Covering The Spread 6: Covering the Spider-Verse

Greeting CBSI and welcome back to another edition of Covering the Spread! For the past couple months the Into the Spider-verse movie has been setting the speculation scene on fire!  But with everyone focused on SP//dr and Spider-Man Noir, (see this weeks top 10) I think there are other books we should be focusing on.  So as our resident Spider-Man super fan I think it's time I throw my hat into the ring and break down some info on other books to invest in. As always our prices will be coming from the fantastic Comic Collateral App so thanks in advance!

Way back in the first teaser we got for this movie at the beginning we see Miles approaching a headstone with the initials PP

Spider-verse gravestone

This could mean a few things,

1. The Peter Parker from Miles' universe is dead and buried here and  Earth-616 Peter Parker is the one training him (I don't think so)

2. Peter Parker is the one training him and he dies at the end of this movie (seems like a big spoiler to put in the first trailer)

3. Peter Parker is dead and the Spider-Man training him is actually Ben Reilly (My guess)

My evidence? Well this is rampant speculation, but Miles never refers to him as Peter in either trailer.  He also seems to be an adult who does not have his life together enough to pay for a couple burgers which does not describe a Peter Parker who is as old as he seems to be in these trailers (lots of grey hair)

Even if it isn't Ben Reilly with all these alternate versions of Spider-Man turning up there is a good chance we will see an appearance of the original Scarlet Spider (still the coolest version of Spider-Man in my opinion but I did grow up in the 90s) which brings us to our first book for the day:

Web of Spider-Man 118:

This book is a personal favorite of mine and it's where Ben Reilly becomes the Scarlet Spider.  There are a few things to keep an eye on with this book that I feel I should point out. First of all if you see a copy with a blank bar code (like the one shown) that is a Marvel Legends reprint, which may actually be more valuable but there aren't enough for me to draw a conclusion (only 1 9.8 on the census).  Secondly there is of course a newsstand and a direct edition for this issue.  Finally both the direct and newsstand editions should have a marvel subscription card inside, make sure you check before purchasing any copies!

Without Pressing:

Average Raw Price 25.96
10 Copies 259.60
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 87.93
Total Costs 627.53


9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
167.18 76.54 66.33 49.99
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
334.36 229.62 265.32 49.99 879.29

So if we invest in Scarlet Spider right now we would expect to have an upfront investment of $539.60 and we would come away with a modest profit of $251.76.  That will land us with a spread of +25.17 and an ROI of 46.6%.  Those returns aren't huge but with such a small investment that's some great ROI.  If this costume or character make an appearance in the final trailer these prices will explode!

With Pressing:

Average Raw Price 25.96
10 Copies 259.60
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Pressing Fees (EST) 120
Selling Fees 101.96
Total Costs 761.29


9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price
167.18 76.54 66.33
3 Copies 5 Copies 2 Copies Total Value:
501.54 382.70 132.66 1016.90

With pressing included our upfront investment is moved to $659.60 and our profits would end up at $255.61.  For those not already ahead of me that only moves up the spread to +25.56 and actually decreases or ROI to about 39%.  With pressing actually decreasing our ROI I actually am going to NOT recommend pressing in this case but if you want to invest in copies of this book you should be buying them raw.

Next I wanted to take a look at some villains who will be appearing in the movie as there hasn't been a lot of talk about them from the speculation community.

First up we have this monster of a man:

Spider-verse ultimate green goblin

This to me certainly looks like the Ultimate Universe Green Goblin. However there are no credits listed on IMDB for either a Norman Osborne or Green Goblin at this time. It's important to note that this is an entirely different character from the 616 Green Goblin and I think a lot of these ultimate universe “keys” are really undervalued right now.  With so many movies taking inspiration from these story lines they could be ripe for investment.  Ultimate Green Goblin makes his first appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man 5

The last 2 9.8 copies sold went for $25 and $36 so it's safe to say you should buy those already graded.

Next up we have the spec that has been staring us all in the face but no one seems to be talking about it.  It's a character who appeared in the first trailer, and appeared again in the second trailer. Do you know who it is? Here's the scene from the first trailer:

The Prowler from into the spider-verse

The scene from the second:

Prowler vs Spider-Man in into the Spider-verse

For anyone who doesn't recognize him that's The Prowler (Aaron Davis).  Aaron Davis does have a confirmed casting on IMDB and for anyone familiar with Miles' back story you'll know the Prowler plays a big role.  Normally I'm not one to speculate on characters who have already appeared in the MCU (see Spider-Man Homecoming) but I think this situation is different.

Ultimate Spider-Man 1 (2011) has several important things inside.  Cgc only labels this as the origin of Miles Morales, but it also contains the first appearance of his father Jefferson Davis, and his uncle Aaron Davis aka The Prowler.  The other cool thing about Aaron Davis that I think might come into play is that he is currently known as The Iron Spider, yet another alternate version of Spider-Man.  As I said before IMDB is only listing Mahershala Ali as playing Aaron Davis so the way I see it either:

A. The Prowler is the main villain and they don't want to spoil the fact that he's Aaron Davis for people who are unaware of the comics or,

B. Aaron Davis will have multiple alter egos over the course of the movie and will take up the Iron Spider mantle.

Honestly it seems much more likely to me that they are saving the reveal for non comic readers but hey you never know!

Finally we come to a character that I have not been able to find a single trace of in these trailers.  I think we can all agree it would make sense for all these Spider-People to be fighting someone bigger than Green Goblin, The Prowler or The Kingpin (oh yeah did I mention he's in the trailer?)  If they are planing on taking their cues from the comics then there is a good chance that the “big bad” of this movie is going to be Morlun.

Who's Morlun you ask?  Well, while not exactly the most well-known villain in Spider-Man's Rogues gallery, he is one with a very interesting concept and story.  Morlun is a sort of vampire that only feeds on “Totems” who are beings with the essence of a beast within them. (Basically think of any super-hero who has animal themed powers).  The basic plot of the Spider-Verse comic is that he travels the multiverse trying to destroy the various “Spider Totems”.  There is a good chance that this will be the basic story of the movie as well.

Also, I came across this which was intriguing:

Google shows Liev Schreiber plays Morlun

According to IMDB Liev Schreiber is playing the Kingpin, but for whatever reason if you google “Morlun” it claims that he will be played by Liev Schreiber.  This could be some kind of Mistake but if it's true you heard it here first!

Amazing Spider-Man 30

This issue has a few things going for it. It is the first appearance of the aforementioned Morlun.  This is the first appearance of Ezekiel (basically old man version of Spider-Man who shows up to warn Peter about Morlun) Plus it also features a cover from J Scott Campbell.


With that said let's take a look at our numbers.

Average Raw Price 11.26
10 Copies 112.64
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 38.40
Total Costs 431.05


9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2 Av Price
76.33 32.47 28.50 20
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
152.66 97.41 114 20 384.07

Well it's easy to decide if you should buy raw or graded copies.  If you were to invest in this book, our upfront costs would be $392.64 and we would… lose $46.98.  That leaves a spread of -4.69 and a loss of about 8%.  That is obviously a bad spread but that doesn't mean you shouldn't invest in this book.  Even if Morlun doesn't end up in this movie I think we could see him in a future one.  Also I'm not going to cover the numbers with pressing for this book but rest assured it didn't help.

That's all I've got for you this week.  What do you all think? Is Morlun going to be the villain for this movie and will he be played by Liev Schreiber? Do you have any other details from the trailers  that I've missed? (Yes I saw the Supaidaman reference I think that's just an Easter egg and he won't appear)  Let me know in the comments down below and I'll see you all in a week!

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