Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Gets a Bizarre Spinoff Manga from the Authors of My Hero Academia: Vigilantes

Spider-Man: Octopus Girl
Spider-Man: Octopus Girl (Credit: Marvel Entertainment, Shueisha)

Fans of both Spiderman and My Hero Academia are in for a treat as a new spinoff manga featuring one of the formidable villains of the friendly neighbourhood faces a bizarre situation.

Spiderman is undoubtedly one of the most popular superheroes from Marvel Comics. Almost any media featuring him is bound to succeed, be it an animated series, movie, or games. After the immense success of Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, the highly anticipated sequel ‘Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse’ is set to hit theaters on June 2, 2023.

To celebrate the release of Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse, Shonen Jump will be releasing a new spinoff manga for the movie.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Spinoff Manga

On May 29, 2023, a spinoff manga of Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse was announced on Twitter. The title of the spinoff manga is ‘Spider-Man: Octopus Girl.’ The renowned authors of My Hero Academia Vigilantes, Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court, are working on this project.

Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse
Announcement of spinoff manga (Via Twitter)

As the title suggests, the manga will narrate the story of Dr. Otto Octavius, AKA Dr. Octopus, who falls into a coma and finds his consciousness transferred into the body of a Japanese junior high school girl. Fans are expecting to experience a new side of Dr. Octopus with this hilarious incident.

Spider-Man: Octopus Girl
Spider-Man: Octopus Girl (Credit: Marvel Entertainment, Shueisha)

Is the Setting of ‘Spider-Man: Octopus Girl’ Completely New?

Though the concept of reincarnation or transferring consciousness into another person’s body or another world is nothing new in Anime, Manga, and Light Novels, many fans might find this new for Doc Ock. However, fans who are familiar with the comics know that this is not the first time Dr. Octopus has transferred his consciousness.

The Superior Spider-Man
The Superior Spider-Man (Credit: Marvel Entertainment)

The Superior Spider-Man (2013-2014) from Marvel Comics first introduced the idea of Dr. Octopus transferring his mind. In this series, Doc Ock swaps his consciousness with Peter Parker and leaves him to die in the decaying body of Doc Ock. However, inspired by Peter Parker’s dying wish, he decides to become the protector of New York City and claims himself as ‘The Superior Spider-Man’.

Spider-Man: Octopus Girl Manga Release Date and Where to Read

In collaboration with Sony Entertainment, the Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ app will release the manga on June 20, 2023, 18 days after the global release of Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse.


With the unexpected turns of events in Doc Ock’s life, the two fandoms of My Hero Academia and Spiderman are united in their anticipation of what fate holds for Doc Ock now. We will share further information about the upcoming spinoff manga as soon as it becomes available!

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