Peter Parker was orphaned as a young child when his parents were killed in an airplane crash overseas. He went to live with his uncle and aunt, Ben and May Parker, in Queens, New York. Parker was extremely bright and became a high honors student. His shyness and scholastic interest often made him a social outcast.
Becoming Spider-ManWhile attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials, 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.
Peter decided 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. Encountering an ad offering a cash prize for a wrestling match, Peter decided this would be a good way to test his powers. Peter easily defeated his opponent.
Following the wrestling match, Peter failed to act to stop an escaping thief, claiming that it was not his responsibility. However, 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.
Early in his crimefighting career, Spider-Man fought the Lizard, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Scorpion, Kraven the Hunter, Hobgoblin and the Chameleon, some of whom would later form the Insidious Six, under the command of the Kingpin.
As Peter Parker, he secured a job working as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle under J. Jonah Jameson, a man who claimed Spider-Man was a menace and a vigilante. Peter also attended Empire State University and dated both Felicia Hardy and Mary Jane Watson.
The Venom symbioteWhen Spider-Man stopped the Rhino from stealing 'Prometheum X' from the John Jameson shuttle (which had crashed on the George Washington Bridge), a black, slimy substance which had entered the shuttle beforehand (and caused the distraction resulting in the crash) stuck to Spider-Man's costume. Agitated by J.J. Jameson's claims that Spider-Man had robbed the shuttle, he discarded his costume vowing to quit crimefighting. The symbiote moved and attached itself to Peter's body whilst he was sleeping, and he awoke to find himself in a black costume in Manhattan. Peter realised that the costume behaved strangely, and whilst it seemed to enhance his spider-powers, it almost resulting in him murdering the Rhino and Shocker. He noticed that sonic vibration and loud noise seemed to be symbiotes weakness, and the sound of the church bell caused it to split from him. It was then that the symbiote ultimately merged with Eddie Brock, who sought revenge on Spider-Man for his ruined life, creating the villain 'Venom'. Venom challenged Spider-Man, and whilst Brock seemed able to easily overpower him and relentlessly stalk him, the wall-crawler got the better hand and managed to de-tatch Brock from the symbiote and had the symbiote flown back into space.
Spider-Man began to notice that he was losing his powers, and was easily defeated when faced with the Insidious Six. They unmasked him, but concluded that Peter Parker wasn't in fact Spider-Man because of his poor performance against them. After partially gaining his powers back, Spider-Man managed to defeat them. However, Doctor Connors carried out some tests on him at his request and revealed that a mutation was beginning, which could have disastrous consequences.
Spider-Man sought advice from Professor Charles Xavier, who told him that he couldn't help him as his job was to help mutants accept themselves, although Beast mentioned that Doctor Herbert Landon of the Brand Corporation was working on a cure for mutancy. However, it transpired that Landon's real intention was to destroy all mutants, and Spider-Man teamed up with the X-Men to stop him.Michael Morbius, a fellow student of Peter's at university, unintentionally came into contact with a sample of his mutated blood. Seconds later, Morbius was bitten by a vampire bat, resulting in him transforming into a vampire, feeding from plasma. At the same time, Spider-Man's mutation advanced and he sprouted four extra arms. Following struggles with both the Punisher and Blade, Morbius was driven into hibernation. Spider-Man, meanwhile, reached the peak of his mutation and turned into the "Man-Spider". Doctor Mariah Crawford temporarily lifted his mutation. He was kept from mutating again under the condition that the took a serum every twenty-four hours.
When the Vulture, whose ambition was to restore his youth, absorbed Spider-Man's youth, he also absorbed the wall-crawler's disease. This effectively freed Spider-Man from his mutation for good, and he was no longer forced to take the serum.
Later life as a crimefighter
Mary Jane was guided by a cult managed by Baron Mordo, who had her believe that he could reunite her with her father. Mordo's intention was to use his hypnotised followers to steal the wand of watoom in order to allow Dormammu to change dimension. Spider-Man teamed up with Doctor Strange to counter the plot, and rescue Mary Jane. It was at this point that Peter came under the wisdom of Madame Webb, who claimed to need to prepare Spider-Man for an "ultimate battle". Madame Webb gave Spider-Man advice during his battles against supervillains including Doctor Octopus, Alistair Smythe and Tombstone, although much to his chagrin. Spider-Man also faced off against the Green Goblin for the first time.
Peter later quit working for the Daily Bugle and began work for Fisktronics. However, the Kingpin had his son Richard frame Parker in order to cover up his criminal activities. Peter was convicted. His lawyer was Matt Murdock, who held a grude against the Kingpin for the death of his father. Spider-Man teamed up with Matt's alter ago, Daredevil, to clear Peter's name and defeat the Kingpin, although the criminal mastermind managed to escape. From that point, Spider-Man was aware that Wilson Fisk and the Kingpin were one and the same.
Johnathon Ohnn, the creator of interdimensional portal technology, was fired by Tony Stark after Baron Mordo reunited Venom and tried to use him and the symbiotes spawn, Carnage, to release Dormammu by stealing the technology from Stark Enterprises. However, Ohnn continued his research under employ of the Kingpin. In an accident, Johnathon became attached to the portals and learned to control them, although he accidentally opened a portal which grew in size and threatened to engulf the entire Earth. He managed to close it with help from Spider-Man, at the cost of his own life. Despite the portal technology being seemingly lost, the Hobgoblin apparently still had access to it.The Hobgoblin struck up a deal with the Kingpin for the technology, although the crime lord became agitated at Hobgoblin's interference in his criminal activites and demanded that Norman Osborn reveal the identity of the goblin to him, threatening to harm his son Harry should he fail. The stress caused Norman to be driven insane and become the Green Goblin again, defeating the Hobgoblin. He also discovered Spider-Man's identity, and believed that Peter had got together with Mary Jane in order to hurt Harry, in an attempt to get at him. The goblin subsequently kidnapped Mary Jane and she was lost through an interdimensional portal, which the goblin was also sent through after Spider-Man defeated him. Peter was emotionally damaged due to the loss of Mary Jane, but sought distraction after the Black Cat came into his life, who wanted to become partners with Spider-Man in crime fighting.
Harry also discovered Peter's alter ego, and was soon haunted by images of his father, leading him into becoming the second Green Goblin. Harry was sent to Ravencroft for treatment after being defeated. Mary Jane also mysteriously returned to a delighted Peter.
Marriage and ultimate battle
Peter later discovered that his parents were spies for the American government, but were branded as traitors during World War II with Soviet Union against America. Peter also married Mary Jane (or at least a clone of the woman, unbeknownst to him until minutes before her death).
Madame Webb also revealed the ultimate battle she had been preparing him for - he'd been chosen by the Beyonder to prevent the creature from a parallel reality known as Spider-Carnage from destroying all of reality. A group of Spider-Men from other realities were also chosen, and they all worked together to defeat Spider-Carnage. Spider-Man used Uncle Ben who was still alive in one of the Spider-Men's realities to distract Spider-Carnage.
After, Madame Webb decided to help Spider-Man find the real Mary Jane.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
PowersSpider-Man possesses the proportionate powers of a spider, as a result from an irradiated spider bite experienced by Peter when he attended a science demonstration by Dr. Farley Stillwell. The bite initially caused Peter to feel ill, but he later discovered that he had been granted enhanced equilibrium, agility, strength, as well as the ability to scale surfaces such as walls, etc. Spider-Man also possesses an extrasensory "danger" or "spider" sense which warns him of potential immediate danger.
AbilitiesPeter Parker seemingly possesses a keen scientific mind, with a particular interest in radiation (a curiosity based on his spider powers). Peter is also a skilled photographer, and acrobat and combatant thanks to his spider powers.
Strength levelHaving been bitten by the radioactive spider, Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength, able to lift heavier objects than most human males of his height and build. This strength level is limited, with him apparently challenged when lifting vehicles such as a vauxwagon (although is able to lift a fire truck when bonded with the Venom symbiote).
Spider-Man's Spider-Sense is useless when faced with an enemy bonded with the Venom symbiote (specifically Eddie Brock), as the symbiote is immune to this having previously bonded with him.
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters: To tie in with his newly acquired spider powers, Peter created mechanical web-shooters for use when he became Spider-Man (on both television and as a crimefighter). The twin devices worn on his wrists are able to shoot strands of a special "web fluid" at high pressure. He is able to control the nature of this web fluid by varying pressure on the web shooters. Spider-Man carries web cartridges to reload, which he carries in a utility belt.
- Spider-Tracer: Spider-Man uses a device which he calls a "Spider-Tracer". He seemingly carries a number of miniature spider-themed emblems which he often secretly sticks to a villain to track them down later. If he successfully does this, his radar will show when the enemy (or in occasional circumstances, the ally) is close, and the direction in which they are situated.
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man's voice was provided by Christopher Daniel Barnes in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
- The protagonist of the series, and the only character to appear in every episode.
- Although many Marvel animated shows of the 1990s aired crossover episodes with others, the character of Spider-Man was "off-limits" to use by any other show, although Spider-Man did make a brief cameo appearance in an episode of X-Men: The Animated Series.
- Spider-Man's origin was not told in the first episode of the series, instead, an extensive scene detailing this aired in the episode "Make a Wish".
- Peter Parker is portrayed as being slightly older in the series than in most other media.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
- Armored Spider-Man reality
- Spider-Carnage reality
- Spider-Man with Dr Octopus' tentacles reality
- Six-armed Spider-Man reality
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- 6 Quotations by or about Peter Parker (Earth-92131)
- Character Gallery: Peter Parker (Earth-92131)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Peter Parker (Earth-92131)
- Characters killed by Spider-Man
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