Do we know what happened to the radioactive spider after it bit Peter Parker?

Did it bite anyone else or did it just live out the rest of its spider-life in peace?

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    Follow up question: If the spider had survived, and bit a fly (but didn't kill it), would the fly become Spider-Fly?
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 1, 2015 at 23:38
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    What if it bit another spider... Spider-spider?
    – Daft
    Aug 1, 2015 at 23:39
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    What if Spider-Man bit a person? Spider-Man-Man?
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 1, 2015 at 23:52
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    @JanusBahsJacquet - I wish I could become Jeff Goldblum.
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 2, 2015 at 0:21
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    @WadCheber Don't worry. Life, uh, uh, finds a way. Aug 4, 2015 at 0:43

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The Comics

In Amazing Fantasy 15, it dies from massive radiation exposure.

Falsely accused spider-murderer


But, as the experiment begins, no one notices a tiny spider, descending from the ceiling on an almost invisible strand of web...

A spider whom fate has given a starring, if brief, role to play in the drama we call life!

Accidentally absorbing a fantastic amount of radiation the dying insect, in sudden shock, bites the nearest living thing, at the split second before life ebbs from its radioactive body!

As Kimberly W points out in another answer here, this was retconned in 2014 to provide the origin story of the newly-introduced hero Silk.

Spider-man (2002)

In the movie itself, we see the spider crawl under some equipment in the Oscorp lab immediately after it bites Peter:

Interestingly, this is contradicted by the film's novelization1, where the spider dies immediately:

[Peter] looked down, his eyes narrowing, as he watched what appeared to be a spider flip over onto its back, its legs curling up like something out of a commercial for Raid.

The Amazing Spider-man

The spider's fate isn't shown on-screen, but it seems most likely that Peter killed it immediately after it bit him:

Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-murderer?

His hand is right over where the spider bit him and, though we don't actually see it in the movie, at least my reaction to a sharp biting sensation on my skin is to smack the affected area with extreme prejudice.

1 Due thanks to Richard for the quote

  • I just saw the movie yesterday, and I think the spider got away with his life. I'll see if I can find any evidence to support this belief.
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 1, 2015 at 22:43
  • Inconclusive. He seems to touch the bite mark rather than swat the spider, but it is impossible to say with certainty. youtube.com/watch?v=zLSxT-uzA7Q
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 1, 2015 at 22:51
  • Interestingly, the novelisation for Spider Man disagrees with the film "He looked down, his eyes narrowing, as he watched what appeared to be a spider flip over onto its back, its legs curling uplike something out of a commercial for Raid."
    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2015 at 0:11
  • @Richard That's the novelization for Raimi's Spider-man, I assume? Mind if I borrow the quote, or did you want to make your own answer? Aug 2, 2015 at 0:43
  • @JasonBaker - Raimi #1, yes. Feel free to use the quote
    – Valorum
    Aug 2, 2015 at 0:45

After biting Peter Parker it bit Cindy Moon (aka Silk) and then died. Cindy exhibits similar powers to Peter such as wall crawling and spider sense. Interestingly, she can make organic webbing from her finger tips. The two also share a pheromone connection that makes each attracted to the other. Check out Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #4.

The following is an photo taken from this issue. Parker just received secret memories from the Watcher's Eye and can't believe what he's seeing.

Parker: The spider! After it bit me -- it bit someone else?! A girl? I -- never knew! Who is she?

Mrs. Moon: Cindy!

Cindy: Mom! Dad! I can't control it!

Peter Park sees Cindy Moon for the first time.


so Silk/Cindy Moon has already been mentioned but there was another person who apparently encountered the spider that bit Peter; Carl King. he was apparently one of Peters bullies and he ate (I know, ew) the spider that bit Peter and it turned him into a sentient swarm of spiders called "The Thousand". think Million Ants from Rick and Morty but significantly more horrifying.picture of The Thousand

picture of Million Ants

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. This is good info, but you could really improve your answer by telling us which issue this appeared in.
    – DavidW
    Dec 5, 2020 at 5:00

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

According to Peter Parker, the spider is dead:

"The spider's dead, Ned."

-Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017, Sony Pictures)

This comment is sparked from Ned asking if the spider could bite him.


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