‘Spider-Man’: Is a Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man Still Possible?
Eagle-eyed fans analyze every frame of Marvel trailers and posters. Marvel’s What If…? was no exception, and some took notice of a ‘Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man.’ However, while a fun adventure, What If…Zombies?! featured a non-mystic Zombie Hunter Spider-Man. Some fans wonder if a magically-charged Spider-Man could still happen.
Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man and Doctor Strange mashup
A lot of exciting new characters came from combining two characters’ attributes. Deadpool and Gwen Stacy gave us Gwenpool. Spider-Man and Iron Man gave us the Iron Spider. Try to find a major character that hasn’t bonded with the Venom symbiote. The list goes on.
There was even a time when Marvel and DC characters saw themselves combined.
Surprisingly, of all character mashup Marvel has done over the years, Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man failed to make the list.
Both based in New York, the webhead and mast of the mystic arts have frequently teamed up. When the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man starts fighting ghosts and demons, it’s time to call the Doctor.
However, while they have crossed paths several times, Spider-Man never dabbled too far into Marvel’s magical side.
At least, not in the comics through the mid-2010s.
Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man has already appeared on the small-screen
The first instance of Spider-Man donning the Cloak of Levitation was actually in a television series.
In the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, an episode from 2014 saw Peter Parker Dormammu with Dr. Strange. Before being captured, Strange sent the Eye of Agamotto to Spider-Man, turning him into the ‘Spider Supreme.’
Initially, Peter had no idea how to use his new power but quickly adapted.
Equipped with strengthened purple webs, access to magic portals, flight, and magic shields, the upgrade boosted the webhead’s arsenal immensely. Not to mention, he got a new costume to mark the occasion.
The change was short-lived, however, as Dr. Strange took his items back once he was rescued.
This would not be the last time a Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man was seen in Dr. Strange’s threads, though.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the Venom symbiote
While some debate claims that the cape references a What If…? comic where Spider-Man abandons fighting crime and chases fame and fortune. However, it could also reference Dr. Strange’s Cloak of Levitation, similar to the animated Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man.
While just a passing easter egg, the next year would revisit the look.
CBR reported that in 2019, Marvel ran a series set when Spider-Man originally bonded to the Venom symbiote. While Spider-Man never wore the cloak, issue 3’s cover showed Spider-Man sporting a fully redesigned suit mashup of Dr. Strange and Spider-Man.
And fans finally got to see Spider-Man learn some sorcery.
Dr. Strange brought Peter to Kamar Taj and trained in the art of mystic defense. Cramming a year’s worth of training into one week, the Spider suddenly had some new moves to show.
Unfortunately, that remains all the times anything close to a Sorcerer Supreme Spider-Man appeared. It is unlikely What If…? will directly adapt any of these examples.
Although, with a mix of adapting existing comic stories and original spinoffs from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Disney+ show could always pleasantly surprise fans.