Real Name: Peter Benjamin Parker
Occupation: College student with a chemistry major, freelance
photographer, costumed crime fighter
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other Aliases: Spidey, “Tiger” (Mary Jane’s pet name for him),
“web-head” (a common nickname used by friends and foes alike)
Place of Birth: New York City
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Ben Parker (uncle, deceased); May Parker (aunt),
parents (names unrevealed, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Reserve member of the X-Men
Base of Operations: New York City
First Post-Reboot Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 165 lbs
Uniform: Black shirt with a red-with-black-spider-web design on the chest and outside of arms, black pants, large black spider logo on
the chest, red full-face mask with white eyes and a black spiderweb design, red with black spider-web design gloves, red with black
spider-web design boots, red with black spider-web design belt.
Peter Parker was orphaned at a young age when his parents were killed in a terrorist bombing. He was then raised by his loving Aunt May and Uncle Ben in Queens, who raised him as they would have done had he been their own (see Parker, May; Deceased: Parker, Ben). A frail, studious youth with terrible nearsightedness, Peter was picked on and bullied nearly every day throughout middle school and high school, particularly by the school’s resident bully, Flash Thompson. His only friend during this period was Harry Osborn, who stood up to Flash and helped Peter gain a modicum of
Following his high school graduation, Peter was accepted into the undergraduate biochemistry program at Empire State University. While on a tour of the labs during his orientation, he was bitten by a genetically-engineered spider that had escaped from its cage. This spider was genetically unstable, and transferred some of its own DNA code into Peter’s bloodstream, in a manner not unlike that of a retrovirus used in gene therapy. The spider’s DNA combined with Peter’s, changing him on the genetic level. (Because Peter’s DNA was altered in this manner, he does not qualify as a “mutant.” Genetic scanners, such as those installed in the Sentinels, will show him as an anomaly outside the human norm, but not as a true mutant.) A side effect of the spider’s changes was the correction of his vision.
At first, Peter attempted to use his powers as an amateur wrestler in order to earn money to supplement his income at college. Tragedy struck one night, however, when a thief stole much of the earnings from the arena. Peter had the opportunity to stop the thief but did nothing as he felt the thief was beneath his notice. Less than an hour later, he learned that his Uncle Ben had been shot and killed by a carjacker. Trailing the police cars and landing on his uncle’s stolen car, he found himself face to face with the same thief he’d let go. At that moment, Peter realized that if he’d acted sooner, his uncle would still be alive. He left the thief unconscious, hanging by his webbing from a lamp post for the police to apprehend. Since that time, he has made it a point that no one else was going to die because of his failure to act
Known Superhuman Powers:
Because his body was mutated by the genetically-enhanced spider that bit him transferring some of its own DNA into his body, Spider-Man possesses a number of spider-related powers.
Spider-Man’s entire physiology was altered by the spider bite. His strength and agility are many times that of a normal person’s. His fingers and toes have tiny, microscopic claws which enable him to cling to most surfaces, and his leg muscles have been altered to enable him to leap tremendous distances. This enhanced musculature also gives him a perfect sense of balance.
Perhaps the most extensive change to Spider-Man’s physiology is his ability to shoot webbing from his wrists. This webbing is almost identical to the webs created by common household spiders, except that Spider-Man’s webbing is much stronger, proportional to that of a man-sized spider. He often travels quickly above the crowded streets of Manhattan by swinging on strands of webbing which attach themselves to lamp-posts and taller buildings. He also uses the webbing to bind criminals he catches in the act. The webbing tends to dissolve into a powder within two hours.
Spider-Man’s senses have been enhanced by the spider’s DNA merging with his own. Because of this, his reflexes are greatly enhanced. His senses are attuned in such a way that he is able to perceive bullets in flight, enabling him to dodge them if he is far enough away. He also has a type of danger sense, which he calls his “spider-sense”, which enables him to detect imminent danger; although the sense does not tell him the nature of the danger, he can tell the severity and immediacy of the danger by how strong the sensation is.
Peter Parker is a skilled chemist with a solid grounding in other physical sciences. He is also a skilled photographer.