Peter Parker / Spiderman

Peter Parker / Spiderman

    Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… in Queens, New York where Peter was raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Peter’s parents died when he was very young, and he doesn’t have any real memory of them.

Living… paycheck to paycheck. After high school Peter moved into his own apartment in New York, but the fact that he spends his days fighting crime doesn’t leave him with much time to make money.

Profession… superhero and freelance photographer. Peter was bitten by a radioactive spider while touring the medical super-corporation Oscorp and soon found himself equipped with incredible powers. He’s super strong, super agile, capable of sensing danger, and able to shoot webs out of his hands. He originally didn’t know what to do with his powers, but after his beloved Uncle Ben was murdered by a carjacker he decided to take his Uncles advice that “with great power comes great responsibility” and dedicate himself to fighting crime. Donning a mask and dubbing himself Spider-Man, Peter spends his nights swinging through New York and stopping criminals. Since no one knows his identity, Peter also takes pictures of himself as Spider-Man and sells them to the Daily Bugle newspaper in order to pay the bills.

Interests… science, math, the rare night off.

Relationship Status… living in the cruel grip of unrequited love. Peter Parker has had a crush on his neighbor Mary Jane Watson since he could walk. But she’s always been fun-loving and popular, and he’s always been shy and awkward, making her seem forever out of his reach.

Challenge… keeping New York City safe. It’s a hard enough job when Peter is just dealing with muggings, robberies, and other typical crimes – but he isn’t the only person in the world with superpowers. From the gliding and bomb dispensing Green Goblin to the mechanized and deadly Doctor Octopus, Peter Parker is regularly called upon to face a terrifying rogues gallery.

Personality... kind, reserved, and clever. Peter feels responsible for his Uncle’s death and takes his job as a crime fighter extremely seriously, and is driven to continue in his crusade against crime no matter the price. As a lifelong outcast Peter tends to be a little reserved and quiet, although his temperament changes whenever he puts on his mask – when Peter is Spider-Man he’s a consummate jokester who uses a constant torrent of one-liners to irritate his foes and keep them off balance. Still, this penchant for comedy shouldn’t be taken as a sign Peter is a happy young man. Peter is haunted by everyone he’s ever failed to save, and determined to atone for his perceived shortcomings.


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