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|Real name:||Peter Benjamin Parker|
|First Appearance:|| Amazing Fantasy #15 (Official)|
Spider-Man: The Rise of a Hero (Fan fiction)
| Stan Lee|
| New Avengers|
| Superhuman Strength|
Ability to cling to most surfaces
Able to shoot extremely strong spider-web strings from wrists
Precognitive Spider Sense
Master hand-to-hand combatant
Spider-Man is a world-famous superhero and protector of New York City, as well as founding member of the New Avengers. In his secret identity, he is Peter Parker, a teenage high school student who was bitten by a radioactive spider. Acquiring the proportionate abilities of a spider, Peter initially decides to use his new powers for profit, but after his Uncle Ben is killed by a criminal he could have stopped, Peter resolves to fight crime.
Apart from from his fights with criminals, Peter must also deal with several issues he faces in his personal life. Peter is in love with Mary Jane Watson, although he has dated several other women in the past, such as Gwen Stacy and Felicia Hardy. He has also gained several friends in the superhero community. At the same time, Spider-Man has obtained a significant group of enemies who personally want to see him dead. The most notable of Spider-Man's foes is the Green Goblin, who at one point even learned his secret identity.
Despite all the difficulties he encounters, Spider-Man will never stop fighting for justice and righteousness.
Officially, Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15, but his first appearance in Leader Vladimir's fan fiction continuity was in Spider-Man: The Rise of a Hero.
Peter was orphaned at the age of six when his parents were killed in an airplane crash overseas. He went to live with his uncle and aunt, Ben and May Parker, in Forest Hills, New York. When he was eight years old, Peter met Mary Jane Watson for the first time. Since then, Peter and Mary Jane developed a crush for one another, which would last to their teenage years.
Parker was extremely bright and became a high honors student at Midtown High School. Parker's shyness and scholastic interest often made him a social outcast. His only friends in high school were Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn.
While attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials sponsored by the General Techtronics Corporation, Peter was bitten by a spider that had been irradiated by a particle accelerator used in the demonstration. Making his way home afterwards, 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.
Encountering an ad offering a cash prize for staying in the ring three minutes with a professional wrestler, Peter decided this would be a good way to test his powers. Wearing a mask to avoid potential embarrassment, Peter easily defeated his opponent. A TV producer observed his performance and convinced him to go on television with his 'act.' Designing a costume and some wrist-mounted web-spinners, 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. Peter forgot the incident as his fame rose, but one night he returned home to find his Uncle Ben had been murdered. Learning the police had the burglar responsible holed up in a warehouse, Peter easily captured him only to discover it was the same thief he had allowed to escape earlier. Filled with remorse, he realized that with power comes responsibility. To honor his uncle, Peter decided to use his powers to fight crime.
Taking on Great ResponsibilityEdit
To solve his economic problems, Peter took a second job as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle when the newspaper began requesting pictures of Spider-Man. Peter managed the secure the job with the condition that J. Jonah Jameson, the editor-in-chief, didn't ask questions of how Peter took the pictures. Ironically, Jameson was staunch opponent of Spider-Man, saying that he was a menace to society.
Early in his career, Spider-Man fought villains including the Tinkerer, Kraven the Hunter, who tried to hunt Spider-Man; Sandman, a criminal turned sand with shapeshifting powers; Doctor Doom, the Lizard, a brillain scientist turned a giant reptile; the Living Brain; a machine gone crazy, Electro, a former electrician who in an accident was turned into a human battery; the kingpin of crime Big Man and his Enforcers, Mysterio, a illusionist who tries to make Spider-Man seen as a criminal; the Green Goblin, a mad criminal who wants to be the new king of the underground ; and his deadliest foe at the time: Doctor Octopus, a good scientist who in an accident had four extra metalic arms attached to his back. Several of these villains would form the Sinister Six, under the leadership of Octavius himself, a team who tried to get Spider-Man by kidnapping Aunt May, trying to force Peter to "call" Spider-Man, but they failed.
In those days, Aunt May and their neighbor, Anna Watson, were constantly encouraging Parker to date Anna's niece and Peter's childhood friend, Mary Jane Watson. Peter and Mary Jane had met when they were six, and although they were clearly in love with one another, they decided to remain just friends, since they were afraid a romance would ruin their friendship.
Eventually, Peter graduates from high school and enrolled the Empire State University, along with Gwen and Harry. Peter would also make peace with Flash Thompson, his high school bully. The Green Goblin comes back after a period of absence and discovers Spider-Man's identity, kidnapping him and revealing his alter-ego, that of Norman Osborn, Harry's father, in a furious battle the villain loses his memory as criminal.
In those days, Peter began dating Gwen while Mary Jane started dating Harry. Also, Spider-Man would earn several new foes, such as Rhino, Shocker and the Kingpin.
Life would become harder and harder for Peter in the next months. During a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, Captain Stacy dies when saving a child from falling debris. Before dying, Stacy reveals Spider-Man he knew his identity, and asks him to take care of Gwen.
Things get worse, Harry falls in addiction to LSD and Peter, along Gwen and Mary Jane takes care of them. This problem makes Norman Osborn remember his Green Goblin persona and return as him, battling Spider-Man, and declining his alter-ego after seeing the status of his son. The Goblin kidnaps Gwen Stacy. Spider-Man finds them at the Brooklyn Bridge, where they fight and Gwen falls from the bridge. Spider-Man manages to save her, and chases the Goblin to an abandoned house. The two fight until Osborn is impaled by his own glider, killing him.
Peter manages to take Gwen to the hospital, and she falls in a coma for a week. When she recovers, she has been so traumatized by the event that she no longer remembers Peter. Gwen came to live with Peter and Aunt May for the next few months, and although Gwen made significant progress in recovering her memories, Peter didn't manage to let go of his percieved guilt of causing her amnesia. Eventually, Gwen moves to Chicago, hoping to start a new life.
Peter finds solace in Mary Jane, who even learns of his double life and promises to keep his secret safe. After enduring so many problems, Peter and MJ would start a relationship.
Harry became the second Green Goblin and became and enemy of Spider-Man, as he blamed him for his father's death. Spider-Man managed to defeat Harry and send him to an asylum. Peter also graduated from the ESU.
After a few months of dating, Peter proposed to MJ, but she declined, making their relationship falter. Later, Mary Jane and her Aunt Anna leave to Florida.
The Black SuitEdit
Peter secured an apartment in Manhattan, and Aunt May transformed her house into a senior citizens' boarding house. Also, Peter began a romantic relationship and heroic partnership with thief-turned-vigilante Black Cat. Although they clearly loved one another, Spider-Man and Black Cat would later break up, as Black Cat could not understand Spider-Man's need for a civillian life.
A space shuttle piloted by John, J. Jonah Jameson's son, brought a mysterious alien symbiote to Earth. Spider-Man bonded with the symbiote, creating a new black costume that enhanced Spider-Man's powers. At that time, Mary Jane returned to Peter's life and the two reunited. However, the Black Cat would appear and cause friction in their relationship, until Peter finally made her understand his choice to be with Mary Jane. Black Cat promised not to interfere in their happiness ever again and left New York.
Spider-Man later discovered that the suit was causing his behavior to change for the worse, such as controlling his body when he was a sleep. With the help of the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man discovered that the suit was actually an alien lifeform that sought to permanently bond with him. Spider-Man removed the costume by force and imprisoned it in the Fantastic Four's headquarters for study. However, the symbiote later escaped and bonded with one of Spider-Man's critics, Eddie Brock, creating the villain Venom.
In those days, Spider-Man began to form a strong relationship with the superhero community. He even tried to join the Avengers, but he was turned down, as his independent nature disrupted the team's cohesiveness. He also became a close friend of Wolverine and Daredevil.
Mary Jane was attacked by Doctor Octopus, who wanted to exact revenge against Spider-Man for all the times he had ruined his plans. Spider-Man rescued Mary Jane and almost beat Doc Ock to death until MJ begged him to stop. After Doc Ock was taken to the authorites, Peter had decided that his life was too dangerous for him to have a girlfriend and broke up with MJ. She understood his reasoning and the two parted on friendly terms.
A New Age for Spider-ManEdit
Peter took a job as a science professor in Midtown High School. His life would unexpectedly change when Gwen returned to New York, having made a full recovery from her amnesia. She sought to reunite with Peter, and also had discovered his secret. Although Peter was excited at the prospect of getting back with Gwen, he decided to keep his distance with her, hoping to keep her safe from his enemies. It was only a talk with Wolverine that Spider-Man would understand that he deserved someone to love. Peter and Gwen got back together and moved to an apartment in Manhattan.
There was a time when Peter and Gwen faced economical difficulties, since Peter was the only one with a steady job, which was made even harder due to his responsibility as a superhero. However, Gwen was offered a job in OsCorp. Although Gwen was excited, Peter was uncomfortable with this, disagreeing with the idea of his girlfriend working for his worst enemy. However, Gwen made him understand that with Norman Osborn in jail, she would be safe and Peter gave her his blessing.
Spider-Man was also offered membership with the New Avengers. Peter and Gwen briefly moved to Stark Tower after a battle between the Avengers and the Juggernaut destroyed a city block and severely damaged their apartment building.
Mary Jane also returned to New York. At first, Gwen was hostile towards her, believing she would try to take Peter away from him, but a talk between the three made Gwen realize MJ had moved on with her life. Mary Jane chose to stay in New York, keeping a close friendship with Peter and Gwen.
The Wrath of Gwen StacyEdit
Peter and Gwen's relationship would take an another unexpected turn when Gwen came in contact with a piece of Venom's suit. The symbiote piece imbued Gwen with strength and agility similar to those of Spider-Man, and she considered becoming a superheroine, something Peter was against, as he believed the symbiote was nothing but trouble. Peter advised Gwen to keep a low profile until he could figure out what was happening, and Gwen reluctantly accepted. Peter took a sample of her blood and asked Reed Richards to analyze it. Reed discovered that symbiote had mutated during its time with Venom, giving its wearer abilities similar to those of Spider-Man, but at the same time it feed off its wearer's negative emotions, such as aggressiveness.
The situation would take a turn for the worse when Gwen began stealing secrets from Oscorp and delivered them to the Daily Bugle, hoping that Jameson would use them to run a story. However, Jameson refused to use stolen material, causing Gwen to physically assault him. Robertson and Mary Jane try to stop her, but Gwen threw MJ through a window, leaving her unconscious. Spider-Man knew that Gwen had crossed the line.
Spider-Man confronts Gwen in Oscorp's lab and tries to reason with her, but Gwen is so obsessed with vengeance that she attacks Peter, causing a fight to break out between the two. Spider-Man uses a wire to expel the symbiote fragment from Gwen's body and incinerates it.
Later, Peter and Gwen meet back at the apartment, and she tries to convince him that she would never hurt him. She also refuses to apologize for taking such extreme measures to protect the man he loves, but Peter blames himself for the situation, believing he should have tried harder to protect her from his enemies. Gwen tells him that he must live with the decisions he has made, just like she will. Although Peter and Gwen make up, Peter fears that Gwen is no longer the woman he fell in love with.
War of New YorkEdit
Spider-Man joins forces with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to fight an army of supervillains led by Doctor Octopus. However, Spidey realizes that the attack is just a distraction while Doc Ock infiltrates the Baxter Building and steals an experimental energy source Mr. Fantastic was working on. Doc Ock unleashes an army of Octorobots that devastate the city. However, the heroes manage to turn the tide and arrest Octopus.
In the aftermath, however, Gwen is tired that Peter is putting his responsibilities as Spider-Man before their relationship and threatens him with an ultimatum: her or Spider-Man. Peter begs her not to put him in that kind of position, but Gwen breaks up with him, saying that she loved Peter the man, not Spider-Man the hero.
Saddened, Peter comes to Mary Jane for comfort. The two have a heartfelt talk and start kissing each other. Just as they are about to have sex, Mary Jane stops him, saying that she wants more than a one-night stand with him, and Peter replies it will be more than that. Peter and MJ sleep together and restart their relationship.
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. 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 at the face of certain death, Spider-Man invariably cracks a joke, to the annoyance of both friends and foes. On the rare moment that Spider-Man stops joking is when he is taking a situation seriously, and both allies and enemies have recognized that Spider-Man is exceptionally dangerous when he is not cracking jokes.
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 arc, leading to an enduring friendship. 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. More recently Spider-Man has bonded with the New Avengers of whom he is a founding member, trusting them so much that he'd reveal his identity to each member. Of the two previously mentioned teams, Spidey is closest to the Human Torch and Wolverine, playing pranks on one another or seeking solace respectively
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
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. Like many superhuman powers, the effectiveness of Spider-Man's abilities varies based on the author and the needs of the story.
- 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. 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 approximately 10 tons. Spider-Man's physical strength is sufficient to lift and throw objects as heavy such as a 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. He has demonstrated that he strong enough enable him to knock out people with normal durability with as little as a tap to the head. Also during the Secret Invasion, Spider-Man was shown to able to knock a Tyrannosaurus Rex into unconsciousness in one punch. 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 demonstrated this when he leaped over 30 ft 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 hadn't developed to that of his prime.
- Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man is capable of running and moving at speeds that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. Spider-Man has showed to be fast enough to catch up to an accelerating car while on foot, but prefers to travel by webs.
- 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. 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 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.
- 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 40 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, if he is far enough away. Spider-Man has even been shown in some cases, to be able to dodge gunfire using just his reflexes without his Spider-Sense.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Spider-Man has a limited 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 days. After getting his powers, he soon found that his eyesight was repaired, discarding his glasses. 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.
- Foreign Chemical Resistance: 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. 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.
- 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. 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. 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.
- 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.
- Gifted Intellect: Academically gifted, Peter displays an uncanny affinity for science that is nothing short of genius.
- Science Major: He is a brilliant individual, with exceptional skill in practically every field of science, and is an excellent inventor. He is an accomplished chemist and physicist.
- Skilled Photographer: Peter is a very skilled photographer.
- Master Acrobat: Thanks to his great strength and phenomenal equilibrium, Peter 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.
- Master Combatant: Thanks to Peter's amazing superhuman physiology, acrobatic powers and spider sense, he is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant using a fighting style derived from his spider like abilities, he made his own street style that could rival virtually any combatant out of sheer volatility to standard fighting techniques (eg webbing, wall crawling, super strength to lift heavy objects, etc.).