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Spidersonas are a joyous celebration of Into the Spider-Verse’s message

Original Spider-hero characters take over Twitter

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

The internet is abuzz about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In addition to stunning visuals and a wonderful cast of characters, the latest iteration of Spider-Man film (and perhaps its most innovative) also boasts a very inspirational message at its core: Anyone can be Spider-Man.

Last week, artists across Twitter decided to put this mantra in action, taking to their pens and tablets to create original characters — sometimes based on themselves, but not always! — as Spider-heroes. These characters have been dubbed Spidersonas, and with the hashtag trending, everyone wants to create their unique Spidersona.

Sometimes the designs take inspiration from actual spiders:

Others take humorous approaches to the concept:

It’s not just fans having fun. The movie’s official Twitter account has retweeted various Spidersonas, and Miles Morales’ creator, Brian Michael Bendis, gave a wholehearted endorsement of the Spidersona movement.

Spider-Gwen artist Jason Latour name shared a thread of his “official” Spidersonas, variations of the hero that have been published in comics.

Want to create a Spidersona, but don’t have any drawing skills? One artist on Twitter created blank templates for people, with four different body options to print out, play around with and see their vision come to life.

Creating original characters for popular movies and video games is nothing new, but Into the Spider-Verse is special, because the movie itself encourages this creativity of character design — and the idea that anyone can wear the mask and be a hero.