|So, as someone once said, --- Up --- Up --- and AWAY! - Peter Parker
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|Real name:||Peter Parker|
|Other Aliases:||Pete, Man-Spider, Spidey, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man|
|Created by:||Gerry Conway, Stan Berkowitz, John Semper|
|Voiced by:||Christopher Daniel Barnes|
|Number of Appearances:||67|
|First Appearance:||Phoenix Saga - Part V: Child Of Light|
|Appearance of Death:||None|
|Relatives:|| Richard Parker (father, deceased)
Mary Parker (mother, deceased)
Ben Parker (paternal uncle, deceased)
May Parker (aunt)
Mary Jane Watson clone (1st wife, deceased)
Mary Jane Watson (2nd wife)
|Place of Birth:||New York City, New York|
|Affiliations:|| As Peter Parker: Daily Bugle, Empire State University
As Spider-Man: Spider-Men (leader)
|Base of Operations:||New York City, New York|
|Unique Features:||When in his mutated form, Spider-Man looks like a humanoid spider|
Peter Parker (of Earth-92131) is an alternate version of Peter Parker who is a superhero from New York City. After he was bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter decided to use his powers to fight crime.
A one-time high school "science geek", Peter was the subject of much ridicule, especially at the hands of Flash Thompson. After his parents died in a plane crash, Peter lived with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, who doted and worried endlessly about the reclusive boy suddenly placed in their midst.
During a class field trip to see radioactivity carried on by Professor Farley Stillwell, a spider crawled into Stillwell's machine and became irradiated, biting Peter in the hand and granting him the proportionate abilities of a spider, including superhuman strength, agility, speed, and a "Spider Sense" that warned him of imminent danger.
Peter initially became Spider-Man for personal reasons, seeking the popularity he never had at school. Constructing mechanical web-shooters in his bedroom, Parker set out to make a name for himself in show-business, making television appearances and starting a brief career as a professional wrestler.
It was after one such wrestling ingagement that Peter's life changed for the worst: fame went to the idealistic Parker's head, and he refused to stop an escaping criminal, considering it "none of his business". A short time later, Parker returned home to find that his Uncle Ben had been shot dead by a burglar, who had then escaped to an abandoned waterfront warehouse. Following the murderer, Parker was shocked and ashamed to discover that his uncle's death had been his fault: his uncle's killer was the same man that Peter had let escape earlier in the day.
Devastated by his own actions, Peter Parker turned Spider-Man into a force for good, promising to protect the city and its occupants. In his civilian life, Peter got a job as a photographer at the Daily Bugle, working for J. Jonah Jameson (a man who passionately despises Spider-Man), and attending Empire State University as a college student.
Over the years, Spider-Man has gathered an impressive gallery of villains, including such notables as the Kingpin, Mysterio, Doctor Octopus, and the ever-predictable alien symbiote known as "Venom". Several villains have discovered Spider-Man's civilain identity, either by accident or via prior knowledge (the Venom Symbiote originally tried to bond with Spider-Man, and already knew of his secret identity by the time it found Eddie Brock. The first Green Goblin followed him long enough to see Peter take off his mask in an alley. And the second Goblin had gotten this knowledge from the first through a spiritual link after the first got into a dimensional portal after a battle with Spider-Man, but twice, did the second Goblin gain and lost this knowledge through amnesia.
Peter would later discover that his parents were, in fact, spies for the American government, but were branded as traitors during World War II with Russia against America. During the course of the series, Peter would also marry his long-time, on-and-off love, Mary Jane Watson (or at least a clone of the woman, unbeknownst to him until minutes before her death), and briefly dated the real Mary Jane before she disappeared into limbo during a pitched battle against the Green Goblin.
By the close of the series, Peter had been chosen by Madame Webb and the Beyonder to prevent the creature known as Spider-Carnage from destroying all reality, who was living in a different reality opposite from Peter's, leading a whole group of other Spider-Men from different realities to go against Spider-Carnage, including the Scarlet Spider, who was Spider-Carnage's enemy. In defeating Spider-Carnage using the Uncle Ben who was alive in another reality that Peter and Spider-Carnage went into (it belonged to one of the Spider-Men who was rich and had his identity public), Madame Webb fulfilled her promise to help Spider-Man find the real Mary Jane.
He eventually found and married her and revealed his secret to her. Later, during John Jameson's shuttle launch, he tried to stop Venom and Carnage from boarding it and failed, causing the shuttle to crash on Counter-Earth. After he was presumed dead saving a fireman from being crushed by a burning building, he stole nanobots from Reed Richards' lab and used them to create a new suit before heading to Counter-Earth.
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 abilites.
- 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 a computer. 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.'
- Superhuman Strength: Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift approximately 10 tons. Spider-Man's physical strength is sufficient to lift and throw objects as heavy as most standard automobiles 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. 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.
- Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete. He is ultimately capable of running at speeds of at least 100 miles per hour .
- 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 for several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his blood 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 a superhumanly strong opponent, that would severely injure or kill a normal human with little to no discomfort.
- 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. He has developed a unique fighting style that made full use of his agility, strength, and equilibrium.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are currently about 30 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.
- 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.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Spider-Man has a limited healing factor. While not on Wolverine's level, it is powerful enough to recover injuries from broken bones or damaged tissue in a matter of hours or days. After getting his powers, he discovered that his eyesight is repaired, discarding his glasses. It is unknown if it is powerful enough to slow down ageing process.
- Gifted Intellect: Academically gifted, Peter displayed an uncanny affinity for science that was 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.
- Skilled Photographer: Peter is a very skilled photographer.
- Master Acrobat: Thanks to his great strength and phenominal equilibrium, Peter is an excellent athlete excelling in all gymnastic fields being able to perform every acrobatic stunt ever performed including others that can never be performed by even an olympic acrobat.
- Expert Combatant: Thanks to Peter's amazing superhuman physiology, acrobatic powers and spider sense, he is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, with a fighting style derived from his spider-like attributes which utilizes various different techniques such as those used boxing and wrestling methods, as well as ground fighting and tricking.
Web-Shooters: Spider-Man wears web-shooters which were twin devices worn on his wrists. The devices were able to shoot thin strands of a special "web fluid" at high pressure.
- Web Fluid: A shear-thinning liquid, virtually solid until a shearing force is applied to it, rendering it fluid, whose exact formula remains unknown, but is rumored to be related to nylon. On contact with air, the long-chain polymer knits and forms an extremely tough, flexible fiber with extraordinary adhesive properties. The web fluid’s adhesive quality diminishes rapidly with exposure to air. Where it does not make contact with air, such as the attachment disk of the web-shooter, it remains very adhesive. After approximately 2 hours, imbibed ether causes the solid form of the web fluid to dissolve into a powder. Because the fluid almost instantly melts from solid to liquid when under shear pressure, and is not adhesive in its anaerobic liquid/solid phase transition point, there is no clogging of the web-shooter’s parts.
- Spider-Tracers: Spider-Man uses spider shaped tracking devices which he shoots from his web-shooters, in an attempt to track or find his enemies easily.
- Spider-Tracker: A compass which Spider-Man uses after he sticks a Spider-Tracer on his foes, it's beacon can show him of where his enemies have gone.