Artist Yadvender Singh Rana aka Ultraraw26 recently shared a mock-up of Leonardo DiCaprio as Superior Spider-Man.
Superior Spider-Man was first introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #700 by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, and Edgar Delgado.
He would go on to appear in his own series, The Super Spider-Man by Dan Slott and artists Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos, and Giuseppe Camuncoli back in 2013.
The character was formed when a dying Otto Octavius and Peter Parker swap bodies. That body swap is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man #699 when Octavius in Spider-Man’s body visits a dying Peter Parker who is trapped in Octavius body at The Raft.
Octavious tells the dying Parker, “From now on I am Peter Parker. I have all of your memories. I know everything you knew. I have you life and everything that comes with it. And you are now Otto Octavius with what little time you have left…”
Just how Octavius swapped bodies with Parker was revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man #699 when Peter deduces that Doc Ock was mapping out his brain when he used his technology and incorporated it into his own Spider-Armor suit.
After mapping out Parker’s brain, Doc Ock used a brain-swapping Octobot on Spider-Man following a fight with the Hobgoblins.
The Octobot then proceeded to remap all of Parker’s brain with Doctor Octopus’ brain patterns. Parker’s brain was then mapped onto Octavius’ body.
While Parker would attempt to reclaim his body he would fail. However, he would impart on Octavius that “with great power comes great responsibility.”
Parker uses the mental connection he has with Octavius to show him the value of life. He shows Octavius a number of tragic memories from Parker’s past including Uncle Ben’s death, Gwen Stacy’s death, and even when he saved Octavius life.
After Peter died in Octavius’ body, Octavius would swear, “Know this, I will carry on in your name. You may leaving this world, but you are not leaving it to a villain. I swear. I will be Spider-Man. Better yet, with my unparalleled genius and my boundless ambition I’ll be a better Spider-Man you ever were. From this day forth, I shall become The Superior Spider-Man.”
While it seemed that Parker was completely eliminated, his consciousness still existed within his own body, it was just being suppressed by Octavius. It would eventually find itself trapped in The Mindscape reliving the life of Dr. Octopus.
As Superior Spider-Man, Octavius uses much more brutal measures when dealing with criminals.
In an encounter with the Vulture, Octavius would blind the villain. He would also begin deploying Spider-Bots to patrol the city.
He also tracks down escaped murderer Massacre and publicly executes him.
Octavius eventually yields Parker’s body back to his own consciousness after the Goblin King and his minions capture Anna Maria Marconi.
Octavius enters the Mindscape and expunges all of his memories and erases his life as a villain from Parker’s brain. Parker’s body once again becomes his own.
Ultraraw26 shared his mock up of Leonardo DiCaprio as Superior Spider-Man to Instagram.
He wrote, “I had to get this out of the way before the year ended. For months now, I’ve been asked multiple times by people to make a Superior Spider-Man variant featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. And now few days back this rumor broke out that he is being eyed to play another version of Spider-Man in the upcoming Sony-Disney flick of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
“You want my honest opinion? Yeah sure I love doing these fan castings, but most of them are just rumors. So you don’t have to buy this because nobody is trying to sell it.”
He then wished his followers a belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
The rumor regarding DiCaprio playing Spider-Man comes from scooper Daniel Richtman.
We Got This Covered reports, “Daniel Richtman is now claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio has held talks with Marvel about appearing as a version of Spider-Man from another Earth.” Richtman apparently claims that this rumored DiCaprio Spider-Man will show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
DiCaprio did have discussions to play Spider-Man under director James Cameron back in the 90s although it never made it past a screenplay.
DiCaprio told Empire Magazine, “Not very close, but there was a screenplay. I know he was semi-serious about doing it at some point, but I don’t remember any further talks about it. We had a couple of chats. I think there was a screenplay that I read, but I don’t remember. This was 20 years ago!”
What do you make of Ultraraw26’s mock up of Leonardo DiCaprio as Superior Spider-Man?