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I'm Peter Parker... I'm your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
~ Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power, comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man.
~ Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. He appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as in a number of movies, television shows, and video game adaptations set in the Marvel Universe. In the stories, Spider-Man is the alias of Peter Parker, an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker died in a plane crash. Lee and Ditko had the character deal with the struggles of adolescence and financial issues, and accompanied him with many supporting characters, such as J. Jonah Jameson, Harry Osborn, Max Modell, romantic interests Gwen Stacy (whose counterpart from Earth-65 is still alive and operates as Spider-Woman / Spider-Gwen) and Mary Jane Watson, and foes such as Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin and Venom, as well as the supervillain group known as the Sinister Six. His origin story has him acquiring spider-related abilities after a bite from a radioactive spider; these include clinging to surfaces, superhuman strength and agility, and detecting danger with his "spider-sense." He then builds wrist-mounted "web-shooter" devices that shoot artificial spider-webbing of his own design.

When Spider-Man first appeared in the early 1960s, teenagers in superhero comic books were usually relegated to the role of sidekick to the protagonist. The Spider-Man series broke ground by featuring Peter Parker, a high school student from Queens behind Spider-Man's secret identity and with whose "self-obsessions with rejection, inadequacy, and loneliness" young readers could relate. While Spider-Man had all the makings of a sidekick, unlike previous teen heroes such as Bucky and Robin, Spider-Man had no superhero mentor like Captain America and Batman; he thus had to learn for himself that "with great power there must also come great responsibility"—a line included in a text box in the final panel of the first Spider-Man story but later retroactively attributed to his guardian, the late Uncle Ben Parker.

Marvel has featured Spider-Man in several comic book series, the first and longest-lasting of which is The Amazing Spider-Man. Over the years, the Peter Parker character developed from a shy, nerdy New York City high school student to troubled but outgoing college student, to married high school teacher to, in the late 2000s, a single freelance photographer. In the 2010s, he joins the Avengers, Marvel's flagship superhero team. Spider-Man's nemesis Doctor Octopus also took on the identity for a story arc spanning 2012–2014, following a body swap plot in which Peter appears to die. Marvel has also published books featuring alternate versions of Spider-Man, including Spider-Man 2099, which features the adventures of Miguel O'Hara, the Spider-Man of the future; Ultimate Spider-Man, which features the adventures of a teenaged Peter Parker in an alternate universe; and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, which depicts the teenager Miles Morales, who takes up the mantle of Spider-Man after Ultimate Peter Parker's supposed death. Miles is later brought into mainstream continuity, where he sometimes works alongside Peter.

Spider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes. As Marvel's flagship character and company mascot, he has appeared in countless forms of media, including several animated and live action television series, syndicated newspaper comic strips, and in a series of films. The character was first portrayed in live action by Danny Seagren in Spidey Super Stories, a The Electric Company skit which ran from 1974 to 1977. In films, Spider-Man has been portrayed by actors Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Tom Holland. He was voiced by Chris Pine and Jake Johnson in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Reeve Carney starred originally as Spider-Man in the 2010 Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Spider-Man has been well received as a superhero and comic book character, and he is often ranked as one of the most popular and iconic comic book characters of all time and one of the most popular characters in all fiction.

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  • Peter Parker / Spider-Man appears in Comic Con Incorporated. He appears as a roomer alongside his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson.
  • Peter Parker / Spider-Man is the titular protagonist in Marvel's Spider-Man: Webbed Champion, voiced by Robbie Daymond. While he follows the same story as in the Canon version of the show until "School of Hard Knocks", Spider-Man is featured in a new storyline which centers around three story arcs: one of which Spider-Man battles crime alongside his friends (who share awareness of his secret identity and with some who had become superheroes themselves), one where he solves secrets about his family's past, leading him to an encounter with his sister Teresa Parker, and one where he prepares for a war threat from the Regent by teaming up with heroes from parallel dimensions (and different franchises), including Rey Skywalker and her fellow Jedi Masters, Sonic the Hedgehog and the Mobian Freedom Fighters, Optimus Prime and the Autobots, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • Peter Parker / Spider-Man is a main character in the show's follow-up TV special A Marvel Christmas Carol, again voiced by Robbie Daymond. Upon hearing of Vincent Dawson's poor condition while at the hands of his abusive boss Franklin Todd, Spider-Man and some of his fellow Champions (Ant-Girl, Groot, Cloak and Dagger) formulate a plan to reform Todd, leading them to become the Ghosts of Christmas with help from Doctor Strange, and take Todd into a spiritual journey based on A Christmas Carol. Peter takes the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present (on which he earns the outfit of a red-suited businessman with Christmas attributes). After taking Todd on a trip to show him the beauty of Christmas and the Dawson family's hard condition, Peter's Ghost of Christmas Present form slowly loses colors, as Peter disintegrates in the Dream Realm and returns to reality. Later in the end, Peter and his friends watch Todd making up for his mistakes, making the young heroes satisfied that the plan worked.
    • Peter Parker / Spider-Man returns as a major character in the sequel Marvel's Superhero Adventures: Infinity War, again voiced by Robbie Daymond. In the film, Spider-Man and his fellow Champions join forces with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to gather together the Infinity Stones and relocate them into the Infinity Amulet, while dealing with a threat of war by Thanos and his new Black Order.
  • Peter Parker / Spider-Man is one of the main protagonists in Iago PUC's Avengers Animated Trilogy, voiced by Haley Joel Osment.
  • A version of Peter Parker / Spider-Man appears as one of the core protagonists in Ultimate Marvel: Earth-2.
  • Peter Parker / Spider-Man is one of the core protagonists in Marvel: All New, All Different Chronicles, voiced by Haley Joel Osment.
  • Tom Holland reprises his role in Spider-Man: Homelanders.
  • Spider-Man appears as a playable character in Marvel/DC Heroes Unite!, voiced by Scott Porter. He and the featured Marvel heroes team up with the DC superheroes and the Rookie hero/heroine to defeat Thanoseid. He and other experienced heroes (consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Iron Man and Captain Marvel) act as mentors for the Rookie.




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  • A parody character of Peter Parker / Spider-Man appears in Spider-Man Z.


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  • Peter Parker (Tom Holland) appears in the series, Spider-Man. His story is the same as other incarnations but elements from the Ultimate Marvel series, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy, the MCU, and the Disney XD Marvel Animated Universe. He currently lives with his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson in their apartment.


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