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‘Why they changing so many designs?’: Deadpool Star Karan Soni’s ‘Radical’ Spider-Man India Look in Sony’s Across the Spider-Verse Draws Widespread Criticism

'Why they changing so many designs?': Deadpool Star Karan Soni's 'Radical' Spider-Man India Look in Sony's Across the Spider-Verse Draws Widespread Criticism

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse is the long-awaited sequel to Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. Various trailers, clips, and shots released from the film have hinted at the inclusion of several new characters from Spider-Man’s lore. But there’s one character and his design that fans aren’t too enthused about. It’s Spider-Man India’s costume. Multiple fans are confused about the design of the Indian Spider-Man and they are wondering why did the makers choose such a weird route for the character.

Spider-Man India Has Been Cast 

Karan Soni
Karan Soni

For a long time, fans have been asking for Spider-Man India/ Pavitr Prabhakar to be included in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-VerseFinally, the upcoming film has cast actor Karan Soni in the role. Fans of the Deadpool films will know him as Dopinder, the titular character’s cabbie and friend. There’s no word on whether Soni will reprise his role in Deadpool 3 with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. But if he doesn’t, the actor will have a new home in Across The Spiderverse. One Take News reports that Spider-Man India is expected to play a major role in the movie.

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Spider-Man India comic design
Spider-Man India comic design

In the pages of Marvel comics, Pavitr Prabhakar is a regular kid who comes to Mumbai with his Uncle Bhim and Aunt Maya. There he gets the powers of a Spider, courtesy of a Yogi, and fights a doctor with 4 tentacles (a mirror of Doc Ock) to save his aunt and friend, Meera. His uncle dies while trying to save a woman from getting attacked by goons, and that is where he learns the meaning of the iconic Spider-Man line- with great power comes great responsibility.

So Prabhakar is a mirror of Peter Parker’s story, except that his origin story is set in India and not in the USA. Another marked difference between the two characters is that Prabhakar wears the Indian attire, dhoti, while Parker has his spidey suit. However, the entire costume design of Spider-Man India has been changed in the upcoming animated film and fans are confused about it.

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Fans Dislike The Changes Done To Spider-Man India’s Costume

Spider-Man India in Spider-Man- Across The Spiderverse
Spider-Man India in Spider-Man- Across The Spiderverse

Fans of Pavitr Prabhakar and Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse are confused by the costume changes. Many don’t understand why the makers decided to change the design that was already present in the comics. After all, almost every other character appearing in the movie will seemingly keep the same costume design from the comics.

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Here’s what the fans are saying about the design change for Prabhakar:

The reason for the look change of Prabhakar seems to be because the combination of a white dhoti with the upper part of the iconic Spider-Man costume looks bland and weird. Also many fans think that the original comic book look is outdated. Apart from this, the idea of hair growing on top of his mask has not been received well by many.

However, it’s possible that the mask only covers his face and not his head. Keeping the criticisms aside, the costume seems to have been received well by many, with some praising the new upgraded design. It remains to be seen what the general audience thinks of Pavitr Prabhakar’s look when he debuts in the movie.

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse releases on June 2, 2023.

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Written by Ishita Chatterjee

A literature graduate who loves sharing her views on everything pop-culture and entertainment. Ishita especially loves dreaming about superheroes and comic books when she isn't day dreaming about them everyday either way.