- ... For the first time on my life, I don't feel like a failure. I feel like me!
- -- Doctor Octopus src
When Otto was in college, he met and became friends with Norman Osborn, where they became known as the "O's". Together, they shared the vision of "changing the world", so they decided to start a business. They decided to add the word "Corp" to their nickname, thus creating the name for Oscorp, which Otto claimed was a "catchy name". However, soon Norman's selfish and greedy personality started to surface, with him only caring about financial gain, while Otto still wanted to use Oscorp's resources to help people. This created a rift between the two friends, destroying their relationship over time.
Over the years, Norman became more and more obsessed with genetics, starting projects that Otto considered unethical and dangerous. During one of these experiments, the young Martin Li was used as a test subject, being injected with a prototype serum that would be called GR-27. The experiment failed; Li gained volatile negative powers and accidentally killed his own parents in the process. After this incident, Otto decided to leave Oscorp, with the condition he would get his own settlement, that he later named Octavius Industries. Unfortunately, the money didn't last very long, prompting Otto to rely on financing from Oscorp. Some time later, Otto discovered he was suffering from a "Degenerative Neurological Disorder", probably caused by reckless exposure to chemicals in his youth. This took its toll on him, and he now feared becoming disabled.
Meeting Peter Parker
Otto soon met the brilliant young boy Peter Parker, a student at Empire State University. Otto became an idol to Peter, being everything the he wanted to be. Otto saw his potential genius mind and invited him to work together at Octavius Industries, an offer Peter immediately accepted. Together, they started working on neural-controlled prosthetics. Unfortunately for Otto, Oscorp stopped financing his experiments as they were considered unsuccessful, with Norman taking all of his projects back to Oscorp without Otto's consent. This enraged Otto and made him feel like a failure.
The appearance of the Demons and the Devil's Breath
Otto watched when Martin Li, now a well known philanthropist and secretly the leader of The Demons, decided to take his own revenge against Norman, by acquiring the GR-27 (now known as Devil's Breath) which was still in development by Oscorp. Li aimed to release the chemical on the city through airborne dispersal, killing thousands and framing Oscorp, decreasing people's trust in Norman and the company. Fortunately, the plan was stopped by Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson. Li was arrested and incarcerated in the famous high security prison, the Raft.
Sinister Six and becoming Doctor Octopus
Inspired by Li's attempts at revenge, Otto, now obsessed with his grudge against Osborn, rushed with his project of neural prosthetics, looking to create something to use in his own plan. He planned a way bigger attempt on Norman, wanting to assemble his own team to terrorize the city. Secretly from Peter, he formulated a plan to free the most feared supervillains locked in the Raft: Electro, The Vulture, Rhino, Scorpion and Mister Negative, all to join him in his Sinister Six, giving each member promises of freedom and their own advanced suits (save for Mister Negative). The other part of his plan was to acquire the Devil's Breath and finally release it, ensuring complete chaos.
Blinded by hatred and revenge, he ignored some safety measures while advancing the neural interface (already created by Peter) for his prosthetic limbs (now four tentacles coming out his back), making his own mind and mood unstable in the process. When he was ready he finally put his plan in practice, stealing the Devil's Breath and releasing it in Times Square, keeping the anti-serum that was recently created by Dr. Morgan Michaels with himself. He also caused a massive leak on Ryker's Island and the Raft, releasing the villains and assembling for the first time the Sinister Six. Trying to contain the leak, Spider-Man took a ride to the Raft on Yuri Watanabe's police helicopter, but was defeated, with Otto using this as a warning for him to "stay out of our way."
Defeated by Spider-Man
After partially recovering from the Raft battle, Spider-Man went on a quest to defeat one by one the members of the Sinister Six that were destroying the city. He also returned to Octavius Industries, using the lab to create a new reinforced suit to battle Otto.
Doctor Octopus now had kidnapped Norman, humbling him on the top of the Oscorp Tower, wanting Norman to admit he stole his ideas, and telling him to confess all of his crimes to the world. After a brief conversation, he tossed Norman off the building, just for Spider-Man to catch him in time. Spider-Man fought against Otto, who revealed that he knew Peter was Spider-Man all along. They kept fighting until Peter managed to deactivate the neural interface on his back. Accepting his defeat, Otto stated how Peter was like a son to him, and how they could have built a future together, trying to appeal to Peter's emotional side. Peter, now with the anti-serum for the Devil's Breath in hands, said farewell to Otto, who was then arrested and locked in the Raft along with the other members of the Sinister Six.
Degenerative Neurological Disorder: Otto is suffering from a degenerative disease, that will eventually make him disabled within one year.
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