Marvel character highlight #12: Spider-Man

Name: Peter Parker

Affil­i­a­tion: The Avengers, Future Foun­da­tion, Heroes For Hire, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, Super­hu­man Task Force (pro-registration super­heroes), Out­laws, New Fan­tas­tic Four, Secret Defend­ers, men­tor to Mis­fits, Fright­ful Four, Eddie Brock (Venom), Ben Reilly (Scar­let Spi­der), Hori­zon Labs, Daily Bugle, Daily Globe, Front Line, Tri­corp Research

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: A radioac­tive spi­der bite gave Parker the abil­i­ties of a com­mon house spi­der. With the arach­nid abil­i­ties, Parker has super­hu­man strength and agility as well as sec­ondary abil­i­ties that most com­mon spi­ders have. These include:

1. Wall-crawling

2. Mark of Kaine: He can burn or tear dis­tinc­tive scars in the faces of others.

3. Super­hu­man strength: Spider-Man can press lift approx­i­mately 10 tons. He can leap sev­eral sto­ries in a sin­gle bound and must con­trol his punches because a nor­mal thrown punch could pos­si­bly kill a human.

4. Super­hu­man speed

5. Super­hu­man sta­mina. He can also hold his breath much longer.

6. Super­hu­man dura­bil­ity: He is more resis­tant to some types of injury and can heal faster than nor­mal humans.

7. Super­hu­man agility, equi­lib­rium and reflexes: He has per­fect bal­ance and his reflexes are about 40 times greater than those of a nor­mal human.

8. For­eign chem­i­cal resistance:He has a higher tol­er­ance for drugs and dis­eases than nor­mal humans, and he can recover from the effects of larger doses rapidly.

9. Spider-Sense: Spider-Man pos­sesses an extrasen­sory “dan­ger” or “spi­der” sense,” which warns him of poten­tial imme­di­ate dan­ger, and links with his super­hu­man kines­thet­ics, enabling him to evade most injuries.

10. Radio fre­quency detec­tion: The spider-sense also enables him to track cer­tain radio frequencies.

Back­ground: Peter Parker was an aver­age stu­dent in For­est Hills, N.Y., an orphan liv­ing with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben Parker. Peter showed an early apti­tude for sci­ence but was bul­lied through­out his school years. Dur­ing a high school sci­ence trip to a lab­o­ra­tory, Peter was bit­ten by a radioac­tive spi­der, which trans­mit­ted its mutated venom to Peter through the bite. Peter then began devel­op­ing spider-like traits and super pow­ers. Parker, as Spider-Man, has bat­tled numer­ous foes within the Mar­vel uni­verse through­out his crime fight­ing career and nearly as many as his civil­ian alter ego. More recently, Peter has given up exis­tence of his secret iden­tity and life as he knew it through a deal with demon lord Mephisto to pro­tect his fam­ily and spare his loved ones from fur­ther pain.

Rela­tion­ships: Richard Parker (father, deceased); Mary Parker (mother, deceased); Ben­jamin Parker (uncle, deceased); May Parker (aunt); Will Fitz­patrick (grand­fa­ther, pre­sum­ably deceased); Jay Jame­son (step-uncle); John Jonah Jame­son (step-cousin); Ben Reilly (clone, deceased); Kaine (clone); Spi­der­cide (clone, allegedly deceased); Guardian (clone, deceased); Mary Jane Watson-Parker (ex-wife, ex-fiancée); May Parker (daugh­ter, allegedly deceased); Philip Wat­son (for­mer father-in-law); Made­line Wat­son (for­mer mother-in-law); Gayle Watson-Byrnes (for­mer sister-in-law); Venom Sym­biote (for­mer symbiote)

First Ver­sus game appear­ance: Mar­vel Super Heroes, 1995

Appear­ances in other media: Spider-Man (2002 film), Spider-Man 2 (2004 film), Spider-Man 3 (2007 film), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man (2012 film), Spider-Man (1967), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man (1977), Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Man and His Amaz­ing Friends (1981), Spider-Man (1994 ani­mated series), Spider-Man Unlim­ited (1999), Spider-Man: The New Ani­mated Series (2003), The Spec­tac­u­lar Spider-Man (2008), Ulti­mate Spider-Man (2012), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2010 Broad­way musi­cal), Spider-Man: From Beyond The Grave (1972 radio show), Spider-Man (1982 video game), Quest­probe: Spider-Man (1984), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man (1990 video game), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man vs. The King­pin (1990 video game), Spider-Man: The Video Game (1991), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man 2 (1992 video game), Spider-Man: Return of the Sin­is­ter Six (1992), Spider-Man/X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (1992 video game), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man 3: Inva­sion of the Spider-Slayers (1993 video game), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes (1994 video game), Spider-Man and Venom: Max­i­mum Car­nage (1994 video game), Venom/Spider-Man: Sep­a­ra­tion Anx­i­ety (1995 video game), Spider-Man Ani­mated Series (1995 video game), Spider-Man: Web of Fire (1996 video game), Mar­vel Super Heroes (1995), Spider-Man: The Sin­is­ter Six (1996 video game), Mar­vel vs. Street Fighter (1997), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com (1998), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2 (2000), Spider-Man 2: The Sin­is­ter Six (2001 video game), Spider-Man 2: Enter Elec­tro (2001 video game), Spider-Man (2002 video game), Spider-Man 2 (2004 video game), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance (2006), Spider-Man: Bat­tle for New York (2006 video game), Spider-Man 3 (2007 video game), Spider-Man: Friend or Foe (2007 video game), Spider-Man: Web of Shad­ows (2008 video game), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance 2 (2009), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (2010),Ultimate Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (2011), Spider-Man (2000 video game), Ulti­mate Spider-Man (2005 video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad (2009) , Mar­vel Super Hero Squad: The Infin­ity Gaunt­let (2010), Spider-Man: Shat­tered Dimen­sions (2010 video game) and Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online (2011), Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011 video game), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man (2012 video game)

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