The Other, as it is known, is an entity I’ve been debating on whether or not I would include on this blog for some time, but it has played a large enough role in Spider-Man’s history that I figured I may as well. The Other is a being that is of a spiritual nature that possesses those who have a connection to the totemic spider power that seems to connect all Spider-Men and Women. It chooses a singular person, and in a moment of near death, offers it’s powers to them, which include being brought back to life, but also mean they will be remade in its image.
Peter Parker was the first person chosen by The Other entity, and it showed itself to him when he was on death’s door after one of his first encounters with the Inheritor Morlun. While Peter was in a coma after Morlun’s vicious attack, The Other seemingly took control of Peter’s body to defend Mary Jane from Morlun when he showed up to finish the job of killing and feasting on Peter. While still in control of Peter’s broken body, it took him to the underside of the Brooklyn Bridge and cocooned Peter’s body so the metamorphosis could take place. In a dream or vision, a giant spider monster appeared to Peter and claimed that if he was willing to more fully accept the spider half of himself, perhaps becoming more spider than man, he would gain great powers and be able to protect those near to him. It asks him “Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or a spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one… or are you the other?” Peter accepts The Other’s offer and becomes one with the entity.
Upon emerging from the cocoon, Peter seemed no different from the outside, but his existing powers had drastically increased, and he suddenly had new ones as well. Peter could now lift approximately 20 tons, and his speed and reflexes, in conjunction with his Spider Sense, made it appear that he moves as a blur, or almost instantaneously. Not that he could run at speeds like this, but his abilities to avoid harm were now out of this world. As for new powers, Peter now had perfect night vision, could sense the slightest air currents just from the hairs on his skin, could detect vibrations in his web-lines similar to a real spider. Possibly the most shocking new ability, Peter now had large retractable stingers that could come out of his wrists where is webbing came from.
Now you may be asking, “Why doesn’t Spider-Man have these powers now?” which is a good question. There was a story even called Brand New Day, which I won’t go into other than to say it reset much of Peter Parker’s life. Many events of his life had changed, such as having never married Mary Jane, many other things too. We’re never told exact how, but it is mentioned that while Peter possessed The Other, at some point it left him. This left it free to target and join with Kaine.
Kaine reborn with The Other
While Kaine was active as a hero in Houston as the new Scarlet Spider, he met his match against a duo of werewolves who pretty much tore him apart. Kaine was visited by The Other, and unlike Peter, accepted it without hesitation, quickly coming back to life in the form you see at the top of the post, and made short work of the werewolves. However, Kaine couldn’t control the predatory nature of his spider side, and would blindly hunt for prey, bringing him to nearly attack the very one of his friends who he had come back to protect. While Kaine was eventually able to get it under control and revert back to looking like his regular human self, whenever Kaine gets too enraged, or even simply allows his other side to take over, he mutates almost instantly into a spiky, fanged, monstrous being bent on killing.
During the Spider-Verse event, it was revealed that one of the few things that could hurt an Inheritor was The Other entity. While they normally wouldn’t even feel a punch from someone even as strong as Spider-Man, a punch from Kaine would send them reeling. Even more so, Kaine could kill them in a single stab from his wrists stingers, or even spikes that could erupt from his arms as The Other started reacting strongly in their presence.
At one point Kaine even fully transforms into a gigantic spider monster, making short work of one of the Inheritors thought to be nearly invincible. While it may have appeared that Kaine was killed at the end of Spider-Verse, the abdomen of the huge spider creature he turned into split open and a human hand could be seen reaching out of it, suggesting that The Other’s powers to rapidly heal and reform a body don’t stop, even after death.