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Canon Events (Spider-Verse)

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About

Canon Events, in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, are events that must happen to a given universe's Spider-Man, otherwise their universe faces destruction. Not every universe's Spider-Man has the same core events, although some are comparable at their core (for example, losing Uncle Ben or getting bitten by a radioactive spider). Following the release of the movie in June 2023, the concept of canon events inspired memes on sites like TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, including memes in which people apply the concept to events in their own lives and memes hypothesizing about a specific version of Spider-Man's canon events. On TikTok, the Spider-Man 2099 Miguel O'Hara theme is often used in memes about canon events.

Origin

On June 2nd, 2023, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was released in theaters. In the movie, a future version of Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 aka Miguel O'Hara, explains the concept of canon events as events that need to happen to any given universe's Spider-Man to keep the Spider-Verse bonded together. If a canon event is somehow avoided by a Spider-Man, it can lead to the destruction of the Spider-Verse. Some canon events include Uncle Ben dying, the radioactive spider bite or, in the case of Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen, having their police captain father die protecting a child from a nemesis. Not every Spider-Man goes through the exact same canon events.[1][2]

On the day the film was released, people online began posting memes referencing the concept of canon events. It is unclear who was the first person to make a meme using the concept, however, one of the earliest viral examples was a video posted by TikToker[3] @greekos_nikos on June 2nd, 2023, captioned, "Realizing it was never trauma, just a canon event," garnering over 2 million views in six days (shown below). On June 3rd, Instagram[4] user amazing_webheads posted a screenshot of the video, garnering over 7,400 likes in five days.

@greekos_nikos It was all for plot #fyp #spiderman #acrossthespiderverse #milesmorales #intothespiderverse #peterparker #miguelohara #gwenstacy #haileesteinfield ♬ Sunflower Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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On June 4th, 2023, Instagram[5] user codependent_papi posted an image macro of Miguel O'Hara climbing a wall captioned, "Fumbling that baddie was a canon event bro," garnering around 210 likes in four days (shown below). The meme gained viral spread over the following days, including a repost by Instagram[6] user hoodniggademiks that same day, garnering over 19,000 likes in the same span of time.


Fumbling that baddie was a canon event bro

On June 5th, Twitter[7] user @B00K0FTRIBE posted an image of the alternate-universe Spider-Man "Spider-Cat," writing, "wtf was his canon event???" garnering over 42,000 likes in three days (shown below, left). On June 6th, Twitter[8] user @banditocarly made a similar post about Widow,[9] another alternate universe Spider-Man that is a horse, garnering over 2,500 likes in the same span of time (shown below, right).


george bush rookie card @BOOKØFTRIBE w-- was his canon event??? 11:08 PM - Jun 5, 2023 2.9M Views . *** carly @banditocarly wait also his w-- was his canon event 10:50 PM - Jun 6, 2023 1.6M Views

On TikTok, the original sound[10] for "Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara)" became a popular source for memes about canon events. That day, TikToker[11] @0verth0se posted a video referencing a canon event that gained over 5.1 million views in two days (shown below).

@0verth0se #cannonevent #milesmorales #acrossthespiderverse #fyp #foryou ♬ Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) – Daniel Pemberton

On June 7th, Twitter[12] user @DatChaosGuy posted an image of Widow the Spider-Horse next to Mori Calliope, writing, "Spider-Horse’s canon event," a reference to the Mori Calliope Horse Audio, garnering over 17,000 likes in a day (shown below).

CHAOSKID @DatChaosGuy www Spider-Horse's canon event 8:46 PM - Jun 7, 2023 - 335.5K Views ...

Various Examples


Me realising that the little german man from 1945 wasnt a bad person, he just did what he did because it was a canon event, and he didnt want our universe to colapse + 22.9K W-- ARE YOU DOING LIL BRO?! CALLING HIM BLADEE-Y WAS A CANON EVENT jimi @ShinMegamiJimi what was his canon event 5:03 PM - Jun 6, 2023 2.1M Views ...
@ldbverse poor guys must’ve suffered #spiderman #marvel #milesmorales #acrossthespiderverse #prowler #spiderman2099 #thespot #spiderverse #peterparker #miguelohara ♬ Across the Spider-Verse (Start a Band) – Daniel Pemberton

@schoolismld The world didnt blow up #atsv #watch #spiderman #milesmorales #fyp ♬ Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) – Daniel Pemberton


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External References

[1] Games Radar – What are Canon Events

[2] Screen Rant – Spider-Verse Canon Events Explained

[3] TikTok – greekos_nikos

[4] Instagram – amazing_webheads

[5] Instagram – codependent_papi

[6] Instagram – hoodniggademiks

[7] Twitter – B00K0FTRIBE

[8] Twitter – banditocarly

[9] Fandom – Widow

[10] TikTok – Spider-Man 2099

[11] TikTok – 0verth0se

[12] Twitter – DatChaosGuy

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VeteranAdventureHobo
VeteranAdventureHobo

Based on what we are shown in the movie, I am 90% sure

Canon events are bullshit. I have a feeling that miguels universe collapsing had nothing to do with him "breaking the canon", since he seemingly was there for months but the supposed "canon event" that started pavitrs universe collapsing happened immediately and was actually caused by the spot ripping a hole in his universe. Gwens universe should have immediately started collapsing when her dad quit being captain if avoiding canon events actually caused the collapse of a universe that quick, and miguel contradicts himself by calling miles a anomaly but also saying his dad has to die.

Canon events reads to me as a meta criticism of the belief of certain fans that unless a character goes through the exact same problems as peter, they cant call themselves spider man, as an extension of the "anyone can be spiderman" message of the first movie. If anyone can be spiderman despite their life story, canon events make no sense
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