The Superior Octopus
Superior Octopus

Full Name: Otto Gunther Octavius
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1
Created by: Dan Slott
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Home Universe: Earth-616
Alignment: Bad
Status: Alive
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California
Citizenship: American
Base: Mobile; formerly Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco, California; Parker Industries, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Affiliations: HYDRA, Avengers; formerly Parker Industries, New U Technologies
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Unique Features: None

"And never call me "Otto" again. I have a title. I earned it. Call me "Doctor"... Doctor Octopus!"
— Doctor Octopus

Otto Octavius (of Earth-616) is a digital clone of Doctor Octopus created to replace the original in the event of his death.

Originally living inside of the Living Brain, the clone would later download his consciousness into a clone of Peter Parker in order to become the Superior Octopus.



During the war between the Spider-Men and Women of the Multiverse and the Inheritors, the original Otto Octavius (who had managed to cheat death by switching bodies with Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man) discovered that he would meet his demise shortly after returning to his home universe.

While he fully intended to cheat death a second time, he decided to use the future technology he had appropriated from 2099 to create a digital copy of his consciousness, so that in the event that he was unable to change his fate he would at the very least have a way to resurrect himself.

In order to prevent his enemies from stopping the resurrection, Otto stored the digital clone inside his gauntlets and instructed his personal holographic assistant Anna to enter sleep mode and wait one hundred days before coming back online and implement his planned resurrection.

The Return of Doctor OctopusEdit

Following the initial collapse of Parker Industries, just as Otto had instructed, Anna re-awakened after laying dormant for 100 days and subsequently awakened the digital copy of Otto stored in the gauntlets. Wanting to reclaim control of Peter Parker's body, the digital Otto created a copy of the Golden Octobot he had originally used to take control of Peter Parker's body the first time by merging the gauntlets from his Spider-Man suit with a regular Octobot.

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Otto as the Living Brain

After downloading himself into the newly contracted Octobot, Otto then proceeded to locate Peter, but after locating Peter Otto realized that after reclaiming his body once, there was a very good chance that Peter would be able to do it again and since he lacked the technology to create another copy of himself, he couldn't risk it happening again. In order to prevent this, Otto decided to instead upload himself into Peter's robotic assistant the Living Brain and wait for the moment that he could take over Peter's body without any danger of Peter regaining control.

As he bided his time, Otto continued to pose as Peter's lab assistant while also taking every opportunity to sabotage the efforts of Peter's company making sure not to give any indication that he had taken over the Living Brain's body. This continued for months until Peter decided to give the Living Brain a diagnostics check as he felt that the robot had been acting strangely lately. During the procedure, Otto made the mistake to ask how his progenitor died.

While not understanding why the robot was curious about his former enemy's fate, Peter revealed that during the Goblin Underground's attack on New York City, Otto came to the realization that there was no possible scenario that he could conceive where he defeated the Goblin King and his then girlfriend Anna Maria Marconi not dying in the process. In order to ensure his girlfriend's survival, Otto willing allowed Peter to take back control of his body event though his consciousness would die as a result as he was ok with dying as long as it meant that Anna would be safe.

Enraged at the idea that his progenitor would willingly let himself die in order to save someone else, the digital copy went on a rampage forcing Peter to shut the Living Brain down. However, before Peter had successfully shut him down, Otto successfully re-uploaded himself into his Octobot body and activated the robot's self destruct mechanism in order to prevent Peter from discovering why the robot was malfunctioning.

Felling that his progenitor's time in Peter body had corrupted his mind somehow, the digital copy decided to abandon the idea of taking control of Peter's body again and decided that the best course of action was to create a new body for himself by creating a clone of his progenitor's original body using an experimental cloning procedure that was being developed by Parker Industries main competitor, New U Technologies.

Unfortunately, this plan also proved too problematic as when he arrived at Potter's Field Cemetery to acquire the genetic material he needed from his corpse, he discovered that someone has already dug up the body along with the bodies of many other deceased super-villains and absconded with them to parts unknown.

Determined to locate his progenitor's body, Otto searched the internet for any clues to the body's whereabouts and discovered that the very company whose cloning procedure he had planed to use in creating his new body was behind the theft. Tracking the body's location to New U Technologies corporate headquarters, Otto discovered that the corporation had already created a clone of his progenitor's body. Deciding to take advantage of the situation, Otto quickly uploaded his consciousness into the clone where he discovered that the cloned body also contained a copy of Peter Parker's consciousness as his had been inside the body when it died. Before the cloned consciousness could gain its Barings, Otto quickly destroyed the less experienced copy of his arch-enemy's consciousness, gaining full control of the clone body.

Doctor Octopus reborn

Doctor Octopus returns

Once he had gained full control of his new body, Otto busted his way out of the vat the cloned body had been contained in to find himself being greeted by the Jackal. The Jackal revealed to Otto that he was the power behind New U Technologies and offered Otto a business proposal. Apparently, The Jackal and his company hadn't perfected the cloning process yet and any person who was brought back to life through the procedure would need to consistently take medication to prevent the cloned body from breaking down. Knowing of how brilliant the late Otto Octavius was, the Jackal had the original's body cloned in the hopes that he might be able to help him find a cure to the clone degeneration not knowing that a digital copy already existed. Seeing the digital copy's acquisition of the cloned body as fortuitous outcome, the Jackal asked Otto if he would help him to find a solution to his problem offering to give him full access to New U Technologies resources to help him combat the problem. Knowing that he wouldn't be able to pursue his vendetta against Spider-Man until the clone degeneration problem was solved, Otto decided to accept the Jackal's offer on the condition that the Jackal also supply him with a new set of tentacles which the Jackal happily obliged.

Dead No MoreEdit

When Peter Parker infiltrated New U Technologies' Headquarters as Spider-Man to uncover the truth behind its cloning procedure, Otto ambushed him. Confused as to how Otto had returned in his original body and why he suddenly hated him again, Peter questioned why Otto was helping the Jackal. Otto then revealed to his enemy that he was actually a duplicate of the original's consciousness that he had created when he found out that he would lose control of Spider-Man's body to Peter Parker while also revealing that he was the reason for the Living Brain's strange behavior.

Following this revelation, Peter tried to immobilize the new Doctor Octopus using his Web-Shooters, but this proved ineffective due to the clone having insulated his new tentacles against the new types of web fluid that he helped Peter develop during his time posing as the Living Brain. He defeated Peter with relative ease, but was stopped from dealing the finishing blow by the arrival of the Jackal who forced him to let Peter live.

Later, in order to help his former girlfriend Silk discover what New U's ultimate goal was, Spectro infiltrated the company, but was captured by Otto who then proceeded to conduct various experiments him which culminated in his ghost being implanted into a newly created clone of Spectro's body.

Using the resources he had gained from his business arrangement with the Jackal, Otto began work on a secret project he termed the "Proto Clone". The goal of the project was to create the perfect body for himself by splicing his own genetic material with that of Spider-Man's with the intent of imprinting his conscience onto it once he solved the clone degeneration issue.

Once the Jackal discovered Otto had been neglecting his other duties to focus on his own personal projects, he ordered Otto to put a stop to his current projects, so that he could help him relocate their operations to a new facility now that Spider-Man and Spider-Woman infiltrated the current one. Otto refused on the grounds that his work was too important to abandon at that time, instead suggesting the Jackal just kill and resurrect them instead.

Following Scarlet Spider's capture, Otto convinced his fellow colleague the Lizard to cease their attempts to find a cure to the clone degeneration problem and instead to help him figure out how Scarlet Spider was able to overcome his own clone degeneration problem, so that they might apply what they learned to further Otto's attempt to make his "Proto-Clone" resistant to the clone degeneration.

While examining his test subject, he discovered Scarlet Spider's interdimensional transporter, but was interrupted by the arrival of Anna Maria Marconi before he could examine it closer. Happy to see his girlfriend again, Otto tried to reconcile with her, but was rebuffed by Anna who was extremely upset and disgusted at all the horrible things he had done stating that this new Otto was nothing like the man who sacrificed himself to save her. This made him question how she could love the original Otto and not him since he is a clone of the original. He the came to believe that she would have loved him again if could finish his "Proto-Clone" and download his consciousness into it, so that he would look more like the Otto that she knew and loved.

While Otto was keeping watch over Anna, they discovered that there was an invisible shield around New U Technologies' headquarters that was helping to slow down the clones' degeneration by blocking out certain frequencies that affected their cellular make-up. Otto and Anna Maria then theorized that if someone could isolate the signals the shield blocked out and adjusted the shield accordingly they could either stop or accelerate the degenerative process in the clones who are currently within the shield's radius.

Shortly after making this discovery, the Jackal interrupted them and Otto explained that they had managed to isolate a frequency that caused the clone degeneration. The Jackal was pleased with this discovery, but made the mistake of making fun of Anna's height which enraged Otto who attacked the Jackal. During their scuffle, Otto knocked of the Jackal's mask revealing him to be a clone of Peter Parker. Furious of having ben deceived into working for a clone of his arch-enemy, Otto activated a signal that trigger cause all the clones within the facility to immediately start to degenerate.

Unfortunately, this plan backfired on Otto as the Jackal decided to amplify Otto's signal to such a degree that the signal became a virus that affects regular Humans as well as clones and broadcast this amplified signal over the entire world felling that if he was going to lose then he would take everyone with him.

Otto clone in the body of the Proto-Clone

Otto inside the "Proto-Clone"

Wanting to protect Anna Maria, Otto offered to work with Spider-Man in stopping the Jackal by holding off the Jackal long enough for Spider-Man and Anna to find a signal that can counter the signal transmitting the virus. Spider-Man readily agreed to Otto's proposal which caused Otto to question why his enemy would trust him so easily. Spider-Man responded to Otto's question by stating after spending time inside's Otto's head he now knew that there was some good in him. Knowing that the counter signal would save the Jackal of his own clone degeneration, Otto made sure to smash the Jackal's Webware during the fight to ensure his foe would die no matter the outcome.

Realizing that the "Proto Clone" was immune to the degeneration, Ben attempted to transfer his mind into it only to be electrocuted - a precaution that Otto had put in place in the event that someone other then him tried to transfer their mind into the clone. Once the Jackal was unconscious, Otto transferred his consciousness into the Proto Clone, leaving his cloned body to decay into dust.

Secret EmpireEdit

Main article: Secret Empire (Event)
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"Hail HYDRA!"

Following his battle with the Jackal, Otto hitched a ride to one of his old bases only to learn that during his absence it had been appropriated by terrorist organization known as HYDRA. Furious at this discovery, Otto attacked and easily defeated the intruders. Impressed by how quickly and skillfully Otto defeated his men, Arnim Zola offered Otto a place in HYDRA which Otto refused at first until Zola explained that being a member of HYDRA comes with certain benefits including the ability to use the organization's resources, technology and personnel for his own purposes when he is not helping HYDRA with achieving its larger agenda. Reconsidering Zola's proposal after this, Otto decides to accept Zola's offer since he felt that Peter had mismanaged Parker Industries in Otto's absence and that he would need the resources of a group like HYDRA in order to take back his company.

As the first step in his plan to take back control of Parker Industries, Otto decided to create for himself a new suit that could maximize the full potential of his new body with the help of HYDRA's scientific division. Upon the completion of this suit, Otto stated that the Doctor Octopus of the past is no more and that he was now the "Superior Octopus".

In the months following HYDRA's successful takeover of America, Otto was recruited into a newly formed Avengers team that HYDRA created to serve as the "heroes" of their new regime.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit



Main article: Spider Powers
  • Spider- Physiology: Now that Otto inhabits a hybrid clone of his original body and Spider-Man's, Otto possess all the powers that Spider-Man currently possesses, including...
    • Wall Crawling:
      • Mark of Kaine:
    • Superhuman Strength:
    • Superhuman Speed:
    • Superhuman Stamina:
    • Superhuman Durability:
    • Superhuman Agility:
    • Superhuman Equilibrium:
    • Superhuman Reflexes:
    • Regenerative Healing Factor:
    • Contaminant Immunity:
    • Spider-Sense:
      • Radio Frequency Detection:


During his time inside of the Living Brain's body, Otto possessed various powers unique to the robot, including...

  • Superhuman Strength: As the Living Brain, Otto was able to analyze the strength of Spider-Man's webbing, deciding how much pressure to apply, and then plowed right through it.
  • Superhuman Durability: While stored within the Living Brain, Otto possessed durability far surpassing a normal human. His durability was so great that he was able to withstand multiple energy attacks from the Parker Industries S.W.A.T.-Bots with relative ease.
  • Self-Repairing System: While in control of the Living Brain's body, Otto had nanites stored within himself that could quickly repair any damaged body part.


Due to the fact that he is a clone of the original's consciousness, Otto possesses all the abilities that his progenitor had, including...

  • Genius Intelligence: Otto is a mutlti-discipline scientist with expertise in various fields of science.
    • Radiation Specialist: Otto is one of the world's leading authorities on nuclear radiation and its effect on animal physiology.
    • Engineering: Otto was already a brilliant engineer and inventor, but his knowledge in these fields has been further enhanced due to the fact that he now possesses Peter's own knowledge on the subject as a result of his new body containing parts of Peter's DNA in it.



Due to the fact that he now possesses spider-based powers, Otto now possesses the same weaknesses that Spider-Man has along with all the weaknesses he already possessed, including...

  • Spider-Sense Disruption: Otto'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. When deprived of his spider-sense, Spider-Man becomes vulnerable to surveillance and attack, and web-slinging requires most of his concentration.
  • Ethyl Chloride: For reasons unknown, all individuals with spider-based are susceptible to the pesticide ethyl chloride. This chemical is frequently used as a weapon by the Spider-Slayers.
  • Arrogance: On many occasions Otto's pride has been a major factor in many of his defeats s Otto considers himself to be the smartest person on the planet and that he could never be wrong due to his massive intellect. This confidence in his own intelligence frequently causes him to ignore factors that could derail his plans leaving him unprepared for when these factors come into play.


  • Pill Dependence: In order to prevent his original cloned body from breaking down due the cellular breakdown caused by a flaw in the Jackal's cloning process, Otto has to ingest daily a pill provided by him. Currently, this weaknesses no longer applies after he managed to mind his mind and consciousness into the Proto-Clone that was immune to degeneration



  • Superior Octopus Suit: After joining HYDRA, Otto constructed a new suit that could better utilize the powers of his new body. The suit was created through a combination of technology from his tentacle harness and his Superior Spider-Man costume, so the suit has all the capabilities of both.
    • Tentacles: Since Otto's old tentacle harness was incorporated into his Superior Octopus suit, the tentacles serve as Otto's primary form of attack and defense.

See AlsoEdit

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