Peter Parker, who adopts the secret identity as the original Spider-Man, is one of the major playable protagonists in Marvel's Spider-Man series. Peter gained his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider at the age of fifteen. Employing a secret identity, he settled on using his newfound abilities and designing his own web gadgets to protect the citizens of New York City as the first wall-crawling masked vigilante. Eight years into his superhero career, Peter has become an experienced and masterful crime fighter, but struggles to balance his superhero and personal lives.
He is the main playable character and protagonist of the first game, where he was initially started out as a twenty-three-year-old research assistant of his mentor, the respected scientist Dr. Otto Octavius. Spider-Man is aided in his crime-fighting by intrepid Daily Bugle reporter Mary Jane Watson, his ex-girlfriend, and NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe. In his civilian life, Peter is supported by his Aunt May. Later, Peter becomes the mentor to Miles Morales, a second Spider-Man.
- 1 History
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 In other media
- 4 Original appearance
- 5 Behind the scenes
- 6 Citations
- 7 References
Peter was born around the year 1995, to government agents Richard and Mary Parker, in Forest Hills, New York. Following the death of his parents, Peter was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in Queens. While in middle school, Peter became best friends with Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn, forming a friendship that would last into his adulthood. Peter also developed an interest in science at a young age, and he grew up idolizing the acclaimed scientist Dr. Otto Octavius.
At fifteen years old, while attending a science demonstration, Peter was bitten by a radiation-infused spider, which altered his physiology and granted him several abilities, such as enhanced strength, agility, speed, as well as a "spider-sense" that alerted him to any danger. Peter fashioned a rudimentary costume for himself out of a shirt, pants and a mask, engineered his own homemade web fluid and web-shooters, and began wrestling for money under the moniker "The Spider". At some point after this, Peter allowed a mugger to run past him without using his abilities to stop the mugger, deciding it was "not [his] problem". The criminal would go on to shoot and kill Uncle Ben, who died in his arms. Knowing that he could have prevented Ben's death had he stopped the mugger when presented with the opportunity, Peter blamed himself for the incident. Though this was traumatizing and heartbreaking, Peter carried on and began using his powers to help the people of New York, taking the lesson his Uncle Ben once taught him, that "With great power comes great responsibility", to heart.
Resolving to use his powers for good, Peter designed a new suit for himself, one with a red and blue pattern and web designs, and began calling himself "Spider-Man". As New York's newest hero, he helped to stop petty crimes across the city and gained a reputation for either being a menacing vigilante or a savior to the people. Peter also took up photography in his free time, eventually landing a job as a freelance photographer with the Daily Bugle assigned to take pictures of Spider-Man in action. While the job brought in money, his pictures were often used in J. Jonah Jameson's smear campaign against the web-head. Peter quit his job at the Bugle after Jameson used Peter's photos to blame Spider-Man for a killing spree perpetrated by Electro, unable to stomach working there after being branded as a murderer. He still remembers his time there fondly, though, and the feeling is mutual if the Bugle's farewell card is any indication. Over the following eight years, Peter protected New York under his costumed alias. During this time, he had several encounters with super-criminals Electro (his first genuinely super-powered foe), Vulture, Rhino, and Scorpion, all of which abused their powers for selfish purposes. He encountered Herman Schultz (aka the Shocker) early into his career, describing his first encounter with Shocker as when "[Spider-Man] was young and stupid" and Shocker "just stupid". He managed to defeat them all and lock them up in the secure superhuman prison, the Raft. Other villains that Peter encountered included the Sandman, the Lizard, Swarm, and Mysterio. Due to his unsystematic approach to crime-fighting as a neophyte, Peter left several of his backpacks webbed to walls around the city at various points throughout his war on crime.
Peter also established a long-standing rivalry with Wilson Fisk, who ruled New York crime and, unbeknownst to Peter, a selection of the police force, as "The Kingpin". At some point, Peter learned the Kingpin's true identity, and the two had at least one physical encounter during the first eight years of Peter's career. Peter also developed an alliance with NYPD captain Yuri Watanabe; however, she remained unaware of his true identity.
In his personal life, Peter's Aunt May joined the organization F.E.A.S.T. run by Martin Li, whom Peter knew well by eight years into his career. He also entered into a relationship with Mary Jane, an aspiring reporter, who became Peter's confidant. They had a stable relationship and even planned on moving together for a while, but they broke up due to Peter's constant concern for Mary Jane's safety due to the dangers of her career as an investigative reporter. While the relationship had ended by the time Parker entered his eighth year of crime-fighting, Mary Jane was still on good terms with him.
Most notably, after finishing high school, Peter attended Empire State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biophysics. His thesis of neurotechnology earned Peter a job as a research lab assistant with Otto at Octavius Industries. At some point, Peter attended the Oscorp Science Center with Otto to find materials used for their prosthetic projects, where he had indirectly met Miles Morales and his best friend Phin Mason (who would later become the Tinkerer) while looking at some of the exhibitions. Peter explored the exhibit before needing to leave for Spider-Man duty, or, as he claimed it to be, some "personal issues".
Having become used to the ins and outs of the superhero world, Peter had no problem regularly taking down thieves and the occasional supervillains. His conflict with Wilson Fisk reached a tipping point after the NYPD obtained enough evidence to serve a warrant for Wilson Fisk's arrest, Peter made his way to Fisk Tower to help the police raid the building. Fighting his way through Fisk's men, Spider-Man manages to take Fisk down and end his reign as the Kingpin, sending him to prison. During "My OTHER Other Job", in his personal life, Peter was late for work helping Dr. Octavius demonstrate his advanced prosthetic limbs for his government financiers, who are left concerned by the demonstration's failure. In Something Old, Something New, Octavius discovered his damaged Spider-Man suit, but pretending that he thought Peter was Spider-Man's partner, helped him design and craft a new suit.
In "Don't Touch the Art", Peter encountered his ex-girlfriend, Mary Jane, investigating an auction of Fisk's goods which is then attacked by a new, supernaturally-powered gang called the Inner Demons. With Spider-Man, she learned that the Demons are seeking something called Devil's Breath. After this, in "Wheels within Wheels", Spider-Man was able to stop a Demon attack with the aid of Officer Jefferson Davis. Davis was lauded for his heroism at a re-election event for Mayor Norman Osborn, attended by Peter and Mary Jane in "And the Award Goes to...". The Demons then attack, killing Davis and many attendees. Peter witnessed their leader, Martin Li, transforming into an inverted form dubbed Mister Negative, but was knocked unconscious before he could intervene. Following the attack, Peter befriended Officer Davis's son, Miles Morales, over their loss, and convinced him to volunteer at F.E.A.S.T.
Peter and Otto continued their research in "Day to Remember", but Osborn withdrew government funding in an attempt to force Otto to work for Oscorp. This leads to Peter being unable to pay for rent and ultimately evicted from his apartment in Home Sweet Home. Meanwhile, in "Spider-Hack", Spider-Man's search for Li uncovered that Devil's Breath was a lethal and virulent bioweapon inadvertently created by Oscorp while developing a cure for genetic diseases at Osborn's behest. In "The One That Got Away", Li located and steals the only sample of Devil's Breath and threatens to release it unless Osborn surrenders to him. Li is foiled by Spider-Man and Mary Jane, Devil's Breath is secured, and Li is incarcerated at the nearby maximum-security prison, the Raft. Unfortunately, Spider-Man's relationship with Mary Jane is further strained, leading to her considering ending their friendship, much to Peter's frustration.
In the meantime, Otto obsessed over creating enhanced limbs that exceed the limitations of the human body and work in conjunction with a neural interface, revealing to Peter that he was suffering from a neuromuscular disease that would inevitably immobilize him, and that enhanced limbs would allow him to continue his work when his body fails. Peter warned Otto that the interface could impact his mind and personality. Otto continued its use in secret, overcome with anger at Osborn.
In "Out of the Frying Pan...", Spider-Man was drawn to the Raft by a prison break. He learned that some of his greatest enemies — Li, Electro, Vulture, Rhino, and Scorpion — had escaped. They managed to subdue Spider-Man after a hard fight and presented him to Otto, now calling himself Doctor Octopus. Otto warned the beaten Spider-Man to not interfere, before retaking the Devil's Breath and releasing it in Times Square, causing a mass outbreak; Peter's Aunt May is among those infected. New York descended into chaos while Doctor Octopus and his subordinates attacked Osborn's properties. Osborn declared martial law and blamed Spider-Man for the incident, branding him a fugitive.
In "Picking up the Trail" and "Heavy Hitter", Spider-Man gradually took back the city, defeating Electro, Vulture, Rhino, and Scorpion. In "The Heart of the Matter", Spider-Man, having learned from Mary Jane (who he made amends with after helping saving May and MIles from a fire at F.E.A.S.T) that an antidote to Devil's Breath existed and was possessed by Martin Li, defeated Li and recovered the antidote. However, Doctor Octopus arrived, easily defeating Spider-Man, and escaped with both it and Osborn. Wounded, Peter built himself an armored suit on Mary Jane's advice and confronted Doctor Octopus atop Oscorp Tower in "Pax in Bello", saving Osborn from falling to his death. Otto revealed that he has known Peter's secret identity and the two battled, after which Spider-Man recovered the antidote and defeated Doctor Octopus, tearfully telling the doctor that he was everything Peter wanted to be and was heartbroken by the doctor's descent.
Peter brought the antiserum to Dr. Morgan Michaels, who informed him that while the sample was viable, the dose was only enough for one use, and he would need the entire sample to make enough for others. Knowing that May's condition had progressed too far for her to wait, Peter was faced with either saving May or saving everyone. As he prepared to save May, she revealed that she knew he was Spider-Man and that was proud of him. Ultimately, Peter was forced to let May die, collapsing to his knees and sobbing as she flat-lined.
Three months later, New York has returned to normal and Peter and Mary Jane rekindled their relationship. Miles, who was bitten earlier by an experimental Oscorp spider, revealed to Peter that he had gained spider-like powers, prompting Peter to reveal his own secret.
The City That Never Sleeps
One night, Mary Jane calls Peter, telling him that she received reports that apparently someone is trying to break into the MMoCA museum after the "Maria", a famous painting that was owned by one of the leaders of the Maggia, and who is known to have been stolen many times through its history. Arriving at the place, Peter discovers that some goons sent by his old foe Hammerhead are the ones trying to steal the painting. After defeating all of the henchmen, Spider-Man found himself closing in on Felicia Hardy, or Black Cat, his ex-girlfriend, who appeared to be stealing various data drives throughout the city for Maggia mobster Hammerhead. Peter eventually tracked her down and as he confronted her, Felicia told him that Hammerhead was using her son to blackmail her into working for him. Believing her son may be his, Peter convinced her into letting him help, asking that she stall Hammerhead while they look for her son. She claimed that Hammerhead had a massive vault which is where her son would likely be. Spider-Man located the vault and teamed up with Black Cat to take out Hammerhead's men guarding the area. As more Maggia goons arrived, Black Cat made her way to the vault while Spider-Man dealt with them. He then entered the vault to discover that Black Cat had tricked him into helping her rob Hammerhead's main vault and that she never had a son. As Black Cat retreated to her hideout, Spider-Man learned that Hammerhead had rigged it to explode as revenge. Despite his earnest attempts to save her, Black Cat was seemingly killed in the explosion.
Spider-Man assisted Yuri Watanabe, and her team attacked Hammerhead and his gang's base of operations. This resulted in the deaths of many of her officers, with Yuri only surviving because of Spider-Man's intervention. Spider-Man destroyed several of Hammerhead's "businesses" and weapons caches as he tracked him down, learning that he had illegally acquired numerous Sable International weapons and tech and planned to kill the other Maggia dons on live television to gain respect and fear. He found Hammerhead on a construction site and confronted him. However, a vengeful Yuri appeared during the fight and immobilized Spider-Man before proceeding to shoot Hammerhead dead. Unbeknownst to them, he was artificially resurrected by one of his men while his bodybag was being transported to a morgue.
Learning that Hammerhead was still alive and has gone into hiding, Spider-Man formed an alliance with Silver Sable, who had returned to New York to reclaim her stolen Sable International tech. After saving one of her agents named David Obademi from some Maggia operatives, he worked with Sable to interrogate Hammerhead's top henchman Tony, who revealed that Hammerhead planned to meet Silver Sable on the rooftop of the Colexco building. This led to an ambush that resulted in Hammerhead nearly killing Spider-Man before Black Cat appeared and saved him; in the ensuing chaos, Hammerhead ran off with Silver Sable. Spider-Man eventually tracked her down to Hammerhead's underground hideout and rescued her. With Sable, he then lured Hammerhead to a Sable International boat where they defeated him.
During a fight against the Tarantula who was robbing a bank in the Financial District, Peter was approached by the Otto Octavius of the Prime Marvel Universe, who in his home reality also sported the moniker of Spider-Man. Octavius requested Peter's presence in a new Superior Spider-Army being reassembled to defeat the returned Inheritors. Before accepting Octavius' solicitation, Peter asked his help to capture Tarantula. Following the villain's defeat, both arachnid heroes shared a moment of familiarity, which stemmed from Peter's admiration for the version of Octavius from his world, and at Octavius' request, Peter showed him footage of his counterpart. Before departing from his home reality, Peter visited both Miles and MJ. Octavius suggested recruiting Miles as well, but Peter opposed the idea, arguing that Miles was too young to come along, and that in case he didn't come back, his world would still have a Spider-Man.
They both have gone to recruit the Spider-Man of Earth-51778, but having to take down a Giant-Monster using the Sword Vigor. Later, all the Superior Spider-Army was assembled. Ben Reilly, a clone from Earth-616's Spider-Man, revealed himself to to them offered his help since he created the cloning technology of New U, the tech used by the Inheritors to make their return. When the Miles Morales of a dead (later revived) universe contacted Otto saying they would attack the Inheritors, who were planing revive Solus, their father, using the New U Tech, right at the Transamerica Pyramid, where New U once operated. Peter and other Spiders rescued their comrades, eventually ending up in another world.
Peter interacted with Miles Morales and a Mary Jane from another universe who married with her Peter Parker, who suggested to not let his Mary Jane go in case she is anything like his Mary Jane. They were approached by Spider-Punk who brought them back to their base. In there, Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Nor-Man, an alternate version of Norman Osborn, had a discussion since he was questioning Otto's leadership and criticizing the Spiders for putting their hopes on a Deus Ex Machina. Because of this, both he and Spiders-Man separated of the team and he declared he would think in a plan, but he was actually going to destroy the Web of Life and Destiny, stopping the travel between dimensions.
Ben Reilly decided to offer himself to the Inheritors, since the one who would consume him would be Jennix, the "scientist" of the family, who would absorb his knowledge, and because of the many times he died and was resurrected, it would destroy his maniacal mind. Otto would pretend he double crossed Ben and give him to the Inheritors to leave his world alone. The plan have seemed to work but Otto couldn't leave in time because Peter followed them and believed all the plan was true. Upon Ben being consumed, they attacked Peter and Otto, who apologized for not being the man Peter thought he was, but that perhaps he could something close. Peter said he couldn't control Otto actions, only what he do, which fight the Inheritors. When Solus, now revived, was about to consume them, Miles Morales, now with the power of the Captain Universe, stopped him and they begun to fight. During the final battle between the Inheritors and spiders, many Spider-People from across the Multiverse to help them, including Earth-616's Peter Parker, who ordered the Spider-People to follow Otto's lead, which meant Miles kill Solus, something he did with the Sword Vigor. Upon realizing Solus planted the hunger in his sons, they used the cloning technology to create baby bodies to them and free them from their hunger. The plan worked and Peter returned to his universe, saying to Otto that unlike his Otto, in the end, he did the right thing and that the guy Peter thought he was, he could actually be him if he tries, and told him to take care.
a year later following his battle with Doctor Octavius, Peter was training with Miles, who had since become an active Spider-Man himself. They were unofficially going to oversee a convoy transporting several Raft prisoners, including an unknown superpowered one, Peter met Miles atop a tower where they were to help escort Rhino to the raft. After failing to keep Rhino secured, Peter chased Rhino around New York before Rhino eventually beat Peter until he was incapacitated. Miles then discovered he had additional bioelectricity powers and used them to defeat Rhino. After Peter was helped to his feet, Simon Krieger, CEO of Roxxon, arrived with his team to take Rhino into custody and thank them.
After the battle, the two grabbed a pizza on a nearby rooftop and discussed Miles' newfound powers. Miles wished to test his new powers, but Peter told him he was set to leave New York to travel to Symkaria with Mary Jane. Peter gave Miles encouragement and made him take a "Spider-Man oath", then leaving behind a suit as a Christmas present as well as several hologram training stations around the city.
After hearing about the Braithwaite Bridge explosion following "Time to Rally", Peter called Miles to tell him he was looking at flights to New York, though Miles responded that he could handle it. Peter trusted Miles and stayed in Symkaria until the end of the trip, lamenting the fact that are over "seven different words for bathroom" in Symkaria after Miles encouraged him to learn their native language.
Four weeks after the fall of Roxxon and Underground, thanks to Aaron Davis's testimony, Peter have return to New York. Peter is proud of Miles for finally learn about what it means to be a Spider-Man. After the epilogue, Peter told Miles he was not going to swing directly behind him anymore, trusting him on his own. Peter also told Miles that he and MJ bought and moved into Aunt May's old home in Queens, with Peter taking time away from Spider-Man duty to make home renovations and find a new job. Miles suggested Peter becoming a teacher at ESU, which he considered.
Peter is of slightly above-average height, with a lean but muscular build, weighing 167 lbs. and standing 5'10" in height. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Peter is often seen wearing plaid or flannel shirts.
As Spider-Man, Peter wears a skin-tight body suit, which both conceals his identity and provides additional protection. While he can choose one of several suits, they are all spider-themed, and generally have a red, black, and blue color palette with white teardrop shaped eyepieces.
Peter lives his life by the creed "With great power, there must also come great responsibility." As such, he always tries using his powers for the greater good, sacrificing his mental and physical health, his personal life, and relationships for the citizens of New York and the world at large. He is nonetheless viewed with suspicion by the authorities, who often do not see eye to eye with him on his vigilantism. Spider-Man's morality frequently puts him at odds with other super-powered beings, who usually abuse their abilities for selfish purposes. As Peter Parker, he manifests the "everyman" persona, sharing the common struggles of everyday life such as maintaining rent, relationships, and jobs. Although an adult, Peter still retains fragments of his awkward, geeky persona from his adolescent years as a social outcast, shown by how he repeatedly stumbles over his own words, especially when interacting with women.
One of Spider-Man's foremost traits is his sense of humor, which he often uses as a defense mechanism in dangerous situations. This also has the functional tendency to agitate his opponents, which therefore makes them more susceptible to attack and oblivious to their impending demise. His wisecracking nature can cause him to appear unprofessional or childish, with his humor also extending itself to his allies as he often inadvertently provokes annoyance or irritation in them, to the point that even the stern and collected Captain Watanabe remarks that she barely "tolerates" him.
Whilst maintaining an upbeat attitude in the face of adversity, Peter never adopts an arrogant or callous attitude, with him humbly considering himself to just be "a guy from Queens", and is exceedingly compassionate, loyal, and faithful to those close to him. He caringly plans a spontaneous party at F.E.A.S.T. in dedication to his Aunt May's selfless work, telling her that he wishes there were more people like her in the world. He also chooses to continue working beside Dr. Octavius over Oscorp, sincerely conveying to the latter his firm belief in their inspiring work, despite not being paid anymore. Furthermore, Peter can be overprotective towards his loved ones, having lost his parents at a young age, as well as losing his Uncle Ben due to his own frivolous choices. He is perfectly prepared to put Mary Jane's best interests first, by constantly worrying about her safety, perhaps to a fault, which ultimately led to their breakup six months prior.
The driving force behind Spider-Man's heroics is his indomitable will. No matter how insurmountable the odds or how potent the opponents, it always pushes him far beyond his own recognizable limits. For instance, he manages to break free from Mister Negative's corruption via his own strength of character. His strength of mind enables him to eventually come to terms with the senseless death of his Aunt May, with Peter having fully adjusted to normal life several months later. This trait stems from the immense guilt he harbors for his role in Uncle Ben's death, which forced Peter to accept the correlating responsibility that comes along with his powers.
Powers and abilities
After getting bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter attained the proportionate powers and capabilities of a spider, altering his physiology and consequently granting him superpowers and newfound heightened senses. In addition to gaining the ability to effortlessly cling to walls and a sixth sense ("spider-sense") that alerts him to immediate danger, Peter acquired considerable superhuman strength, thereby enabling him to accomplish spectacular feats using his raw strength, such as lifting a portion of concrete roof to save civilians trapped underneath. It is stated that Spider-Man can lift up to 10 tons.
Peter's anatomy is significantly more resilient and durable compared to a normal human, allowing him to withstand vigorous amounts of impact and endure collisions that would otherwise pulverize an average human. His speed, agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to high levels beyond the peak of human potential, with his connective tissues twice as elastic than the average human, which, combined with his great strength, allows him to jump great distances and heights and perform graceful acrobatic maneuvers with no difficulty whatsoever.
Spider-Man's enhanced physiology also grants him a limited but advanced healing factor. He has been shown to be able to quickly recover from fourteen broken bones, and has survived being slashed open by a katana in the past. Furthermore, his vision has been amplified to superhuman levels thanks to his healing factor, leading him to relinquish the use of his spectacles a long time ago. His field of vision has been augmented with impeccable clarity and infallible detail, enabling him to effectively exploit the full extent of his web-shooters to be a proficient marksman as well as notice things other people fail to observe.
Academically brilliant, Peter has expertise in the fields of applied science, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, mathematics, and mechanics. He is a talented and prolific engineer, having designed and created his first web shooters at the mere age of fifteen. Peter won the Fisk Science Prize as a sophomore, and later gained a Bachelor of Science degree in biophysics, with his A-graded thesis of neurotechnology earning him a job as a research assistant at Octavius Industries – which he chose over the mega-corporation Oscorp. Peter is also a formidable and proficient hacker, notable for his impressive skills in intelligence gathering and data interpretation, being able to pick up on patterns others do not notice.
Due to years of extensive experience and brawling, Spider-Man is a highly accomplished and versatile hand-to-hand combatant. He is a master of several martial arts as well as numerous professional wrestling moves, with the latter most likely deriving from his early days as a professional wrestler during his first public display of power. Many specific lucha libre maneuvers have been noted in his fights, such as dropsaults, headscissors takedowns, reverse frankensteiners, and the famous hurricanrana. Spider-Man's fighting also incorporates and takes full advantage of his proper use of physical forces, momentum, and leverage, with the hero staying low and mobile while utilizing the momentum of frequent spins to come crashing down on to his opponents. Peter states that he is largely self-taught, having learned many of his fighting techniques from watching movies.
Spider-Man's arsenal primarily consists of a wide array of web-based gadgets that complement his powers. Most notably, he makes use of mechanical web-shooters to help navigate and trap his enemies. Over the course of the main story, Peter constructs several more web gadgets to use in combat – namely the Impact Web, the Spider-Drone, the Electric Web, the Web Bomb, the Trip Mine, the Concussive Blast, and the Suspension Matrix. The gadgets have unique features and abilities, allowing them to be used in combinations with one another. In addition to aiding Spider-Man in fights, the Electric Web gadget can also be used to power certain electronic conduits.
While still in high school, Peter's aptitude in science helped him to discover a way to track his villains using a device of his own making called the Spider-Tracer. A Spider-Tracer is a tiny electronic device that is programmed to emit a radio signal. His spider-sense is capable of picking up frequencies emitted by the Spider-Tracer and let it guide him to his object of interest. Peter also makes use of several Spider-Bot gadgets that he has developed. These small surveillance devices are capable of sending him transmitted recorded images and information through the lenses in his mask, and can be used to crawl in spaces Peter can't and emit harmless subsonic or EMP blasts.
With his talents, Peter also sews his own costumes to conceal his identity, designing technologically advanced armored suits equipped with built-in headsets, earpieces, cameras, and radio systems. His primary costume is called the Advanced Suit, which he crafts after his original suit becomes damaged early in the story. Each color on the outfit has a different function. The blue material is the most flexible and is where Spider-Man requires the most flexibility, such as his limbs. Red is flexible but thicker for protection from minor scuffs and scrapes, and the white parts are similar to carbon fiber and offer the most protection. Peter also builds an armored version of the Advanced Suit, dubbed the Anti-Ock Suit, in order to counter the mechanical appendages of Doctor Octopus.
In other media
The official prequel novel Marvel's Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover sees Spider-Man discover a new criminal named Blood Spider (Michael Bingham) who is impersonating him. Blood Spider, who does not care about saving lives and only wants to get blood on his hands, turns much of the city against Spider-Man. Luckily, Spider-Man manages to expose him and sends him to the Raft. Hostile Takeover also depicts the rivalry between Spider-Man and the Kingpin before the events of the game.
This version of Spider-Man makes an appearance in the Spider-Geddon comic book storyline. The story of Spider-Geddon takes place after the events of the game and begins on Earth-1048 (the game's designated Earth) as Spider-Man is listening to J. Jonah Jameson's podcast. Spider-Man is contacted by Mary Jane Watson who states that a criminal is tearing up a bank in the Financial District and has a spider symbol on him. He arrives at the Financial District where he discovers that Tarantula is responsible. During the battle, Spider-Man is visited by Superior Spider-Man of Earth-616 who joins the battle. After some difficulty, he and Superior Spider-Man manage to defeat Tarantula.
After Solus dismisses Superior Spider-Man upon bringing Ben Reilly to him, Spider-Man of Earth-1048 is revealed to have secretly followed Superior Spider-Man and thinks that he has betrayed him. As Spider-Man of Earth-1048 learns that tricking Jennix into feeding on Ben Reilly was part of Superior Spider-Man's plans, they are attacked by the Inheritors.
Spider-Man is featured in the six-issue comic book miniseries Marvel's Spider-Man: City at War, which follows the events of the game while introducing some new events. A second miniseries, Marvel's Spider-Man: Velocity, continues on from the events of City at War, and details Spider-Man's encounter with the supervillain Swarm. The character is also featured in Marvel's Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes, a five-issue limited series inspired by the events of The City That Never Sleeps.
Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 on August 10, 1962.
Due to his popularity and high sales, he was later featured in a series, The Amazing Spider-Man, in 1963.
Behind the scenes
Yuri Lowenthal is the voice and motion-capture actor for Peter/Spider-Man in the game. Originally, John Bubniak provided the likeness for the character model of Peter Parker in the PlayStation 4 version, prior to being replaced by Ben Jordan as of the PlayStation 5 remaster. Insomniac Games explained that the change was made in order to get a better match for Yuri Lowenthal's facial capture, and to "bring the best performances to players" with next-generation games.However, the change received backlash from the fans and critics, and Bubniak's face of Peter Parker is still visibly seen in some middles of remastered first game's credits.
In early 2015, Lowenthal gained the role after some initial pushback within Insomniac Games due to him voicing one of the main playable characters for Insomniac's most recently released game at the time, Sunset Overdrive. Ultimately, the game's lead writer Jon Paquette convinced the studio to cast him in the role due to his trust in Lowenthal's acting ability. Lowenthal worked with two stunt people throughout the game's development. He tried to differentiate between his voices for Peter Parker and Spider-Man but thought that they could not be totally different and, as a result, spent a large amount of time "finessing and massaging" his performance to achieve a balance.
Insomniac Games' portrayal of Peter Parker has received a widely positive reception from fans and critics. Jonathon Dornbush of IGN praised the focus on Peter Parker and highlighted voice actor Yuri Lowenthal of having "an emotional honesty" in this version of Spider-Man that made it one of his favorite portrayals of the character. Similarly, Josh Harmon of EGM praised the game's characterization and understanding of Spider-Man and heroes in general, which he felt was handled better than how other comic adaptations handle their protagonists. Dom Nero of Esquire described the character as one of the best versions of Spider-Man he has seen and enjoyed the way that Insomniac depicted Spider-Man's morality and handled his transition into adulthood.
Spider-Man was named the fan-favorite video game character at the inaugural Gamers' Choice Awards in 2018. The character was ranked as the number one character within the game by WhatCulture.com.
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- Video games
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- Liss, David (2018). Marvel's Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover. Titan Books. ISBN 1785659758. Archived from the original on October 1, 2020.
- Leo Vader (April 4, 2018). Exclusive Interview With The Man Playing Spider-Man. Game Informer. Archived from the original on September 14, 2018.
- Tanner Dedmon (August 23, 2018). Spider-Man's Fighting Style Broken Down in New Video. ComicBook.com. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019.
- John Saavedra (September 11, 2018). Spider-Man PS4: New Spidey Costume Explained. Den of Geek. Archived from the original on October 4, 2018.
- Colin Stevens (17 December, 2018). Spider-Man PS4 Gets His Own Marvel Comic. IGN. Archived from the original on March 24, 2019.
- Jonathon Dornbush (April 4, 2018). Marvel's Spider-Man Gameplay, Story Details Revealed. IGN. Archived from the original on March 10, 2019.
- Josh Harmon (September 4, 2018). Marvel’s Spider-Man review. EGMNOW. Archived from the original on March 10, 2019.
- Dom Nero (September 4, 2018). 'Marvel's Spider-Man' Is Wholesome and Good—And the Best Version of the Superhero We've Seen. Esquire. Archived from the original on March 10, 2019.
- 2018 Gamers' Choice Awards. Gamers' Choice Awards. Archived from the original on October 29, 2019.
- George Marston (May 14, 2019). SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY Continues Sony Game Continuity. Newsarama. Archived from the original on July 4, 2019.
- Spider-Man PS4: Ranking Every Character From Worst To Best. WhatCulture.com. Archived from the original on March 10, 2019.
- James Stevenson (September 30, 2020). Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered detailed. PlayStation Blog. Archived from the original on October 1, 2020.