Marvel Comics has plenty of excitement in store for Spider-Man in the near future, with events like The Superior Spider-Man Returns and "Gang War" on the horizon. These new comics will have a lot to live up to, however, when compared to the many terrific events in Spider-Man's six-decade history.

Over the years, Spider-Man has appeared in many memorable comic events and major storylines that would change his life forever. While some arcs faded in importance over time, others like Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Verse remain vital to understanding Spider-Man's ongoing narratives to this day.

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10 Spider-Geddon

Miles Morales gains the Enigma Force

Spider-Geddon is the 2018 sequel to the original "Spider-Verse" event. The event includes Christos Gage as its writer and Jorge Molina as its primary artist, with lettering by Travis Lanham and coloring by David Curiel. The storyline primarily focuses on Miles Morales as he leads the Spider-Army in another battle against the villainous Inheritors.

Spider-Geddon is one of the biggest multiverse events in Marvel Comics and becomes supremely important in understanding the state of the Spider-Verse. Despite not featuring Peter Parker's Spider-Man in a major role, Spider-Geddon gives Miles Morales his due, allowing him to take leadership over the Spider-Army.

9 End Of The Spider-Verse

Infected Spider-Verse variants in End of the Spider-Verse

"End of the Spider-Verse" is a storyline found in Spider-Man (Vol. 4) #1-7. The 2022 arc is helmed by original "Spider-Verse" author Dan Slott and artist Mark Bagley, alongside inker John Dell, colorist Edgar Delgado, and letterer Joe Caramagna. The crossover event reunites the Spider-Army once more, this time as the Great Web of Life and Destiny seemingly reaches its complete destruction.

"End of the Spider-Verse" helps flesh out the Spider-Verse in greater depth by including information about how the Great Web of Life and Destiny was formed. Moreover, the storyline includes a new status quo for the Spider-Verse, plunging the spider-totems into an all-out war for their very existence.

8 Maximum Carnage

Carnage looms menacingly over New York in Maximum Carnage cover art.

The "Maximum Carnage" event takes place in issues of Spider-Man's ongoing comic books in the summer of 1993. In this massive storyline helmed by various different creative teams, Carnage unleashes havoc on New York City with his new "family" of supervillains, forcing Spider-Man to make a difficult choice about how to deal with this massive new threat.

Although "Maximum Carnage" has been criticized for its overindulgence, the event remains very important in Spider-Man canon. Not only did it establish Carnage as one of the Marvel Universe's most dangerous villains, but it also pushed Spider-Man farther than ever before. Peter Parker even contemplated killing Carnage in order to prevent further bloodshed. Although he didn't go through with it, Spider-Man would forever know that he was, in fact, capable of killing someone if pushed too far.

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7 Spider-Island

Spider-Island showcasing superheroes in different Spider-Man outfits

"Spider-Island" is a 2011 crossover event in which the villainous Queen teams up with the Jackal to turn everyone in New York into massive spider monsters. The main storyline ran through The Amazing Spider-Man #666-673, with a creative team that primarily included Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas, Edgar Delgado, and Joe Caramagna.

"Spider-Island" is often forgotten by Spider-Man fans despite its great importance to the character's ongoing stories. Besides being a fun and unique story, "Spider-Island" marks a turning point for Spider-Man as a superhero. After New York gets the chance to walk a mile in his shoes, Spider-Man finds himself much more popular in the public eye, shedding the "menace" label that had plagued him for years.

6 Superior Spider-Man

Superior Spider-Man sits down on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #10

The Superior Spider-Man ongoing comic ran between 2013 and 2014. The event followed the controversial "Dying Wish" storyline, which involved Otto Octavius taking over Peter Parker's body. Throughout the comic, Octavius attempted to become a "Superior Spider-Man." The series was written by Dan Slott, who was joined by various artists, including Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Not only did The Superior Spider-Man mark an unprecedented age in Spider-Man's life — since he was completely taken over by one of his greatest enemies — but the storyline also included several major changes to the brand. Most notably, the event included the creation of Parker Industries, which would become a focal point for the remainder of Slott's run on The Amazing Spider-Man.

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5 Civil War/Back In Black

Spider-Man revealing his identity to the public in Civil War (2006)

Participating in the ongoing Civil War crossover event, 2006 and 2007 proved to be major years for Spider-Man in Marvel Comics. After the character's pivotal role in Civil War, a follow-up storyline entitled "Back in Black" depicted the aftermath of Peter's decisions. The storylines were helmed by writer J. Michael Straczynski, who was joined by a rotating team of artists, including Ron Garney, Bill Reinhold, Matt Milla, and Cory Petit.

These "Back in Black" storylines were pivotal in Spider-Man's comic book history. In a heavily controversial move, Spider-Man revealed his secret identity to the world during the Civil War storyline, leading to increased threats to his personal life by several supervillains. When the Kingpin had Aunt May shot, however, Spider-Man beat him within an inch of his life in the ever-memorable finale of "Back in Black."

4 Kraven's Last Hunt

Black suit Spider-Man crawls out of his grave

"Kraven's Last Hunt" is a dark and brooding storyline found in the pages of Spider-Man's ongoing titles in 1987. The six-part storyline was delivered by a creative team, including J. M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck, Bob McLeod, Janet Jackson, Bob Sharen, and Rick Parker. "Kraven's Last Hunt" depicts the final battle between Spider-Man and Kraven the Hunter.

"Kraven's Last Hunt" is essential reading for any Spider-Man fan. Not only does the storyline mark Kraven the Hunter's best appearance in the history of Marvel Comics, but it's widely considered one of Spider-Man's best stories of all time. Far darker than most other Spider-Man comics, "Kraven's Last Hunt" inspired future Spider-Man arcs, including "The Child Within," "The Gauntlet," and "Grim Hunt."

3 One More Day

Mephisto makes his price clear in One More Day

"One More Day" is one of the most controversial storylines in the history of Spider-Man comics. Running through all of Spider-Man's ongoing titles in 2007, "One More Day" depicts Peter Parker making a dangerous trade with Mephisto in order to save Aunt May's life. The storyline was created by Joe Quesada, J. Michael Straczynski, Danny Miki, Chris Eliopoulos, Richard Isanove, and Dean White.

As hated as "One More Day" is, it's essential to understanding Spider-Man's timeline in the Marvel Universe. The storyline features a massive reset for Spider-Man stories, erasing Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson's marriage. "One More Day" leads into the "Brand New Day" initiative, which continued to reinvent Spider-Man's ongoing stories for many more years to come.

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2 The Clone Saga

Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider during the Clone Saga in Marvel Comics

"The Clone Saga" is an expansive storyline comprising most of Spider-Man's stories throughout the 1990s. The storyline follows Peter Parker as he uncovers multiple clones of himself, including Ben Reilly, who were all created by the villainous Jackal. Many creative teams contributed to this extended arc, with major writers and artists each delivering different stories within the Clone Saga.

Few Spider-Man stories receive more hate than the Clone Saga, but this event changed things forever. Characters like Ben Reilly and Kaine became fixtures of future Spider-Man stories, especially in events like "Spider-Verse." Moreover, the events of the Clone Saga inspired other storylines like "Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy."

1 Spider-Verse

The Spider-Men of the Spider-Verse from Marvel Comics, painted by Gabriele Dell'Otto

"Spider-Verse" is a 2014 storyline found in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 3) #9-15, as well as several tie-in comics. The primary storyline was put together by a creative team including Dan Slott as its writer, Olivier Coipel as the main artist, Justin Ponsor as the colorist, and Chris Eliopolous as the letterer. The series marks the introduction of the Spider-Verse, as different Spider-Man variants unite for a battle against the villainous Inheritors.

Spider-Verse completely changed the direction of Spider-Man comics forever. Now tied to a larger Web of Life and Destiny, Spider-Man would forever be associated with his variants from different universes. The "Spider-Verse" event would even extend far beyond the pages of Marvel Comics, resulting in the acclaimed Spider-Verse animated film franchise.