||I always believed that with great power came great responsibility... I never knew what power was.
||~ Spider-Man becoming evil.
Spider-Man is the titular main protagonist of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, a game that gives the player the choice to go down the path of villainy and evil or heroism and justice. This article focuses on the evil half and writes about the game's "what-if" situation where Spider-Man becomes a supervillain.
Peter Benjamin Parker was once a nerdy teenager whose life changed once he went on a school field trip. There, he was bitten by a radioactive super-spider and watched how his entire body begin to change. These changes made up him inhumanly durable, strong, and fast, as well as allowed him to sense nearby danger and scale 90 degree angles. He later built a pair of web-slingers that fired indestructible spider-webbing, sewed up a spider suit, and become the loyal protector of New York City under the vigilante alias Spider-Man.
At some point, he was bonded to the Venom symbiote, which made him more aggressive and violent, and boosted his powers tenfold. After he removed it, the symbiote ended up in the hands of the disgraced reporter Eddie Brock (who blamed Parker for the loss of his career), creating Venom. The two tangled a couple of times before declaring a temporary truce. Said truce was broken a few years later, with Brock again Spider-Man's enemy.
As a villain in Web of Shadows
During a one-side fight with Venom, Spider-Man acquires his symbiote suit again, but the difference is that the suit isn't trying to control him, and stays passive, but influences his temper. He develops a selfish attitude, brutally beats criminals, and threatening villains such as Vulture to not get in his way, does anything to get the job done, frees Rhino from prison in exchange of his help in stopping the symbiote invasion, and convinces Electro to vent his hatred against the symbiotes, responsible for what happened to him and his sister. He uses his symbiote instead of his normal red and blue suit, but he seem to care about Felicia and rekindles his relationship with her, cheating on Mary-Jane, later making a copy of his symbiote for Felicia in order to heal her wounds after a fight. Later after he has freed Vulture from the symbiote, he listens to Vulture saying that Venom cannot be stopped by the Tinkerer's device, and if he lets the device work his power from the symbiote will vanish forever. Vulture convinces him to destroy the device and embrace the power of the symbiote, who covers his former red suit, permanently bonding with him. Spider-Man replies that Vulture is right on one thing, that it's only about him and Venom, and nobody should interfere, pushing the device off, with Black Widow asking what was going on, and he responds by saying that he spared Venom three days ago, and that he's going to die.
Widow then replies that she knew that Spider-Man could never save the city, but it's interrupted by Venom, who has invaded the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier, and Spider-Man orders Vulture to bring him to the Helicarrier. Vulture gives him advice on how to stop Venom, and wishes him luck, joining the battle along with Rhino, Electro, Black Cat and Spider-Man for the Helicarrier, who armed the bombs in order to destroy the Helicarrier and Venom.
When Spider-Man is ready to arm the bombs and it's teased by Vulture, Venom appears as a giant five-headed monster. Spider-Man tells him why he did this. Brock wanted to protect the innocent, but Venom responds that Brock is a small part of them, and that Spider-Man's power will complete him. Spider-Man refuses and they begin to fight, where he destroys his other four heads, and shoots the bombs, making Venom fall off, but he grips on at the last moment. Spider-Man then lures Venom by calling Brock, who appears out of the giant symbiote, but tells Spider-Man that he cannot control it anymore, and calls for help on a platform, with Spider-Man shouting to take his hand. Depending on player choice, Spider-Man will either temporarily remove the symbiote in an ill-fated attempt to help Brock (which results in Brock killing himself to destroy Venom once and for all), or trick him and throw him into one of the Helicarrier's wings, killing both Brock and Venom and causing the Helicarrier to crash into the Hudson River.
In two of the four endings, if Spider-Man turns evil and becomes the ruler of the symbiotes, then it branches in two variants depending on the last choices.
- Villain Ending: If the player chooses the Black Suit option after defeating Symbiote Black Cat, she joins him to lead the symbiotes and becomes his new lover.
- Anti-Villain Ending: If the player chooses the Red Suit option after defeating Symbiote Black Cat, Spider-Man would rule the symbiotes alone, vowing that Mary Jane would be at his side.
In both endings, the game ends with Black Widow appointing the symbiote-possessed Wolverine (who was torn apart by Spidey earlier to remove his symbiote) to seek Spider-Man out "dead or alive".
Absorbing Man |
Alistair Smythe |
Awesome Android |
Black Cat |
Blackie Drago |
Brothers Grimm |
Carlton Drake |
Crime Master |
Dark Avengers |
Doctor Doom |
Doctor Faustus |
Doctor Octopus |
Fancy Dan |
Frightful Four |
Grant Ward |
Green Goblin (Norman Osborn, Harry Osborn & Bart Hamilton) |
Grey Goblin |
High Evolutionary |
Human Fly |
Jack O' Lantern |
J. Jonah Jameson |
Johnny Ohm |
Jonas Harrow |
Justin Hammer |
Killer Shrike |
Kraven the Hunter |
Lady Deathstrike |
Living Brain |
Loki Laufeyson |
Madame Viper |
Mister Fear |
Mister Hyde |
Mister Negative |
Molten Man |
Moses Magnum |
Niles Van Roekel |
Phil Urich |
The Prowler |
Punisher (Earth-95126) |
Red Ghost |
Red Skull |
Rhino II |
Richard Fisk |
The Rose |
Roxxon Energy Corporation |
Sebastian Shaw |
Secret Empire |
Seth Youngblood |
Silver Sable |
Sinister Six |
Peter Benjamin Parker |
Patton Parnel |
Peter Parker |
Spider-Man Revenge Squad |
Titanium Man |
Venom (Eddie Brock) |
White Rabbit |
Spider-Man: Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine | Bank Robbers | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Green Goblin
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | J. Jonah Jameson | Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine
The Amazing Spider-Man: Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro | Green Goblin | Donald Menken | Rhino | Alistair Smythe | Ashley Kafka | Felica Hardy | Gustav Fiers | Norman Osborn
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Kingpin | Prowler | Doctor Octopus | Tombstone | Scorpion | Green Goblin | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone & Elemental Fusion) | Skrulls (Talos) | J. Jonah Jameson
Vulture | Green Goblin | Electro | Rhino | Mysterio | Doctor Octopus | Scorpion | Human Fly | Kingpin | Lizard | Spider-Slayer | Sandman | Dr. Matto Magneto | Enforcers (Cowboy & Ox) | Frederick Foswell | J. Jonah Jameson
Doctor Doom | Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Lizard | Black Cat | Sandman | Magneto | Mysterio | Ringmaster | Green Goblin | Sidewinder | Kraven the Hunter | Red Skull | Chameleon | Vulture | Hammerhead | Wizard
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Green Goblin | Kraven the Hunter | Doctor Doom | Swarm | Chameleon | Electro | Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto, Blob, Toad & Mastermind) | Mysterio | Loki Laufeyson | Ymir | Mordred | Kingpin | Doctor Faustus | Red Skull | Juggernaut | Shocker | Sandman | Dracula | Scorpion | Beetle | Doctor Octopus | A.I.M.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series
Kingpin | Green Goblin (Norman Osborn & Harry Osborn) | Doctor Octopus | Hobgoblin | Venom | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk | Insidious Six (Scorpion, Rhino, Mysterio, Chameleon, Shocker & Vulture) | Black Cat | Lizard | Morbius | Spider-Carnage | Spider-Slayers (Alistair Smythe) | Carnage | Baron Mordo | Dormammu | Silver Sable | Hydro-Man | Prowler | Doctor Doom | Red Skull | Electro | Hammerhead | Tombstone | Kraven the Hunter | Calypso | Herbert Landon | Jackal | Spot | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Harry Osborn | Electro | Kraven the Hunter | Turbo Jet | Kingpin | Lizard | Shikata | Silver Sable
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Green Goblin | Tombstone | Doctor Octopus | Hammerhead | Venom | Sinister Six (Rhino, Vulture, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio & Kraven the Hunter) | Chameleon | Tinkerer | Enforcers (Shocker, Ricochet & Ox) | Molten Man | Silver Sable | Harry Osborn | Lizard | J. Jonah Jameson | Black Cat | Miles Warren | Frederick Foswell | Calypso | Roderick Kingsley | Morris Bench | Cletus Kasady
Doctor Octopus | Green Goblin | Harry Osborn | Taskmaster | HYDRA (Arnim Zola, Crossbones, Morbius & Baron Mordo) | Sinister Six (Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Electro, Scorpion, Vulture & Hydro-Man) | Batroc the Leaper | Beetle | Lizard | Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster & Klaw) | Juggernaut | Sandman | Venom | Loki Laufeyson | The Collector | Grandmaster | Carnage | Wolf Spider | Shocker | Shriek | Swarm | Dracula | Spider-Slayers (Kaine) | Absorbing Man | Abomination | Annihilus | Arcade | Attuma | Awesome Android | Blastaar | Blizzard | Boomerang | Chitauri | Deadpool | Destroyer | Doctor Doom | Dormammu | Skurge | Enforcers (Montana, Fancy Dan, Ox) | Frost Giants | Grizzly | Hammerhead | Jack O'Lantern | Korvac | The Leader | Living Laser | Man-Wolf | Maximus | Melter | Mesmero | M.O.D.O.K. | Molten Man | Mister Negative | Mysterio | Nightmare | Norma Osborn | Phalanx | Sabretooth | Toad | Ulik | Whirlwind | Wrecker | Piledriver | Thunderball | Ymir | Zodiac | Scorpio | Zzzax | J. Jonah Jameson
Symbiotes (Venom, Scream, Scorn & Mania) | Dark Goblin | Hobgoblin | Doctor Octopus | Vulture/Goblin King | Alistair Smythe | Rhino | Jackal | Hammerhead | Electro | A.I.M. (M.O.D.O.K.) | Spider-Slayers | Lizard | Tinkerer | Swarm | Scorpion | Sinister Six | Kraven the Hunter | Man-Wolf | Silver Sable | Beetle | Spot | Prowler | Molten Man | Mister Negative | Chameleon | HYDRA (Crossbones & Arnim Zola) | Ghost | Blizzard | Absorbing Man | Crimson Dynamo | Overdrive | Mysterio | Jack O'Lantern | Paladin | Puma | Shocker | Living Brain | Sandman | Technovore | Baron Mordo | Knull | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Hobgoblin, Mysterio, Sandman & Vulture)
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage: Carnage | Shriek | Doppelganger | Demogoblin | Carrion
Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety: The Jury | Sentry | Ramshot | Screech | Bomblast | Firearm | Wysper | Life Foundation | Symbiotes (Carnage | Riot | Lasher | Agony | Scream)
Spider-Man (2000): Doctor Octopus | Symbiotes | (Carnage) | Jade Syndicate | Scorpion | Rhino | Mysterio
Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro: Electro | Beetle | Hammerhead | Lizard |Sandman | Shocker
Spider-Man (2002): Green Goblin | Shocker | Vulture | Spider-Slayers | Scorpion | Kraven the Hunter | Dennis Carradine | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Osborn | Rhino | Mysterio | Shocker | Puma | Black Cat | Vulture | Calypso | J. Jonah Jameson
Ultimate Spider-Man: Bolivar Trask | Venom | Vulture | Silver Sable | Shocker | R.H.I.N.O. | Electro | Beetle | Green Goblin | Sandman | Carnage
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | Lizard | Scorpion | Kraven the Hunter | Calypso | Kingpin | Rhino | Morbius | Shriek | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows: Spider-Man | Venom | Kingpin | Black Cat | Vulture | Electro | Tinkerer | Rhino
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions: Mysterio | Kraven the Hunter | Hammerhead | Hobgoblin | Electro | Sandman | Vulture | Scorpion | Deadpool | Juggernaut | Silver Sable | Goblin | Serena Patel | Carnage
Spider-Man: Edge of Time: Peter Parker | Atrocity
The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Slayers (Alistair Smythe) | Lizard | Rhino | Vermin | Scorpion | Felicia Hardy | Iguana | Nattie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Carnage | Kingpin | Green Goblin | Shocker | Kraven the Hunter | Black Cat | Electro | Chameleon | Norman Osborn | Cash Register Thief
Marvel's Spider-Man: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Mister Negative, Electro, Vulture, Rhino & Scorpion) | Inner Demons | Norman Osborn | Silver Sable | Kingpin | Shocker | Tombstone | Taskmaster | Black Cat | Screwball | Hammerhead | Walter Hardy | Yuriko Watanabe
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales: Roxxon Energy Corporation (Simon Krieger) | The Underground (Tinkerer) | Prowler | Rhino | Kingpin | Norman Osborn | Doctor Octopus | Vulture