140 Interesting Facts About Spiderman


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140 Interesting Facts About Spiderman

  • Peter Parker has an IQ of 250
  • Spider-man is President Barack Obama’s favorite superhero.
  • Spider-man can bench press 10 tons and has a top speed of 200 mph.
  • Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four when the human torch died.
  • The first villain in Spider-man was the Chameleon.
  • Spider-man is also sometimes spelled Spiderman or Spider Man.
  • Originally Martin Goodman, Marvel's head at the time Spider-man was created, did not like the concept because of the fear people have of spiders.
  • Peter Parker was born in Forest Hills, New York.
  • Spider-man became the first teen superhero to hold his own - all others had been sidekicks to adult superheroes in the past.
  • Additional major villains that appeared in 1963 Spider-man comics included the Vulture, Dr. Octopus, Sandman, and the Lizard.
  • Major villains that appeared in Spider-man comics in 1964 included Electro, Mysterio, the Green Goblin, and Kraven the Hunter. In 1965 Scorpion appeared. In 1966 Rhino made his debut.
  • The original love interest of Spider-man was Betty Brant - the secretary at The Daily Planet. Peter didn't meet Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy in the original comics until he went to college.
  • Supporting characters in the Spider-man series include J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Eugene 'Flash' Thompson, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Betty Brant, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane, and Felicia Hardy.
  • Spider-man can actually use both his spider-sense and reflexes to dodge automatic fire.
  • Spider-man is weak to the pesticide ethyl chloride.
  • Spider-man’s first love interest wasn’t actually Mary Jane nor Gwen Stacy but the Daily Planet secretary Betty Brant
  • In the comics, Peter actually didn’t meet Mary Jane nor Gwen Stacy until college!  The original love triangle was between Peter Parker, Betty Brant, and fellow classmate Liz Allen.
  • Gwen Stacy’s death marks the end of the Silver Age of Comics.
  • Gwen Stacy’s one of the few dead comic book characters to remain dead.
  • Spider-man’s parents where spies and died in a plane crash before Peter went to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben
  • The Animated Series, Hobgoblin appeared before the Green Goblin as apposed to the comic books where the Green Goblin appeared first.  This is because one of the creators was more interested in created toys from the series than the series itself and ended up created Hobgoblin action figures first.  As a result, they had to do Hobgoblin first.
  • The Animated Series shares the same universe with X-Men: The Animated Series on Earth – 92131
  • The animated series was originally going to feature CGI in the opening, which was new at the time, but was scrapped due to lack of resources.  However we eventually received a fully CGI Spider-man cartoon with Spider-man: The New Animated Series
  • If The Spectacular Spider-man got a third season, Hobgoblin and Scorpion would’ve made an appearance (Thanks Disney!)
  • Spider-man is ranked #3 on IGN’s top 100 superheroes, right behind Batman at #2 and Superman at #1.
  • Originally there was a hyphen in the name Spider-Man to keep the name from being mixed up with Superman, which did not contain a hyphen.
  • The first solo edition of Spider-Man was released in March, 1963. It was titled The Amazing Spider-man (Vol. 1).
  • Spider-Man did wonders for us youngsters; he was actually the first teen-hero who wasn’t an adult’s sidekick.
  • The correct way of writing the spider’s name is actually Spider-Man, Stan Lee specifically placed a hyphen to avoid confusion with “Superman”.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man finally made his last appearance in volume 1 in the 700th edition, released December 2012.
  • Spider-Man’s web dissolves within an hour and yet is strong enough to hold the Hulk.
  • Spider-Man’s web is faster than a bullet, in one situation Spider-Man managed to web a gun as the trigger was pulled.
  • One of the histories of the Spidey actually have him as a wrestling hero who, after beating Crusher Creel, went on to parade around in a snazzy costume on TV.
  • Spider-Man actually had a sensor sewn into his costume that set his camera off when he passed; this was how to wonderful Peter captured his shots.
  • For the film, The Amazing Spider-Man, over 1,000 people were employed.
  • Spider-man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15 in August of 1962.
  • Martin Goodman, then head of Marvel, actually disproved of Spider-man’s concept due to the fact that people hates spiders
  • Stan Lee actually originally was going to go with a fly or insect before finally picking a spider to base the character on.
  • Fan favorite villain, Venom, originally was a fan creation that was bought by Marvel for $220 (That’s right!  Venom was originally conceived as fan fiction!  Kamala would be so excited to hear that…or maybe not since she lives in the same universe as Venom.)
  • Spider-man’s web shooters has three settings to them: a string of webbing that allows him to swing, a web, and a thick liquid. (My question is how does he control the settings?  Is it the amount of pressure he puts on the trigger or…?)
  • Spider-man’s webs dissolves after 1 hour and is strong enough to restrain the Hulk
  • Spider-man’s reflexes are so fast that he once webbed up a gun and blocked a bullet after the trigger was pulled but before the bullet was shot (so is his webs faster than a bullet?)
  • In 2007, Marvel released a four issue miniseries called Spider-man: Reign where a possible future for Peter Parker reveals that Mary Jane dies from cancer caused by Peter’s radioactive sperm.
  • Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appeared in August 1962 in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  • 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.
  • The high school library, used for one of the “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” battle scenes, used a separate stage and was made of almost 3,000 feet of fake Styrofoam books with real covers.
  • Spider-Man is a very clever businessman, he has a doctorate and runs Parker Industries.
  • A weakness of the seemingly indestructible Spider-Man seems to be the pesticide ethyl chloride.
  • Former President Obama’s favorite superhero is actually Spider-Man.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series had only 3 punches in the entire series, this was due to huge censorship from Fox.
  • Filming of The Amazing Spider-Man was at Sony Studios’ Culver City lot and the film covered 7 stages with its sets.
  • During Kraven’s Last Hunt, Spider-Man managed to survive after being buried alive for two weeks.
  • In 2007, Marvel’s four-issue Spider-Man: Reign depicts a possible future where Mary Jane dies of cancer caused by Peter’s radioactive sperm.
  • In the PS2 game of Spider-Man, A billboard depicts Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, a player will hear “Tony Hawk! Hey I skated with that guy” when they approach it. This ties in with our next fact.
  • If a gamer completed 100% of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 the player is gifts Spider-Man as a playable character.
  • Spider-Man wasn’t the only amazing hero in his family; his parents were spies and died in a plane crash. Hence why Peter lived with May and Uncle Ben.
  • In the ’90s, Marvel revisited a plot from the 1970s in the ‘90s involving a mad professor of Spider-Man’s who created a clone who died but later rears his head as The Scarlet Spider.
  • Spider-Man has had numerous ‘real’ jobs including a high school science teacher, a scientist, and a business owner.
  • Spider-Man may indeed be Jewish, even with Marvel’s hope of depicting non-religious characters, Peter and his family are portrayed as a family similar to Stan Lee’s own Jewish family.
  • At one point, the spidey actually had 6 arms and even became a giant spider.
  • The Green Goblin actually got Gwen Stacy pregnant and the twins later came back to battle Spider-Man.
  • Peter has been with numerous women including Betty Brant, Liz Allen, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, and the Black Cat.
  • Spider-Man has died numerous times including in the story lines “The Other” and “Superior Spider-Man”.
  • Spider-man wasn’t Marvel’s first spider.  A month before Spider-man’s first appearance, Journey into Mystery had a story involving a giant spider that was killed by the end of the story.
  • Spider-man is the first teenage superhero to not be a sidekick of an adult hero.
  • Spider-man’s quips that he makes in battle is used for him to distract his villains as well as make it easier for him to relax and not get scared.
  • Stan Lee specifically placed a hyphen in Spider-man’s name to prevent “Spiderman” and “Superman” to be mixed up as Superman was rather popular at the time.
  • Spider-man’s first solo title The Amazing Spider-man (Vol. 1) first appeared on shelves in March of 1963.
  • In the storyline Kraven’s Last Hunt, Spider-man survived being buried alive for two weeks
  • In the storyline Superior Spider-man, Dock Ock took over Peter’s body and attempted to become a better Spider-man than Peter Parker.  Of course you can never beat the original and Peter got his body back in the end.
  • During a event where the Human Torch died, Spider-man became part of the Fantastic Four (at the time called the Future Foundation)
  • Spider-man has been part of superhero teams besides the Fantastic Four such as the Avengers, the Secret Defenders, and the Outlaws.
  • Volume 1 of The Amazing Spider-man ended December, 2012, on the 700th issue (Why did they end it?  300 issues till their 1,000th issue!).
  • Spider-man’s villains are some of the most well known in all of comics and his first villain to appear is the Chameleon who debuted in The Amazing Spider-man (Vol. 1) #1.
  • Rhino was the first villain that Steve Ditko was not responsible for as he was made by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.
  • Morbius was the first villain that Stan Lee wasn’t responsible for as he was made by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane
  • In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Peter Parker took a bullet without hesitation and Captain America told him that he’ll be the greatest hero of them all.
  • Unfortunately, the Ultimate Universe Peter Parker died.  Fortunately, that allowed Miles Morales to take the role of the Ultimate Spider-man.
  • When Wolverine died in Death of Wolverine, Spider-man replaced Wolverine’s title Wolverine and the X-Men with Spider-man and the X-Men.
  • Spider-man is the destined teacher of Hope Summers, the ultimate mutant.  This lead into Avengers Vs X-Men.
  • The first Spider-man movie in the MCU has been confirmed to NOT be an origin story.
  • In Sam Raimi’s  Spider-man movies, Spider-man possessed organic web shooters rather than mechanical ones.
  • Due to Sam Raimi’s films, Spider-man temporarily had organic web shooters in the comics until it was retconned by One More Day
  • Toby Maguire, who played Spider-man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man trilogy, insisted on a suit that would allow him to use the restroom without taking it off and going through the long refitting process.
  • Speaking of interesting movie changes, Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-man in The Amazing Spider-man series, suggested for a pansexual Spider-man at one point to be featured in a live-action film (I don’t know, I feel like a pansexual Spider-man just doesn’t fit the character.  Besides, we already have a Pansexual Spider-man in the form of Deadpool!)
  • Peter Parker's parents were killed in a plane crash. They were spies. Following their deaths Peter went to live with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
  • Peter Parker was a science buff and academically gifted. Because of these qualities he was bullied as a child and teen.
  • After being bitten by the radioactive spider, Peter Parker gained superhuman strength and agility, and a sixth sense (referred to as his spidey senses), that enabled him to sense impending danger.
  • Spider-man's archenemies include Dr. Octopus, Green Goblin, and Venom.
  • Spider-man is considered to be one of the greatest superheroes of all time and in 2014 was named Marvel Comics greatest Marvel character of all time.
  • Spider-man has been played in movies by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland.
  • The Broadway musical titled Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, which debuted in 2010, is the most expensive musical in the history of Broadway with weekly costs running about $1.2 million.
  • There has been a total of 8 Spider-man cartoons: Spider-man in 1967, Spider-man in 1981, Spider-man and His Amazing Friends in 1981, Spider-man: The Animated Series in 1994, Spider-man Unlimited in 1999, Spider-man: The New Animated Series in 2003, The Spectacular Spider-man in 2008, and the current show Ultimate Spider-man that started in 2012.
  • The Animated Series actually received heavy censorship from Fox and thus there has only been three punches thrown within the entire season.  In addition, references to killing was not allowed so villains would often say “destroy” instead of “kill” and characters would be sent to alternate dimensions instead of dying.
  • During the events of Marvel’s Civil War, Tony Stark invented a high tech spider suit dubbed the “Spider-armor” as a gift for Peter when he joined the pro-registration act.  However, Peter quickly abandoned the suit when he left Tony to join Captain America.
  • Speaking of Civil War, it has been confirmed that Tom Holland will play Spider-man in the MCU and has more than just a cameo in the movie.
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