In the gruesome Marvel Zombies series, Spider-Man used an incredibly disgusting substitute for his usual webbing that involved his own arteries
The Marvel Zombies series has never been afraid to feature some of the most gruesome transformations when heroes fall and become violent undead monsters. But, nothing might be grosser than the time a zombie Spider-Man had to use his own veins and arteries as webbing.
The Earth-2149 version of Spider-Man had it rough. After being bit by a zombie Captain America, he tried to stop his transformation from happening. However, when he encountered Mary Jane Watson and Aunt May, he ate them. The zombie Spider-Man would even end up gaining the power cosmic after eating Silver Surfer. Zombie Peter a handful of other fallen heroes eventually get sent to Earth Z, where the web-head tries to locate the Lifeline Tablet in hopes of curing the infection. In order to find the tablet, Spider-Man has to traverse across the city, and in order to do that, he has to use his own veins and arteries.
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Marvel Zombies Returns by Fred Van Lente, Nick Dragotta, Simon Bowland, and Lee Loughridge finds Spider-Man trying to navigate through the vibrant new world of Earth Z after being teleported to the new dimension. His power cosmic, obtained from eating Surfer, is gone, so when Spider-Man tries to swing across buildings he immediately starts to free fall. In order to stop himself from being splattered, he uses ‘natural web shooters,’ and shoots his veins and arteries like webbing. It’s absolutely disgusting.
Not only is Spider-Man using his veins and arteries as webbings gross, but it’s also painful for the webslinger. Each time he uses his new organic webbing, he shoots blood everywhere (potentially infecting those below) and feels pain. While Spider-Man tried to fight his infection in the issue, ultimately he massacres the Sinister Six. He rips Vultures arm off, slices Electro’s head off, and murders a handful of other villains. The issue ends with Spider-Man ripping off his skin and leaving it in the garbage like he did his suit in the iconic The Amazing Spider-Man #50.
Ultimately, despite all the death he caused in the issue, Spider-Man was trying his best to fight the zombie outbreak – he just failed at times. The whole series was a violent, disgusting take on the Marvel Universe. In a comic where there were plenty of repulsive moments, Spider-Man using his arteries and veins as webbing might be the grossest of them all.
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