I've been me my whole life, and I've had these powers for 6 months; I read books, I build computers, and yeah I would love to play football. But I couldn't then so I shouldn't now."
"Sure. 'Cause you're different."
"Exactly. But I can't tell anybody that, so I'm not.
Peter Parker was bitten by a genetically-altered spider, receiving spider-like abilities as a result. Parker chose to fight crime in the streets of New York as the masked superhero known as Spider-Man. Believing that in order to maintain a low profile and keep his identity a secret, Parker decided to maintain his normal and unassuming lifestyle, refusing to join the football team or do anything he would not have done before. He uses his powers to stop small crimes and to save people in Queens in order to do his part.
That's uh, that's all on YouTube though, right? I mean that's where you found it. 'Cause you know that's all fake. It's all done on a computer.
Since starting his superhero career as Spider-Man, Parker's actions as Spider-Man have gotten the attention of several news organizations. Witnesses have filmed amateur videos of several of his feats such as stopping and subduing a thief swiftly, and stopping a speeding car from hitting a bus, and have posted said footage to numerous video hosting websites such as YouTube.
His activities also caught the attention of several reporters interested in superheroes.
Recruited by Tony Stark
So, you're the Spiderling? Crime-Fighting-Spider? Spider-Boy?"
Peter arrived home from Midtown School of Science and Technology when upon entering his apartment and greeting his aunt May, he mentions that there was a "crazy" car parked outside. Then he noticed that they had a famous visitor: Tony Stark. Parker was caught off-guard and speechless upon meeting his biggest idol and was confused when Stark told his aunt that Stark Industries planned to give Parker a sizable grant that Stark manages for gifted students (claiming that Parker had signed up for it), which was actually a pretense for Stark to meet Parker.
When he realized this, he played along, making up that he had planned to surprise his Aunt May with it, and led Stark to his room where they could talk in private. Parker was shocked and tried to act nonchalant when Stark showed him footage of the rumored "Spider-Man" that was said to be active in New York City for several months. His videos showed a figure in red and blue clothing apprehending criminals and stopping speeding cars with his bare hands. Stark jokingly wondered if that figure was not Parker, to which he reacted with very clumsy excuses that Stark did not buy.
Parker claimed that the video must be fake and that it was somehow made on a computer. Parker's cover blew completely when Stark instantly discovered the secret hiding place of the makeshift outfit that Parker used as his costume. Parker had no other choice than to confess that he was indeed Spider-Man and has been for about six months. Stark jokingly ridiculed Parker for his cheap costume, but was impressed by, and complimented his self-made Web-Shooters. Landing mainly on the remarkable tensile strength of the synthetic webbing that Parker created, Stark quickly recognized himself in Parker because of his affinity towards science and even more so, when Parker mentioned a tragic event in his past that lead to him taking on a responsibility that most people could not take.
He decided to take the boy under his wing and invited him to come to Germany with him, to which Parker replied that he couldn't because he had homework to do. Stark said that the mission could be dangerous and then jokingly threatened to tell his aunt May that he was Spider-Man to coerce Parker to come with him. While Stark led himself towards the door, Parker over-reacted for a moment and webbed his hand next to the door knob. He finally realized that he should take this offer, and left with Stark after freeing his hand from the door awkwardly.
Nice job, kid."
"Thanks! Well, I could've stuck the landing a little better, it's just this new suit--it's nothing. Mr. Stark, it's perfect, thank you."
"Yeah, we don't really need to start a conversation.
At Iron Man's command, Spider-Man, in an improved suit, revealed himself during the Clash of the Avengers and stole Captain America's Shield with his webbing, before getting distracted at seeing his heroes, the Avengers, and calling Captain America his hero, much to Iron Man's annoyance. Iron Man and Captain America continued to argue about the Sokovia Accords while Spider-Man looked on while awaiting his next orders.
Spider-Man was surprised by Ant-Man at first, who managed to sneak atop the shield and strike Spider-Man in order to return the shield to Captain America. As the former teammates began to fight each other, Spider-Man asked Iron Man what to do. He told Spider-Man to keep his distance and web Captain America and his companions up, as Stark did not want to hurt any of them.
He then followed Falcon and Winter Soldier. Spider-Man chased Falcon and Winter Soldier in the airport terminal building by crawling along the outside windows. He then smashed through the glass panel and, with one kick, Spider-Man smashed Falcon to the ground and then turned his attention to Winter Soldier. While stopping a punch from Winter Soldier, Spider-Man became distracted and amused by his metal arm.
During a quick battle with Falcon, he webbed him to some hand railings in the terminal building but again became distracted, this time by Falcon's wings asking him if they were made from carbon fiber. Soon after, Winter Soldier tried to intervene but Spider-Man was able to web him and Falcon up. However, the hero was soon snatched away by Redwing. Afterward, he rejoined his fellow teammates and he fought with Captain America, who both had a mutual respect towards each other, and managed to give him a good fight but eventually lost.
Captain America forced him to hold up a platform, to which he was impressed by Spider-Man's strength; he then casually asked Spider-Man where he was from before escaping. During the battle, War Machine was thrown through the air by a giant Ant-Man and was about to smash into an aircraft parked outside the airport, but fortunately, Spider-Man saved him by firing a web line at War Machine and pulling him away from the aircraft just in the nick of time.
At the end of the battle, Spider-Man, inspired by the movie The Empire Strikes Back, came up with a strategy to defeat Ant-Man. He webbed up his knees so that Ant-Man lost his stand, and then let Iron Man and War Machine hit him against the helmet with full speed. Ant-Man fell over, hitting Parker, making him fly into a pile of wooden boxes; knocking him unconscious for a short while.
After the battle, Iron Man quickly checked to see if he was alright and told the exhausted Parker that he was done and should go home threatening to call his aunt May if he did not. Feeling that he had disappointed Stark, Parker desperately tried to convince Iron Man that he could still keep fighting, but soon reluctantly agreed whilst Iron Man flew away, claiming "Yeah, I'm done".
Well, I hope you got a few good licks in."
"Yeah, I got quite a few in actually. His friend was huge, like huge!
Later, Parker returned home to his apartment in Queens, resting on his bed. May took care of his blackened eye. When she asked Parker who injured him, he told her about a Brooklyn man named "Steve" and his huge friend. When she had exited the room, Parker inspected his new web-shooters which had been upgraded by Tony Stark. A red beam suddenly emitted from the one on his right wrist, projecting the Spider-Signal onto the ceiling, much to Peter's surprise and delight.
Guys, look. I'd love to keep this up, but I've only got one job here today and I gotta impress Mr. Stark. So I'm really sorry.
Outside of his Spider-Man alter ego, Parker lives the life of a normal 15-year-old high school student. He cares deeply for his Aunt May. He is a very intelligent science enthusiast, capable of inventing and building his own web-shooters. He gathers both science and comic books in his room, along with his Spider-Man costume, which he hides in a tiny room above the ceiling.
Parker is a friendly but shy and awkward individual; he is happy to talk but often stumbles on his own words in a conversation. As opposed to Iron Man or Captain America, Parker makes it a point to keep his identity secret since if such knowledge was made public his aunt would be worried sick and he would have major trouble with the law on the grounds of vigilantism. He even confronted Tony Stark when Stark implied to tell his aunt his identity.
Parker is also highly impressionable towards figures of authority, likely due to his young age and inexperience. An example of this was towards Captain America, when asked about why he was fighting, Parker stated that it was because Stark had said that Rogers was in the wrong. Parker was also very excited to be in a fight with other superheroes, to the point where people on both Captain America's and Iron Man's teams were asking how old he is, due to his childlike behavior during the airport battle. As such, he was also the least experienced fighter at the airport battle.
A neophyte to being a superhero, Parker idolizes Iron Man and sees him as a role model. Through his first official mission as Spider-Man, Parker showed a strong desire to impress the other superheroes and prove his worth, especially towards Iron Man. As Spider-Man, Parker is courageous and capable, being able to come up with clever strategies due to his scientific expertise. He frequently annoys his enemies with fast-talking humor and quipping, prompting members of both Captain America's faction and Iron Man's faction to ask how old he was during the Clash of the Avengers.
...when whatever happened happened; it's like my senses have been dialed to eleven...
- Spider Physiology: Peter Parker, after being bitten by a genetically-altered spider, received several spider-like abilities.
- Superhuman Strength: Possessing the proportional strength of a spider (greater than that of both Captain America and the Winter Soldier), Spider-Man is able to press lift several tons. Although he is relatively untrained, his strength alone is sufficient to casually overpower the likes of Winter Soldier and his cybernetic arm. He has been seen stopping and lifting cars moving at speeds of 40 mph, and even supported the weight of a jet bridge, though the last visibly strained him.
- Superhuman Durability: As a result of his unique abilities, Spider-Man possesses denser bones and muscle tissue that allows him to survive great impacts, as he was unaffected when falling from the height of several stories. He has taken punches from the super soldiers Captain America and Winter Soldier, without any serious injuries. Additionally, Spider-Man was unfazed when hit by Falcon's Redwing at full force, managed to shrug off a blow from Captain America's Shield, and was able to endure the impact of falling from several stories. After all of it, Peter only had a black eye.
- Superhuman Speed: Spider-Man can move at speeds greater than that of an ordinary human, making him adept at dodging. During the Avengers Civil War, Spider-Man was able to outrun the likes of Black Widow. Moreover, he successfully evaded attacks from Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and Scarlet Witch.
- Superhuman Agility: Spider-Man is exceptionally agile and fast, capable of swinging around on thin spider-webbing and jumping great distances without difficulty. He also had no difficulty dodging the many cars and rocks that Scarlet Witch telekinetically hurled at him.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Spider-Man possesses greatly enhanced reflexes that allow him to catch objects moving at high speeds without looking. Hence, he casually caught the Winter Soldier's bionic arm before it could even touch him.
- Superhuman Senses: Spider-Man's senses are greatly enhanced, as he describes them as being "dialed to eleven".
- Superhuman Balance: Spider-Man's sense of balance is superhuman, giving him perfect equilibrium, coordination, dexterity, and agility, allowing him to perform inhuman feats of acrobatic and gymnastic ability.
- Superhuman Sight: Spider-Man's sense of sight is superhuman, as he was forced to restrict his eyesight with dark goggles to avoid it from handicapping him in a battle.
- Spider-Sense: Spider-Man's most noteworthy trait is his paranormal survival instincts, which warn him of impending danger moments before it arrives. He displayed this ability when he detected Bucky throwing an object at him and he was able to not only dodge it but sent it back to Bucky. However, Spider-Man appears to be untrained in effectively using it. While he was able to detect Ant-Man hiding on Captain America's shield, it was only seconds before the latter had stolen it. Likewise, Spider-Man was unable to react in time to the striking speed of Falcon's Redwing.
- Wall-Crawling: Spider-Man is able to adhere to walls, ceilings, and other surfaces like a spider, stating that he doesn't use mechanical devices for this.
- Gifted Intelligence: Peter Parker is an exceptionally smart science enthusiast, with aptitudes in chemistry, physics, and engineering. He was capable of inventing a highly advanced chemical compound into a webbing-like material and constructed his own web-shooters (the sophistication of which impressed even Tony Stark). As Spider-Man, he can also very quickly come up with witty and incredibly annoying quips, much to his allies and opponents' irritation.
- Tactician: What Parker lacks in experience, he makes up for his knowledge in science. Parker was able to utilize the laws of physics to his advantage in battle. This was seen when he devised a strategy to defeat a gigantic Ant-Man, by webbing the latter's legs together, after which Iron Man and War Machine knocked the latter down.
- Combatant: Spider-Man's style of combat is somewhat instinctive and improvised. It emphasizes the use of his superhuman strength, speed, agility, and web-shooters. He uses quick, powerful attacks and agile movements while firing his spiderwebs to immobilize his enemies. However, he does not seem to be skilled in martial arts and often gets distracted while in combat. Additionally, due to his lack of experience in actual hand-to-hand combat, Spider-Man repeatedly asked Iron Man for instructions during the fight at the airport. As a result, Spider-Man was able to temporarily hold his own against the more experienced Captain America, though Rogers was ultimately able to gain the upper hand by forcing Spider-Man to hold up a jet bridge.
- Master Acrobat: Thanks to his superhuman agility, Spider-Man can perform complicated acrobatic moves. Hence, he was able to accurately shoot a string of webbing at Captain America's Shield and catch it while jumping in the air, and land over a vehicle.
- Spider-Man Suit: Parker originally wore a handmade suit while operating on the streets of New York. Nothing more than red and blue spandex and a pair of goggles, this suit was created with the intention to help Peter to conceal his identity, and keep his superhuman senses in check. Peter would later use an upgraded and more refined suit, which is designed by Tony Stark to be capable of better focusing his superhuman senses. This suit also comes with moving eyepieces which are similar to camera shutters.
- Utility Belt: This belt, complete with extra pouches, was seen on the outside of the spider suit. It, most likely, contains spare web fluid cartridges or other useful equipment for Spider-Man.
- 蛛网喷射器：A pair of wrist-mounted mechanical devices used by Spider-Man to project synthetic webbing. Parker invented the first pair while Tony Stark created a new and improved pair to go along with his new suit. Though, this new pair supplied by Stark merely involved technological improvements and a few new features while the webbing itself Stark did not attempt to replace.
- Synthetic Webbing: Created by Peter Parker himself, this web-like substance is meant to emulate the silk created by the common spider. This synthetic spider silk is used by Peter to help swing around New York City, bind and tie up enemies, steal weapons, and other useful applications. Spider-Man combines this synthetic web with agile movements to dodge enemy attacks and often targets the enemies' arms and legs to break their balance and immobilize them. The chemical compound was so durable that both Captain America and Winter Soldier had trouble breaking it, despite their enhanced strength.
- Spider-Signal: A red light emitted from Spider-Man's web-shooters, which Tony Stark added much to Peter's surprise and delight.
- Peter Parker listens to Alt-J. It marks the first live-action inacrantion that Spider-Man is listening to a pop hard rock band.
- Spider-Man appears as a playable character in the non-canon video game Lego Marvel's Avengers. He is unlocked by downloading The Spider-Man Character Pack and appears in four variations: Spider-Man, Spider-Man (Civil War), Peter Parker and Iron Spider.
Behind the Scenes
- Tom Holland made audition tapes together with Jon Bernthal while filming Pilgrimage, both landing their roles of Peter Parker and Frank Castle respectively.
- Tom Holland learned that he had been cast as Spider-Man on Instagram: "I was actually having a really bad day, and I found out on Instagram. I was in my bed, I was scrolling through Instagram, and Marvel had posted a photo of Spider-Man. It said, 'Go to our website, and find out who it is'. I opened the screen, and then it said my name, and I went nuts."
- During his audition, Tom Holland mentioned that Robert Downey, Jr. gave him advice, saying "Listen, I remember my screen test for Iron Man. I remember how terrified I was. Just think of it as an audition. It's nothing too scary. If you get it wrong, we'll just start again. No pressure.".
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