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Quote1.png I've been given a gift of great power. Uncle Ben once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." I don't think I truly understood what he meant until that night. But in order to live up to that motto, I need to become something more than a celebrity... I need to become a symbol. A beacon of hope. I need to become... a hero. Quote2.png


Early Years

Since he was young, Peter Parker was encouraged to pursue science by his uncle Ben, an optimistic person who also taught Peter a lesson in responsibility through his motto, "with great power comes great responsibility."[2] While attending Midtown High, Peter befriended Harry Osborn, the son of Oscorp Industries's CEO. The two remained friends even after Harry was accepted into an academy for geniuses, Horizon High.

Peter right after being bitten by the spider

Becoming Spider-Man

During a school trip to Oscorp Tower, Peter was bitten by one of the experimental spiders that escaped during a breach.[1] While reeling from the effects of the spider bite, Peter discovered he had developed amazing spider-like abilities. Still amazed by these new powers, Peter decided to approach this predicament using the five steps of the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation and conclusion.[9] While examining his new abilities, Peter developed two web-shooter bracelets to make up for the fact he didn't seem to inherit the spider's ability to generate webbing.[10] While trying out his ability to swing from weblines, Peter was inspired by a fortune-teller to use his powers to pursue fame and fortune, while still keeping his identity a secret. With the resources from his house, Peter created a costume. The young boy subsequently chose wrestling as the stepping stone to stardom,[11] using the stage name "the Spider."

Peter's initial costume

While getting ready to confront professional wrestler Bonesaw McGee as part of the show So You Want to be a Wrestler?, a fleeing thief ran past Peter. Having determined that catching the criminal wasn't his responsibility, Peter didn't intervene. As the Spider, Peter easily defeated his opponent in the ensuing wrestling match, winning a trophy.[3]

When he returned home, Peter learned his Uncle Ben had been murdered by a burglar he surprised trying to break into their house. Fueled by rage, Peter suited up and confronted the murderer in the warehouse where the police had notified he was holding up. As soon as Peter got a close look at the criminal's face, he realized it was the very same thief he didn't lift a finger to stop earlier that very same night. When Peter returned home following the burglar's arrest, he discovered he had finally realized the true meaning behind his Uncle Ben's motto. Deciding to honor the memory of his uncle, Peter set out to use his powers to help people, wearing a new refined costume and taking up the superhero alias of Spider-Man.[2]

Horizon High

When the people of Horizon High went to Peter's school for a lecture, Peter helped saved the day as Parker and Spider-Man. This got him accepted in this school for young geniuses, but, unfortunately, his best friend winded up getting suspended unfairly.[12]

Black and White

Spidey in his black costume

When the students of Horizon High decided to use a substance known only as V-252, as their science project for Stark Expo, Peter accidently bonded with it and it formed a new black and white costume that could provide a seemingly inexhaustible and stronger supply of webbing.[13] However, after realizing it was altering his thoughts and making him more aggressive, he decided to take it off. At first, it seemed like they were attached to each other, but, eventually, Peter was able to take it off.[14]


Spider-Man meets Spider-Punk

While visiting Monsieur Lambea's Wax Museum, Spider-Man found himself being attacked by wax figures of the Avengers and famous people from the past and present. It was revealed that this was the work of Mysterio. After defeating him, Spider-Man was recruited by Spider-Punk into the Superior Spider-Army to help other Spider-Men stop the Inheritors.[15] It can be presumed that Peter took part in the final stand against the Inheritors, and was then sent back to his home reality following their defeat.[16]


Before the death of his Uncle Ben, Peter was content with using his newly gained powers as a vehicle for fame and fortune, showing off his powers in public without a disguise and even using them to win a wrestling match. During this time, Peter was arrogant and vain, caring about his public image more than doing the right thing, such as when he didn't go after an armed Burglar because he wanted to 'save' his moves for the judges.

After the death of Uncle Ben, Peter learned what truly mattered in life and decided to use his powers not for fame or fortune, but for heroism. Selfless and brave, Peter took the lessons from his late uncle to heart and used his powers with responsibility and protected civilians from the criminals and villains that would risk their safety.

Peter is a friendly, good-natured, high-spirited and caring young man who shows his loved ones constant respect and affection. Because of these traits, Peter has been shown to make friends quite easily as he quickly befriended Miles Morales and Anya Corazon.[17] In spite of his good nature, Peter can be ruthless if pushed hard enough, as he brutally beat up the burglar who took Uncle Ben's life by smashing him through crates and throwing him around, going as far as to say he just wants to hear the burglar scream.[2]



Spider Physiology: After being bitten by an experimental spider from Oscorp, Peter's physiology mutated, developing abilities and attributes similar to that of a spider.

  • Wall-Crawling: Peter is capable of adhering to most if any surface be it vertical and horizontal and climb them with ease.[9]

Peter wall-crawling

This ability extends to the soles of his feet and surface of his hands, however he must remove his shoes or wear thin soles to adhere so.

  • Superhuman Strength: Peter's strength was greatly enhanced by the spider bite, being able of break a door open by slamming it,[1] and breaking through a brick wall with ease[9] even catching a flipped automobile. According to Peter, spiders can lift 173 times their own body weight; Tony Stark stated that Peter weighs 97 pounds,[18] meaning Peter can lift approximately 16,781 pounds (8.4 tons). This physical strength also extends to his leg muscles allowing him to jump/leap considerable heights and distances without needing a running start.
  • Superhuman Durability: Peter's body while not indestructible; his overall bodily tissues are considerably more durable, particularly in regards to impact or physical trauma. He has withstood beating, falling from great heights and blows from opponents physically stronger than him without showing signs of long term injury. Though he is not immune to pain.
  • Superhuman Agility: Spider-Man possesses an agility allowing him to effortlessly perform acrobatic maneuvers beyond a human level with little difficulty, being able to quickly scale a building without even using his wall-crawling ability, but simply grasping the edges of windows, poles and ladders.[10] His equilibrium and balance are so acute he can leap and land on any small precipice with sense of balance he can walk, jump, run and perform acrobatic feats in any orientation (upside down, sideways).
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Peter's reflexes and hand eye coordination permit him to use his agility and strength to accomplish an amazing feat of acrobatic and martial prowess despite no formal training in fighting or gymnastics
    • Spider-Sense: Peter possesses an extrasensory ability of precognitive reflexive action that warns him of immediate danger through what he feels. Permitting him to act before the danger is in his periphery. This sensation being described as his entire body covered in goosebumps.[1]
  • Enhanced Vision: The spider bite also somehow fixed whichever conditions impaired Peter's sight.[9]


  • Genius Intellect: Peter appears to possess a great intellect, being able to create his own web-shooting devices from seemingly scratch.[10]
    • Science Passionate: As an enthusiastic scientific mind, Peter appears to be an excellent science student.[1]
    • Bilingualism: Peter speaks English and Spanish.[17]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Spider-Man seems to be a good fighter, having improved a lot in only two weeks of training as Spider-Man. However, he doesn't seem to be skilled in any martial art, as he combines the use of his speed, agility and spider webs, instead. He also knows how to use a sword.[19]




Peter Parker wearing his Spider-Man suit

Spider-Man's Suit

  • Enhanced Lenses: The mask contains reflected lenses that have a night vision function that allows his wearer to see in the dark. It also has a function to see at far distances.


Web Shooters



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  • Peter is 15 years old at the beginning of the series.[20]
  • Peter's second attempt at a makeshift costume included a hoodie and mask that resembled those from the Scarlet Spider's costume.[11]
  • Peter's original Spider costume included blue sweats taken from his aunt May.[11]
  • Peter Parker's voice actor, Robbie Daymond, had previously auditioned for the same role in Marvel's Spider-Man's predecessor Ultimate Spider-Man.[21]

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