There is no doubt that Spider-Man may be the face of the Marvel Universe. What's not to love about him? It's true that he may be one of the more relatable and sympathetic characters in the Marvel Universe. Now, don't get me wrong, Miles Morales will probably prove to be just as great of a Spider-Man as Peter Parker is, but right now, most people associate Spider-Man with Peter Parker because he's been under the Spider-Man mantle ever since his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15. But let's look under the mask and see who the real Peter Parker is.
When we first see Peter Parker, he is a high school student and a science genius, but he is frequently bullied by several students in the school, most notably by a student named Eugene "Flash" Thompson. He lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in Queens, New York.
This all turns around when during a field trip, he is bitten by a radioactive spider. This grants him the proportionate strength and agility of a spider. This also gives him the ability to crawl on walls and ceilings. Using his scientific ability, he manages to craft himself dual "web-shooters."
After seeing a newspaper ad for a wrestling competition where a contestant would have to last three minutes with a professional wrestler, he dons the mantle of "Spider-Man." After defeating the wrestler, Peter is approached by a television studio executive seeking to give Spider-Man appearances on television. Donning the red-and-blue costume for his television appearances, Spider-Man subsequently becomes a television star. This goes on for a while until one day, when Spider-Man refuses to subdue a thief for the reason that "it isn't his responsibility to do that." Spider-Man would soon forget about the incident and resume his appearances on television.
Soon, Peter would go home late one night to find his Uncle Ben dead. When he found out that the police had the perpetrator cornered in a warehouse, Peter decided to go after the killer and take his vengeance. After subduing the killer, Spider-Man would find out that the killer was the same thief he refused to stop earlier. This made Peter realize the consequences of his actions, and so he decided that he would go on to become a superhero, saying that "with great power, comes great responsibility."
However, due to his being a superhero, he had to spend less time with his loved ones. His grades also began to decline. Peter realizes that becoming a superhero was indeed, a huge responsibility.
Seeking to help his widowed Aunt May out with finances, Peter takes a job at a New York newspaper, the Daily Bugle, as a photographer that takes pictures of Spider-Man. He soon finds out that the editor of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, wants to make Spider-Man as infamous as possible. Unknown to Jameson, Peter Parker and Spider-Man were one in the same person. Peter soon becomes close friends with some of his coworkers, such as Betty Brant and Robbie Robertson, who both try (and frequently fail) to convince Jameson of Spider-Man's good nature.
It was during this time that Spider-Man would face his most recognizable foes, such as Electro, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman and more.
Peter soon enrolled at Empire State University, and would meet people such as Harry Osborn, Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. Peter also became good friends with his high school bully, Flash Thompson, who was drafted into the military. Peter begins to date Gwen Stacy, and Mary Jane begins to date Harry.
The Green Goblin, one of Spider-Man's most formidable foes, devised a plot to find out the secret identity of Spider-Man. He soon captures the hero and after Spider-Man breaks free when Green Goblin reveals himself as Norman Osborn, a battle ensues between them. This ends with Norman Osborn suffering a blow to the head which would make him forget about his supervillain identity.
After some battles with other supervillains such as the Rhino and Shocker, Peter Parker contemplated his identity as a superhero, and after deciding that he was better off as a normal person, Peter gave up the costume and stopped being a superhero altogether. When Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin abducts J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker decides that he must be a hero and save everyone, no matter what. As a result, Spider-Man returns and defeats the Kingpin.
A while after that, Doctor Octopus broke free from prison and hijacked a plane, but was stopped by Spider-Man. The next day, Doc Ock decides to retaliate against Spider-Man for foiling his plan, and so they take their fight to a rooftop. The police arrive, with Gwen's father, Captain George Stacy leading the charge. However, the battle between Spider-Man and Doc Ock results in a lot of damage to the building, and piles of debris fall. Because of the falling debris, Captain Stacy is killed, and citizens blame Spider-Man for his death. This results in many other superheroes fighting against Spider-Man, thinking that he was the one who killed Captain Stacy, but Spider-Man manages to convince them that he wasn't the one responsible for his death. Peter manages to convince Gwen Stacy to stay in New York when she decides to move to London, mainly because of her father's death.
Some time after that, Harry begins to become addicted to LSD, and suffers an overdose. This drives Norman Osborn to regain his memory of being the Green Goblin, and with this memory, also comes the knowledge of Spider-Man's true identity. The Green Goblin then kidnaps Gwen Stacy, and challenges Spider-Man to a battle at the Brooklyn Bridge. By the end of this battle, the Green Goblin threw Gwen down from the top of the bridge to kill her. In reaction to this, Spider-Man tries to save Gwen by catching her with a web, but this results with Gwen snapping her neck, killing her. Spider-Man was immediately consumed with rage because of this, and soon decided to avenge Gwen by killing the Green Goblin. Spider-Man tracks the Green Goblin to his lair, and a battle ensues, ending with the Green Goblin getting impaled by his own glider.
Spider-Man was again blamed for the death of Gwen Stacy, and faced other heroes like Luke Cage and The Punisher, but then he proves his innocence and finds allies in both those heroes.
The death of Gwen Stacy took a toll on Peter, but Mary Jane was there to console Peter. They soon started dating and became one of the biggest (one-sided) power couples in comics.
After these events, Spider-Man adopts the black symbiote costume, but this ends up with the symbiote costume's true nature to surface, and in addition, in Peter's sense of morality fading and in the surfacing of Peter's more negative feelings. Spider-Man decides to give up the black costume in a bell tower, since the symbiote costume's main weakness is loud noise. Spider-Man returns back to his normal costume, but the symbiote costume is soon taken by the down-on-his-luck journalist Eddie Brock, and as a result, Venom is born. Spider-Man has frequent battles with Venom in subsequent times.
Harry takes up the mantle of the Green Goblin after learning what had happened to his father, and kidnaps Flash Thompson, Mary Jane, and May Parker, but Spider-Man stops him and has him sent to prison.
When the events of Civil War happen, Spider-Man sides with the Superhero Registration Act. This was the time when Spider-Man had the Iron Spider-Man uniform, given to him by Tony Stark, who was also pro-registration. After revealing his identity on live television, Spider-Man contemplates what side he is really fighting for, and decides to defer to the other side of the battle, the anti-registration side, with heroes like Captain America, Luke Cage and the Punisher.
Prior to the events of Civil War, Peter proposes to Mary Jane and they get married. The events of Civil War then brought forth problems in terms of Peter Parker's secret identity, because he unmasked himself in front of live television, with millions of people watching. When the events of One More Day occur, it is revealed that Aunt May is dying, and Peter tries several ways to keep her alive, such as requesting financial assistance from Tony Stark, and asking Doctor Strange to heal Aunt May, but to no avail. On his way to the hospital to be with Aunt May in her final moments, a little girl appears and tells Peter that Aunt May can live. The girl leads him to a group of men, with one woman wearing red standing in the middle. She transforms into the demon Mephisto and he offers Peter a chance to help Aunt May be healthy again. However, the payment Mephisto requests is not the soul of Peter Parker, but rather his marriage with Mary Jane. After confiding with Mary Jane about the decision, they soon decide that he should accept the deal. The terms of the deal would be for the knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity to be erased from people's minds, and for Aunt May's health to be fully restored. Mary Jane also asks for something from Mephisto, to which he accepts, although not much is known about her request, other than it would "give Peter a chance at happiness." Mephisto reveals that the little girl who appeared earlier was the same girl who would have been Peter and Mary Jane's daughter, but because of the deal, she would never exist. Aunt May's health is fully restored, Spider-Man's identity is erased from public knowledge but, Peter and Mary Jane's marriage is also erased.
The writers soon rebooted the Spider-Man storyline after One More Day received overwhelmingly negative reviews, but not before letting Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man switch minds. (What????)
Spider-Man's history is complicated, at best, but what else can you get from a character that proved to be one of the most emotional heroes in the Marvel Universe?
Spider-Man has enhanced strength and agility, as a result of that spider bite. He can carry very heavy objects, and one comic has shown Spider-Man to be able to lift a city bus. Spider-Man can also jump very long distances due to his enhanced strength and agility.
Also with his intelligence, Spider-Man was able to create web shooters that fire supercompressed web fluid from small canisters. These enable Spider-Man to swing around the streets of New York with ease, as well as entangle his enemies in webs.
Spider-Man has appeared in several forms of media, like film, television, theater and videogames.
Spider-Man has his own broadway play, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, directed by Julie Taymor, and with music and lyrics by U2's Bono and the Edge.
Spider-Man has appeared in many videogames, such as Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Enter Electro, Web of Shadows, Shattered Dimensions, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance to name a few.
Spider-Man has also appeared in several television shows, mainly animated series like Spider-Man (1967), Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994), Spectacular Spider-Man (2008), and Ultimate Spider-Man (2012). He also had live-action series such as Spidey Super Stories (1970), and The Amazing Spider-Man (1977).
Spider-Man has been featured in several films. He was portrayed by Tobey Maguire in the Sam Raimi trilogy from 2002-2007. He was also portrayed by Andrew Garfield in the Marc Webb films from 2012-2014. He is expected to appear in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409)(2016), and will have a film reboot in 2017. He is to be portrayed by 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland.