Ever since Spider-Man was introduced in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, he has grown to become one of the most iconic superheroes. With millions of fans worldwide, the character has had one of the longest runs in the Marvel Universe. As a result, there are plenty of details that even the most loyal fans may not know or might have forgotten about him. So, here are some random facts about the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to make your day.

1. In Spider-Man Reign, Peter Parker Kills Mary Jane

In all Spider-man series, Peter Parker has always taken care of Mary Jane. But in Spider-Man Reign, the lead character is responsible for her death. According to the storyline, Mary Jane died from cancer, which was caused by exposure to Spider-man’s radioactive bodily fluids.

2. The Tray Scene in Spider-man 1 Didn’t Have CGI

The iconic cafeteria scene where Spider-Man saves Mary Jane from falling and grabs all her food on the tray was real; no CGI was involved. Played by Tobey Maguire, he had to redo the scene 156 times before getting it right. The only trick the production team did was put glue on Maguire’s hands so the tray would stick firmly.

3. James Cameron’s Canceled Spider-man Script was Filled with Profanity and Intense Adult Scenes

The Spider-Man (2002) film would have been very different if James Cameron had stuck to his original script. He originally wanted the movie to be based in the 1980s, filled with lots of profanities and graphic adult scenes. It was, however, canceled.

4. Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Spider-man So Much that He Almost Bought Marvel

Legendary pop star Michael Jackson was a big fan of the Spider-Man series. During the 90s, he had a keen interest in playing Spider-Man. So much so that when he heard Marvel was on the verge of bankruptcy, he wanted to buy it off as long as he would get the role. Michael Jackson’s management guided him against the idea, and the role was later given to Tobey Maguire.

5. There are Actual Spiders Named After Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield

Two spiders discovered in 2015 in southern Iran were named Pritha garfieldi and Filistata maguirei, after the famous Spider-Man actors Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.

6. 4 Spider-man Superstition Facts Worth $200,000 Were Stolen in 2001

During the filming of Spider-Man 1, 4 suits, each costing about $25,000, were stolen from the set. The studio offered a reward of $25,000 for the return of each suit. Three were retrieved in Los Angeles and New York City, while the other was found in Japan. Apparently, the costumes were stolen by a security guard who worked within the facilities. Turns out the same security guard had previously been found guilty of stealing a Batman suit in 1989.

7. Spider-man is the Most profitable Superhero Character

Spider-Man leaning on concrete brick while reading book

Of all superheroes, Spider-man is the most profitable character, having accrued more than $1.3 billion in revenue for Marvel. He is followed by Batman and Ironman in that order.

8. The Family that Lived in Spider-man’s Queens Home were Also Called the Parkers

Incidentally, the family that lives in Spider-man’s address are also called the Parkers. Over the years, the family has received hundreds of letters addressed to the superhero. The Parkers have lived in the 4-bedroom house for over 30 years but have now put it on sale for $2.2 million.

9. Spider-Man Inspired the Invention of Ankle Monitors

Even though Spider-Man didn’t invent ankle monitors himself, he played a crucial role in their creation. After reading the Amazing Spider-Man Comic in 1977, where a villain attaches a tracking device to the superhero, a judge called Jack Love was inspired to create a tracking device for criminals. He approached an engineer, Micheal Goss, with this idea, and the two invented the famous ankle monitor.

10. Stan Lee Unknowingly Killed Gwen Stacy in the Comics

Stan Lee, the man whose Super Heroes inspired the Spider-man franchise, was shocked to find out Gwen had been killed in the Spider-man comics after arriving from a trip to Europe. Earlier, he had been consulted by editor Romita and Conway on whether they should exterminate Aunt May or Gwen Stacy. He quickly agreed to the latter so they could let him pack his belongings.

11. Spider-man’s Parents Have Always Been a Mystery

In the Spider-Man series, Peter Parker starts living with Aunt May and Uncle Ben. The story of his parents has always been a mystery. However, his dad, Richard Parker, was a biologist, and he died in an air crash alongside his wife, Mary.

12. Spider-man was One of the First Teenage Superheroes

kids in spiderman and Captain America costumes

The idea of teen superheroes was very odd during the creation of Spider-Man in the early 60s. Stan Lee, however, opposed this narrative and created one of the first teenage superheroes. This approach helped sell Spider-Man more to the younger generation because he related to their struggles. Also, Spider-Man was one of the first teen heroes who wasn’t a sidekick.

13. He is Obama’s Favorite Superhero

In numerous child-related events, Obama has mentioned that Spider-man is his favorite superhero. Before his inauguration, Marvel organized for Spider-Man to meet Obama, and a special comic issue was released. Obama also has a fondness for Batman.

14. Spider-Man is Written with a Hyphen

Superman inspired the character Spider-Man. Stan-Lee, the creator, knew that his creation would often be confused with Superman, so he added a hyphen between Spider and Man.

15. Spider-Man Would Have Been a Fly

The creator of Spider-Man originally envisioned the character as a fly. Had he proceeded with the idea, the dimension of the franchise would have been a lot more different.

16. Spider-Man Has Worked a Lot of Jobs

When Peter first got his powers, he was still in school. However, later on, he held different jobs. He worked as a bodyguard, author, photographer, pizza delivery boy, personal assistant, news editor, and teacher.

17. Mary Jane isn’t the Only Girlfriend Spider-Man Has Had

Mary Jane is undeniably Peter Park’s most famous girlfriend. However, she is not the only one. Spider-man has had other girlfriends like Gwen Stacy, Betty Brant, Felicia Hardy, and Liz Allan.

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Last Update: February 15, 2024