Wall crawling, Webcasting, Hyper Leaping, Balance, and Danger Sense
High school student Peter Parker was attending a public demonstration on the safe use of nuclear power, sponsored by General Tectronics Corporation when he was bitten by a spider that had been exposed to massive radiation. The bite of this spider gave Parker the equivalent Strength and Agility of a spider and, in addition, allowed him to adhere to vertical surfaces. Seeking to benefit from these powers, Parker created a red and blue outfit and developed a powerful adhesive and web-shooter. Billing himself as the Amazing Spider-Man and keeping his identity secret so as not to embarrass himself and his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Parker was a hit on Variety Time, a national television show.
Following one performance, Parker passed up the opportunity to stop a burglar, saying that he was a professional performer, and that crook chasing was not his job. Several days later, Parker’s Uncle Ben was murdered by the same burglar. Filled with remorse for his lack of action, Parker realized that with great power comes great responsibility. Spider-Man’s show business career was cut short by strong opposition from the Daily Bugle and its editor, J. Jonah Jameson. Parker turned to fighting crime out of his guilt over his Uncle Ben’s death, and helped supplement his Aunt May’s Social Security checks by selling photos to the Daily Bugle. Parker would set his camera up before going into battle as Spider-Man thereby getting “exclusive” shots of him in action. Spider-Man has guarded the secret of his identity to protect those who know him from the attacks of villains and to avoid overly stressing his Aunt May, who has survived a
number of heart attacks. One villain who discovered Spider-Man’s identity was the Green Goblin, with the result that Parker’s friends and family were under threat of violence and the woman he loved, Gwen Stacy, died. Since that time, Parker has tried to keep his identity secret, though at this time Daredevil, Black Cat, and Mary Jane Watson are all aware of his dual identity.
Spider-Man has fought with or alongside most of the super-powered individuals of the Marvel Universe. Despite the continual bad press from the Daily Bugle under Jameson’s control (and the attempts on Spidey’s life from agents working for Jameson), most of New York’s heroes are aware that Spider-Man is one of the good guys. Spider-Man was kidnapped, along with a good number of other heroes and villains, by the Beyonder™, a powerful extradimensional being. During this period, Spider-Man’s familiar red and blue costume was shredded in battle. Using one of the machines available, Parker created another costume. This suit, which was in reality a living symbiote, was apparently destroyed in a sonic attack soon after his return to earth, but Spider-
Man’s current partner at that time, Black Cat, sewed him a replica. Spider-Man switches between the two suits as his mood takes him. Parker, while maintaining his career as Spider-Man, has finished high school, graduated from Empire State University with a baccalaureate in chemistry, and worked for some time as a graduate student in biophysics. He has recently taken a leave of absence to work full time as a freelance photographer.