Born on August 10, 1962, in issue 15 of Amazing Fantasy magazine, Spider-Man was a resounding success in the United States and soon became a worldwide phenomenon. Telling the story of young Peter Parker, an outcast boy who gains powers by being bitten by a radiated spider, this experimental plot was the start of a fantastic mythology! Since then, the comics have established August 10 as the boy’s birthday party. To celebrate the hero’s 58th birthday, CinePOP has selected ten curiosities about the life of Spider-Man. Check out!
As Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse shows, there are several different versions of the hero inhabiting the multiverse. And it’s no different in the comics. In addition to the famous Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Pig, Spider-Man Noir and others, the scholar has lesser-known versions, such as Indian Spider-Man (Pavitr Prabhakar), Spider-Man of Mangaverso and even the Spider Monkey, from the Marvel Apes universe.
From a young age, Uncle Ben took Peter to Shea Stadium, a stadium that was demolished in 2009, to watch New York Mets games. Baseball fans know the Mets aren’t known for their wins, and that’s one of the things that attracted Peter. However, a year ago Uncle Ben invited him to the game and a disgusted Peter got into an argument with his uncle and refused to go to Shea Stadium. The Mets oddly won this game, and three days later Uncle Ben was murdered. Since then, Peter has watched at least one Mets game a year to honor and remember the moments he spent with his uncle.
Movies exist in comics
Successful in the 2000s, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy appears in the comics. In Ultimate Spider-Man # 54, Spider-Man confronts Doctor Octopus and ends up having a date with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire, director and lead actor of the unprecedented Spider-Man film. Producer Avi Arad also appears. The story helped promote Spider-Man 2.
The film influenced the HQ
One of the controversial points among Spider-Man fans is the organic web that Sam Raimi’s Spider pulls. In the comics, historically, the hero created his own canvases with a chemical formula that he invented and shot them with the iconic web launchers. However, the success of the film was so great that Marvel decided to bring the organic web into the comics. The problem is, they did it in the strangest way possible. In The Spectacular Spider-Man # 15, from 2004, Peter is kissed by the villainous “Rainha” and begins to undergo mutations. He transforms into a giant spider until he “gives birth” to a new version of his human body, now with the new power.
He has a religion
Although it was never 100% explicit, the classic version of Spider-Man from the comics is Protestant, the most common religion in the United States. However, in Spider-Man Into Spider-Man it is revealed that Peter B. Parker (the chubby and frustrated Peter) is Jewish, a very common religion in Queens.
Met Barack Obama
In The Spectacular Spider-Man # 583, Spider-Man meets none other than the first black American president, Barack Obama. Editing was a phenomenon and spent a few years as the best-selling comic book of the 21st century. In the story, the US president says he is a big fan of the hero. Currently, the magazine is the fourth bestseller of the 21st century, with more than 530,000 copies sold.
Before the unification of the comic book universes, Peter Parker (from Earth 616, the comic book regular) met Miles Morales (Ultimate) in a saga called Spider-Men. She is very funny and shows Peter as a mentor to a surprised Miles Morales, since the Peter in her universe was dead.
In the controversial Marvel Zombies saga, Earth’s most famous heroes have become zombies, committing atrocities in a mixture of blood and violence.
In the plot, Peter Parker turns into a zombie, and among the freaks he ends up committing, the worst of them is to end up eating Mary Jane, the love of his life, and the beloved aunt. May. Even humming, his memories devouring those he loved tormented him, encouraging him to seek a cure for the zombie virus. He sacrifices himself in the process, showing that even after death the great powers have great responsibilities.
The image recreating the Spider-Man Wedding cover with zombie Peter and Mary Jane in the bloody wedding dress was very popular at the time of release.
He’s already been killed in cold blood
In the Deadpool Kill the Marvel Universe saga, which does not appear in the official Marvel timeline, the Chatty Mercenary is caught by one of the voices in his head and becomes an assassin focused on destroying the Marvel Universe. He chases the heroes one by one, killing them in the most creative way possible. However, his first victim is murdered in the coldest possible way. He hunts down Spider-Man, his idol, in downtown New York and shoots Peter Parker in the head in front of people. It’s a very tense moment.
Without the father
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) was the movie that ended the Infinity Saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to ending in style, the film is the first of the UCM not to feature a participation of Stan Lee, designer responsible for creating great icons of Marvel comics and a certain presence in the films. Stan passed away in 2018, leaving two more recorded appearances, which were shown in Captain Marvel and Avengers: Ultimatum.
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