Earth vs. the Spider

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Information-silk Real Name

Dr. Peter Benjamin Parker

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Puny Parker,[1] Petey,[1] "Midtown High's Only Professional Wallflower,"[1] Tiger,[2] "Spidey",[3] Webhead,[3]Web-Slinger,[3] Wall crawler,[4] Amazing Bag-Man,[3]Bombastic Bag-Man,[5]Captain Universe,[6]Ricochet,[7]Hornet,[8]Dusk,[9]Prodigy,[10]Black Marvel,[11]Daredevil,[12] Mad Dog 336,[3]Scarlet Spider,[3]Iron Spider,[13]Spider-Hulk,[14]Spider-Lizard,[15] Spider-Morphosis,[16]Spider-Phoenix,[17]Doctor Octopus,[18]Superior Spider-Man,[19]Wolverine,[20]Punisher,[20]Ben Reilly,[21] Spider-X-Man,[22] Professor S,[23]Challenger,[24] 'Pidey,[25] Mr. Cartwright,[26] Mr. Jameson,[26] Mr. Simmons,[26]Spider-Boy,[27]Peter Palmer,[27] Leo DiCaprio[28]

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William Fitzpatrick (maternal grand-father, deceased)

Richard Parker (father, deceased);
Mary Parker (mother, deceased);
Teresa Parker (possible sister)
Benjamin Parker (uncle, deceased);
May Parker (aunt);
Jay Jameson (step-uncle, deceased)
John Jonah Jameson (step-cousin)
Mary Jane Watson-Parker (wife prior to excision of any and all records of marriage, now ex-fiancée);
Philip Watson (father-in-law prior to excision);
Madeline Watson (mother-in-law prior to excision);
Gayle Watson-Byrnes (sister-in-law prior to excision);
Venom Symbiote (former symbiote);

Ben Reilly (clone/"brother", deceased);
Kaine (clone/"brother");
Spidercide (clone, allegedly deceased);
Guardian (clone, deceased);
Jack (clone, deceased);
Spider-Skeleton (clone, deceased)

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As Peter Parker: Parker Industries (CEO), Uncle Ben Foundation ; formerly Horizon Labs, Daily Bugle / Front Line); The DB! / Daily Bugle, Daily Globe, Tricorp Research

As Spider-Man: Avengers, Parker Industries; formerly Avengers Unity Division, X-Men (Jean Grey School member), Special Class (teacher), Mighty Avengers, Spider-Army (leader), Web-Warriors (leader), Future Foundation, Heroes For Hire, New Avengers, Marvel Knights, Fantastic Four, Secret Avengers (Civil War), Superhuman Task Force (Pro-Registration Superheroes), Outlaws, New Fantastic Four, Brooklyn Avengers, Secret Defenders, Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men, the Mighty, Spider Society, mentor to Misfits, Frightful Four (hypnotized into joining), partner of Eddie Brock (Venom), Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider), Kaine (Scarlet Spider), Alpha, Virtue, Black Cat, Toxin, Silk, host of the Uni Power, Avatar of the Great Weaver, former receptacle of The Other

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Parker Industries, Hudson River, New York; formerly Schaefer Theater, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Gem Theater, New York City, New York; Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York; Avengers Tower, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Sims Tower, Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, Earth-3145; Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, Earth-13; Baxter Building, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Portland, Oregon; Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, New York

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Vigilante, adventurer, inventor, President and CEO of Parker Industries, bodyguard, mechanic, mascot, President of the Uncle Ben Foundation; formerly special class guidance counselor at the Jean Grey School, Horizon Labs creative engineer of Research and Development department Lab 7, freelance photographer for the Front Line, assistant high school coach, high school science teacher, student, freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle, research scientist, wrestler, fugitive, ghost

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Master's degree in biophysics, E.S.U.[29]
Doctorate in biochemistry

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Small hairs on his hands and feet that allow him to adhere to walls and most surfaces.

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Human mutate;
When high school bookworm Peter Parker was bitten by a Radioactive Spider during a science experiment, he soon found out that he had gained the proportionate powers of an arachnid. In a turn of events, Peter soon discovered that with great power comes great responsibility when his uncle died at the hands of a mugger Peter could have stopped earlier.

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Quote1 Whether a law is right or wrong, moral or immoral, is an idea, a personal philosophy... but it always seems that fights over ideas skip over the barrier into the real world and become battles of real violence. Quote2 -- Spider-Man src

Early Life

Peter Benjamin Parker was born in Queens to CIA agents Richard and Mary Parker. While Peter was still an infant, his parents were assigned to infiltrate the Algerian based spy ring controlled by the communist agent, the Red Skull (Albert Malik). The moment the Red Skull learned that Richard and Mary were double agents, he had them killed by one of his agents, the Finisher, in an airplane crash overseas and then framed them for treason.[30] Peter went to live with his uncle and aunt, Ben and May Parker, in Forest Hills, New York; they became Peter’s surrogate parents and raised him as if he were their own son. Over the next nine years, Parker grew to be extremely bright in science and became a high honors student at Midtown High School. Parker's shyness and scholastic interest often made him a social outcast and a target for bullies, primarily football star Flash Thompson.

Becoming Spider-Man

While attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation, the 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten on the hand by a spider that had been irradiated by a particle accelerator used in the demonstration. Unbeknownst to him, after the spider fell from his hand, it bit a girl, Cindy Moon on the ankle before it died from the radiation.[31] Making his way home afterwards, Peter was almost hit by a car; when Peter jumped out of the way, Peter discovered he had somehow gained incredible strength, agility, and the ability to cling to walls, spider-like traits that he immediately associated with the spider bite.[1]

Peter Parker (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 1 0001

Introducing: Spider-Man!

Encountering an ad offering a cash prize for staying in the ring for three minutes with professional wrestler Joseph "Crusher" Hogan, Peter decided this would be a good way to test his powers. Wearing a mask to avoid potential embarrassment in case he lost the match, Peter easily defeated his opponent. TV producer Maxwell Shiffman observed his performance and convinced him to go on television with his 'act.' Designing a full costume and fabricating a fluid similar to a spider's web and wrist-mounted web-shooters, Peter called himself Spider-Man, becoming an immediate sensation.

Following his first TV appearance, Peter failed to act to stop an escaping thief, claiming that it was not his responsibility to do so. Peter forgot the incident as his fame rose, but days later he returned home at night to find his Uncle Ben had been murdered. Learning the police had the burglar responsible holed up in a warehouse, Peter changed to Spider-Man and easily captured him only to discover he was the same thief he had allowed to escape earlier. Filled with remorse, he realized that when someone has power, he has an obligation to use it responsibly, so he decided to become a superhero.[1]

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Peter's early career as Spider-Man

Taking on Great Responsibility

The first problem young Peter faced was the lack of money with the death of his uncle. Due to the fact that his Aunt May was too weak to work and Peter was seen as fragile, he decided to get a job, even though Aunt May wanted him to become a scientist instead. Peter even thought about using his spider powers for crime, but decided against it after thinking how his Aunt would react to him in jail.

However, it was seeming impossible to him to find a job in order to pay his growing debts. As Spider-Man, he was not able to continue his career as TV star, because of J. Jonah Jameson, owner of the NOW Magazine and the newspaper Daily Bugle. Jameson started a campaign against Spidey, stating that he was a bad influence for children and a criminal for taking justice into his own hands, referring to the situation with the burglar. These protests start taking effect and turning the public against Spider-Man, causing Spidey's manager to leave him, impeding his ability to earn money even as Spider-Man.[32]

Peter searched through the wanted ads, only to be rejected by all the employers. Not being able to use his super-powers as Spider Man infuriated Peter, and his fury only intensified after seeing his Aunt May selling her jewelry to try and earn some money.

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Spider-Man vs. the strangest foe of all time... Doctor Octopus.

Spidey's second heroic action was to save Jameson's astronaut son, John Jameson from an accident in a deviated space capsule. Spider-Man hitched a ride on a small airplane, and boarded the capsule during re-entry. Spidey then attached the missing capsule piece- allowing it to land safely. Although he had saved John, Spidey was still blamed by J.J. Jameson for the accident.

Later, trying to find a way to make some money, he decided to join the superhero team the Fantastic Four. Spidey intruded into the Baxter Building, battling the FF, as a way of showing them his power, but the team refused Spidey's entry after explaining to him that they did not get paid for their actions and that they were a family, not an enterprise. Later that day, the Russian criminal and master of disguise known as the Chameleon used Spider-Man's identity to steal defense missile plans. The real Spidey was used by Chameleon as a pawn to escape the scene without problems. After managing to avoid capture by the police, Spider-Man caught Chameleon in a helicopter before he could reach a soviet submarine and handed him in to the authorities.[32] Peter finally found a way to make money when the Daily Bugle asked for photos of the winged criminal known as the Vulture. Not only did Spider-Man defeat the villain, he also found a way to take photos, which caused J.J. Jameson to hire Peter to get him pictures of Spider-Man, under the condition that the publicist would not ask Peter how he took the pictures.[33]

Early in his career, Spider-Man fought many villains including the Tinkerer,[33] the Chameleon's step-brother Kraven the Hunter, who tried to hunt Spider-Man; Sandman, a criminal turned into sand with shape-shifting powers;[34]Doctor Doom,[35] the Lizard, a brilliant scientist turned a giant reptile;[36] the Fox (in his first team-up with the Human Torch);[37] the Living Brain (a machine gone crazy),[38]Electro, a former electrician who in an accident was turned into a human battery;[39] the Kingpin of Crime Big Man and his Enforcers,[40]Mysterio, an illusionist who tried to make Spider-Man seen as a criminal;[41]Doctor Octopus, a good scientist who, after an accident, had four extra metallic arms attached to his back;[42][43] and his deadliest foe of all time: the Green Goblin, a mad criminal who wanted to be the new king of the underworld.[44][45] Several of these villains would form the Sinister Six, under the leadership of Doctor Octopus himself, a team who tried to get Spider-Man by kidnapping Aunt May, trying to force Peter to "call" Spider-Man, but they failed.[46]

During this time, Parker dated Betty Brant of the Daily Bugle, although Liz Allan had a crush on him. At the same time, both Peter's Aunt May and their neighbor, Anna Watson, were constantly encouraging Parker to date Anna's niece, Mary Jane Watson.

Before his high school graduation Peter continued to fight off menaces, including the Circus of Crime,[47][48] the Scorpion,[49] the Beetle,[50] Mysterio (who pretended to be a renowned psychiatrist in an attempt to make Spider-Man believe he was insane),[51]Spencer Smythe's Spider-Slayers,[2] the Crime-Master,[52] and the Molten Man.[53] He also assisted the recently formed Avengers in defeating a Spider-Man robot created by Kang.[54]

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Spidey Unmasked!

A Hero in the University

Eventually, Peter graduated from high school as valedictorian[55] and enrolled at Empire State University on a science scholarship,[53] meeting new classmates such as Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy.[56] Even though he got off to a bad start with them, finally Peter became friends with them, as well as Flash Thompson, his high school bully who ironically was Spider-Man's biggest fan. The Green Goblin came back and discovered Spider-Man's identity, kidnapping him and revealing his own alter-ego, that of Norman Osborn, Harry's father. In a furious battle, the villain lost all memories of his time as a supervillain.[57]

During that time, Spider-Man fought new foes such as the Cat Burglar;[58] the Rhino, a villain in an armored suit who tried to kidnap John Jameson; the Shocker, a criminal with shock wave gauntlets; as well as teaming up with Dr. Strange to defeat the wizard known as Xandu.[59] Also, Peter finally met Mary Jane Watson, but at that time he was interested in Gwen, so Mary Jane started dating Harry.

After finding an old newspaper clipping that identifies that his parents were traitors to their country in his aunt’s house, Peter decided to learn the full story, traveling to Algeria with the Fantastic Four's aid. He learns that his parents were supposedly spies who worked for the Red Skull and he came across their ID badges for the Skull's organization. Spider-Man also stumbles upon the original Nazi Red Skull and his men, who previously worked for the other Red Skull. In the aftermath, he finds that his father's CIA identification card, proving to Peter that his parents were secret government operatives. With evidence to clear his parents' names, Peter returns to the States.[30]

Weeks after the return of Kraven the Hunter and battling a new Vulture, Peter started wondering if he may be better off not being Spider-Man. Crime rose and a new Kingpin appeared in NY, and abducted J. J. Jameson. Peter was forced to return to his heroic identity.[60]

A mystical artifact called the Tablet of Life and Time, exhibited in ESU was stolen by the Kingpin; the Tablet passed over many people who tried to get it, including Spider-Man, Shocker (who was working for Kingpin) and Man Mountain Marko (who was working for the Maggia crime family). Finally the Tablet got to the Maggia boss, Silvermane, who forced Doctor Curt Connors to translate the tablet. Connors managed to create a powerful rejuvenation serum from it. Silvermane drank it and became a young man again. But the serum made Silvermane regress beyond birth. Meanwhile Connors, as the Lizard, escaped.[61]

The Death of the Stacys

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The Death of George Stacy

Soon after, Doctor Octopus managed to get his metallic arms again and broke free from prison. After Spider-Man thwarted his attempt to hijack a plane, he started attacking the city's main power plant. Although Spider-Man escaped from Ock, Spider-Man was attacked by surprise by Ock the next day. They battled on a rooftop and Captain Stacy died when saving a child from falling debris. Before dying, Stacy revealed to Spider-Man he knew his identity, and asked him to take care of Gwen.[62]

Being accused for Stacy's death, Spider-Man faced some heroes who wanted to take him to authorities, such as the X-Man Iceman and the beginner hero the Prowler. Peter even went to London to prevent Gwen's departure forever, after her father's death.[63]

Things got worse. Harry became addicted to LSD, and Peter, along with Gwen and Mary Jane, took care of him. This familial stress caused Norman Osborn's Green Goblin persona to return, where he again battled Spider-Man. During the battle Norman was exposed to his son's declining condition in the hospital. This severed the control of the Green Goblin persona over Norman and caused Norman to have amnesia.[64]

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Six arms!

With his secret identity making his life impossible, Peter tried to give up being Spider-Man and created a cure for his powers that instead made him grow four extra arms.[65] With the help of Curt Connors he found a cure, fighting Morbius the Living Vampire and his alter-ego in the process. He finally returned to normal, even though it meant interfering in a gang war between Doctor Octopus and Hammerhead[66] and battling Hulk in Canada.[67]

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The Night Gwen Stacy Died!

Norman Osborn's alter ego resurfaced again and the Green Goblin kidnapped Gwen Stacy. Spider-Man found them at the Brooklyn Bridge, where they fought and Gwen fell from the bridge. She died when Spider-Man reached her with a web-line, breaking her neck. Green Goblin escaped. A furious Peter searched, found and battled him again. In this battle Norman was impaled with his own Goblin glider, apparently killing himself.

Peter was extremely distraught over the death of Gwen, possibly even more so than when Uncle Ben died. An equally traumatized Mary Jane tried to comfort Peter after Gwen's death; she was initially brushed off, but they eventually got closer.[68]

Being accused of the death of both Stacys, Spider-Man was confronted by heroes such as Power Man and the Punisher in the latter's crime-fighting debut.[69] Later, Harry, who had wanted revenge on Spider-Man for his father's death since it happened, took the Green Goblin mantle and kidnapped Flash Thompson, Mary Jane and Aunt May in an attempt to lure him out and kill him. Spider-Man managed to find him at his father's old home and defeated him, leaving him to the authorities. Harry was sent to an asylum.[70]

The First Clone Saga

Peter Parker (Earth-616) vs. Peter Parker (Ben Reilly) (Earth-616)

"Even if I live... I die!"

Peter had to go on a work trip with Robbie Robertson, and he and Mary Jane shared their first kiss at the airport. After returning from the trip to France, Peter found himself with Gwen Stacy, but could not bear to rekindle their relationship because of his kiss with MJ. With the help of Ned Leeds, Spider-Man found out that Gwen Stacy was a clone created by the Jackal, who, after defeating Spider-Man with the help of Tarantula, was revealed to be Peter's professor, Miles Warren.[71]

After kidnapping Leeds and Spider-Man, Warren explained to the hero that he loved Gwen and blamed Spider-Man for her death. And after managing to clone a frog, he used a blood sample from Gwen to clone her. Later, Spider-Man was left unconscious in a stadium, where he battled a clone of himself to save Ned from a bomb.

Gwen's clone made Jackal realize everything was wrong, so he freed Ned and the bomb exploded, apparently killing him and the Spider-Clone. Spider-Man took the corpse of his clone and buried it at an industrial chimney, while the clone of Gwen Stacy left New York.[72] Unsure whether he was the real Peter Parker or the clone, he had Curt Connors run tests on him. However, he never checked the results, being convinced by his emotions for Mary Jane that he must be the original.[73]

Peter had to leave Betty Brant's engagement party to defeat the Shocker, causing friction between him and Mary Jane.[74] He then came into conflict with the Kingpin once more who was trying to acquire parts of a crime super computer before it was activated.[75] The computer itself turned out to be self-aware and a menace.[76] Peter served as best man at Ned Leeds' and Betty Brant's wedding.[77] He had to deal with Dr. Octopus kidnapping his aunt May as a result of being haunted by the ghost of Hammerhead,[78] defeated the Fly,[79] and faced off against the Tinkerer, who had reconstructed the Spider-Mobile at the orders of the Kingpin.[80] He teamed up with the X-Man Nightcrawler and the Punisher to being down Jigsaw who was trying to frame the Punisher for several sniper killings.[81]

Spider-Man faced Harry's psychologist, Bart Hamilton, who became the third Green Goblin, who, after various encounters, died at the hands of Harry.[82] Peter proposed marriage to Mary Jane, but she would not accept, making their relationship falter. MJ went to Florida with her Aunt Anna.

Spider-Man managed to clear his name, while Peter Parker graduated from ESU.[83] Also, Spencer Smythe, the creator of the Spider-Slayers, died from illness after trying to kill Spider-Man and Jameson, the men he blamed for ruining his life.[84]

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Never let the Black Cat cross your path!

Enter the Cat

As Peter continued to live on his own, his Aunt May decided to transform her home into a senior citizens' boarding house. At one point Parker began a romantic relationship and heroic partnership with the Black Cat, developing feelings for her and even starting to love her, although Parker later broke it off due to the Black Cat's disdain for Parker's life apart from being Spider-Man.[citation needed]

A "Friend" from Outer Space

Prior to this, Spider-Man was among the heroes kidnapped by the powerful Beyonder to fight in his "Secret Wars". When his costume was damaged, Parker tried using the futuristic technology on the Beyonder's planet to repair it, and instead, replaced it with an alien "symbiote" which transformed into a black version of Spider-Man's costume, perhaps based on that of the newly appeared Spider-Woman. Parker used the symbiote for his costume, which was capable of transforming into street clothing as well as generating webs. Later, Mary Jane returned to Peter's life.[citation needed]

A man named Puma dislocated Spidey's arm. Spider-Man passed out pushing it back into place. Black Cat saved Peter from Puma and left Peter at home. MJ came over to visit, because she thought Peter felt let down by something, and tried to have some fun. But Peter shoved MJ out of the door when his Spider Sense went off. Just as Peter shut the door, Puma crashed in. During the battle in another building Puma confirmed that Spidey's web was organic. After the battle Peter returned home and Mary Jane told him that she knew he was Spider-Man. Peter tried to convince her that she was wrong, but Black Cat came in and MJ left. Cat said MJ is nobody, and Peter snapped at her. When she started to leave the suit webbed her hand, and Felicia (thinking he'd done this on purpose) decided to stay. Peter noticed that the costume behaved strangely, so he sought help from the Fantastic Four's Mister Fantastic, who discovered the costume was a living organism. He helped remove the costume by force, and kept it at the Fantastic Four's headquarters in captivity. The symbiote would later escape, plaguing the life of Parker again and ultimately merging with one of Spider-Man's critics, Eddie Brock, creating the villain, Venom. In a climatic fight, Spider-Man defeated this new foe.[citation needed]Peter Parker (Earth-616) with Venom (Symbiote) (Earth-616) for the first time

Spider-Man's symbiote costume.

Improving Life

As Spider-Man, Parker met and fought alongside nearly every hero in Manhattan, if not the world. Although he fought alongside the Avengers many times,[54] he unsuccessfully (for now) tried to join their number when he learned of the financial stipend their members received. Parker helped them stop an invasion and subsequent breakout of the energy research and villain internment facility, Project Pegasus. Spider-Man was deemed, however, to disrupt the team's cohesiveness (perhaps due to either his loner nature, lack of experience, or annoying sense of humor), and was denied membership. Later, however, Spider-Man met the international mercenary Silver Sable, often working on her behalf.[citation needed]Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 316 Textless

Vs. Venom

Soon after a fight with Spider-Slayer, Peter and Mary Jane married. Spider-Man later defeated Venom in battle again. Peter's old friend Harry Osborn leased the couple a loft in the condo that Harry and his family were also living in. Mary Jane's cousin Kristy also temporarily moved in with the Parkers at one point. Eventually, however, the Parkers had to move into a room in Aunt May's house due to financial problems.[citation needed]

At this time, Spider-Man once again allied with the Avengers to stop the alien Nebula from destroying reality with her Infinity Union. An increasingly unnerved Spider-Man, unaccustomed to dealing with cosmic-scale menaces, accidentally allowed Nebula to absorb the power of the Infinity Union, although the Avengers, Spider-Man, and the alien Stranger thwarted her regardless. Parker was told again that Spider-Man might not be suited for Avengers membership, although later he was inducted into their number on a provisional basis.[citation needed]

Parker later returned to his studies and postgraduate work as a lab assistant at Empire State University. During this time, Parker was briefly endowed with the powers of Captain Universe, in order to stop a series of robots, including the mutant-killing Tri-Sentinel. Once the menace was defeated, the extra powers he gained left him.[citation needed]

Kraven's Last Hunt

After being defeated once again, Kraven the Hunter's remaining sanity was destroyed. He hatched a scheme to finally defeat Spider-Man. While Spider-Man swung around the city, Kraven hit him with a tranquilizer dart. Spider-Man started hallucinating and Kraven knocked him down and captured him in a net. He shot Spider-Man with a rifle, apparently killing him. In reality his drugs kept him completely immobile, so that Kraven could bury him alive. Kraven then donned a copy of Spider-Man's costume, calling himself "The Spider," he tried to become a better Spider-Man than Peter. He ended up brutally attacking and beating criminals, ultimately sending fifteen men to the hospital and killing one. The Spider confronted Vermin, who had resurfaced and killed various people, in the sewers. During the ensuing fight, The Spider overpowered Vermin and captures him.

After two weeks, Kraven’s drug eventually wore off and Spider-Man emerged from his grave. He learned from a newspaper that someone has been impersonating him for two weeks. He reunited with Mary Jane at their apartment before going to confront Kraven. However, he refused to fight, saying that by "killing" and impersonating him, he had proven his superiority. Kraven led Spider-Man to a caged Vermin and released him, goading Vermin into attacking Spider-Man. At first Spider-Man fought back but then backed off, refusing to play Kraven's game. Vermin overwhelmed him and fled with Spider-Man following him. Having finished his greatest hunt, Kraven left a confession saying the he impersonated Spider-Man for the past two weeks and then committed suicide with a hunting rifle. Spider-Man took down Vermin and handed him over to the police, who found Kraven's confession.[85][86][87]

The Second Clone Saga

Aunt May supposedly suffered a debilitating heart attack. This also led to the Parkers meeting Ben Reilly, a clone of himself whom Peter had fought earlier. Reilly created a similar spider-costume, dubbed the Scarlet Spider by the Daily Bugle, and helped Spider-Man in his adventures. Shortly afterward, Mary Jane became pregnant, and the apparent revelation that Ben was the original Peter Parker and Peter the clone prompted Peter to retire from Spider-Man and relocate to Portland. After a crisis in Portland resulted in minor damage to Peter's cellular structure that prevented him from accessing his powers, Peter chose to accept retirement and focus on his new family.[citation needed]

Back in New York, Reilly eventually assumed the identity of Spider-Man himself, since the second villain by the name of Doctor Octopus tarnished the reputation of the Scarlet Spider. After a few months in Portland, Peter and Mary Jane returned to New York, with Peter's powers returning after a strange illness was revealed to be his body 'resetting' itself, although his powers were unpredictable for a while and prone to cutting out at inopportune moments. As Peter's powers returned, however, he and Ben began to contemplate the possibility of both of them acting as Spider-Man after the recent war against Onslaught resulted in the loss of the FF and so many of the Avengers. This plan was cut short when Mary Jane was rushed to hospital while giving birth due to an unexpected medical emergency, later revealed to have been staged by Norman Osborn, the original Green Goblin; Osborn had survived his apparent death due to an unexpected increased healing factor as part of his powers that nobody had known about before. Having stolen the body of the Parker's baby, the Goblin revealed that he had manipulated the tests that confirmed that Peter was the clone and Ben the original with the goal of destroying Peter's life, angered when Peter had managed to move past that revelation to make a new life for himself. During the subsequent confrontation, Ben Reilly jumped in front of the Goblin's glider when he sent it flying towards Peter, sacrificing himself to save Parker. Reilly's body disintegrated after his death, finally convincing Peter that he was the original. Due to this "revelation" and the fact that his daughter had died, Peter once again became Spider-Man.[citation needed]

The Final Chapter

After many more months of adventuring, Norman Osborn returned to take control of the Daily Bugle, providing faked evidence that he had never been the Green Goblin and discrediting all contradicting sources. He angered Peter, which caused Spider-Man to brutally beat Norman, which was all caught on a hidden camera in his house. With the staged confrontation and the apparent murder of a small-time criminal using what appeared to be Spider-Man's webbing, Osborn was able to create the fake impression that Spider-Man was a straightforward criminal, and increased pressure was placed on capturing him. In order to continue his crime-fighting career and investigate the fraudulent claims, Parker relinquished his Spider-Man identity while creating four unique and separate ones: Dusk, Hornet, Prodigy, and Ricochet. As Dusk, Parker was able to investigate the villain Trapster-- the only person capable of creating a convincing duplicate of his webbing-- and convince him to confess to the crime to hurt Osborn and publicly exonerate Spider-Man of the murder charge. He also used Prodigy to present fake evidence that someone else had attacked Osborn dressed as Spider-Man, at which point he resumed his Spider-Man identity. Later, the Golden Age hero Black Marvel acquired the four costumes and gave them to four teenagers, forming a team he named the Slingers.[citation needed]

When the Avengers were attempting to reform their number after disbanding for a year after the crisis known as Onslaught, Spider-Man was contacted due to his past affiliation with them. However, by his own choice, Parker decided to dissolve ties with the Avengers.[citation needed]

Aunt May was later discovered to still be alive; the woman who seemingly died was in actuality a genetically modified actress. Parker, Mary Jane, and Aunt May moved to an apartment in Manhattan. Parker had promised Mary Jane to give up his Spider-Man identity, but he would continually sneak out at night as Spider-Man. Their marriage began to strain, in part because of Mary Jane's new modeling career and in part because she discovered Parker's secret. Before they could reconcile, however, Mary Jane was supposedly killed when her airplane exploded. For a long time, Parker refused to believe her dead, but eventually grew to accept it.[citation needed]

Parker discovered Mary Jane was alive, captured by a villain who had been stalking her prior to her airplane flight. After a brief reconciliation, Mary Jane requested to leave Parker once more, saying that she needed time to adjust by herself.[citation needed]Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 500 Textless

Spider-Man with MJ Watson and his enemies

A New Lease on Life

Peter soon took a job as a teacher at his somewhat beloved Midtown High. After getting this job, he encountered a strange old man named Ezekiel who possessed powers very similar to his. He knew Peter's secret identity and talked to him about things about his powers he had never thought of, like, "Did the radiation enable the spider to give you these powers? Or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it?" He told him that he defeated all those animalistic themed villains because their totemic nature stolen, impersonated or borrowed, and Peter's was given freely. After many questions, telling Spidey his powers were 'totemistic' in nature, that a totem is a being that connects the animal and human realms, and showing Peter what he could have done had he stayed in showbiz.[citation needed]


Ezekiel warned Peter about a totemistic predator named Morlun, who would try to kill him, he offered him a room which will block him from Morlun's detection. After ignoring the warnings of Ezekiel, and being defeated by Morlun, Spidey attempted to get Ezekiel to help him. With Ezekiel refusing to do so, telling Spider-Man that the room was now useless since Morlun had his scent. Spidey went after Morlun again after Spidey found him terrorizing innocent people.

After being nearly beaten again, Ezekiel helped Spidey, but seemingly perished. Peter managed to escape with a sample of Morlun's blood, which he discovered contained the DNA of every genus in the animal kingdom. Realizing that Morlun's DNA was pure, Peter found a weakness he could exploit. Luring Morlun to a nuclear power plant, Spidey then injected himself with a lethal dose of radiation at a nuclear plant, becoming an "impure totem" which hurt Morlun when he tried to absorb his life force, enabling Spider-Man to defeat him by injecting him with radiation with every punch he threw. Morlun pleaded Spider-Man to spare him, saying he has doing what he need to survive. While considering what to do with him, Morlun's assistant, Dex, shoot Morlun. He let Dex go and returned to Ezekiel's offices only to discover they were empty. He found footprints on the outside of the windows and a rubber spider. After the brutal battle, Spider-Man returned to his apartment, and fell deep asleep. Aunt May came by, only to find that Peter had severe wounds and scars, and a tattered Spider-Man costume on the floor.

After a day of coming to grips with the fact that her nephew was Spider-Man, Aunt May revealed that she knew his identity following the events of September 11th. Now their relationship was stronger than ever, and eventually, Mary Jane and Peter reunited for good.[88]

The Queen

A Mysterious woman named the Queen used her powers to summon and control all the people in New York with the insect gene, causing Peter’s Spider-Sense to go mad. Spider-Man arrived on her location as well as Captain America. When Spider-Man reaches the roof he confronted the Queen until she screams, sending him to the floor in pain. Cap tries to save him, but is attacked by her followers. She then picks up Spider-Man and kisses him, causing a genetic mutation in him. He awakens to find himself trapped by the Queen. He is freed by Cap, who reveals he dated Adriana in 1945. As Spider-Man chases the Queen she makes some of the brainwashed people into suicide and he is defeated by her mental power. Cap then knocks the Queen of the building, but she manages to survive. Mary Jane later confronts him about the kiss with the Queen, which was broadcasted on TV, Spider-Man web-swings to clear his mind. Back at his apartment Spider-Man has a nightmare about the Queen and wakes, feeling ill. Peter started to mutate and acquired four eyes. Spider-Man mutates even further into a monstrous humanoid spider. After having a brief confrontation, the Queen defeats Spider-Man and leaves with him. Spider-Man becomes a giant spider under her command. The giant spider had been engineered to give birth to the Queen’s offspring, but it died due to complications arising from the transformation. In a fit of rage, the Queen destroyed the laboratory with her telekinetic powers, and ordered her drones to activate a bomb designed to kill everyone in America except people with the insect gene. The Queen left before she could see the spider's husk split open, revealing a reborn Peter. Parker gained organic webbing and augmented strength and Spider-Sense. Spider-Man disarmed the bomb, and the Queen was seemly killed when S.H.I.E.L.D. attacked her subterranean base.[89]


When he strayed from the safe path during visit to the Astral Plane to locate the inter-dimensional kidnapper known as Shade, he found a giant spider-like being who told him that he was "one of us... and not one of us... your time is not yet". An inhabitant of the Astral Plane Shatra, who was the Astral concept of a Spider-Wasp, the spider's predator, immediately realized Spider-Man’s true nature and determined that he would make the perfect meal for her hungry young hatchlings. She followed him back to Earth and engaged her victim in battle and demonstrated her superiority, but he managed to escape. Shathra turned the game in a new direction, changing to a human form and adopting the name “Sharon Keller”. Claiming to had a relationship with Spider-Man, she went on live TV and keep talking to lure Spider-Man. Spurred by MJ's distress, Peter Parker rose to the taunt and confronted Sharon in TV. Shathra reverted to her true form, having achieved her goal of pushing Spider-Man to act on instinct, bringing the conflict to the simple level of “natural order”, in which the Spider-Wasp is the hunter and the Spider the meal. Spider-Man managed to avoid descending into mindless fury and managed to escape to brief safety. He was rescued by Ezekiel, who took Spider-Man to a sacred temple in Ghana and helped Peter to set a trap for Shathra. Spider-Man consciously allowed his arachnid side to take the forefront enough so to capture Shatra, and to feed her to whatever spider dwelt in the depths of the temple. Ezekiel also warns Peter that Morlun and Shathra are not the only ones hunting him and another more powerful foe is coming for him.[citation needed]

The Gatekeeper

Later, Ezekiel warns Peter of the coming of the Gatekeeper, who controls mystical forces. Ezekiel says that the Gatekeeper sees him as unworthy, since he received his powers by accident, to be in possession of his powers so he will kill him. Ezekiel tells him to return to Ghana with him but he refuses. However, swarms of spiders attacked New York. Spider-Man tries to save as many as he can when Ezekiel says that the Gatekeeper has arrived to kill him and he urges him to go with him. The spiders gather to form the body of the Gatekeeper, who tells Peter that bugs are important to the world and the spiders are the hunters of the bug-world. Spider-Man attempts to fight him but he is outmatched and the Gatekeeper tells him that he was chosen by mystical forces to receive his powers from the students in the demonstration, as he has become a natural hunter because for all the anger he carried in his life when he was bullied, never being able to fight back and reserving the anger to himself, making him never give in to the odds and a hunter because he was the prey. Peter realizes that contradicts what Ezekiel said and the Gatekeeper reveals that Ezekiel is unworthy of his powers because he "stole" them. Spider-Man wakes battered and bloodied and Ezekiel tells him that he has to kill Peter because the Gatekeeper will only allow one of them to live. Peter realizes that the supernatural menaces he recently fought were after Ezekiel. They fought but Ezekiel defeats him by drugging him with a syringe. Ezekiel chains him to a column in a temple and stabs him with a knife to have his blood flow into the spider runes on the floor. Then a giant spider monster appears to kill Peter as Ezekiel walks away. In panic, Peter uses his Spider-Sense to bond with Ezekiel's mind and shows him his heroics and realizes that he has wasted his life seeking wealth and Peter is the one worthy of his powers. He goes and sacrifices himself instead and saves Peter. A shaman named Miguel buries Ezekiel and tells Peter that Ezekiel was redeemed by saving him. Peter asks him if his powers came from science or magic, and Miguel tells Peter that they came from both, that they co-exist and that Peter was meant to have them.[citation needed]

New Avengers

After the Avengers Disbanded, Peter was with MJ when an explosion caused by Electro was seen in the Raft Superhuman Security Prison. He arrived at the Raft to help control the breakout. Luke Cage, Daredevil, Sentry and Spider Woman (really a Skrull), were already on the Raft and were assisted by Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man. Forty-five super-criminals were kept on the Raft by the heroes and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, but forty-two others escaped. The heroes, with the exception of Sentry and Daredevil, formed the New Avengers. Formed to deal with tasks that no single hero could handle, without the government involvement and financial burdens common to Avengers' history. May, Peter, and Mary Jane moved into Avengers Tower after an enemy destroyed both Peter's and May's places.[citation needed]

The Other

Shortly after joining the New Avengers, Peter discovered that his skin was shedding for some reason. Knowing the situation was hopeless, Morlun got into a fight with him and brutally defeated him, even ripping his left eye out and eating it. The bloodied, rapidly shedding Spider-Man was rushed to the hospital with extreme wounds. Morlun attacked him there again. MJ attempts to stop him, but Morlun throws her across the room and breaks her arm. However, Peter wakes up and his savage, animalistic spider-side takes over, developing sharp teeth and stingers in his wrists. He killed Morlun in front of Mary Jane, falling dead after.

Iron Man took away Peter's body later, but as the New Avengers mourned over his presumed death in another room, Spider-Man's body disappeared, leaving behind a shed skin. It turned out that his body had briefly sprung to life and formed a cocoon underneath a bridge. In the cocoon, a voice tells Peter he never understood what he was and is too scared to truly be a "Spider-Man", only focusing on his human part and not his spider part. Morlun managed to kill the human, but the spider survived and killed Morlun to save them both. It tells him that he will only be reborn if he accepts both parts, asking him: "Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one...or are you the other?" Peter agreed and is resurrected with a new and completely healed body. He goes to the Avengers Tower and reunites with MJ and Aunt May.

He encountered a being made of thousands of pirate spiders that ate his old body called Ero, who claimed that they are both parts of the same whole, that cosmic forces are vying for control of his life and that “she” is his opposite. She told him a spider-deity known as The Great Weaver thought that his death was premature and revived him, others disagreed and was being pulled in different directions as a result. After a brief fight, "she" escaped. Changes resulting from the confrontation with Morlun and the shedding of his skin caused Peter to try and reconcile 'the man and the spider' within himself. While saving everyone inside collapsing building, he discovered he gained greater speed; poisonous, razor-sharp stingers located within his arms; night vision; increased sensory awareness via vibratory patterns transmitted through the hairs on his body and through his web lines; a greater clinging ability; and equal superhuman strength in order to carry heavy objects on his back.[90][91][92]

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Civil War

Despite misgivings and with the support of his family, Peter initially sided with mentor Iron Man in support of superhero registration, after being unsure initially, as he felt that heroes needed to get public support for their actions. Many of the heroes on that side had public identities, with him being the only major supporter without one following Iron Man's unmasking; Iron Man also said it was a positive thing to unmask if they were to gain support. He planned to liquidate his assets and flee the country in case his unmasking caused any problems, but his family suggested against it, believing that Peter needed to get recognition for his actions. With Iron Man at his side, at a live press conference in Washington, D.C., Peter unmasked and said "My name is Peter Parker, and I have been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old". His siding with the pro-registration heroes also saw him gaining the "Iron Spider" armor, which Stark had been building since Peter's death and resurrection.[citation needed]

Reaction to the unmasking was diverse. Among the negative supporters was Jameson (who fainted upon watching the broadcast, and came to "disown" Peter, having seen him like a son over the years) and Liz Allan (who blamed Peter for causing so much suffering in their lives).[citation needed]

However, fighting against the fugitive heroes and the existence of the Thor clone and a prison for the unregistered in the Negative Zone created by Iron Man left a poor taste in his mouth, and he even found out that Iron Man was tracking him with the Iron Spider suit. This caused him to get Aunt May and MJ out of the Tower and into hiding. He confronted Stark, who quickly overrides his armor, Peter then overrides Stark's command and escapes. In retaliation, Maria Hill send the pro-registration Thunderbolts, a group of registered villains, after him. While running through the sewers, he is attacked by the Jester and Jack O'Lantern. They beat up Spider-Man but before they can capture him, the Punisher kills them and brings him to the Secret Avengers headquarters. After joining the team and reuniting with his wife and aunt, Spider-Man interrupted a news broadcast, announcing his mistake of registering, giving his allegiance to the anti-registered and gives a description of the Negative Zone Prison. Spider-Man was one of the few heroes who did not accept the general amnesty after the arrest and death of Captain America, continuing to work with the underground New Avengers.[citation needed]

Peter took the death of Captain America hard, even blaming himself for his death despite not being present at the shooting. After an encounter with Rhino and receiving condolence from Wolverine, Spider-Man watched Cap's funeral on TV with the New Avengers; when the team discussed why they didn't go, Spider-Man said they could not risk getting arrested by Tony Stark on the spot.[93]

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"Any questions?": Peter publicly unmasks

Back in Black

Peter's now-public identity allowed the Kingpin to put a hit on Parker's family. His sniper shot at him at his apartment. Peter saved Mary Jane, but the bullet hit Aunt May.[94] He takes his aunt to a hospital where she falls into a coma. Tracking the sniper's gun to a warehouse full of arms dealers, viciously beats everyone and gets the names of the dealers who traffics those guns. Peter donned a cloth version of his black suit to find those who were responsible of hurting his family. Getting the sniper’s name from the gun dealers, he tracks him and beats him but he is killed by another assassin. He finds the gunman talking to Fisk on his cell phone. Peter takes him to a sewer pipe, beats him and tells him to tell everyone to stay away from his family. He arrives at Ryker's Island during a prison riot lead by the Kingpin to confront him. Spider-Man savagely beats the crime-lord and taunts him on his lack of real powers. Telling Fisk that after his aunt dies, he will kill him and threatening the other inmates that he will kill them all slowly and painfully if they ever harm his family before leaving.[95]

Spider-Man also confronted Ero, who had been posing as a nurse in Midtown High “Miss Arrow” and captured Flash Thompson to use him to hatch her eggs. They begin to fight using their stingers but Ero manages to hit him in the shoulder, paralyzing him. She decides to place her eggs inside of him instead of Flash. Spider-Man was saved by Betty Brant, who shot the egg sac with a shotgun. Ero tried to escape but Spider-Man lured her into an aviary, where she was devoured by hundreds of birds. Spider-Man stepped on the last spider remaining.[91]

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Back in Black

Realizing he could not afford for his identity to be public knowledge, Peter agreed to aid the Scarlet Spiders in return for their help in re-establishing his secret identity. Telling the media that Parker was part of their team but was discharged and drawing confusion as to if Parker is the first and only Spider-Man.[96] Towards the end of his search, Peter even had an encounter with the One-Above-All.[97]

One More Day

Peter grew increasingly desperate to save the life of his Aunt May. He sought the help of Dr. Strange, finding that even magic could not help him save Aunt May's life. After appealing to Tony Stark, Jarvis was sent with $2 million to pay the hospital fees and give her the best care possible. At one point, Eddie Brock was found in Aunt May's room; where he attempted to commit suicide by jumping out of the window. The inter-dimensional Demon Mephisto offered to save Aunt May in exchange for Peter and MJ's love. As part of Mephisto's deal, everyone would forget Peter's identity as Spider-Man. Because of this decision, the daughter they would have had never existed.[98]

Then Mephisto re-arranged history to make it so that Peter unwittingly would not show up to his wedding day, but stayed with Mary Jane as a long time couple. But this re-arrangement also caused it to be Doctor Strange who erased people's memories about Parker's secret identity (except Mary Jane, the Jackal, and all his clones- although he later shared his identity with the Fantastic Four- as well as somehow restoring Harry Osborn to life) and protected Peter with a "psychic blindspot," preventing people from being able to consciously deduce that Peter Parker and Spider-Man were the same person unless anyone actually saw him take his mask off. But Mary Jane was bitterly hurt from having knowledge of a time of great emotional pain that no one else on the planet remembered. She and Peter agreed that they were still in love with each other but they had to accept that their relationship put everyone they cared about in danger and that it was best for them to remain as friends.[citation needed]

Back from five years in a European rehab center was Harry Osborn. While searching for a job, Peter joined the Daily Bugle again which was now bought out by Dexter Bennett, and began to work as a paparazzi reporter, which was something that neither his Aunt May or Harry approved of. However, after his photographs of the celebrity Bobby Carr resulted in the deaths of women by a crazed super villain stalker who was obsessed with him, Peter decided to destroy the new photos he took resulting in Bennett firing him. Peter soon learned that Bennett had blacklisted him to nearly every news source in town preventing Peter from finding work. However, Harry suggested that Peter find a job at a news source that was Bennett's enemy, which he did by joining the Front Line as it was not under Bennett's influence.[citation needed]Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 597 Textless

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Dark Reign & American Son

After the Skrull Invasion, Norman Osborn, who had killed the Skrull Queen that posed as Spider-Woman in the final battle, was given Stark's position as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Initiative. He donned a altered Iron Man armor with Captain America's color set an became known as the "Iron Patriot". He dissolved S.H.I.E.L.D. and created H.A.M.M.E.R. and his personal "Avengers", composed mainly of super-criminals who had served in the Thunderbolts posing as heroes. Since Osborn had transformed Venom into a more Spider-Man like look to join his Dark Avengers,[99] Peter had to reveal his secret identity to the New Avengers, in order to implicitly earn the team's trust. Upon doing so, Jessica Jones fled the place, as she had gone to high school with Peter and had a crush on him at the time.[100]

During a trip to the Macro-verse, Spider-Man re-revealed to the Fantastic Four his identity, and after coming back, he discovered two months had passed in standard time. J. J. Jameson had become the new NY major, Aunt May and Jameson's father Jay were in a relationship, Harry had fallen to drink and Michele Gonzales had moved to his apartment. Then Spider-Man knew he must act against Norman Osborn and his Dark Reign.[101] With help of the F4's Unstable Molecules, Spider-Man infiltrated Osborn's Avengers as Venom and discovered how Osborn wanted to make his son a new hero called American Son and have him killed in action to increase his Avengers' popularity. After Spider Man was captured by Norman Osborn, Harry confronted Osborn using the American Son Armor with the truth about his father's relationship with Lily Hollister (Harry's girlfriend). Spider-Man prevented Harry from killing Norman.[102]

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The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt

After the wedding of Aunt May and Jay, Jonah's parent, Spider-Man saved Jameson from Doctor Octopus with the help of the Human Torch. Around this time Mary Jane returned to New York, and Peter renewed his relationship with Black Cat. He later battled a man who wanted to kill Ben Reilly, and saw the return of Peter's living clone Kaine. Despite his problems, Spider-Man helped the original Jackpot start fighting crime[103] and overcame the corrupting control of Mister Negative's energy.[103]

The Kravinoff family started a vengeance scheme on Spider-Man, kidnapping Madame Web and Mattie Franklin, one of the Spider-Women.[104] In addition, Spider-Man managed to get a videotape of Osborn practicing illegal experiments to damage his reputation and leaked it to the public.[105]

Later, Spider-Man faced re-powered villains such as Electro, who destroyed the DB! building; Sandman, who became obsessed with taking care of his "daughter" Keemia; Rhino, who left reformation to kill a new Rhino who murdered his wife; Mysterio, who starts a gang war; a new Vulture, who tries to kill Jameson; and the Lizard, who evolved and "killed" his alter-ego and his son Billy. Many of them where helped by Kraven's wife Sasha, who wanted revenge on Spider-Man, arranging most of these attacks so that Peter would be a potent sacrifice.[citation needed]

The Kravinoffs killed Mattie Franklin to resurrect Grim Hunter, and finally hunted Spider-Man and killed him to revive Kraven. However it was revealed that the corpse was Kaine's, who had earlier knocked out Peter and switched places to save him, with the corrupted resurrection ritual thus leaving Kraven an apparent immortal who was nevertheless detached from the world around him. After a battle with the Kravinoff family, Madame Web died and Julia Carpenter took up her mantle. The surviving Kravinoffs left New York. Later, Kaine was resurrected from his grave and mutated into a more spider-like creature by the Jackal.[citation needed]Marko Djurdjevic - Age of Heroes Spider-man Covers

The world of Spider-Man.

Big Time

After Osborn's fall and the Registration Act's abolition following the Siege of Asgard, MJ invited Peter over so the two of them could gain closure over the marriage that didn't happen and the break-up.[106] Later, a massive war ensued between Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man to get Lily Hollister's and Norman Osborn's son, Spidey found that the child was actually Harry's[107], who later leaves town to raise him. Peter then finally starts a relationship with police officer Carlie Cooper.[108]

Spider-Man's heroic career rose up again, he joined the reassembled Avengers and also stayed with the New Avengers, who were outlaws no more. He learned that Michele was moving and he couldn't maintain his apartment anymore. However, Peter found a dream job, thanks to Jameson's wife Marla Madison, as a compensation for Jameson firing him, as a scientist at Horizon Labs where he had access to much technology and resources while also giving him freedom to come and go as he liked so long as he delivered good results. Spider-Man assisted the Avengers in defeating Doctor Octopus' army of macro-octobots. He then faced a new Hobgoblin and the Kingpin, but days later, he lamentably lost Marla in a fight between Alistair Smythe's Spider-Slayers.[109]

Future Foundation

Spidey and the rest of the FF.

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After Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) died preventing an invasion from the Negative Zone, Peter joined the Fantastic Four, now as the Future Foundation as Johnny's last request to him and helped them to fight an interdimensional version of Reed Richards, and the Sinister Six, who managed to steal tech from the Baxter Building.

Their third mission was in the Caribbean, on Earth. There, Reed located the epicenter of the dimensional anomalies the Future Foundation had been fixing. As the team explored the island, they were attacked by zombie pirates. It was revealed it was all a fake created by the Sinister Six, with only Mysterio and Chameleon really present, the other four members were robots. Meanwhile, Doctor Octopus and the others infiltrated the Baxter Building, stealing technology for Doc Ock's further plans.[110]


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Spiders, spiders everywhere.

After helping Anti-Venom (Eddie Brock) to reveal Mr. Negative's identity[111] (as well as learning that Aunt May was moving to Boston with Jay) Spider-Man found himself with a new problem: the Jackal returned and gave the majority of New Yorkers spider-powers.[112]

The Queen was revealed as the true mastermind: she wanted to turn the whole human race into spiders. Mr. Fantastic created a cure using the Anti-Venom Symbiote, and after battling Peter (under Jackal's influence), Peter's clone Kaine was accidentally cured from his mutations, turning him into a perfect clone.

While he and the Avengers battled the Spider-Queen in Central Park, Kaine killed her and Peter managed to get the cure to every citizen via Doc Ock's (mentally controlled) octobots. He met with Jay and May while they were leaving for Boston. Peter then ran into Kaine, who told Peter that he was leaving New York and would Peter's stealth suit, since Madame Web told Kaine he may need it. Also, because of revealing he had spider-powers during the Spider-Island event, Peter's psychic blind spot was weakened, letting Carlie know he was Spider-Man, which caused her to break up with him. Before giving a last cure sample to MJ, who briefly attempted to keep some spider-powers, Spidey met with Madame Web on the roof of Horizon Labs. She told him that he could de-power himself with the cure sample and someone else will step in to take his place. Peter refuses, saying that throwing his gift away would be the most irresponsible thing he's ever done. Madame Web warns that he is to suffer a loss. He then cures MJ and they look at the Empire State Building, painted in his honor.[113]

Ends of the Earth

After fighting some old foes like the Vulture and his Vulture henchmen,[114] teaming-up with Daredevil and Black Cat,[115][116] and the now-alive Human Torch, Spider-Man faced the return of a menace.[117]

Before his death, Doctor Octopus wanted to be remembered as the man who saved Earth by stopping the Greenhouse Effect[118]. Equipped with a new suit, Spider-Man joined the Avengers to stop Octavius and his Sinister Six.[119]

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Anti-Sinister Six Suit

After every Avenger was eventually subdued by Octavius[120], Silver Sable, who followed Spider-Man to his battle, saved him and Black Widow. When they tried to get to one of Octavius' manufacturing satellites, they defeated Sandman. Octavius asked for help from all nations, to capture Spider-Man.[121] Octavius called on many villains to hunt down Spider-Man and his allies. To counter this, Spider-Man called on the heroes that were still on Earth to destroy the facilities of Octavius.[122] When he and his allies arrived at the main base in Romania, Doc Ock stated that Spider-Man was right and he activated his satellites. This caused a huge explosion in the areas that were facing the sun. When the trio exited the base they saw what happened. Sable then asked if that is Symkaria to which Peter answered it is half of the world and Spider-Man said, "We failed."[123] The destruction was revealed to be a trick made by Mysterio (only burning a small portion of a city in Skymaria, while Chameleon uses a robot to fight Spider-Man. After they are defeated, Mysterio is convinced by Spider-Man to help him catch the Octopus in his base in Guatemala, but Octavius used the mind-controlled Avengers as his new Sinister Six. Meanwhile, for saving half of Symkaria, Sable kissed Peter. He refused to get into a relationship with her because he had redeveloped feelings for Mary Jane.[124]

Spider-Man, Sable and Widow managed to defeat the Avengers, then he and Sable headed to Octavius' underwater base. They were faced by Rhino while the base started to flood, Octavius trapped Sable and left Spider-Man with two choices, to continue to fight him in order to save Sable from drowning, or allow Octavius to activate the lenses. After leaving Sable to her death at her request, Spidey managed to destroy Octavius's arms and equipment before taking his foe away to a doctor, thus finally saving the world.[125] Peter again was distraught over the deaths of Silver Sable and Rhino, as he felt that he could have saved them.[126] Julia Carpenter, however, later told him that Sable was still alive.[127]

Avengers vs. X-Men

When Cable kidnapped the Avengers, Spider-Man and Wolverine went to go rescue their team. Wolverine was keen on killing Cable, but Spider-Man was unsure of doing so. Cable however, was eventually taken down.[128] After failing to completely cure the Lizard with the help of Morbius[129], Spider-Man sided with his fellow Avengers against the X-Men. He was present during the Siege of Utopia and together with Wolverine they attempted to take Hope away. They failed, however, as Hope's Phoenix powers manifested and incapacitated them, even severely burning Wolverine.[130] Spider-Man was later seen among one of the teams searching for Hope across the world, and came into conflict with several X-Men, most notably the new Juggernaut.[131]

After the Phoenix Force was split into five pieces and possessed Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik, Namor and Colossus as its hosts, Spider-Man was brought to the mythical city of K'un-Lun due to a prophecy that predicted that he would train Hope Summers. She was initially unresponsive to him as a teacher, due to him being clueless about what to teach her, but after telling her what his uncle always told him "With great power comes great responsibility", she quickly took to him.[132]

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Spider-Man after beating the Phoenix-empowered Colossus and Magik

When the Avengers attempted to free their imprisoned comrades from the Phoenix Force enhanced Colossus and Magik, Spider-Man bought them time to do so. When Spider-Man was beaten down by Colossus, Magik told Colossus to kill him, Colossus replied that they are turning into things that they are not due to immense power that they possessed. Spider-Man took advantage of the situation, and managed to convince them to attack each other, already having been beaten severely himself. As a result, they were both knocked unconscious and were strip of their Phoenix Force powers.[133] He was present during the final battle against the Dark Phoenix, Cyclops, and was the first person to sense the manifestation of new mutants after Scarlet Witch and Hope destroyed the Phoenix Force.[134]

Spider-Men: Heroes of Two Worlds

While out web-swinging, Spider-Man came across a differently costumed Mysterio in a warehouse. After a brief skirmish, he was shot by Mysterio and sent through a dimensional rift into the Ultimate Marvel universe, where he encountered the Spider-Man of that world, Miles Morales.[135] Though he initially gained the upper hand, Peter was ultimately subdued by Miles and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Upon regaining consciousness, Peter was interrogated by Nick Fury, who believed his story of coming from another universe and sent him off with Miles to learn this world's history, though not before Peter told Nick that he was much cooler than the Nick Fury of his world.

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Spider-Man and the Ultimates

During their conversation, however, Peter and Miles were attacked by a robotic avatar of Mysterio,[136] which self-destructed after a brief battle and knocked Miles unconscious. Peter subsequently went off on his own to investigate, and was shocked and horrified to discover that his counterpart in this world died in battle against the Green Goblin, and that not only was the city still mourning his loss, but his identity is now public knowledge. Making his way to Queens, he came across May Parker and Gwen Stacy.[137] Initially furious at what they believed to be a disrespect of their Peter's memory, the two were taken aback when a distraught Peter unmasked himself before their eyes. Still, the two attacked Peter until Miles vouched for him, leading to Aunt May passing out.

When May awakened, she went upstairs and heard Peter exchanging stories with Gwen. When Gwen asked what happened to her in his dimension, Peter became uncomfortable and changed the topic. Aunt May and Peter had a tearful reunion and Peter was very surprised to find out he had a relationship with Kitty Pryde. Nick Fury came to pick him and Miles up, and for a second, Peter saw Mary Jane's Ultimate counterpart before she ran away. He was taken over to meet Iron Man, where the two began to work on a time-space formula until Miles pointed out a familiar building in a video of a previous fight against Mysterio.[138]

Peter led the charge to Mysterio's headquarters, where they quickly subdued him before he could destroy the portal and trap Peter on Earth-1610 forever. Giving a satisfied Miles his blessing as the new Spider-Man, Peter returned to his world, subsequently running an online search to see if his world had a Miles Morales counterpart, and seems to be shocked by what he discovered on the net.[139]

Alpha and the Danger Zone

After a visit to Horizon Labs, a teenager by the name of Andrew Maguire got shocked with Peter Parker's new "Parker Particles" and earned energy based superpowers that gave him the ability to fly, absorb and release massive amounts of cosmic energy, along with conventional powers such as a large degree of super strength, super speed, and enhanced durability. Since Peter thought that since it was his fault Andy was given powers, he would take him under his wing as Spider-Man's first sidekick.[140] During a fight with Terminus, Andy's reckless use of his powers shut down moving planes - one of which held Aunt May and J. Jonah Jameson Senior. After landing the plane, Peter then reverse engineered technology to deplete Alpha's powers in punishment for his lack of responsibility.[141]

Later, the Daily Bugle published an article revealing that Peter works on all of Spider-Man's tech at Horizon. Due to this new revelation, the Kingpin ordered his mole in Horizon, Tiberius Stone, to activate spider-jammers to temporarily overload Spider-Man's spider-sense. At the same time, Kingpin also instructed Phil Urich to kidnap Peter, unknowing that he was kidnapping the now-weakened Spider-Man.[142] Madame Web, upon learning that her future visions were soon going to end when Spider-Man "died", went into a coma. Meanwhile, Roderick Kingsley, the original Hobgoblin, returned to face Phil, who had killed his twin brother to become the Kingpin's Hobgoblin. Peter took advantage of this opportunity to escape and expose Tiberius Stone.[143] Kingsley allowed Urich to continue being the Hobgoblin for a constant profit, and at the same hospital where Madame Web was checked into, the seemingly comatose Norman Osborn escaped. Peter's spider-sense was eventually restored, but not before a mysterious Octobot was able to do something to him while he was unaware...[144]

Dying Wish: Death of a Hero

Death of Dr. Octopus

Death of "Dr. Octopus"

By using a mind-swapping Octobot, Doctor Octopus managed to switch minds with Peter Parker, putting himself in Spider-Man's body and trapping Peter in his own, dying body.[18]

As Doc Ock could access to Peter's memories, Spider-Man could do the same to Octavius', and discovered that Octavius used an Octobot to switch brain patterns in order to perform his plan. Peter managed to access that Octobot and use it to send a message to many super villains to help him get out from prison. Hydro-Man, Scorpion and the Trapster heed the call, freeing "Doc Ock" from the Raft, then they were tasked with the mission to bring Spider-Man to him.

He put on a new set of tentacles and decided to search for the Octobot with which his mind was transferred. He decided to go to Stark Tower in order to ask Tony Stark for help, but encountered Octavius as Spider-Man, who released a set of giant Octobots worldwide in order to distract the rest of the Avengers. They battled until both fell from the Tower, fatally wounding Octopus. When Ock tried to use the brain-swapping Octobot, Spider-Man revealed that he was using a Carbonadium helmet, making his brain totally inaccessible for changing brains. Otto declared his final victory against Parker by giving him a lethal punch which caused Octopus to give his last breaths.

Both then discovered that the Octobot managed to connect their minds (although it could not swap them, Parker's mind was in Octavius'), and Peter forced Otto to relive "his" most suffering experiences and memories that Spider-Man actually lived out, making him realize the responsibility his power came with. Otto told Peter he did not want this, but they could not change bodies in time. Finally, Otto promised Peter to continue his legacy both as Spider-Man. Satisfied that his final wish was granted, Peter Parker died.[145]

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Superior Spider-Man and Return

However, Peter's consciousness was still alive inside his body as a subconsciousness (thus not able to control the actions of his organism entirely), and had the intent on reclaiming his life and body back by overcoming Otto from the inside out. Due to the many times Peter tried to get help, Otto was able to detect the anomaly that was Peter's presence in his brain and proceeded to seemingly erase it.[146]

While trying to access Peter's memories to prevent a temporal explosion at Horizon Labs, Otto accidentally freed Peter from under the wreckage that were his destroyed memories.[147] To prevent Otto from finding him again, Peter hid inside Otto's memories and was almost overwritten by them, but managed to overcome them and recover his destroyed memories.[148]

When Otto found himself overwhelmed by his enemies and almost with no resources or allies, he realized he had failed as the "superior" Spider-Man he claimed to be, and let the consciousness of Peter, who had revealed his presence again to push Otto into saving a young child, take over his body once more in order to defeat the Goblin King once and for all and save Anna Maria Marconi, Otto's love.[148] Peter managed to track the Goblin King down, thwart his plan and de-power him, as well as save Anna Maria. However, the Goblin King (who revealed himself to be a returned Norman Osborn under the guise of Mason Banks) escaped with the help of Liz Allan.

Afterwards, Peter took up the reins at Parker Industries, which was built by Otto, and apologized to his family members for "his" erratic behavior, promising to publicly cut all his ties with Spider-Man. He also checked his aunt's leg implant, designed by Otto. Peter talks to MJ about his time controlled by Otto, but she stops him, telling him that she knows is not his fault but she can't let his dual life affect her's anymore and that there will always be something else. He then went to visit Jameson, who was blackmailed by Otto to give him is resources as Spider-Man in an attempt to persuade him to stay and fight, giving him the Spider-Bot Otto used to blackmail him, but was too late, for Jameson had resigned from his post as Mayor.[149]

Peter traveled to Houston, Texas searching for Kaine, who had become the new Scarlet Spider and been confronted by Octavius over his previous death by his hands, in order to explain what had happened. Claiming to be a reporter for the Bugle, he asked Courtney Johnson for him. She told him that Kaine had transformed into a giant spider and Peter realized that Kaine had become the new receptacle of the Other. Peter was approached by Kaine’s friend, Dr. Donald Meland, who recognized him as Kaine’s brother. Meland told him that Kaine saved him more than once, and about how he battled crime and even stopped Kraven’s immortality curse. After being told about Kaine's heroic acts by others, Peter realized that Kaine became a hero like him and wished him the best before returning to New York. Also, the Living Brain, who was Octavius's assistant, was retained as his assistant.[31]


Peter would spend most of the time adjusting to his new status quo, specially coming to terms with his position as CEO of his own company.[31] As Spider-Man, he joined the Avengers in the investigation of the Watcher's murder, the explosion of one of Uatu's eyes at the hands of the Orb caused anyone in the radius of the detonation to have revealed to them a deep secret related to them.[150] Peter was caught by the explosion, and discovered that another person had been bit by the very same spider which gave him powers years ago, a young lady named Cindy Moon, who Spider-Man rescued from long-term captivity in Ezekiel's penthouse, and adopted the alias of Silk as soon as she was freed. However, Silk's release left her unprotected from Morlun, whom she believed would not only try to kill her, but also every spider-person.[151]

Weeks later, Peter was approached by numerous Spider-Men from across the Multiverse, who invited him to join their resistance in Earth-13 against the Inheritors (Morlun and the members of his family), because he was the most important spider of them all[152] for having previously defeated an Inheritor in the event the Other

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Peter leading the Spider-Army

During a mission to gather more spiders in Earth-928, Peter was surprised to see Otto Octavius among them (having been transported temporarily to said reality months before his death). After Daemos tracked them down to Earth-928 and was later accompanied by the rest of his family, the Spider-Men were forced to split up and flee, Peter unmasked a dying Spider-Man to discover him as an alternate version of Ezekiel, who told him to protect the Other, the Bride and the Scion before dying. When they returned to Earth-13, Otto declared himself in charge.[153]

After defeating Otto for leadership over the team, Peter left with Anya Corazon and Gwen Stacy to find somebody that could help then infiltrate the Inheritors. Shortly upon leaving, the Safe Zone was attacked by Solus, Jennix, and Morlun.[154] After Solus killed the Captain Universe Spider-Man, the Spider-Army was forced to flee. Their new safe zone, Earth-8847 was soon attacked by the Inheritors. Silk, who had gone on her own, contacted them from Earth-3145, and told them to escape there, a radioactive-contaminated Earth where the Inheritors couldn't follow. After finding shelter in the Sims Tower, the Spider-Army discovered this universe's spider-totem, Ben Parker.[155] This version of his uncle, however, was not willing to fight again. Using scrolls which contained the prophecies the Inheritors tried to accomplish given to Spider-Man by Spider-Woman, who had infiltrated the Inheritor's base earlier, the Spider-Army discovered that the Inheritors plan to sacrifice the Other, the Bride and the Scion to stop the emergence of new Spider-Totems, and about Karn, an exiled Inheritor who hunted only to survive hoping to return home. After Peter sent a team to recruit Karn, Kaine revealed to have arrived to Loomworld to fight the Inheritors, having used the Other's full power to kill Solus before being killed by Morlun. After he and Otto convinced Earth-3145's Ben to fight one last time, Spider-Man quickly assembled the Spider-Army and go into battle with the Inheritors.[156]

Spider-Man and the Spider-Army managed to interrupt the ritual the Inheritors were performing, in which they were going to use the blood of The Other, The Scion and The Bride; Kaine's corpse, Benjy Parker, and Silk, respectively, to stop the rise of new spiders. Morlun cornered Spider-Man, and started feeding off his essence when Peter used his wrist teleporter to transport himself and Morlun to the lethally radioactive New York of Earth-3145. Silk recovered Peter while leaving Morlun there. The rest of the Inheritors were also brought to Earth-3145 after being defeated. Spider-Man gave them the knowledge of the shelter in Sims Tower, telling Morlun to run if he wanted to live.

With the Inheritors dealt with, the spider-totems were no longer under risk. However, Otto Octavius had killed the Master Weaver, the controller of the Web of Life and Destiny to stop the Inheritors from performing the ritual, for which each member of the Spider-Army could no longer go home using their teleporters.[157]

As Spider-UK was using his own teleporter to open portals to another realities, Octavius started destroying the Web of Life and Destiny, in an attempt to free himself from the future he had in store for. The Spiders of Earth-616 united forces to take him down. By reading the inscription in Morlun's dagger, it was discovered another Spider could replace the Master Weaver. Karn, who had enough spider essence to act like one, decided to become the new Master Weaver. With a new Master Weaver in place, the Web of Life and Destiny was restored, and Octavius was sent back to his past, losing the memory of the most recent events in the process. With no more problems to confront, Spider-Man and the rest of the spiders were sent back home.[158]

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Spidey's gone global


Many months into the future, Peter managed to turn Parker Industries, the company he had "inherited" from Octavius, into a global conglomerate with numerous bases in different countries, providing technology for a better world. This change in Peter's life impacted his super heroic alter ego. Spider-Man officially became the mascot of Parker Industries and a worldwide hero, under the guise of being Peter's bodyguard. To help maintain the façade, Parker also hired Hobie Brown to double as Spider-Man when necessary. Peter made "Webware," a device that allowed for unlimited data and internet on the go and started the Uncle Ben Foundation, to help people in need. But his fame came at a cost, now Parker and his innovations are targeted by supervillains from around the globe, such as the Zodiac[159] and the War Goblins of Norman Osborn.[160]

The Regency

A new superhero known as Regent arrives in New York City, with seemingly unlimited powers. At the same time, a company known as Empire Unlimited, headed by Augustus Roman, opens up a new prison known as The Cellar. Secretly, Roman is Regent, and was channeling the powers of his super-villain inmates into his suit to power himself. He eventually decides to take down superheroes as well, who he deems just as irresponsible as the bad guys. Regent starts by going after the Avengers, specifically Miles Morales, who managed to find his way into this dimension. Miles' abduction attracted the attention of both Spidey and Iron Man.

Dead No More


Spider-Man is commonly seen as a brave and righteous hero with an indomitable sense of justice and responsibility. Shaken by his uncle's tragic death, Spider-Man's vow of responsibility has led him to a path of heroism and humanitarian service. There are times when Spider-Man's sense of responsibility can be almost overbearing; this was noted by Luke Cage when he felt embarrassed about Electro (one of his villains) causing the Raft breakout, despite the fact he had nothing to do with it.[161] This combined with his strong moral compass in the face of adversity and sharp wit make him one of the most iconic and enduring heroes in the Marvel Universe.

One of Spider-Man's most prominent traits is his sense of humor. Even in the face of certain death, Spider-Man invariably cracks a joke, to the annoyance of both friends and foes. His reasons for this vary: either he wants to relieve the stress of a situation, or simply because he wants to hide how scared he really is during a crisis. Also, he does this to get on the nerves of his opponents, since he knows that if they are angry, that they would normally lose themselves and be vulnerable to a superior skilled opponent. It is generally agreed, however, that whenever a life is in danger, he will stop telling jokes and take the current situation with the utmost seriousness.

Behind this humorous facade, however, is a wounded soul that has gone through much suffering. While Spider-Man is in combat, occasionally another person dies, leaving him depressed for having failed in his responsibility. Among these people include: Gwen Stacy, Jean DeWolff, Tim Harrison, Charlie, Jackpot, Frederick Foswell, Ezekiel, Oksana Sytsevich, Silver Sable, George Stacy, Marla Madison, Billy Connors, Sally Avril, his parents Richard Parker, and Mary Parker, his clone Ben Reilly, and most of all, Uncle Ben.

Spider-Man is also a loner. Due to his individualistic style (having been a social outcast in his youth), Spider-Man finds it hard to work in teams. However, this has gradually lessened over the years, to the point Spider-Man is a member of the Avengers, the New Avengers, and more recently, the Future Foundation.

Spider-Man's righteousness complimented Daredevil's maturity as a crime-fighter during the Death of Jean DeWolf, leading to an enduring friendship.[162] Peter also made close ties with the Fantastic Four at the very start of his career, which stands greater than ever today, like a family rendering aid to each other unconditionally.[163] He is also quite close to the X-Men, able to sympathize with the public scorn that mutants often face. More recently Spider-Man has bonded with the New Avengers of whom he is a founding member, trusting them so much that he would reveal his identity to each member.[100] Of the two previously mentioned teams, Spidey is closest to the Human Torch and Wolverine, playing pranks on one another or seeking solace respectively.


Seen by some as the heart of New York, Peter has gained quite a reputation with not only the superhero community, but villains and civilians as well: his Aunt May searched the Internet and found that Spider-Man had saved roughly 10,000 lives directly, excluding all of his team-ups with other heroes and all the bombs or devices he's deactivated.[164] In the Bar with No Name, the villains present initially felt discouraged to bet money against the Wall-Crawler as he fought Overdrive since "He always beats the new guys."[165]

When the Hood began his criminal career and was almost killed by the Constrictor, the Constrictor noted how new he was to villainy and that he "didn't even get to fight Spider-Man."[166] Despite all the grudges Spider-Man has accumulated, he has made peace with some former enemies such as the Punisher (now an uneasy ally), Venom (now known as Toxin), Molten Man, Rocket Racer, Kaine (now known as Scarlet Spider), and even checked up on the less than lethal Frog Man after his incarceration ended to make sure things were fine.[167]

In spite of his many heroics, Spider-Man is infamous for numerous smear campaigns against him, especially at the hands of the Daily Bugle. The reason of this bad-mouthing upon him is because of the Bugle's manager and main publisher, John Jonah Jameson has strong distrust towards the wall crawler due to being a costumed vigilante with no affiliation to law and to take the spotlight of "true" heroes like public servants.

It was also revealed that Spider-Man is disliked by a good deal of police cops in New York because, even though he comes to turn in captured super villains, the police mistrusts him due to his vigilantism, and they are also embarrassed over their dependency on him to arrest the threats they couldn't handle.

In some cops, this dislike grew into hatred and they had tried to incriminate the Wall-Crawler by putting some of his trackers on recent corpses to turn public opinion against him. However, Vin Gonzales (one of the involved cops) revealed the scheme for a lighter sentence and they earned the anger of general public that the police ironically tried to frame Spider-Man with the crime.

During a recent fight with Cable, Cable noted that Spider-Man is seen in the future as the greatest hero of them all.[128] Also, after Spider-Man helped the villain Loki to save his daughter from Morwen, one earned the other grudging but genuine respect.[168]

When Doctor Octopus tried to become a better Spider-Man than Parker after switching bodies,[145] he failed to stop the Green Goblin's take over of Manhattan, and admitted that Parker was the actual "Superior Spider-Man."[19]


Peter's love interests include Felicia Hardy (Black Cat), Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, Betty Brant, Carlie Cooper, Michele Gonzales, Liz Allan, Debra Whitman, Cissy Ironwood, Sara Bailey, Silver Sablinova (Silver Sable), Julia Carpenter (Spider-Woman, Arachne, Madame Web), and most recently Silk and Lian Tang. However, Mary Jane Watson has been the only woman he has married before Mephisto altered reality.

Religious Views

Peter Parker has expressed Protestant Christian beliefs in the past.[169] This may in part be attributed to his Aunt May, who has always been a devout Protestant Christian.[170][171] He was since shown to hold firm atheist beliefs after renouncing his religion at an unknown time;[172] however, things culminated in the appearance of the apparition of his Uncle Ben from the afterlife, and subsequently the Santerians urged Peter to resolve his crisis of faith, the first step of which was a visit to the confessional at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.[173]

Powers and Abilities


Spider Physiology: Spider-Man possesses the proportionate powers of a spider, granted to him from an irradiated Common House Spider (Achaearanea tepidariorum) which bit Peter Parker that was apparently already mutated from prior exposure to certain frequencies of radiation and received a final, lethal dose during Parker's attendance of the exhibition. The radioactive, complex mutagenic enzymes in the spider's blood that were transferred at the time of the bite triggered numerous body-wide mutagenic changes within Parker, granting him superhuman strength, speed, toughened flesh, and numerous arachnid-like abilities.[1] That mutation granted him an "enhanced chromosome pattern".[174]

Ezekiel Sims revealed to Peter that his powers were not of scientific origin, but were a sign that he had become a totemic avatar of the Web of Life and Destiny.[175] While Peter initially struggled to accept this, he later came to the conclusion that both were plausible,[176] and has had his powers mystically augmented on a number of occasions.

Nick Fury's intel classified him as power level 8.[26]

His powers include:

  • Wall-Crawling: Spider-Man's exposure to the mutated spider venom induced a mutagenic, cerebellum-wide alteration of his engrams resulting in the ability to mentally control the flux of inter-atomic attraction (electrostatic force) between molecular boundary layers. This overcomes the outer electron shell's normal behavior of mutual repulsion with other outer electron shells and permits the tremendous potential for electron attraction to prevail. The mentally controlled sub-atomic particle responsible for this has yet to be identified. This ability to affect the attraction between surfaces is so far limited to Spider-Man's body (especially concentrated in his hands and feet) and another object, with an upper limit of several tons per finger. At one point, Spider-Man was able to prevent Anti-Venom from taking his mask off by making it stick to his face.
    • Mark of Kaine: Kaine, the relatively amoral clone of Spider-Man, has shown the ability to use his wall-crawling abilities in a more offensive manner, burning distinctive scars, known as the Mark of Kaine in the face of his victims. Later Spider-Man himself used a variation of the same ability to escape from The Green Goblin by making his fingertips cling to his face and tearing them away, digging five deep wounds in Norman's face. Despite the obvious offensive potential of such an ability, Peter claims that it is unlikely he will use it again, as it was a move born out of anger and desperation.[177] In later events during the Grim Hunt arc, due to Peter's rage at Sasha Kravinoff over everything she put him and his 'spider family' through, he used his version of the Mark of Kaine on her, ripping the skin off her face in the shape of a hand print, proclaiming "This is from my brother."[178] He has also been able to use the Mark of Kaine to rip Iron Man's armor off, piece by piece.[179] Limits to this ability seem to be psychosomatic, and the full nature of this ability has yet to be established.
  • Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength enabling him to press lift many tons. Spider-Man's physical strength is sufficient enough to enable him to lift and throw objects as heavy as a big rig semi truck with ease. He must also pull his punches and kicks unless fighting someone of similar or greater physical durability. Otherwise, his blows would prove fatal to a normal human being.[180] He has demonstrated that he is strong enough to knock out people with normal durability with as little as a tap to the head. As such, he rarely lets himself use all of his strength - after Doctor Octopus had taken over Spider-Man's body, he easily punched off the Scorpion's (a foe normally regarded as physically tougher than Spider-Man) jaw as he hadn't known off Spider-Man's true strength.[145] Spider-Man's physical strength also extends into his legs, enabling him to be able to jump to a height of several stories in a single bound.[181] Spider-Man demonstrated this when he leaped over thirty feet vertically into the air when he first leaped out of the way of an oncoming car; it should also be noted that when he first discovered his powers as a teenager, they had not developed to that of his prime.
  • Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man is capable of running and moving at speeds that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.[3] Spider-Man has shown to be fast enough to catch up to an accelerating car while on foot, but prefers to travel by webs.[182] Spider-Man moves faster than the eye can follow,[183][184] he has even moved so fast he appears as a blur.[185] Spider-Man was able to easily outrun multiple goblin masquerade on goblin gliders, and outmaneuver their ranged attacks at the same time.[160]
  • Superhuman Stamina: Spider-Man's advanced musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows him to exert himself physically for much longer periods of time before fatigue begins to impair him. At his peak, Spider-Man can physically exert himself at his peak capacity for several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood begins to impair him. Several accounts depict Spider-Man as able to hold his breath for eight minutes or more.
  • Superhuman Durability: Spider-Man's body is physically tougher and more resistant to some types of injury than the body of a normal human. His body is more resistant to impact forces than anything else. He can withstand great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with super strength, that would severely injure or kill a normal human with little to no discomfort. In the past, he has survived multiple blows from the likes of The Hulk, as well as surviving a point blank missile explosion.[186] Spider-Man's body is durable to the point where tensing his super-strong muscles while being punched in the torso by a trained heavyweight boxer caused the attacker's wrists to break; also, Spider-Man has stated that he must roll with punches thrown by people without similar strength or durability to avoid breaking their wrists.
  • Superhuman Agility: Spider-Man's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are far beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Spider-Man is extraordinarily limber and his tendons and connective tissues are twice as elastic as the average human being's, despite their enhanced strength. He has the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats. He can also perform any complicated sequence of gymnastic stunts such as flips, rolls, and springs. He can easily match or top any Olympic record at gymnastics apparatus such as flying rings, climbing ropes, horizontal bars, trampolines, and even surpass the likes of Captain America and Daredevil.[187]
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Spider-Man has a low-level rapid healing factor. While not on Wolverine's level, it is sufficiently powerful enough to recover from severe injuries from broken bones and large amounts of tissue damage in a matter of hours. During a battle with a villain called the Masked Marauder, Spider-Man is rendered completely blind, however after about 2 days his sight was perfect, albeit sensitive for about a day after. In his encounter with Firebrand, Spider-Man suffered severe 3rd degree burns,[188] but completely healed in a unspecified amount of time.[189]
  • Contaminant Immunity: Due to his accelerated metabolism, Spider-Man has a higher tolerance for drugs and diseases than normal humans, and he can recover from the effects of larger doses rapidly. During an encounter with the Swarm, Spider-Man was incapacitated by thousands of bee stings, but recovered in less than 24 hours. His resistance and recovery time to other toxins and diseases varies, but is typically significantly higher than normal. Spider-Man's unique physiology even allowed him to recover from the effects of vampirism as stated by Blade, his radioactive blood will kill the enzymes responsible for his transformation and revert him to normal.[190] Spider-Man was able to recover completely from acid being spat into his eyes by the new Vulture although the extent of the damage may have been restricted due to his superhuman durability. However, Spider-Man has the normal human tolerance for alcoholic beverages.
  • Superhuman Equilibrium: Spider-Man possesses the ability to achieve a state of perfect equilibrium in any position imaginable. He seems able to adjust his position by instinct, which enables him to balance himself on virtually any object, no matter how small or narrow.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are currently about forty times greater than those of an ordinary human. In combination with his spider-sense, the speed of his reflexes allows him to dodge almost any attack, or even gunfire, given sufficient distance.[191][192][4] Spider-Man has even been shown in some cases, to be able to dodge gunfire using just his reflexes without his Spider-Sense.[193]
  • Spider-Sense: Spider-Man possesses an extrasensory "danger" or "spider" sense which warns him of potential immediate danger by the manifestation of a tingling sensation in the back of his skull, and links with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him to evade most any injuries, unless he cognitively overrides his automatic reflexes. The precise nature of this sense is unknown, though the Master Weaver states it is enabled by his connection to the Web of Life and Destiny.[158] It appears to be a simultaneous clairvoyant response to a wide variety of phenomena (everything from falling safes to speeding bullets to thrown punches), which has given several hundredths of a second warning, which is sufficient time for his reflexes to allow him to avoid injury. The sense also can create a general response on the order of several minutes: he cannot discern the nature of the threat by the sensation. He can, however, discern the severity of the danger by the strength of his response to it. Spider-Man's spider-sense is directional and can guide him to or away from hidden weapons and enemies.Sudden and extreme threats can cause his spider-sense to react with painful intensity. Spider-Man can also sense and dodge attacks directed randomly or by an artificial intelligence. Using his spider-sense to time his enhanced reflexes, Spider-Man can casually dodge attacks up to and including automatic-weapons fire, provided there is sufficient distance. His spider-sense is sufficiently well-linked to his reflexes to the point that a threat can trigger them even when Spider-Man is asleep or stunned. His spider-sense has helped him preserve his secret identity since it alerts him to observers or cameras when changing into or out of his costume. The spider-sense does react to those who Peter does not consider to be a threat, such as Aunt May, or when a fellow hero makes a bluff while playing poker. Spider-Man can choose to ignore his spider-sense, and distraction or fatigue diminish its effectiveness. Spider-Man's fighting style incorporates the advantage that his "spider-sense" provides him. His body begins to produce more adrenaline after the sense is triggered, an extension of the 'fight or flight syndrome.' Even when he does not have the use of his eyes, Spider-Man can still use his Spider Sense in a similar fashion to Daredevil's Radar Sense to help him see by sensing the direction the danger is coming from by listening on the loudest noise around him. This was first used after Spider-Man was temporarily blinded by a device[194] but was recently used again to help locate the new Vulture after his acidic breath blinded him.[195]
    • Radio Frequency Detection: Peter's spider-sense also enables him to track certain radio frequencies, which he has used to his advantage via his Spider-Tracers.

Former Powers

Spider-Man received several upgrades in recent years as a result of two different adventures, the first via the genetic manipulations of the Queen, and subsequently during the Other's evolution. These powers were later presumably removed following the One More Day saga.

Queen's Mutation Following an encounter with an enemy known as the Queen, and her genetic manipulations of Peter's body, his Spider powers were augmented to varying degrees.

  • Enhanced Superhuman Strength: Originally able to lift 10 tons, he could now lift about 15 tons.
  • Psychic Alignment with Arthropods: Peter's spider-sense improved, creating a psychic alignment with his environment, specifically a more empathic and sympathetic relationship with spiders and insects. While connected to the varying populations of spiders he was unable to communicate with them directly or command them. In one instance, spiders voluntarily covered his unconscious body, concealing him from Shathra's predation.
  • Biological/Organic Webbing Generation: Spider-Man was also gifted with the ability to organically produce his own silk webbing from glands within his forearms, limited by his body's health and nutrition. These organic webs had many of the same properties as Spider-Man's artificial webbing, so he had no trouble utilizing them, though they required a week to decay rather than two hours. The silk was released through a spinneret near each wrist containing a central web spigot orifice used for web-slinging and drag lines, supplemented by several radial minor spigots for other types of webs connected to specialized glands.

The Other Evolution

After a near death experience fighting Morlun, Spider-Man became the receptacle of a powerful Spider Totem called the Other, causing his body to undergo a metamorphosis that granted him greater power than ever before after literally shedding his skin.

  • Enhanced Wall-Crawling: Spider-Man's wall crawling abilities were heightened even further, allowing him to stick to a surface with any part of his body, for example his back.
  • Enhanced Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man's superhuman strength was enhanced as a result of his evolution by the Other, allowing him to lift up to 20 tons.
  • Enhanced Superhuman Durability, Speed, Agility, and Reflexes: Spider-Man's durability, speed, agility, and reflexes were all enhanced even further as a result of his evolution, allowing him to run fast enough to chase an automobile, perform even greater feats of agility, and react much quicker than even before.
  • Psychological Awareness of Environment: Perhaps as an upgrade to his spider-sense and his psychic alignment with arthropods, Spider-Man received psychological awareness of his environment as a whole, allowing him to traverse across any environment without fear, even when blinded or in extremely dark conditions. Spider-Man could ascertain non-threatening information, such as detecting the concealed presence of loved ones.
  • Night Vision: Spider-Man received enhanced night vision as a part of his evolution by the Other, allowing him to see in pitch-black conditions.
  • Vibration and Air Current Sense via Hair and webbing : Along with night vision, Spider-Man gained superhuman sensitivity via touch, allowing the hairs on his body to sense air currents around him and vibrations via his webbing.
  • Augmented Regenerative Healing Factor Spider-Man had his healing factor enhanced, thereby gained the ability to almost instantaneously recover from severe injuries such as broken bones and large amounts of tissue damage in a matter of minutes. Ambushed by the Rhino he received heavy bodily damage, only to heal minutes later without medical attention. Peter was heavily beaten and drugged, suffering multiple fractures and blood loss by the Jack O' Lantern and Jester during the superhuman Civil War, yet was completely healed a few hours later.
  • Hibernation Healing: Only used once. Peter was able to come back from near death due to making a cocoon with his webbing, and hibernating with in it. He also shed his skin to heal, as most spiders due once in their lifetime.
  • Stingers: Spider-Man developed retractable, razor-sharp stingers that were located within his arms beneath his wrists. They released a polyamine venom, causing direct trauma and/or flaccid paralysis via interference with nerve impulse transmission. While a typical injection could paralyze a normal adult human for several hours, the impalement proved fatal to the nigh-invulnerable Morlun. While Ero, later revealed to be the Other's manifestation, initially stated the stingers could only be used against supernatural threats, Parker was able to subconsciously extend his stingers in response to stress later on.
  • Fangs: Spider-Man grew a mouth full of razor sharp fangs that he used to land the fatal blow to Morlun.
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Captain Universe:

When Loki created the Tri-Sentinel, Peter gained the powers of the Enigma Force.[196][6] With those powers, he even managed to take on the likes of Magneto, Dr. Doom and Hulk.

  • Enhanced Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man's superhuman strength was enhanced as a result of the Enigma Force, allowing him to throw the Hulk all the way to space, with only a single punch.
  • Enhanced Superhuman Durability, Speed, Agility, and Reflexes: Spider-Man's durability, speed, agility, and reflexes were all enhanced even further as a result of becoming Captain Universe.
  • Flight: Spider-Man gained the ability to fly. His speed was so fast, he was able to get the Hulk from space in some minutes.
  • Energy Blasts: Spider-Man gained the ability to shoot concentrated energy blasts from his hand.
  • Enhanced Spider-Sense: Spider-Man's Spider-Sense was enhanced to the extend that it allowed him to sense everything.
  • Superhuman Sight and Hearing: Spider-Man was able to hear and see danger from far away.
  • Molecular Change: Spider-Man could use this ability to make his webbing as hard as Adamantium or simply change its shape.

Mindwipe after "Brand New Day": Although not technically a power, the worldwide mindwipe of Spider-Man's identity as Peter Parker was part of Mephisto's deal to save Aunt May in "Brand New Day" and Dr. Strange's spell in "One Moment in Time". Spider-Man is aware that the whole world has forgotten his secret identity, and describes it to Mister Fantastic as a "psychic blind spot," where any evidence which could lead to Spider-Man being Peter Parker, people would not be able to connect the dots, or they would come up with the wrong solution, but would accept it as the right one regardless. Not only people's memory was affected, also every electronic and paper file was modified to have "inexplicable" gaps wherever any data useful to identifying him or his family members would otherwise be. If Spider-Man was to unmask himself - or be unmasked, then any related people witnessing the incident, would have their memories returned. Mister Fantastic claims to be able to duplicate the "firewalls" for himself and the Fantastic Four, allowing Spider-Man to safely tell them his identity without fear of compromising his secret. Due to the events of the Spider Island arc, (when Peter put a video of him having spider-powers on the Internet in hopes of inspiring other spider-powered New Yorkers to better use their powers) while Spider-Man's identity is still kept secret from the mindwipe, the effects of the psychic blindspot supplied by Dr. Strange has been weakened, making it possible for someone to correctly suspect that Peter Parker is Spider-Man if they are able to which led Carlie Cooper to suspect this resulting in her breaking up with Peter. According to Doctor Strange, the spell can only be conjured once.

After having his body temporarily swapped with Doctor Octopus,[144] Peter acquired the same equipment which gave the original Doctor Octopus his abilities:

Tentacles: Doctor Octopus' superhuman abilities derive from the four mentally-controlled, electronically-powered, telescoping, prehensile titanium-steel tentacles attached to a stainless steel harness encircling his body from lower chest to waist. Each tentacle, approximately five inches in diameter, terminates in three single-jointed pincers. The pincers are able to rotate in relation to the arm for 360 degrees, in a screwdriver-like twisting motion. Each tentacle segment contains four high-efficiency electric motors equipped with a clutched, helical-gear train, independently mounted on frictionless gimbals and housed in four thin, overlapping layers of titanium-niobium steel. The titanium-steel alloy is light, has high-tensile strength, a high melting point, and high thin-wall rigidity. The motors get their power from a small nuclear-powered thermo-electric generator, which can provide several hundred watts per hour for up to five years before needing to replace its U-239 core. The tentacles have been modified since the time of the original accident to include high-efficiency battery packs (enabling movement when cut off from the central power source) and individual micro-circuit control modules (enabling each arm to perform certain pre-programmed actions when Octopus loses conscious control). In the event that Octopus loses consciousness, the control module of each arm has enough pre-programmed conditional responses in its memory chip to enable it to perform a relatively complex sequence of actions, such as saving his life. The trauma of his arm or arms being separated from the harness causes a period of disorientation in which his arms flail about uncontrollably until the pre-programming takes over.

  • Telepathic Control over Tentacles: Octopus can control the actions of his artificial arms psionically, even when they have been severed from his body and are separated from him by vast distances (a distance of 900 miles has been recorded).
  • Telescoping: Each tentacle is approximately six feet long at full contraction, but can extend to a maximum of 24 feet in length.
  • Superhuman Striking Force: Each tentacle is capable of moving at a speed of ninety feet per second and strike with the force of a jackhammer.
  • High-Wind Generation: The tentacles can generate 50 mile per hour winds if spun like a giant fan.
  • Wall-Climbing and Traveling: By combining the intrinsic strength of both his tentacles and the pincers, Doctor Octopus can scale stone, brick, or concrete walls by rending "handholds" in the surface of the wall. Octopus is able to use his tentacles for traversing horizontal distances as well. At full extension, he can travel high above the ground as if on stilts, either using two tentacles, or for maximum speed (approximately 50 miles per hour), four tentacles.
  • Sensation Feeling: Although there are no nerve endings throughout the length of his artificial arms, Octopus can "feel" basic sensations with them. As a result of the mutagenic changes from exposure to radiation during the accident, electrical connections have been made from his chest harness to his spine. Thus, Doctor Octopus can mentally perceive "tactile" sensations by feeling the amount of electrical resistance that the pincer's electric motors feel when the pincers grasp an object.
Enhanced Spider-Sense: In an attempt to cripple Spider-Man's spider-sense through the use of a spider-jammer, Tiberius Stone unintentionally augmented the spider-sense to an overwhelming degree.[142] Spider-Man was able to sense every potential threat, ranging from a tiny paper cut to a static shock, however, the effect was only temporary, as Tiberius managed to perfect his spider-jammer.[143]


Indomitable Will: Spider-Man has a strong Force of Will, completely free of evil and temptation. For years, he has struggled to balance his life as a student and his superhero duties. He is able to emerge from defeat even stronger. His mental strength is also shown when he successfully wrestles control of nanobots from Doctor Octopus.[197] Through the psychological profiles conducted by Maria Hill, she has stated that nobody has as strong as an ingrained identity as Spider-Man, further demonstrating the extent of his willpower.[179] His willpower is so strong that he has been considered as the greatest of all the Spider-Totems in the Multiverse by Ben Reilly of Earth-94.[152]

Genius-Level Intellect: With an IQ north of 250,[198] Peter is easily one of the most intelligent men on Earth. Some of the Earth's most brilliant minds such as Reed Richards and Hank Pym[199] have acknowledged Peter's intellect, with the former acknowledging him as an intellectual equal whose potential rivals his own. In addition, Peter's college IQ scores were the same as those posted by Reed Richards at the same age.[200] Peter was also able to easily hack into Stark Industries system to override Tony Stark's control command over his suit,[201] and discover Parker Particles, a force of energy tied into the continuous expansion of the universe that offers greater power than the Phoenix Force, according to Reed Richards.[140]

Expert Inventor/Engineer: With his knowledge and expertise in mechanics, robotics and engineering Peter has been able to use his amazing intellect and resources at Horizon Labs to create many inventions such as the four Spider-Armors, the Spidey Stealth Suit, his famous Web-Shooters, the Cryo-Cube 3000 and the noise reduction headphones. At Parker Industries he invented a magnitude of devices including but not limited to the Anti-Electro Netting, it was successful in de-powering Electro,[202] an antidote for the Zodiac poison,[159] and easy to apply holographic plating.[203]

Science Major: A brilliant scientific mind, Peter possesses a doctorate in biochemistry, as well as expertise in various fields of applied science, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, and mechanics.[204] He is an accomplished chemist and physicist.[205]

Skilled Photographer: Peter is a very skilled photographer and has worked for the Daily Bugle and the Front Line as a photographer. [206]

Master Acrobat: Thanks to his great strength and phenomenal equilibrium, Parker is an excellent athlete, excelling in all gymnastic fields and being able to perform every acrobatic stunt ever performed, including others that can never be performed by even an Olympic acrobat.[207]

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Spider-Man defeating Spider-Woman.

Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Due to his life being bullied and pranked as a young teenager to acquiring amazing superhuman capabilities and combining them with his scientifically adept and creative mind, Parker has through time become an excellent hand-to-hand combatant utilizing a fighting style that directly complements his superhuman abilities. His methods are volatile, enabling him to rival practically all types of combatants. Peter has been trained by Captain America in unarmed combat.[208] He also received formal combat training from Shang-Chi through the recommendation of the new Madame Web (Julia Carpenter) as a means to compensate for the temporary loss of his spider-sense. Together, they created a new martial art style, the 'Way of the Spider and Peter's skill with it has substantially increased following the return and amplification of his Spider-Sense. He is very skilled in his fighting style. His feats include defeating Firelord, Daken, Wolverine, Hulk, the Sinister Six single-handedly, the X-Men single-handedly,[209] Spider-Man (Otto Octavius),[154]Spider-Woman,[210][125] and Morlun.[169][157] He has stalemated Captain America, Iron Man, Julia Carpenter and Shang-Chi. Iron Fist stated that Spider Man is untouchable because of his spider-sense.

Skilled Businessman: Peter has managed to turn Parker Industries from a small company based in New York to a worldwide conglomerate within eight months, with headquarters in London and Shanghai.[159]

Strength level

Peter is capable of lifting approximately 10 tons in his original body. He was formerly able to lift 15 tons, after being mutated by the Queen, and then 20 tons during The Other event. After both mutations were undone as a result of Mephisto's alteration of reality, Spider-Man's strength level has remained unspecified. Peter has been shown to be able to lift cars with ease and even tanks. Under extreme amounts of stress or when sufficiently enraged, Peter is known for cutting loose and demonstrating even greater levels of strength, such as supporting the weight of the Daily Bugle building,[211] landing a private jet,[141] breaking through Iron Man's armor,[179] and even breaking through eight of Doctor Octopus' carbonadium tentacles.[125]


Unlike many superheroes, Spider-Man does not have a weakness he is automatically vulnerable to, but in recent years methods have been created to render him vulnerable.

Spider-Sense Disruption: Spider-Man's Spider Sense can lose its effectiveness if it is blocked or temporarily weakened by specialized equipment or certain drugs. It also would not trigger if it detects something that is not registered as a threat like the Spider-Man clones or the Venom symbiote and its offspring and Anti-Venom. When deprived of his spider-sense, Spider-Man becomes vulnerable to surveillance and attack, and web-slinging requires most of his concentration.

Ethyl Chloride: Perhaps as a side effect of gaining his powers, Spider-Man is susceptible to the pesticide ethyl chloride. This chemical is frequently used as a weapon by the Spider-Slayers.

Bad Luck: Not exactly a flaw or a disadvantage in his crime-fighting, Peter Parker's life is generally a complicated one. Peter has been forced in numerous occasions to lie to people close to him, be late in his commitments, get away from people and so on for the sake of his secret identity. This inherent difficulty to get his superhero life a secrecy, matched with the number of superhuman events and beings in New York and simply coincidence has in turn, lead Peter to aggravate people around himself, even ones close to himself, and to, more often than not, run into trouble and embarrassment. As Peter often remarks whenever he misses an opportunity to better his social life, improve his finances, or even get to work on time, (due to his super-heroics), "Typical Parker Luck."

Former Weaknesses

Anti-Venom's Proximity: Anti-Venom's failed attempt to cure Spider-Man of his radioactive blood resulted in Spider-Man's powers slowly canceling out whenever Anti-Venom is too close to him. Also if Anti-Venom binds him with his own webbing abilities it will also negate Spider-Man's powers until Spider-Man can get it off his body. This weakness no longer applies due to Eddie Brock sacrificing the Anti-Venom Symbiote to cure the population of New York.

No Driving Skill: Due to having his web-shooters since he was a teen and being busy fighting crime, Peter never learned to drive. This is one of the reasons which made the Spider-Mobile a terrible idea. Peter can neither fly a helicopter nor the Avengers' Quinjet.[212]

Memory Loss: Peter doesn't remember certain events in his life due to Octavius' mindwipe when Peter tried to take his body back after Octavius switched their minds.[213] He currently possesses 31 pieces of his memories left from the mindwipe.[214]


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Spider-Man's Webs

Web-Shooters: Parker's brilliance at physical science allowed him to create web-shooters for use when he became Spider-Man. [215] The twin devices worn on his wrists are able to shoot thin strands of a special "web fluid" at high pressure.

Utility Belt: Upon first entering the super-hero world, Peter created a utility belt that held extra clips of webbing, Spider-Tracers, and his Spider-Signal.[33] Recently, he upgraded his utility belt to hold cartridges of different types of webbing, freeze capsules, new Spider-Tracers as well as a newly upgraded Spider-Signal that has a UV light setting for forensic analysis.[216]

Spider-Tracers: Spider-Man uses small electronic "Spider-Tracers" of his own design that allow him to track objects or individuals. Typically, Spider-Man plants or throws one on a departing enemy and follows the target to their hideout. He also uses a launching device in his web-shooters for better range and accuracy. He originally used an electronic receiver to follow the signals of the tracers but later modifies their signal so he can follow it with his spider-sense. He can follow the signal within a 100-yard radius. After he temporary lost his spider-sense he used Horizon Lab's resources to make new and improved spider-tracers with listening devices, G.P.S. and camouflage. Other modifications include tracers made of anti-metal Antarctic Vibranium which melts metals in contact, a cryogenic Spider-Tracer used to freeze Hydro-Man.

Spider-Signal: A powerful light emitted from Spider-Man's utility belt to announce his arrival to criminals.[42] Peter later updated his Spider-Signal with a UV light setting for forensic analysis.[216]

Avengers Identicard: A credit card-sized gadget designed by Tony Stark for the identification of all Avengers. It was used by Spider-Man when the police interrogated The Metropolitan Museum of Art after a fight between Mister Negative and Anti-Venom,[217] and has since used it on other occasions.[127][218]

Spider-Man's Suit:

Spider-Armor Mark II

Spider-Armor MK II

  • Spider-Armor MK II: Peter created version 2.0 of his Spider-Armor to compensate for the loss of his Spider-Sense, due to the fact that without this ability, he can be easily wounded by bullets.[219] This suit has since been placed back in storage in Peter's office at Horizon Labs.[18] It was most likely destroyed alongside Horizon itself.[147] A replica of the suit was later stored at Parker Industries.[31]
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Spider-Armor MK III

  • Spider-Armor MK III: Created by Peter Parker with Horizon Labs vast resources to fight the Sinister Six if needed in a last resort. When Doctor Octopus started his last master plan before dying, Spider-Man knew he would have to use it to stop Octopus' attempt to speed up the Greenhouse effect.[119] This suit has since been repaired and placed back in storage in Peter's office at Horizon Labs.[18] After Horizon Labs was destroyed,[147] Spider-Man kept the suit in his lab at Parker Industries.[31]
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The Black Suit

  • Black Suit: After Spider-Man removed the symbiote suit, his girlfriend, the Black Cat, made him a non-living duplicate, as she thought it was "sexier" than his red and blue suit. While the two suits were used interchangeably initially, the black suit eventually became Spider-Man's primary suit after his red and blue suit was destroyed. However, after Venom's attack on Mary Jane Watson, she forced him to abandon the suit for good. Thereafter, he only occasionally wore the black suit as a last resort, when his red and blue suit was out of commission. He returned to wearing the black suit for a brief period of time after his Aunt May was dying in a hospital due to an attempt on Peter's life by Wilson Fisk. With Kraven's resurrection during The Gauntlet, Spider-Man uncovered a copy of the suit left as a taunt by Kraven while searching for his clone, Kaine, and wore it while defeating the Kraven family. The Black Suit, in every sense of the word, represents Spider-Man's dark and grim persona. This suit is the only costume aside from Spider-Man's original to have the most longevity.
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Spider-Armor MK IV

  • Spider-Armor MK IV: Created by Peter Parker with Parker Industries' best resources, this suit is far beyond most of his usual suits. The suit is lightweight enough that Peter can still wall-crawl with incredible ease yet is strong enough to deflect laser shots at close range. The eyes-and-spider insignia on his chest glows, though it is unknown if it is just for show or if it has any other purpose.[203] As of current events, Peter has made this his primary suit for his missions.

Former Equipment

Iron Spider Armor

Stark Armor

Iron Spider Armor: When Iron Man first had to make a quick escape, he made this armor out of anything he could get his hands on - and it shows. After Peter Parker was resurrected from a battle to the death against Morlun, his friend and teammate Tony Stark built him a new suit, using Stark Tech, and obviously influenced by the colors of Stark's Iron Man Armor. Peter Parker abandoned this armor when he changed sides during the Civil War, from the pro-Registration unit (lead by Iron Man) to the anti-Registration side, the Secret Avengers (lead by Captain America). Peter would later create a duplicate of the suit and store it in Parker Industries.[220]

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The Black Suit

Stealth Suit: Spider-Man created this suit to combat the Hobgoblin's's sonic Screams; the suit warps light and sound around it, rendering it invisible.[221] It was later used by Kaine, to defeat Spider-Queen. The costume's new color was a consequence of the suit being locked in that design, which was made on purpose by Madame Web, who wanted it changed for what the Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) meant in Kaine's past.

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Spider-Armor MK I

Spider-Armor MK I: When the New Enforcers attacked New York using high caliber fire-arms, Spider-Man created a suit of "Spider-Armor". Composed of a pseudo-metallic compound he developed at Empire State University, the suit slowed him down and made him less agile, but allowed him to be bullet proof. During the battle, the suit was destroyed by acid.[222]

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Electro-Proof Suit

Electro-Proof Suit: This suit was created by Spider-Man in order to protect himself from the villain Electro and his powers in a battle alongside the X-Men against the villain.[223]

Anti-Magnetic Inverter: The Anti-Magnetic Inverter was a device built by Peter Parker/Spider-Man to counteract the magnetic power that the Vulture uses for flight.[33]

Anti-Sonic Inverter: The Anti-Sonic Inverter was a device inspired by the Anti-Magnetic inverter and was used during his fight with Clash to erase his recording list and stop his attack.[224]

Ricochet's Suit: When Norman Osborn and The Trapster framed Spider-Man for murder, Peter Parker created four separate costumed identities to clear his name. The first was the ricochet suit, which showcased his agility and had bouncing disk which were used as weapons.

Hornet's Suit: The second identity used by Spider-Man to clear his name, was the Hornet suit. It provided additional protection and utilized a jet pack designed by Hobie Brown, as well as sedative darts.

Dusk's Suit: The third identity used by Spider-Man to clear his name, was the Dusk suit, which he had acquired from the Negative Zone. The suit allowed Spider-Man to blend into the shadows and fly.

Prodigy's Suit: The fourth and final identity used by Spider-Man to clear his name, was the Prodigy suit. It had a bulletproof vest that with golden-like armor, making him appear even stronger. Due to his partially exposed face, make-up and a fake nose had to be used to fool people.


Web-Swinging: Spider-Man uses his web-shooters to travel by swinging on web-lines. Combined with his spider abilities, he can move at amazing speeds throughout the urban chasms of Manhattan. Spider-Man was able to keep pace with Captain Marvel at his best speed, surprising the Kree warrior, although Spidey mentioned it was mostly due to his practice with web swinging over his career.[225]

Spider-Glider: Through his resources at Horizon Labs, Spider-Man created his own version of the Goblin Glider that is used for faster travel across the city. He first used it during a fight with Equinox.[119]

Spider-Mobile: With his resources from Parker Industries, Peter co-created a second version of the Spider-Mobile with Lian Tang. He first used it during a fight with the Zodiac in Shanghai.[159]

Hydro-Spider: With his resources from Parker Industries, Peter also designed a submarine-like ship capable of going deep-sea. He outfitted it with a holographic plating for stealth purposes.[203]

  • Allegedly, Peter had heard that his school's dance team were throwing out old bodysuits, snuck into school after dark, found one that fit him, obtained two one-way mirrors from the Drama Department's prop closet (for his mask lenses) and spent an hour silkscreening the web pattern onto the bodysuit in the art room. With this, he created his first Spider-Man costume.[187]
  • Peter is currently approximately 28 years old; he got bit by the spider 13 years ago, when he was 15 years old.[31]
  • The only person killed by Spider-Man is Charlemagne. Even though it was unintentional, this accident continued to haunt him later on in his life.[226]
  • Parker was married to Mary Jane Watson prior to his alteration of personal history by Mephisto[98]
  • After being attached to Ms. Marvel, Venom stated that she had feelings for Spider-Man.[227] Before her supposed death, Silver Sable also appeared to have feelings for Spider-Man.[228]
  • Spidey and Wolverine became blood brothers during a time travel adventure.[229]
  • Peter seemingly dislikes mayonnaise, at least in sandwiches, and prefers those free-crust.[230]
  • Peter is a fan of the Mets.[231]
  • Twenty-seven people on Earth-616 know of his identity.[232]
    • The entire roster of the New Avengers (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Captain Marvel, Mockingbird, Hawkeye, Wolverine, Spider-Woman, Jessica Jones, Bucky Barnes),[100]Mary Jane Watson,[233]The Fantastic Four,[234]Doctor Strange,[235]Doctor Octopus,[18]Kaine,[236]Carlie Cooper,[237]Silk,[238]Spider-Girl,[239]The Jackal,[112]Captain America,[240]Miles Morales,[136]Mysterio,[139]Miguel O'Hara,[241]Anna Maria Marconi,[31]Rachel Summers,[242]Prowler,[243] know of his secret identity. It is also very likely that Gwenpool knows, as she hails from a universe where superheroes are fictional characters, and has declared to know all secret identities.[244]
  • Though Spider-Man has claimed to hate Star Wars,[245] he sometimes references it.[246][247]
  • It's been implied that Spider-Man is a fan of The Lord of the Rings.[248]
  • In his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, the spider that bit Parker was mistakenly called an insect.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to reverse-engineer Spider-Man's web formula many years ago according to Buck Lime, Moon Knight's assistant, who built web-shooters for him.[249]
  • Several times, Spider-Man has been mistaken as a mutant. At one point, J. Jonah Jameson actually sent him to the X-Factor for confirmation,[250] and another, he was hunted down by Magneto until the misunderstanding was corrected.[251]
  • It's been implied that Peter has trademarked the Spider-Man motif after mobiling Parker Industries.[252][253]
  • Peter has a Twitter[254] and a Facebook account.[255]

With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility

  • Spider-Man's famous mantra "with great power, comes great responsibility" is often attributed as a quote from Uncle Ben, however it was originally the concluding lines of narration to his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, the anonymous narrator explaining the moral of the story, not advice from his beloved uncle. As this was the lesson he learned from his uncle's death, it slowly became associated with Uncle Ben, and the 2002 film chose to have the famous phrase come directly from Ben Parker as advice to the newly powered Peter, and this is how the origin of the phrase is commonly understood now.
  • The quote "With great power comes great responsibility" was first used by Peter in a comic book in 1987, Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1. It’s mentioned as a saying of Uncle Ben's in that issue, though not spoken by him. The first time Ben actually said it in a comic was in February 2002, in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #38; meanwhile, in 2016's Amazing Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect Infinite Comic #4, Ben tells Peter that the phrase originated with his father, Peter's paternal grandfather.
  • In Percy Jackson: the Last Olympian, after defeating the skeletons, Nico di Angelo parodies the phrase saying to Percy "With great powers... comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later."

Rankings, Parodies, Cameos, etc.

  • Spider-Man was ranked third on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in 2011 and 2012 (and unknown number of years before that) and also #1 on IGN's Top 25 Best Marvel Superheroes, the highest ranking of all Marvel characters.
  • Empire Magazines ranked Spider-Man as the fifth greatest comic book character out of the whole list, ranking as the second highest position of all of the Marvel heroes (topped by Wolverine).
  • Spider-Man was ranked first on CBR's Top 50 Marvel Characters, a quadrennial event, since its debut in 2007. Spider-Man remained the highest ranking, in its return, in the years 2011, and 2015, respectively.
  • There's a Spider-Man costume in the online game Club Penguin.
  • Spider-Man had a cameo on a kid's t-shirt in The Transformers episode The Autobot Run.

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