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Why was Spider-Man the only person to feel any physical sensation from this event in Infinity War?

Near the end of Infinity War... While other characters showed emotional feelings about this event, Spider-Man was the only one to show signs of physical distress. Why?
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Why did Peter Parker work as a poor photographer given that he was a top science student who could earn much more in Silicon Valley?

In the Sam Raimi movie series, Peter Parker was a loser, at least in the financial sense, as a photographer who even needed some financial help from his aunt after graduation. He should be financially ...
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How was Spider-Man persuaded to join the side he did?

In Captain America: Civil War, when Stark recruited Parker to join the action, no mention was made of the cause for which they were fighting. All they talk about is how Stark could help Spidey ...
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What does the Spider-man symbol on 1980's comic covers mean?

I've noticed a Spider-man symbol on several of my Marvel comics from the 80's. Any ideas on what it could mean?
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Has J.J.Jameson ever found out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man?

I haven't read the comics, only seen some Spider-Man movies and The Animated Series, so I wonder if J.J.Jameson has ever found out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man?
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Which year does Spider-Man: Homecoming take place in?

The first scene of the movie is presumably set in the immediate aftermath of The Avengers. The movie then fast-forwards to '8 years later'. But Spider-Man already appeared in Civil War as a high ...
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Why does Spider-Man shoot webs from his wrist in the movies?

From what I remember, in the original comics, Spider-Man shot webs from his wrist because Peter Parker used his science background to design mechanical web shooters. In the Sam Raimi movies, however, ...
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What is the context of the quote "With great power comes great responsibility"?

Without a doubt, this is one of the most famous quotes from Spider-Man. I think that in the movie, it's Uncle Ben who says it. However, was the quote also present in the comics? More importantly, what ...
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Has Spider-Man ever singlehandedly defeated a foe that was clearly out of his league?

My understanding is that, in Marvel, there’s different accepted power levels which are matched by villains on the same level. Without being fully defined, it is accepted that Daredevil or Spider-Man ...
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Has Peter Parker ever eaten bugs?

After being bitten by the spider, has Peter Parker ever eaten or craved eating bugs as a side effect?
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Why does J.Jonah Jameson hate Spider-Man?

I read online before that J.Jonah Jameson's wife was murdered by a man in a mask, so he hates anyone in a mask, which sounds a bit odd, is that supported in canon? Do we know exactly why he hates ...
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Spider-man and the wrestling ring

In both 2002's Spider-man and 2012's The Amazing Spider-man Peter Parker somehow ends up in a wrestling ring. Is this based on a storyline in any of the Spider-man comics?
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Is The Amazing Spider-Man part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Spider-Man is a Marvel franchise, just like Avengers and X-Men. When they rebooted the Hulk in 2008 it was to incorporate the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Amazing Spider-Man ...
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How did Superman and Spider-Man meet if DC and Marvel heroes don't exist in the same universe?

In 1976, Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man touted "The Battle of the Century" between these two superheros. In the comics, the two don't meet each other through alternate universe shenanigans or ...
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Why did Otto Octavius use tentacles mounted on himself instead of remote controlled robots?

To be able to manipulate radioactive substances, Otto Octavius created a device with four tentacle-like, mechanical arms. I've not read the original comic books, but I've seen Spider-Man 2. The Marvel ...
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Who was the enemy of Spider-Man who acquired his powers and said "Where were these powers when I was in High School"?

About a decade ago, I saw in a Marvel encyclopedia-style book a frame from an issue of one of the Spider-Man series. In it, an enemy had pretty much defeated Peter Parker using the same powers as his. ...
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When Spider-man revealed his identity during Civil War, why did Osborn say he "broke the rules"?

Specifically, this moment (Civil War, Front Line #2) when he revealed his identity to the press and started to take questions. What makes this puzzling is that we see Norman get furious for a few ...
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When did Spider-Man fight against the X-Men?

I remember reading some of my uncle's old comics a long time ago - these were from the 80s or earlier. One scene that stands out is a scene where a bunch of Marvel heroes were in a large alien base. ...
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What are the webs under Spidey's arms for?

In the older Spider-man comics (although it pops again every now and then) he is almost always drawn with webbing in his arm pits as part of his costume. Have these things been given any function in ...
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Is there ever any indication in the MCU as to how Spider-Man got his powers?

Is there ever anything in MCU that hints at how Spider-Man got his powers? I know that he first appeared in Captain America: Civil War, and he already had his powers. I was wondering if there is ever ...
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What's the difference between the Hobgoblin and the Green Goblin?

So this is something I've always been wondering. So what is the difference between the Hobgoblin and the Green Goblin? I honestly have not read a lot of the comics. Most of what I know is from the ...
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Has Black Widow ever been imbued with Spider-Powers?

I'm aware that there are many Spider-People of various flavors (see Into the Spider-Verse) and all kinds of storylines where others have been temporily imbued with Spider-Powers. Lo and behold, Black ...
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Who is Crocket?

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, after Peter Parker said that he was going to personally take down the Vulture, Tony Stark says to him, "Easy now, Crocket. That is way above your pay grade." Who is ...
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Has Peter Parker ever received any awards for his photography?

Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, has been a photographer for the Daily Bugle newspaper since he was about 15 or 16 years old. The paper has paid a lot of money to him over the years for many of ...
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How much web can Spider-Man produce?

Especially if he is not using his artificial but organic web. Also what happens to the web that he leaves behind? Does it decay after certain time or lose it stickiness and drops off?
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In Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, why was Peter losing his spider powers?

I was watching Spider-Man 2 and I saw Spider-Man falling off the building, trying to shoot his web and failing. I asked myself what was happening. For all that time, he was doing his “spider job” ...
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Why does Peter Parker sell pictures to J. Jonah Jameson if his competitors pay more?

One of the staples of The Amazing Spider-Man is that Peter Parker sells pictures of Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle for money. The irritable editor frequently underpays him, and ...
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Has Mary Jane Watson ever deviated from her standard appearance?

MJ typically appears with striking red hair Has she ever had any noticeable changes to her appearance in the last 50-ish years?
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What does the Venom symbiote subsist on?

The comics always seemed handwavey about this in my memory, saying that the symbiote was absorbing the life energy of its host or some such twaddle. Fine. But when Spider-Man (and then eventually ...
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Do Spider-Man's web shooters ever trigger accidentally?

One thing has always bothered me about Spider-Man. Most people, I think, are aware that Spider-Man's wrist-mounted web shooters are activated with a small lever that he presses with his middle two ...
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Is Peter Parker/Spider-Man a stalker in the comics?

In both the 2002-2007 Spider-Man trilogy and the newer Amazing Spider-Man trilogy, Peter Parker is seen stalking his love interest (Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, respectively) to an unhealthy degree. Was ...
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Why are "Batman" and "Superman" both one word but "Spider-Man" is hyphenated?

Batman and Superman are always spelt as all one word but Spider-Man is separated into two words. Is there any reason behind or is it just the way it is?
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Is Spider-Man CGI in Captain America: Civil War?

Is Spider-Man CGI in Captain America: Civil War Something about his movements during the film seemed like they were CGI to me. For example, it seemed like CGI when he hopped onto that vehicle in the ...
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In Spider-Man's story line, is there any other newspaper except the Daily Bugle?

In all Spider-Man related canons that I have read or watched, the only newspaper seen is the Daily Bugle. Since all these canons revolve around Peter Parker, it is justified to have the highest ...
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Who is in the Amazing Spider-Man Post Credits Scene?

In the post credits scene in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The script is something like: Who was this mysterious person?
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How did Doctor Octopus survive even one punch from Spider-Man in Spider-Man 2?

In Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man punches Doctor Octopus in the face a lot. Since Doctor Octopus is just a normal man with robotic arms attached to his back/spine, how is he able to endure all this super-...
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What was Peter Parker’s college major?

In which area did Peter Parker major in at university? Did he ever show any computer hacking skills or other computer-related interests (computer science)?
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Has Spider-Man ever sold or financially profited from his webbing?

It's a pretty incredible invention / discovery on Peter Parker's part, according to Wikipedia: Shortly after getting his powers, Peter Parker develops a special synthetic polymer adhesive that has ...
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Where/What are Venom's eyes?

Disclaimer: I have zero Spider-Man comic lore experience. When I think of Venom from the Spider-Man universe, I picture this: I always thought of the big white areas on his face as his eyes. Not ...
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What happened to the spider that bit Peter Parker?

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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Is Spider-Man's blood really radioactive?

The theme-song for the 1967 Spider-Man TV show has this part: Is he strong? Listen bud, He's got radioactive blood. I assume that "radioactive" in this case means that it is currently ...
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Why doesn't The Amazing Spider-Man have eight limbs and a spider's face?

In Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Conners gets a lizard-like tail, body and face after injecting himself with a serum made from lizard DNA. Why didn't Spider-Man get eight limbs and a face like a spider? ...
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Can Spider-Man change the color of his webbing?

I was playing the new Marvel's Spider-Man game for PS4 and was looking at all his new suits and it came to mind, is it possible for Peter Parker to change the color of his webbing? For example, from ...
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What are the differences between Spider-man and Ultimate Spider-man?

In Spider-men we see the normal and Ultimate universe Spider-mans meet. The normal Spider-man is surprised by Ultimate Spider-man's venom sting and electrified webs. What other differences in powers ...
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How does Spider-Man manage to hold on to his webs?

When Spider-Man web slings across town, the general procedure is shoot web, hold it, swing, airtime, repeat. For good grip, the end of the web line he's holding should be well below the center of his ...
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How did Secret Wars fit into regular comics continuity?

I’ve just read Marvel’s Secret Wars series from 1984/5. (Fun!) In it, a bunch of heroes and villains are transported to the far reaches of the universe, and (in a surprising turn of events for a ...
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When did Spider-Man acquire his powers?

I'm talking about Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Peter Parker talks with Tony Stark in Civil War, he mentions he got his powers 6 months ago. Where does that place it in the timeline? For example I ...
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Why did Spider-man have a six legged spider emblem on his costume?

I saw a funny panel Slytherincess posted in chat. It has a six legged emblem on Spideys costume. Is this a Stan Lee sanctioned version of the webslinger? Is there a ...
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Why are there 2 Spider-Men in this picture?

I've seen this picture on social media and was wondering why there are 2 Spider-Man (Spider-Men?). What's the storyline of this issue?
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How does Spider-Man control which type of webbing he shoots?

In the cartoons, I've seen Spider-Man shoot a variety of webs from his web-shooters. The ones I can name now are: Globs of sticky webbing Lines of swinging webbing Sticky lines of webbing If these ...
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