Spider-Man always held a special place in all of our hearts. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man made his debut in August 1962 in Amazing Fantasy #15 and now he is among the most loved superheroes. Even if you are not a fan of superhero movies or comics, you still know about how Spidey got his powers. And that says a lot about his popularity. Spider-Man is undoubtedly one of the most popular superheroes in the world. Though most of us grew up watching him on the television, that’s just a very little part of his very interesting story. He has a huge background story that most of us know nothing about. So, here are the top ten facts about Spider-Man that you might don’t know.
1. Spider-Man Has Been Rebooted
Spider-Man has been rebooted as a man named Miles Morales who was a thief. He broke into the now-abandoned Oscorp and stole a spider, two months before Peter’s death and Norman Osborne’s arrest. Young Miles gets bit by the spider and manifest similar powers as the original Spider-Man. The biggest difference between their powers was that Miles used to shoot venom blasts instead of Peter’s web blasts. He did clean up his act and protected the city afterwards. He earned the mantle of Spider-Man after helping the Avengers defeat Electro.
2. Spider-Man’s creation
Our friendly neighborhood superhero was actually supposed to be a fly. After his creation of the Fantastic Four in 1961, Lee wanted to create a superhero who could stick to vertical surfaces like a fly or an insect. Lee came up with the idea after he saw a fly flew in crawling up the wall in the Marvel’s office. The best part was the name, Stick-to-wall Man. He considered others name like Insect-Man, Fly-Man, and Mosquito-Man. And at last, Lee came up with Spider-Man. Though when he presented the idea to then Marvel’s head, Martin Goodman, Goodman disapproved of the idea. Because of how people used to hate spiders. And the rest is history.
3. The Secrets Of His Parents
This has been the biggest secret for most of us who haven’s read the comics. what happened to Richard and Mary Parker? why did they leave young Peter in the hand of his grandparents? It was revealed in the comics that Spider-Man’s parents were actually spies who worked with the agency S.H.I.E.L.D. They were fighting against the dangerous group led by Red Skull. It was Red Skull who sabotaged their plane. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were also involved with rescuing Wolverine. In 1997, writer Roger Stern revealed the untold story of Richard and Mary. Which revealed a lot of things about Richard and Mary Parker.
4 . Teaming Up With The Others
Though we have seen Spider-Man more as a solo fighter, he has teamed up with many other superheroes many times. There was a time when he went blind and asked Daredevil for help. He even shared a good rapport with Loki and Deadpool. In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, he fought Superman and later teamed up with him to beat the combined powers of Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus. Once he even teamed up with Batman to beat and took on a Carnage and Joker team-up. He took on Silver Samurai by teaming up with with the original 1970s cast of Saturday Night Live.
He often used team up with other superheroes for extra cash. He demanded to be a part of the Fantastic Four until he found out they were non-profit and then he jumped out. Later after the death Human Torch, he did join the revamped Fantastic Foundation. He worked with the X-Men, had an on-off relationship with the Avengers.
5. Lady’s Man
Now we might have only seen the phase when Peter Parker was quite a nerd and socially awkward. But in the comics, after Peter got his powers, he had a major boost of confidence and becomes really famous especially among ladies. Peter’s first love actually was Betty Brant. That relationship didn’t work out after Betty’s brother was murdered in a fight between Spidey and Dr. Octopus. After that Parker fell in love with Gwen Stacy. Now we all know about the tragic death of Gwen Stacy. There was also a girl named Liz Allen, his high school sweetheart. He dated Felicia Hardy aka the Black Cat for a while. He had an on-off relationship with MJ and later married the redheaded Mary Jane Watson. Apart from these ladies he also dated Debra Whitman and Marcy Kane. His roommate’s sister, Cissy Ironwood and Carlie Cooper, Kitty Pryde. Girls surely don’t hate all kinds of spiders.
6. Spider-Man has Radioactive Sperm
This is probably the weirdest fact about our childhood hero, Spider-Man. In 2006’s Reign storyline it is explained how Spidey is the reason for MJ’s death. The storyline is set in an alternate reality 30-years in the future, where Spidey has aged and retired and now working as a florist. He once again decides to protect the city after New York falls prey to corruption while Mary Jane has passed away from cancer. The writers then reveal how did MJ get cancer. It was Spider-Man’s sperm which is radioactive. They even went ahead and explained in-depth how Peter’s sperm was like a spider which crawled up inside her body and laid a thousand eggs of cancer. Well, at least Gwen Stacey got knocked up by Norman Osborn.
7. The Iron Spider
During the events of Civil War, the billionaire superhero Tony Stark made Spider-Man a new suit which was called the Iron Spider. This suit was built to be faster and stronger, and it came with three fully functioning spider legs which popped out of the back of the uniform on command. The spider arms could be used as functioning arms and had cameras on the ends of the legs, they were articulated so that they could be used as grippers. At first, Peter had trouble with the uniform. He only uses the suit when Nick Fury gives him permission or in an emergency.
8. Four identities
After Peter was framed for the murder of Norman Osborne, he had to operate as four different people. Two of them, Ricochet and Dusk, pretended to be criminals and the other two were Hornet and Prodigy who acted as heroes. They all had their own weapons and abilities. As Spider-Man was being hunted by the police, Peter used Ricochet and Dusk to search for the person who set him up in the underground supervillain community. While Hornet and Prodigy protected the city. After he fought and exposed his enemies by using all four of his identities and was ready to use his own identity again. His other four identities were used for other characters at times.
9. Saved By The Spider-Man
Spider-Man is the first teenager superhero who wasn’t cast as a sidekick. Which obviously had its own perks. Given the fact that Spidey has a bad history with his own radioactive bodily fluids, he won’t be the first guy who will come to one’s mind for teaching kids about unprotected sex. But when Planned Parenthood joined hands with Marvel in 1976 to create a PSA, they chose Spider-Man as the message bearer. In the storyline of The Amazing Spider-Man vs the Prodigy, our favorite superhero fights an evil alien who misleading earth’s teens about the repercussions of sex so he can steal their babies. Thankfully Spider-Man comes to rescue and gives tips on how not to get pregnant.
10. Spider-Man, Almost The TV star
In the original storyline of Spider-Man, our neighbourhood superhero wanted to test himself to see how powerful he was and to earn some extra cash. So he participated in the wrestling match and defeated the famed wrestler Crusher Hogan. During the match, he was spotted by a producer who convinced him to act on television. Peter then rebuilt his suit and created the web slingers. But shortly after this Uncle Ben was shot and Spider-Man started to look for the killer and eventually caught him. After this event, he decided to be a superhero.