Tarantula (Alvarez)


  • Real Name: Luis Alvarez
  • AKA: El Araña
  • Family: –
  • Base of Operation: Mobile Formerly New York City, New York; Delvadia
  • Identity: Public
  • Citizenship: Delvadian
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Occupation: Terrorist, assassin, government agent; former soldier
  • Education: Military school
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 6′2″ (1.88 m)
  • Weight: 190 lbs (86.18 kg)
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Black
  • Unusual Feature:
  • Origin: Human enhanced by a series of drugs
  • Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)

Introduced in Web of Spider-Man #35 (1988) by Gerry Conway and Alex Saviuk, a few months after the death of the original Tarantula, the same repressive dictatorship of Delvadia hired Captain Luis Alvarez to take up the role of the countrys’ version of Captain America. He was sent to America to hunt down people who had fled from the country. The government used their connections to make Captain America (John Walker at the time) to aid Tarantula in this task, which brought the pair into conflict with Spider-man, who was hunting Tarantula after he killed a Daily Bugle employee and former resident of Delvadia.

Spider-man defeated Tarantula and Alvarez was deported back to his country. He would begin working for the government again but his violent nature (seeing a pattern here) proved too much and he was exiled. He would encounter a depowered Spider-man but still lost to the webslinger. He was eventually killed by the Jury.

Most people think of the Rodriquez version of the Tarantula but given that Alvarez used pretty much the same costume (slight costume designs aside), he would receive a figure as part of Hasbro’s second attempt of the Spider-man Classic brand.


Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-man Retro Wave 3 – Tarantula

  • Background:
    • Alvarez would wear pretty much the same costume as his predecessor, with some slight costume redesigns. It should be noted that due to the printer not being able to keep the same level of black, alot of the Tarantula’s appearance could have some blue shading to it.
  • Why do you need it for your collection?
    • You can get this for your Spider-man villains or Patriotic heroes shelfs.
  • Does it need a remake?
    • No.


Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not facts. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

Alternates: Tarantulas


Universe: Prime Universe (Earth-616)