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History

Overview

ESU

Empire State University (ESU) officially Empire State University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League, research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It is located near Washington Square Park.[citation needed] The school motto is Excelsior.[1]

Norman Osborn

Norman Osborn was a graduate of Empire State University gaining a science major, fifth year degree.[2] He studied chemistry and electrical engineering along with a number of courses in business administration.He befriended his teacher Professor Mendel Stromm. Working together they formed Osborn Chemical which later became known as Oscorp.[citation needed]

Emma Frost

In her early life before she joined the Hellfire Club, Emma Frost attended Empire State University and was there when an anti-mutant strike broke out.[3]

Empire State University from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3

Peter Parker's College Years

Peter Parker, Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy, and Flash Thompson were all accepted as students at ESU.[4] He and Harry became roommates. However while Peter was studying his Aunt May was in hospital and time as Spider-Man constantly distracted him, he did not give a good impression to the other students believing him to be a snob. But once the truth about Aunt May was revealed, he became fast friend with his classmates including those who went to Midtown High School. Peter and his friends would often hangout at the Coffee Bean.[5]

His time at ESU was more stressful then most he was forced to stop a student protest that nearly turned into a riot. This was arranged by the Kingpin so he could steal the Lifeline Tablet.[6] Harry became a drug addict forcing him to take down the dealers.[7] Professor Clifton Shallot became the new "Vulture" and forced an antidote down Spider-Man throat, but he was then jailed for murder.[8]

Edward Lansky, ESU's vice chancellor was secretly the Lightmaster. He hired the Tarantula to kidnap the chancellor. However they were stopped by discovered by Spider-Man and both were arrested.[9]

Dr. Miles Warren was a biochemistry professor at Empire State University,[4] as was Curt Connors (who seems to work sometimes at Empire State University and sometimes at Eastern State University).[10]

Peter Parker (Earth-616) from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 1 32

After his graduation Peter went on to continue with his post graduate studies.[11] but continued his studies as a grad student and TA [10]. He quit his graduate studies in [12], but returned to them but his time as Spider-Man took over and he never completed them.[13].

Mary Jane Watson eventually studied at ESU, taking psychology classes but dropped out to become a model.[citation needed]

Others

Other students included Chip Martinwho became the "Schizoid Man" [14] and Hector Ayala the "White Tiger".[citation needed]Brian Braddock was part of the study abroad program. By a strange twist of fate, he ended up rooming with Peter Parker at ESU. Parker also had a secret identity, namely Spider-Man, and after battling the assassin Arcade together, the two began meeting for nightly patrols and training; Peter quickly deduced that his English roommate was also the new English hero in town, but Brian remained unaware that Spider-Man was his roommate.[15] Brian began to drink heavily, and it affected his performance both as a student and as a hero, but soon stopped after inadvertently inflicting serious injuries on an opponent because he had fought them in an inebriated state. [16]

Candace Nelson, the sister of then New York City's District Attorney Franklin Nelson also attended ESU. Her discovery of Ted Sallis' research created a great deal of controversy. Matthew Murdock visited the ESU campus and met with Professor Charles Laine to gather information on the case.[17]

Johnny Storm the Human Torch attended ESU. During a battle between the Human Torch and Skrulls Lyja and Paibok, ESU was heavily damaged by the Human Torch's Nova Flare attack. Afterwards he was expelled.[18]

Mutant policy

Empire State University from Chamber Vol 1 3

Facing the increase of the mutant population and the problem of the "mutant question", ESU choose an actively opened integration for mutants, and nineteen evident Homo superior were accepted into the university, mostly of them rejoining the Students for Tolerance co-species organization.

The X-Man Chamber enrolled briefly at ESU in order to investigate about a bombing that killed six of them, all from the Students for Tolerance. The crime was solved, and proved to had been accidentally provocated by Alex, co-founder with his girlfriend Gigi Martin of Students for Tolerance, but also a mutant with seemingly same abilities as Jono. Gigi had herself tried to hide this fact, to prevent for ESU to close down the pro-mutants programs.

Chamber's findings resulted indeed in ESU closing their main mutant program, with the exception of Amber, a reptilian mutant student who assisted Chamber in his investigation, but create a new human/mutant student exchange program with the Xavier Institute. The first participant of this program was Walter, Chamber's paraplegic, human dorm-mate and former mutant-sceptic. Also, it is mentioned that Chamber lives in Brittany Hall, a real life residence hall at New York University.[19]

Peter Parker ("Otto Octavius")

When Otto Octavius took over Peter Parker's body he decided to improve his life and re-enrolled at ESU to get his "Peter's" doctorate.[20] It is there he met and fell for Anna Maria Marconi, who offered to tutor him much to his annoyance. [21]

Starbrand & Nightmask

Empire State University from Starbrand & Nightmask Vol 1 4 001
Starbrand & Nightmask Vol 1 2 Henderson Variant Textless

Nightmask and Starbrand both attended Empire State University.[22]

Squirrel Girl

Doreen Green also known as Squirrel Girl, enrolled at ESU. During her first day she encountered her new best friend and confidante, Nancy Whitehead, and her cat Mew.[23] Doreen soon developed a crush one of her her first few acquaintances at the ESU, Tomas Lara-Perez,[24] who would later be revealed as the super hero Chipmunk Hunk, with similar powers to Squirrel Girl's, and become one of Doreen's friends.[25]

Points of Interest

Residents

Alternate Realities

Earth-751263

The Empire State University is mentioned in One is The Lonliest Number by Peter Parker when he learns from the Venom Symbiote that it was separated from Eddie Brock by Dr. Borowski, a Beastial ESU teacher who taught Naoko Yamada-Jones in her M.D. studies.

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

On Earth-199999; Benny Pollack wore an Empire State University T-shirt while robbing a bank with a Chitauri Gun.[26]

Spider-Man Movie Universe (Earth-96283)

On Earth-96283; Peter Parker attended Columbia University instead of ESU.[27] Later Robbie Robertson declared that the "Empire State Photography Department" confirms that Eddie Brock's picture of Spider-Man robbing a bank in the black suit were a fake.[28]

The Spectacular Spider-Man TV Series Universe (Earth-26496)

On Earth-26496; Dr. Curt Connors and his wife Dr. Martha Connors lead the biology lab at ESU. During a field trip a young student Peter Parker was bitten by one of their Radioactive spiders. He had secretly recovered and he along with Gwen Stacy were offered internships at the labs.[29] An electrician named Max Dillon was electrocuted and became Electro.[30] Curt used the serum to regrow his arm but became the "Lizard" instead.[29] When the alien symbiote is found on Colonel. John Jameson Shuttle it is taken to the ESU Labs to be studied by Curt Connors. The pair is ecstatic about the discovery and gives new hope to their lives and career. But after the robbery in which it gets attached to Spider-Man, they are distraught over the loss. Later the science department gains Dr. Miles Warren as a new member as Norman Osborn funds the research. Dr. Warren has been conducting mutagenic experiments on human test subjects; he threatens to inform the school board only for Dr. Warren to blackmail him with his own lizard experiments. Later after all their trouble's and losses Curt and Martha decide to leave with Billy for the Florida, everglades to escape Warren's blackmail.

Amazing Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Earth-TRN579)

Empire State University from Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions 001

On Earth-TRN579, Mysterio broke into Empire State University and attempted to steal the Tablet of Order and Chaos. He was caught by Spider-Man, who broke the Tablet during the scuffle. Here, Madame Web told him the fragments had scattered across their reality, Earth-TRN580, and Earth-TRN581. She recruited the Spider-Men of said realities to find the fragments.

When NYPD officers came to investigate the break in, Mysterio returned and attempted to kill the two officers. He stopped as his cosmic awareness powers kicked in and he learned of the Spider-Men, teleporting away.[31]


Notes


Trivia

  • This fictional university was created by Stan Lee, because he was afraid if he enrolled Peter in a university existing in real life, the title would lose readers.


See Also


Links and References

  • None.

Footnotes

  1. Chamber #3
  2. Civil War Files #1
  3. Emma Frost #13-#18
  4. 4.0 4.1 Amazing Spider-Man #31
  5. Amazing Spider-Man #53
  6. Amazing Spider-Man #68
  7. Amazing Spider-Man #96-98
  8. Amazing Spider-Man #127
  9. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1
  10. 10.0 10.1 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #32
  11. Amazing Spider-Man #185
  12. Amazing Spider-Man #243
  13. Amazing Spider-Man #310
  14. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #36
  15. Marvel Team-Up #65-66
  16. Excalibur #53
  17. Daredevil #113
  18. Fantastic Four #371
  19. Chamber #1-#4
  20. Superior Spider-Man #4
  21. Superior Spider-Man #5
  22. Starbrand & Nightmask #1-6
  23. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
  24. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2
  25. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6
  26. Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
  27. Spider-Man 2 (film)
  28. Spider-Man 3 (film)
  29. 29.0 29.1 The Spectacular Spider-Man (Animated Series) Season 1 1
  30. The Spectacular Spider-Man (Animated Series) Season 1 2
  31. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
  32. Marvel Team-Up #3

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