"Ah, the life of a hero. Will the excitement never end?"
A standout among Marvel Comics icons, Spider-Man was the first teenager-turned-superhero which like-aged readers could relate to. The series, The Amazing Spider-Man, took pains to depict how the world would realistically view the superpowered red-and-blue-suit, and how his life would be affected thus. In the real world, Spidey's media coverage, especially in three high-grossing movies as of 2007, has helped the web-slinger's legacy shine beyond comic books.
A bite from a radioactive spider injects high schooler Peter Parker with spiderlike powers, including wall-crawling, web-shooting, heightened strength and agility, and danger-sensitive spider-sense. At first seeking fame and fortune with his abilities, he soon witnesses the murder of his uncle Ben, which he could have prevented. Haunted by his fatherly advice, "with great power comes great responsibility," Peter devotes his superhuman prowess to saving innocent lives in New York — masked, and with the alias of "Spider-Man."
Years of crimefighting have multiplied the web-slinger's burdens. Working as a photographer for the Daily Bugle newspaper, Peter listens to his boss malign Spider-Man as a threat to society without understanding why. Meanwhile, recurrent villains like The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Venom want Spider-Man dead for their own reasons. And through it all, Peter strains himself to support his aunt May financially and emotionally. But add a sense of humor to his arsenal, and Spidey's got that down-to-earth edge to tackle his larger-than-life problems.
Selected game appearances
- Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1992)
- Spider-Man and the X-Men: Arcade's Revenge (1992)
- Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994)
- Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (1997)
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (1998)
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (2000)
- Spider-Man (2000)