Spider-Man: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Peter Parker (2023)

At this point in comic book history there’s little we don’t know about Spider-Man. After two origin films and more than six decades worth of material on the wall-crawler, it’s safe to say that most people in the world have an encyclopedic knowledge of Spider-Man.

But the same thing can’t be said for the man underneath the webbed suit: Peter Parker. Though we all know Peter started out as a nerdy genius with a dead uncle that teaches him about great power and great responsibility, what else do we really know about the Midtown Science High School student? As it turns out, not a lot. And what we do know is sometimes a misconception, as varying movie and comic storylines have skewed our perception of one of the most famously infamous superhero alter-egos of all time.

Here’s 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Parker.

12. Peter's Parents Were CIA Agents

Up until 1968 there was no mention of what had happened to Peter’s parents, Richard and Mary Parker, or who his parents even were to begin with. Having lived with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben since the debut of the first Spider-Man comic, no one was that interested in Peter’s parents and the occasional photograph or flashback was all anyone saw of them.

That is until The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, when it was revealed that Peter’s parents were both CIA agents that were sent on a secret mission and killed in a plane crash. It added intrigue and mystery to the origin of Peter Parker, and eventually tied into the larger Marvel Universe; a story-point that some fans see as novel and some see as the cheapening of Peter’s seemingly ordinary high-schooler persona.

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11. The Red Skull Was Responsible for His Parents’ Deaths

As Spider-Man writers churned through stories of the web-head, fans became equally engaged in the life of Peter Parker and had a thirst for more stories regarding his past. These fan desires were met when it was revealed that Parker’s parents were actually undercover agents in an evil organization run by the third Red Skull, Albert Malik.

While we saw a version of these events in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that entire subplot was axed with the cancellation of the trilogy and Spider-Man’s subsequent inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, as in the film, Parker’s parents were killed in a plane crash, but where the two differ is that the official story in the comics has Red Skull's assassin, The Finisher, sabotaging their plane and causingthe crash in the first place.

While it’s worth noting that Ben Parker didn’t say “with great power comes great responsibility” in the comics, the man who is attributed to Peter’s moral compass and reason for becoming Spider-Man was actually Peter’s last surviving blood relative. Although Aunt May is one of the most familiar characters in Spider-Man lore, the woman who raised Peter – May Parker – isn’t a Parker at all. Born May Reilly, Aunt May married Richard Parker’s brother Ben, and the rest is history.

While it may seem like a minor bit of trivia, the fact that Parker was raised by Aunt May represents just how strong of a relationship they have compared to most in comic book characters. While Peter was essentially an orphan living in an adopted home, feeling cursed and somewhat responsible for his entire bloodline being wiped out, so much of his character traits come from the strength and love of Aunt May, and it’s safe to say he’d be a very different Spider-Man without her; blood-relative or not.

9. The Radioactive Spider Didn’t Only Bite Peter

Between comic books, animated series, and two film series, we’ve seen Peter get bit by that famous radioactive spider more times than necessary. Though the way it’s happened has varied depending on the medium, the result is always the same; a nerdy high school-aged Peter Parker turns into Spider-Man. But as it turns out, many of us don’t know the whole story.

After that radioactive spider bites Peter, it doesn’t merely crawl away and live a life of quiet solitude, but rather, it bites someone else. Moments after feasting on Parker’s hand, the spider moves onto another high school student standing nearby; Cindy Moon. In Cindy’s case, afterher powers began to manifest a man named Ezekiel Sims took her away and trained her, after which she became the superhero known as Silk.

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8. He Only Became Spider-Man to Make Money

Not always the altruistic wise-cracker we now know him to be, when Peter Parker first got his powers his only thought was that this was his chance to make money. While we know the story of how he used his newfound abilities to last in the ring with professional wrestlers, what’s less clear is how this all led to the origin of Spider-Man.

We may take the concept of superheroes donning costumes and masks for granted – we’ve been conditioned by decades of comic books and films telling us that this is just what a hero does – but Peter Parker’s reason for becoming Spider-Man was more practical than other origins. Parker created his costume because a TV producer told him it would sell as an “act” along with his wrestling, and he created a mask to avoid the embarrassment if he lost a match. After developing web-shooters to give him the advantage over pro-wrestlers, from there we know what happened next. He declinedto stop a thief who went on to kill Uncle Ben, and the superhero was born.

7. He Didn’t Meet Harry or Gwen until University

As it turns out, all five Spider-Man films have most likely skewed your perception of Peter Parker. In reality he was really more of a loser in high school than you might have imagined. He didn’t have the coolest friend in Harry Osborn, and he didn’t have two incredibly smart and attractive girls fighting over him in Mary Jane and Gwen. All he really had was a bully, Flash Thompson, and the rest didn’t happen until he got to university.

Once Peter graduated and enrolled in Empire State University, he met the characters that would go on to fill out the Spider-Man universe. With a new friend in Harry and a love triangle brewing between himself, Mary Jane, and Gwen, the stories between the pages of Spider-Man’s crime fighting capers began to fill out with the intrigue of Peter’s personal life; something that fans embraced and eventually helped to launch Peter Parker into the pop-culture stratosphere.

6. He Eventually Became Friends with Flash Thompson

Yes, the guy who made Peter’s life a living hell in high-school – the same guy that Peter eventually pummeled into the ground once he became Spider-Man – later became friends with Peter in university. Flash Thompson, bully extraordinaire, eventually came around to Peter, perhaps aided by the fact that he (Flash) was Spider-Man’s biggest fan.

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Although following their reconciliation Flash and Peter still insulted each other from time to time, Flash actually ended up respecting Peter for being good at all the things that he himself thought he was good at. Popular with girls, athletic, and beyond intelligent, Flash and Peter were finally part of the same social ladder, and with both of them being friends with Harry, their rivalry was laid to rest as the two eventually became friends.

5. He Didn’t Originally Like Mary Jane

Another fact, another legion of fans that were misled by Sam Raimi’s trilogy. This time all of us have to consider that what we always held to be true – that Mary Jane was Peter’s high-school crush – is actually the opposite of true. In reality, Mary Jane Watson was meant to be a running joke in the Spider-Man comics; a girl that Aunt May repeatedly tried to set up with Peter.

But Peter was having none of it, turning down dates in issue after issue, finding excuses to not even see the face of the girl next door. Then, in one fateful issue released in November 1966, all of that changed as Peter finally saw the face of Mary Jane and heard herspeak her iconic line: “Face it, Tiger… You just hit the jackpot!” From there on out, the writers and artists had a hard time keeping Mary Jane away from Peter, eventually causing him to leave Gwen and marry Mary Jane; the love of his life.

4. He Traveled to Algeria to Find Out the Truth About His Parents

Though none of thefive Spider-Man films everleft New York City, Peter is more of a world-traveler in the movies, not only going on trips with The Avengers to save the world, but also carrying out his own missions. One such mission was when Peter went to Algeria in order to find out what really happened to his parents.

After an article in an old newspaper tipped Peter off to the fact that his parents were actually traitors, Peter seemed unwilling to accept that and with the Fantastic Four’s help he went to get the truth. Eventually discovering that his parents were only undercover with the Red Skull, and not actually working for him, Peter cleared his parents’ names and returned home, ready to fight crime stateside once again.

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3. He Unmasked Himself to the World During The Events of Civil War

One of the biggest Spider-Man stories in recent years was directly tied to the 2006 Civil War arc, although it's one we’re unlikely to see in the upcoming film. Originally siding with Iron Man to condone the superhero registration act, Peter had strong beliefs about the issue and decided to set a press conference in Washington, D.C. to publicly give his support.

With the world watching, Peter took off his Spider-Man mask and told everyone “My name is Peter Parker, and I have been Spider-Man since I was 15 years old.” While this news may have meant nothing to the billions of people that had no idea who Peter Parker was, it had vast implications in Peter’s world. Some effects of the unmasking including J. Jonah Jameson fainting and subsequently disowning Peter, feeling betrayed after coming to see Peter as a son over the years.

2. He Can Turn Into a Spider

Among the strangest moments in Peter Parker’s life is The Six Arms Saga, a comic book storyline that saw Peter Parker turn into… A man-spider. Not a spider-man. But a man who was a spider.

Told in great detail in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Parker finds himself mutating far past his powers years after his original spider bite. As he finds himself unable to stop his mutation – and as a result grows increasingly ill and desperate – he turns to Professor X and the X-Men to help develop a cure. After they fail, another attempt at a cure results in Peter growing four new arms, and thus the mutation accelerates, obliterating Peter’s human genes and turning him full-on into a man-spider. It was a wild ride.

1. He Has Multiple Clones

Cloning storylines in comics have been around since the beginning; where there are superheroes there are clones, and Peter Parker is no different. Kicking off with the Clone Saga, Peter Parker found himself with a variety of clones created to destroy him; these clones include Kaine – the most immoral of the clones – as well as Spidercide, Guardian, Spider-Skeleton, and a guy named “Jack.”

Perhaps the most famous Peter Parker clone is Ben Reilly, created from Peter’s own DNA by the Jackal for the sole purpose of killing Spider-Man. This clone was so similar to Peter that even Peter couldn’t tell whether he was the real Peter Parker or not. Though he ran DNA tests, he never checked his results, eventually being certain that he was the original Peter due to his feelings for Mary Jane.

While Peter went on living his life, so too did his clones, including Ben, who became a waiter and dyed his hair blonde. When Mary Jane became pregnant and Peter retired as Spider-Man to move to Portland (yes, that really happened), Ben saw this as an opportunity to don the Spider-Man costume and fulfill his destiny.

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Which of these facts did you find most interesting? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments!


What are some lesser known facts about Spider-Man? ›

Spider-Man wasn't actually going to be a spider-based superhero. Stan Lee actually wanted to base a comic on a fly or insect but decided on a spider. Marvel's first spider was actually Spider-Man. Journey into Mystery, released a month before his first appearance, featured a giant spider.

What is the IQ level of Peter Parker? ›

Apart from his physical abilities, Peter is an intellectually-gifted scientific teen genius and has a prodigious aptitude in the physical sciences, with a high IQ level of around 250.

What is Spider-Man's most iconic line? ›

Last but not least, the most powerful quote of them all, which has become signature of the Spider-Man movies: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Twice said by Uncle Ben in Raimi's and Garfield's Spider-Man movies, and once by Aunt May in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

What are 3 facts about Spider-Man? ›

Facts About Spiderman: Spider-Man is a fictional superhero from Marvel Comics. It is written by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It first made its first appearance in the comics in 1962. In the comics, he stars as Peter Parker, an orphaned child whose parents Richard and Mary Parker are killed in an airplane crash.

What is Spider-Man's only weakness? ›

Spider-Man is very resistant to blunt damage, yet he is as vulnerable as others to bullets, it is said several times. His main weakness is the Ethyl Chloride pesticide, which dulls his reflexes, speed and spider-sense.

Who is Spider-Man's biggest fear? ›

MCU: Spider-Man's 8 Biggest Fears, Ranked
  • To Fail To Impress The People He Likes. ...
  • To Be Disliked. ...
  • To Feel Responsible For Something Bad Happening Because Of Him. ...
  • To Feel Powerless And Without Control. ...
  • To Live A Life Without Friends. ...
  • To Stop Being Spider-Man. ...
  • To Watch His Loved Ones Die.

Who had an IQ of 500? ›

Marilyn vos Savant (/ˌvɒs səˈvɑːnt/; born Marilyn Mach; August 11, 1946) is an American magazine columnist who has the highest recorded intelligence quotient (IQ) in the Guinness Book of Records, a competitive category the publication has since retired.

What if my IQ is 135? ›

The number actually represents how your results compare to those of other people your age. A score of 116 or more is considered above average. A score of 130 or higher signals a high IQ. Membership in Mensa, the High IQ society, includes people who score in the top 2 percent, which is usually 132 or higher.

Who has an IQ of 180? ›

Da Vinci, famed painter and theorist, is estimated to have had IQ scores ranging from 180 to 220, according to parade.com.

Which Spider-Man is most liked? ›

All Spider-Man Movies Ranked (Including Venom and Morbius)
  • #1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97% ...
  • #2. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) 93% ...
  • #3. Spider-Man 2 (2004) 93% ...
  • #4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 92% ...
  • #5. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) ...
  • #6. Spider-Man (2002) ...
  • #7. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) ...
  • #8. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

What is Spider-Man's catch phrase? ›

"With great power comes great responsibility" is an adage popularized by Spider-Man in Marvel comics, films, and related media.

Who is Spider-Man's biggest fan? ›

Young Timothy "Tim" Harrison lies in his bed. Portions from a column by Daily Bugle writer Jacob Conover say Tim is the greatest Spider-Man fan in the world and has collected every article available on him, including a whole album of The Daily Bugle's retractions.

Who is the very first Spider-Man? ›

In Spider-Man's first story, in Marvel Comics' Amazing Fantasy, no. 15 (1962), American teenager Peter Parker, a poor sickly orphan, is bitten by a radioactive spider. As a result of the bite, he gains superhuman strength, speed, and agility along with the ability to cling to walls.

How was Spider born? ›

Spider eggs generally take a few weeks to hatch. Some spiders in temperate regions will overwinter in the egg sac and emerge in spring. In many spider species, the mother guards the egg sac from predators until the young hatch. Other species will place the sac in a secure location and leave the eggs to their own fate.

Who created the first Spider? ›


Who is the hardest villain for Spider-Man? ›

Green Goblin

The strongest, and arguably the most cruel, of all the Spider-Man villains that MCU Peter Parker has faced.

Who can defeat Spider-Man? ›

Whether it is his superhuman strength, speed, vision, or invincibility, Superman has the edge over most foes, with fighting skills and experience that are unmatched. It's no surprise that Superman would beat the web-slinger rather easily.

How much Spider-Man can lift? ›

Like his namesake, Spider-Man's strength and agility stand far above those of the average human, allowing him to lift nearly ten tons and to leap and move at incredible speeds with high accuracy. He also heals faster than normal when injured, though he is not completely immune to viruses and other human ailments.

Why is Spider-Man afraid of venom? ›

The fact that Spider-Man was seemingly more fearful of Venom following their second battle might even be explained as a result of Peter tricking the symbiote into temporarily bonding with him again. This would have risked his mind and body being violated and controlled once more.

What is Peter Parker afraid of? ›

What is Peter Parker scared of? Peter's fear of Venom fed directly into the notion of Spider-Man as the hero who could be you. He is wonderfully flawed and so is not above feeling fear and at times giving into it. It's part of what makes him the most human super human character in comics.

What is MJ fear? ›

Michael Jackson – bacteria and dogs: You will no doubt be aware of Michael Jackson's mysophobia – aka fear of bacteria – what with that mask he used to wear all the time. But did you know that on top of his phobia of all things dirt, grime and germy, he was also scared of dogs?

What is an IQ of 1? ›

A Breakdown of IQ Scores

1 to 24: Profound mental disability. 25 to 39: Severe mental disability. 40 to 54: Moderate mental disability. 55 to 69: Mild mental disability.

Who was 200 IQ? ›

Nathan Leopold: IQ 200

The infamous Nathan Leopold had an IQ of 200 and spoke nine languages by age 18, but he didn't use his intelligence for the greater good.

Who has 300 IQ in the world? ›

William James Sidis has the World's Highest IQ. Anywhere from 250 to 300 is his IQ score, almost twice the score of Albert Einstein. At the age of eleven, William famously entered Harvard University, becoming the youngest person to enter.

What is the lowest IQ ever recorded? ›

In an extremely rare condition called anencephaly, a child is born without a brain and thus has an IQ of zero.

Who has the highest IQ ever? ›

The appropriately named Marilyn vos Savant is in a class of her own. According to Guinness World Records, her astonishing IQ of 228 is the highest ever recorded. The daughter of an Italian and a German immigrant, vos Savant was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1946.

What if your IQ is 120? ›

An IQ score over 140 indicates that you're a genius or nearly a genius, while 120 - 140 is classed as "very superior intelligence". 110 - 119 is "superior intelligence", while 90 - 109 is "normal or average intelligence".

What is Bill Gates IQ level? ›

Bill Gates IQ was set at 160 IQ, which put him ahead of Warren Buffet and Elon Musk in the most recent rankings.

What is the highest IQ for a kid? ›

Standard IQ Scale for Children
  • 130 and above: Extremely high.
  • 120-129: Very high.
  • 110-119: High average.
  • 90-109: Average.
  • 80-89: Low average.
  • 70-79: Very low.
  • 69 and below: Extremely low.
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How to check my IQ? ›

One of the most well-known online exams available to you is Free-IQTest.net. It has 20 questions that will measure your IQ score accurately. After this test, you have to give your birth date since the test calculates your IQ score based on your age. This way, you may compare yourself to your peers.

Who is strongest Spider-Man? ›

Cosmic Spider-Man (Earth-13)

Cosmic Spider-Man aka Captain Universe has the enigma force - the literal force of light and life, enhancing Spider-Man's abilities to a great extent. He is known to be the greatest and most powerful version of Spider-Man across the cosmos, and his abilities and far greater than any other.

Who is the most cute Spider-Man? ›

5 of the cutest versions of Spider-Man you'll ever see
  • Spider-Ham. Spider-Ham in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. ...
  • Spider-Pig. ...
  • Angel Spider-Man. ...
  • Devil Spider-Man. ...
  • Superhero Squad Spider-Man.

What is an unusual fact about spiders? ›

All spiders produce silk

Something common to all 40,000 species of spiders is that they all spin silk. And as spiders have evolved, so has their ability to work with silk. One spider can produce up to seven different types, each used for a different purpose such as spinning webs or capturing prey.

What is the least popular Spider-Man? ›

"Spider-Man 3" (2007) was the lowest-rated film in the Tobey Maguire-led series. "Spider-Man 3," the third installment in the Tobey Maguire-led trilogy, wasn't a huge success.

What are 5 interesting facts about spiders? ›

While commonly lumped together with insects; spiders are arachnids, not insects. Spiders can be one of 38,000 species and are found on every continent except Antarctica. All types of spiders have 8 legs and spin silk. A cobweb is an abandoned spider web.

What was special about Spider-Man? ›

Spider-Man's Powers and Abilities: Superhuman strength, agility, endurance, ability to stick to and climb walls and other surfaces, uses self-designed web-shooters allowing him to fire and swing from sticky webs, special "Spider-Sense" warns of incoming danger, genius intellect specializing in chemistry and invention.

Do spiders have sexes? ›

Spider sex is unique even leaving aside extreme size differences. Mature males squirt their sperm onto a tiny “sperm web,” then siphon up the sperm into appendages on the sides of the head for storage until mating.

What are spiders scared of? ›

These eight-legged creatures hate the smell of citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. They also don't like peppermint oils, tea tree oils, eucalyptus, and vinegar. Using any of these around your home will keep spiders away.


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