Who Is Spider-Man: India? Pavitr Prabhakar Origin Story & Powers Explained

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Pavitr Prabhakar, a.k.a. Spider-Man, debuted in 2023's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, as a new variant of the titular web-slinger. The sequel to 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse released on June 2, 2023, introducing many new versions of Spider-Man from across the multiverse, including a lot of familiar faces from past adaptations in film, TV, animation, and video games. Whereas Into the Spider-Verse saw Miles Morales joined in his own universe by several interdimensional Spider-People, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse sent Miles on a reality-hopping adventure of his own, with his first stop being the universe of Pavitr Prabhakar.
Pavitr Prabhakar debuted in Marvel Comics' 2004-05 miniseries Spider-Man: India, taking place on Earth-50101, which saw Prabhakar gain spider-like powers similar to Earth-616's Peter Parker. Whereas the Marvel Comics characters resides in Mumbai, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse depicted Pavitr as the protector of the fictional city of Mumbattan, a portmanteau of Mumbai and Manhattan. Pavitr's Spider-Man is expected to appear in Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse following his explosive introduction in Across the Spider-Verse, so the 2024 sequel could develop his character even further and reveal more about this mysterious new Spider-Man.
Pavitr Prabhakar's Origin In Marvel Comics Explained Introduced in Spider-Man: India #1, released in November 2004, Pavitr Prabhakar was a poor boy living in a remote Indian village who moves to Mumbai with his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim. Thanks to his half scholarship, Pavitr attends a good school but is bullied by the other students there, only being befriended by Meera Jain, inspired by Earth-616's Mary Jane Watson. One day, while being chased by his bullies, Pavitr is met by an ancient yogi who grants him the powers of a spider so that he can take on threats to the world, dubbing himself Spider-Man.
Pavitr's origin story is wildly different from that of Peter Parker's Spider-Man, as Pavitr is granted his abilities through magic rather than the bite of a radioactive spider. However, other events during his time as the web-slinging hero are strikingly similar to his American counterpart. While discovering his new abilities, Pavitr refuses to help a woman being attacked by a group of men, only for his Uncle Bhim to help her instead and be stabbed in the process. Through this, Pavitr learns that with great power comes great responsibility, and he begins his career as the crime-fighting Spider-Man of Mumbai.


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