-Verse #1-2; Scarlet Spiders #1-3; Spider-Verse Team Up #1-3; Spider-Man 2099 #6-8, and Spider-Woman #1-2. Spider-Verse #2 is Hobie Brown’s first solo story and the first appearance of Earth-138, Spider-Punk’s home world.
Spider-Punk made a cameo appearance in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and can be found in some video games like Spider-Man Unlimited and Marvel Strike Force. His costume is also available as a skin in the PlayStation game Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The Next Appearance
Spider-Punk is expected to return to the big screen in the sequel, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, whose release date was set for March 2024. Fans can’t wait to see more of this subversive variant who challenges everything that is already known about the character.