Aunt May and Uncle Ben are Spider-Man’s real parents in every way that counts. Even though they weren’t Peter Parker’s real parents, they raised him as their own son and taught him a lot about power and responsibility.
But their presence still makes people wonder who Peter Parker’s real parents are. In Spider-Man’s comic books and movies, the answers to these questions have been given in different ways. What really happened to Peter’s real parents and why they weren’t a part of his life in some of the most important stories.
How Did Spider-Man’s Parents Die in the Mainstream Marvel Universe?
Richard Parker was Ben Parker’s younger brother and a decorated war veteran in the main Marvel Universe. After being in the Army, Richard joined the CIA and met Mary Fitzpatrick, who worked there as a translator and data analyst. They fell in love.
Soon after, they got married and worked together to travel the world and deal with threats to national security. In Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1 by Roger Stern and John Romita, they saved Wolverine while he was serving overseas.
Wolverine told them that Mary was pregnant with their first child. This would be their son Peter. Their daughter Teresa would soon join them. But not long after Teresa was born, they were attacked by the third Red Skull, Albert Malik.
While posing as double agents to get into his operation, they were caught, and their plane was sabotaged, making it look like both of them died in the crash. Peter grew up with Ben and his wife May, but the younger Teresa was kept a secret from their family and was adopted.
As part of a plan set up by Harry Osborn when he was the Green Goblin, Chameleon would eventually use fake versions of Spider-Man’s parents to try to hurt Peter and his family. But they were found out, and thanks in part to the LMD of Mary giving the Parker family human feelings, they were defeated before they could kill anyone.
Spider-Man’s Parents Suffered a Different Fate in Ultimate Marvel
Richard Parker was not a secret agent in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. Instead, he was a biologist. He worked in science with Eddie Brock Sr., and the two of them tried to find a cure for everything by making a biological suit that could bond to a host body and fix it. But Richard was worried about how dangerous the suit could be in the hands of people like Bolivar Trask.
He left audio recordings for Peter to find that explain how the suit was made and why he was worried about it. In Ultimate Spider-Man #33 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, Richard and Brock had a fight over a certain issue, but they were still on the same plane with their wives when an accident caused the plane to crash and killed everyone on board.
This was very hard on six-year-old Peter Parker, who was taken in by his aunt and uncle, and on his friend Eddie Brock, Jr., who was a little older. In the meantime, their work led to the start of the Ultimate Universe of the Venom symbiote, which became a constant problem for Spider-Man.
Richard Parker seemed to go back down the line for a short time. He thought he was the only one who had survived the crash. But it turns out that he’s just a Peter Parker clone that was getting old too quickly. The clone died soon after, but his last wish was to tell Peter and the rest of their “family” that he loved them.
What Happened to Spider-man’s Parents in the Movie Universe?
Peter’s parents haven’t been in many Spider-Man movies or TV shows. In the original Spider-Man trilogy, they were only mentioned briefly, and they haven’t been brought up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in the Amazing Spider-Man movies, Richard Parker did get some attention.
In the first movie, they are briefly shown bringing Peter to his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. During a scene at the beginning of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it looked like they both died. Peter finds a link to an OsCorp lab while looking through all of his father’s old notes.
It turns out that some of Richard’s work involved changing the genes of spiders, which is why only Peter could be hurt by the spiders. In a scene that was cut from the end of the movie, an older version of Richard comes to see Peter while he’s still upset about Gwen Stacy’s death.
He tells Peter that he survived the crash and has been trying to keep OsCorp from getting his discoveries. But this last scene doesn’t fit in with the rest of the movie, and the world that this movie set up was pretty much replaced by the Spider-Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.