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Ten Things You Didn't Know About Spider-Man - I

Last updated on: June 21, 2012 13:34 IST

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Spider-Man - I

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With The Amazing Spider-Man only days away from its June 29 release, here's the first of five sets of facts you might not have known about the world's favourite wallcrawler:


1. Spider-Man's 50th anniversary

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man. The webslinger first appeared in an August 1962 comic book called Amazing Fantasy 15 before getting his own comic book series, The Amazing Spider-Man, in 1963.


Image: The Amazing Spider-Man


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2. Spidey's web-shooting

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While the Sam Raimi films showed Spidey having organic web-shooting abilities, the comics -- and the new Marc Webb film -- have Peter engineering his own web-shooters and fluid.


Image: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man


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3. His first love

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Before the blonde Gwen Stacy and the redheaded Mary Jane Watson, Spidey dated Daily Bugle reporter Betty Brant, a brunette briefly shown in Sam Raimi's films where she was played by Elizabeth Banks.


Image: Elizabeth Banks as Betty Brant


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4. Spider-Man's college

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Empire State University, the fictional university where Peter goes to college, is based on a combination of New York University and Columbia University.

The Columbia campus, in fact, has been used in the film adaptations.


Image: Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man


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5. Peter Parker's Aunt May

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Peter's Aunt May, at one point of time, was romantically involved and living with one of Spider-Man's deadliest foes, Doctor Octopus.

He charmed the old lady and did her no harm, though Spidey was always naturally wary of this arrangement.


Image: Doctor Octopus


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6. Gwen Stacy

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In one of the most heartbreaking Spider-Man stories, Gwen Stacy dies at Spider-Man's hands when he tries to save her from the Green Goblin.

About thirty issues before this, her father Police Captain George Stacy was killed during a battle between Spidey and Doc Ock.


Image: Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man


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7. Flash Thompson

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Despite a longstanding rivalry with Flash Thompson, the jock and Peter became good friends and Thompson was eventually Best Man at Peter's wedding with Mary Jane.


Image: Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spiderman


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8. Joining The Avengers? Not quite

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Despite Marvel itself now being a successful movie studio with hits like The Avengers, the movie rights to Spider-Man are owned by Sony Pictures.

This is why Peter's unlikely to give Cap, Thor and Hulk a helping hand on the big screen.


Image: Movie poster of The Amazing Spider-Man


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9. Little spider-time

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Meanwhile, in the comic books, Spidey is a card-carrying member of The Avengers, often chipping in to save the planet.

He's also a frequent partner to the Fantastic Four, leaving him with very little spider-time.


Image: The Avengers: The Hulk, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Nick Fur, Black Widow, Thor and Captain America

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10. Johnny Storm

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Spidey has teamed up with most Marvel heroes (and some DC ones) but his most frequent collaborator is Johnny Storm, The Human Torch.

In the Fantastic 4 films this character was played by Chris Evans, who is now better known for playing Captain America in The Avengers.
 
Watch out for more Spider-facts soon!


Image: Chris Evans as Johnny Storm


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