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Quote1.png Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: 'With great power comes great responsibility.' This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man. Quote2.png
Peter Parker[src]


Becoming Spider-Man

Peter Parker was a brilliant but socially inept student. After being orphaned Peter moved in with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. While attending a field trip Peter was bitten by a genetically modified spider and gained spider-like abilities.

He then used his powers to become a masked wrestler to earn money and impress his next-door neighbor Mary Jane Watson. However, when the owner of the wrestling ring refused to pay him he allowed a thief (who had just robbed the owner) to escape. Unbeknownst that thief would go on to kill his Uncle Ben. Overcome with guilt Peter remembered his Uncle Ben's words of wisdom, "With great power comes great responsibility", which inspired Peter to become Spider-Man. While as Spider-Man Peter got a job as a photographer for the Daily Bugle. The owner J. Jonah Jameson ironically had a deep hatred towards the web-slinger however.

As a wrestler

Peter's close friend Harry's father would transform himself into the Green Goblin during a lab accident. Peter would confront the Goblin unaware he was Norman Osborn. The two battled at a parade where Osborn attacked but Peter managed to drive him off. Later Osborn asked him if he would join him and help him take over New York. When Peter declined, Osborn told him that eventually, the people of the city would turn on him. Afterward, Osborn learned Peter's dual identity and attacked Aunt May. Enraged, Peter confronted him and learns that Osborn had kidnapped Mary Jane. In the battle that came Norman was killed and before dying asked Peter not to tell Harry. Peter then brought his body to Osborn's home in time for Harry to see him. He fled as Harry vowed vengeance. Peter attended Norman's funeral declaring himself as Spider-Man.[1]

Spider-Man No More

Two years later, Peter faced new challenges as he struggled to cope with "the gift and the curse" of his powers while balancing his dual identities as the elusive superhero Spider-Man and the life as a college student. Relationships that Peter held most dear were now in danger of unraveling as he clashed with the multi-tentacled villain Dr. Otto Octavius, also known as "Doc Ock", his old idol who had been driven insane thanks to an explosion that killed his wife Rosie and melded the mechanical tentacles of his invention to his body.

Leaving Spider-Man behind

Peter's life-long yearning for MJ became even stronger as he fought the impulse to abandon his secret life and declare his love. In the meantime, MJ had moved on with her life. She embarked on an acting career and had a new man in her life whom she intended to marry. Peter's relationship with his best friend Harry Osborn has been overshadowed by Harry's growing vendetta against Spider-Man, whom he held responsible for his father's death. After a fight with Octavius plus all the emotions caused Peter to begin to lose his Spider powers. Eventually, he decided he no longer wished to be Spider-Man. However, when Doc Ock kidnapped Mary Jane to bait Spider-Man, Peter had no choice but to accept his fate and harness all his superhero talents to stop the diabolical madman Doc Ock's quest for infinite nuclear power. Peter met Ock at his base and the two battled. Peter defeated him and managed to convince Octavius to regain control over his arms. Otto later sacrificed his life to stop the unstable nuclear core. Afterward, Peter revealed himself as Spider-Man so Mary Jane called off her wedding and decided she wanted to be with him.[4]

Battle Within

About a year later, life went easier for Peter, as the city began to embrace him for the first time in his career, he was once again the top of his class and he was planning to propose to Mary Jane. However, his friend Harry who had learned his secret attacked him. Peter was forced to defend himself and knock Harry out. Peter would learn that the head injury would give Harry amnesia. Around this time, he discovered that the real killer of his uncle was Flint Marko, who later became the Sandman. While on a date with Mary Jane, a alien symbiote attached itself to Peter Parker's costume. It increased his strength but influenced his behavior for the worst. He fought Marko again and seemingly killed him. Once Harry regained his memory Peter and he fought, this time ending with Peter disfiguring Harry's face with a pumpkin bomb.

The black suit

After some time, Peter got rid of the symbiotic costume when he learned it was slowly corrupting him, but the symbiote would survive after nearly being destroyed by Peter and bonded itself to Eddie Brock, creating the monster called Venom. The monstrous Venom kidnapped Mary Jane, and when Spider-Man attempted to save her he was brutally beaten by the combined powers of Venom and Sandman. He was saved by Harry, who had seen the error of his ways and decided to help Peter fight Sandman and Venom. When Venom attempted to impale Peter, Harry jumped in front of the glider, mirroring the way his father died. Peter then used one of Harry's pumpkin bombs that ended up annihilating both the symbiote and Eddie Brock (whom Peter tried to save despite everything that Brock had put him through). In the end, he forgave Marko for killing his uncle, and attempted to rekindle a relationship wtih Mary Jane.[5] Years after the death of Harry, Peter and Mary-Jane had made their relationship work, despite the complications of Peter's obligations as Spider-Man.[3]

Multiverse Unleashed

A couple decades later, Spider-Man was eventually transported to the alternate reality of Earth-199999 as the result of a botched magic spell cast in this universe. This world's Peter Parker had his identity as Spider-Man exposed to the public, so he sought the help of Doctor Strange to magically erase the world's knowledge that he was Spider-Man. When the spell went wrong, it almost pulled into Earth-199999 the infinity of people from across the Multiverse who knew Peter Parker was Spider-Man. Strange managed to contain the spell before this happened, but a handful of people made it into Earth-199999. In addition to Peter, most of the Multiversal visitors were villains, including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and the Sandman from timelines similar to Peter's set earlier in time.

Peter was overcome with a gut feeling to help his native counterpart, but was unsuccessful in locating him. This changed when MJ and Ned Leeds, two allies of the native Spider-Man, attempted to find him themselves. Using a Sling Ring, Ned attempted to open a magic portal to find the Peter he knew, but the artifact honed in on the visting Parker. This happened on his second attempt, since the first one had brought them yet another foreigner Spider-Man, the Peter Parker of Earth-120703. MJ and Ned were joined by the two Spider-Men in finding their Peter on the rooftop of this world's Midtown High School, where he was mourning the death of his aunt May. The two Peters spured on their counterpart, and then all three worked together to finish developing cures for the visiting villains, and Peter took on the task of curing the Lizard due to his previous experience.

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The three Spider-Man then lured the villains to the Statue of Liberty using the Macchina di Kadavus as a bait, which was a device that could return the villains to their respective timelines. The Lizard, Electro and the Sandman arrived at the scene and confronted the heroes, who were initially sloppy in their teamwork. They managed to pull themselves together and also assigned themselves nicknames; the native Peter being "Peter-One," Peter being "Peter-Two," and the other visiting Peter being "Peter-Three." Taking one target at a time, the Spider-Men first targeted Sandman. Peter-Two lured him to the top of the Statue of Liberty and Peter-Three tossed him the cure. Peter-One subsequently administered the Lizard his cure, while Peter-Three confronted Electro. He was joined by Peter-Two, but both were overwhelmed. The only other villain to have been cured earlier, Doctor Octopus, arrived and attacked the two Spider-Men to trick Electro, and instead administered him his cure when his guard was down. Peter-Two had a brief reunion with the reformed Otto before the Green Goblin arrived. Osborn destroyed the Macchina di Kadavus with an explosion, unleashing the initial botched spell and tearing the fabric of reality.

An older Peter Parker with his two Multiversal counterparts.

When Peter-One faced off against the Goblin, the other two Parkers watched as he brutally beat the villain in revenge for May's death. Peter-Two interceded to stop Peter-One from killing the Goblin, bringing him back to his senses. With his back against the Goblin, Osborn stabbed him, albeit non-fatally. Peter-Three tossed Peter-One the cure for the Goblin, and he administered it. With Doctor Strange failing to contain the effects of the unleashed spell, the native Peter asked him to use magic to make the entire world forget his existence, thus neutralizing the effects of the initial spell. The three Spider-Men bid farewell, and all the visitors were transported back to their respective timelines.[3]



Spider Physiology: Spider-Man possesses the proportionate powers of a spider. The bite triggered numerous body-wide mutagenic changes within Parker, granting him superhuman strength, speed, toughened flesh, and numerous arachnid-like abilities.

  • 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. 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.
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  • Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man's physical strength is sufficient to lift and throw objects as heavy as most standard automobiles with ease. 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. Spider-Man has shown impressive feats of strength. Such as when he was able to hold a cable-car full of children with one arm and show no sign of stress. He was also able to send Flash Thompson flying many meters with a single punch. Also, Spidey was able to support the warehouse where Doctor Octopus was holding his secret experiment. His strength was temporarily increased when he was connected to the Venom Symbiote.
  • Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Spider-Man's advanced musculature produces fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than an ordinary human. This allows him to exert himself physically for much longer periods before fatigue begins to impair him.
  • 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 incredibly strong opponent, that would severely injure or kill a normal human.
  • Superhuman Agility: Spider-Man's equilibrium, dexterity, and flexibility are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man's reflexes are similarly enhanced. In combination with his spider-sense, the speed of his reflexes allows him to dodge almost any attack.
  • Wall-Crawling: After being bitten, Peter's skin grows a sharp, "barbed" like material and this allows Peter to cling to surfaces.
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  • Organic Webbing Generation: Spider-Man was also gifted with the ability to organically produce his silk webbing from glands within his forearms, limited by his body's health and nutrition. These organic webs have many of the same properties as his Earth-616 counterpart's artificial webbing. Thanks to its similar properties, it appears Spider-Man can utilize his organic webbing in any way he could with his artificial webbing. The silk is released through a spinneret near each wrist containing a central web spigot orifice used for web-slinging and draglines, supplemented by several radial minor spigots for other types of webs connected to specialized glands; he can fire organic webbing from his wrists.
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Spider-Man regenerates his injuries faster and more extensively than a normal human. After getting his powers, he soon found that his eyesight was repaired, discarding his glasses. Minor injuries heal in a matter of hours and serious injuries in a matter of days.


Peter has gone from a science whiz in high school to a laboratory assistant of Dr. Connors and a brilliant Columbia University physics student who is at the top of his class as he becomes secure with his dual roles. His knowledge of science has impressed the likes of Norman Osborn, Otto Octavius, and the aforementioned Dr. Connors. Considered a genius by Harry and Gwen, he has shown himself to be knowledgeable in mechanics, quantum mechanics, photonics, nuclear fusion, acoustics, and nanotechnology.

  • Genius-Level Intellect: Peter Parker is very smart as he has an expert in all kinds of science. Peter goes from a science whiz in high school to a laboratory assistant of Dr. Connors and a brilliant Columbia University physics student who is at the top of his class as he becomes secure with his dual roles.
  • Master Scientist: His knowledge of science has impressed the likes of Norman Osborn, Otto Octavius, and Doctor Connors. Considered a genius by Harry and Gwen, he has shown himself to be knowledgeable in mechanics, quantum mechanics, photonics, nuclear fusion, acoustics, and technology.
  • Skilled Photographer: Peter is a very skilled photographer.
  • Master Combatant: Peter has become a highly skilled fighter during his vigilantism career. His fighting style resembles a combination of several martial arts, such as boxing, wing chun, karate, taekwondo, capoeira, judo, krav maga, muay thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and professional wrestling. he has a proclivity for incorporating his elevated physical strength, outstanding agility and athleticism and webs into his unique style of combat, all aided by his early awareness of danger. Peter has defeated criminals, Flash Thompson, Bonesaw McGraw, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, New Goblin, Sandman, and Venom. In battle, Peter tends to punch his opponent, as seen with Flash, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Sandman.
  • Expert Marksman: Peter is also highly accurate when he projects his webbing. He usually shoots to blind, silence, or restrain his opponents in battle.


  • Tobey Maguire portrays Spider-Man in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. He later reprised the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
  • In Spider-Verse, a comic book event that saw countless alternate versions of Spider-Man coming together, writer Dan Slott and his collaborators were forbidden from using a handful of versions of the character due to legalities, including the cinematic Spider-Men.[6] The story "It's the Little Things" from Spider-Verse #2 was used as a way to sneak references or small glimpses of these banned Spider-Men.[7] Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man is alluded to when a Spider-Man mentions that one of his counterparts resembles "the guy from Seabiscuit," which is a reference to Maguire's role as Red Pollard in said film.

On the Master Weaver's web


The "Webbed Suit" how it appears in the game.

  • Spider-Man was mentioned by Deadpool of Earth-616 to Spider-Man of said universe in Cable & Deadpool #24.
  • He's the only live-action version of Spider-Man to never use web-shooters.
  • In What If Aunt May Had Died Instead of Uncle Ben? #1, The movie version of Spider-Man appears as a cameo in the comic book shop, in the form of a poster of the Spider-Man film.
  • Following the release of the PlayStation 4 video game Marvel's Spider-Man, a costume modeled after Tobey Maguire's version of the character was highly requested by the game's userbase. The suit eventually came in the form of a free DLC released as a Holiday gift for players on December 20, 2018. In the game, Maguire's costume is identified as the "Webbed Suit."[8]
  • At one point, before the production of the film Spider-Man 2 started, Jake Gyllenhaal was considered to replace Tobey Maguire for the role of Spider-Man.[9] Gyllenhaal would later go on to portray Mysterio in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • To differentiate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man, Marvel has designated this version of Spider-Man as Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.[10]
  • Peter's safe space was the Chrysler Building.[3]

See Also

Links and References


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Spider-Man (2002 film)
  2. Spider-Man: The Official Movie Adaptation #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Spider-Man: No Way Home
  4. Spider-Man 2 (film)
  5. Spider-Man 3 (film)
  6. Slott, Dan (28 November 2021). Dan Slott on Twitter: "Excellent question. Honest answer: There wer.... Retrieved on 28 November 2021.
  7. Slott, Dan (28 November 2021). Dan Slott on Twitter: "For everyone asking... We did have 1 short story i. Retrieved on 28 November 2021.
  8. Dornbush, Jonathon (20 December 2018). Spider-Man PS4 Gets Highly Requested Sam Raimi Suit as Free DLC. IGN. Retrieved on 3 May 2019.
  9. Kaye, Don (July 1, 2019). How Jake Gyllenhaal almost replaced Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. SYFY. Retrieved on September 18, 2020.
  10. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man - Characters - Marvel. Marvel (December 21, 2021). Retrieved on December 21, 2021.
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