It wasn’t all that long ago that the movie world was shocked when they heard Sam Raimi and Sony Studios announced that they would be canceling their plans for Spider-Man 4. A lot of people were disappointed by that news. But it gave Sony a chance to give the franchise a reboot with director Marc Webb, and famed actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. We all know that Peter Parker was on a science field trip and got bit by a radioactive spider. But in the Marc Webb movie reboot, the story tellers go at it in a different way, suggesting that Peter Parker’s parents have something to do with how he turns into Spider-Man. So to celebrate the new movie in the rebooted series, here are a few facts you may have never heard of about the Spider-Man franchise.
1) Peter Parker’s parents saved Wolverine’s life after he’d been abducted by Baron Strucker. Parker’s mom was pregnant with him during the rescue. Richard Parker, Peter’s father, was working for the CIA at the time.
2) Bored with the hero lifestyle, in the 70s, Spider-man created an antidote for his powers. He goes to sleep and has bad dreams of fighting all his enemies. The remedy backfired and he woke up with six arms. He was cured three issues later.
3) In 1997, Marvel released an alternative story where Peter is bitten by a radioactive sheep. He becomes Sheep-boy, fighting his nemesis The Wolf.
4) In one storyline, Mary Jane died from cancer caused by Spider-man’s radioactive semen. Set 30 years in the future, the guilt-ridden Spider-man works as a florist.
5) In 1975, Marvel released the opera album “Spider-man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero.” Dr. Octopus sings a solo about turning Thor into a go-go dancer.
6) President Obama appeared in an issue after he said he was a fan. Spider-man uncovers Obama’s doppelganger and is rewarded with a presidential fist bump.
7) Marvel founder Martin Goodman almost canceled Spider-man as people don’t like spiders. Sales of his debut in an anthology were so high he was given his own series.
8) Michael Jackson desperately wanted to play Spider-man in a movie. He attempted to buy Marvel and asked for Stan Lee’s help in running the company.
9) In the ’70s, Spider-man teamed up with planned parenthood to create a sexual health comic. It featured a villain who encouraged underage sex and planned to enslave babies.
10) In the Turkish film “3 Dev Adam,” Spider-man is characterized as a villain fighting against Captain America. Spidey uses guinea pigs to eat the faces of his victims.