Peter Parker couldn't wait for his school field trip to Stark Industries. How could he not? It was where all of his nerdy dreams are made! The company was the forefront of engineering, robotics, chemistry... there's nothing a geek like him couldn't lose himself in. So he raced home and turned on the TV, eagerly awaiting Tony Stark's return from being kidnapped to Afghanistan.
Then Mr. Stark reveals that he is in fact, Iron Man. All hell breaks loose in the media and Peter's dream trip gets cancelled. He reluctantly punches in a vote to head to Oscorp as a consolation trip. Then this trip decides to go off the rails when a man in a giant winged suit crashes through the window and demands to see Norman Osborn.
In the midst of the chaos, Peter tries to free one of the guards who had been pinned to the wall. He's only stopped when he feels a searing pain shoots up his arm. Raising his hand, he discovers a growing welt on the back as a wave of heat and nausea sweeps over him. After managing to stumble out of the burning building, he decides to sleep off his discomfort after hitching a ride home.
The Web of The Spider-Man is a Spider-Man Quest Fic written by gorilla_fingers (of My Huntsman Academia fame) on Spacebattles. Placing the reader into the shoes of one Peter Parker, it's up to you to guide the once powerless teen on his road to becoming an amazing superhero... while also keeping his grades up, maintaining some semblance of a social life, and making ends meet as a growing, hormonal teenager with superpowers he doesn't entirely understand.
No pressure, right?
Beware of unmarked spoilers.
The Web of The Spider-Man provides examples of:
- Adaptational Backstory Change: Richard and Mary Parker were Oscorp scientists rather than government agents.
- Adaptation Distillation: Peter's adventures are going to focus more on street-level crime (at least at first) and his aspect as a Spider-Totem is going to be mostly shoved aside in favor of more grounded adventures. His Teen Genius aspects are also going to be downplayed to focus on his original "everyman" aspect.
- Adaptational Dumbass: The author explicitly states that he wants to focus on the "everyman" aspect of Peter's character, downplaying the super-genius intellect attributed to him in his more recent incarnations. He's far from dumb. He just isn't bending the law of physics with his devices any time soon.
- Adaptational Heroism: Peter was never a particularly mean or villainous guy, but the meaning of "with great power there must also come great responsibility" mantra didn't get hammered into his head until after Uncle Ben's preventable death. Here, he rushes in to help an Oscorp guard even before he gets his spider powers. He would have continued trying to help if the Oscorp building wasn't burning and he didn't feel so sick from the spider bite. After discovering his Super Strength and wall-crawling abilities, he decides to use his newfound powers as a superhero, having been inspired by both Uncle Ben and the myriad of anime and comic books he reads.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Flash Thompson only ribs Peter and doesn't shove him into lockers or resort to any sort of physical bullying in this story. It's still irritating and Peter is still a social outcast, but at the very least he isn't getting scrapes and bruises to go along with it.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: When Peter falls asleep on the bus, Flash accuses him of staying up all night for some "late night browsing" on his phone. Peter denies this, but he can't say it never happened to him.The ribbing was still really annoying though. What made it worse this time was that he wasn't all wrong. Y-You mean, of course he was wrong about what he was insinuating you were looking up, you'd never, well, you mean not never, like Uncle Ben said you were a growing young man and your body...
- Adorkable: Peter is endearingly awkward as always, nerding out about anything scientific and invoking the "Power of Archimedes" while trying to free an Oscorp security guard who is Pinned to the Wall by Vulture's Flechette Storm. He also insists that his sweater vests are fashionable and the most morally reprehensible thing he did prior to the spider bite is pirating anime.
- The Alleged Computer: Peter's laptop is a brick from the 80s or 90s and is being held together with gum, paperclips and toothpicks. Downplayed in that it works fine, but it's still lagging way behind the more recent models.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: Peter's brief conversation with the Oscorp guard he's trying help while the Oscorp building is falling to pieces around him.Guard: [sees Peter trying to pull out the Vulture's feather] What the Hell do you think you're doing you lunatic?
Peter: I'm using the Power of Archimedes!
Guard: Fucking... what?
Peter: [adjusts his glasses] You know... Archimedes? Great Classical Mathematician and Engineer? Torque? H-He said that if he could stand in the right place with a long enough lever he could... [gets a blank stare] This... probably isn't the time or place for this, is it?
Guard: Gee, ya think?!
- Best Friend: Ned is Peter's best friend and closest confidant as the two nerdiest guys around.
- Birds of a Feather: As massive, massive nerds that no one really likes, the Ned and Peter quickly grew on each other as each other's closest friend and confidant.
- Brainy Brunette: Peter is a bright kid who loves the physical sciences on top of being a brunette.
- Buffy Speak: While gushing over how cool it is for tony Stark to be a superhero, Peter says that Iron Man will be as big as Captain America, just "science-ier". While developing his own gadgetry, he says that he'l lbe the second "scienc-y-est" superhero around.
- Cast from Calories: Peter's powers come with a sizable increase to his appetite to keep up with his newly superhuman physique and Healing Factor, forcing him to eat at least four meals a day to keep himself running at max.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Peter can't bear to leave the burning Oscorp building until he's ensured that everyone else has gotten to safety, directing his classmates to the fire escape and running in to free a guard that the Vulture had pinned to the wall.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Peter puts on the loosest clothes he has to hide his new physique from his aunt and uncle.
- Combo Platter Powers: As per the old theme song, Peter can do "whatever a spider can". He has the proportionate strength, speed, durability and agility of a spider. His Spider-Sense alerts him to immediate threats to himself, his Healing Factor lets him quickly heal off cuts and bruises in his sleep, and he can climb up walls and ceilings with the spider-like hairs growing on his hands and feet.
- Comes Great Responsibility: One of Peter's motivations for becoming a superhero is to live up to his uncle's mantra. This is also subverted. Peter begins fantasizing about his superhero life and the fame and admiration it could bring him rather than the moral scruples and the gravity of the situation.
- Composite Character: Ned Lee is a combination of Ned Leeds and Ganke Lee, combining the two's names as well as their role as Peter's closest confidant.
- Cool Uncle: Uncle Ben, of course. While he doesn't always understand Peter's passions, Ben is always there to help them along.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Norman Osborn, of course. He stole Toomes' flying suit and then bribed an US Patent Office employee to modify the records in order to transfer ownership of the suit to his company.
- Deadpan Snarker: Despite his nerdy exterior, Peter has a biting wit that he doesn't dare use in public out of fear of making himself more of a pariah than he already is.Peter: [thinking about his upcoming trip to Oscorp] Well hey Pete, don't be so down. I mean, sure, it's where your parents got in a gruesome lab accident that apparently led to some kind of closed-casket funeral but hey, people say that confronting bad memories is how you deal with them, right?
- Death by Origin Story: In this story, Mary and Richard Parker were Oscorp scientists who were killed in a freak lab accident that apparently charred their bodies beyond recognition. Their caskets had to be kept closed during the wake and funeral because their remains were too grisly to see.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: While Peter was too young to remember his parents, Ben and May have nothing but good things to say about them and are clearly hurt by their passing.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: After waking up, Peter accidentally tears the doorknob of his bedroom door off its hinges. When he tries to put it back in, he ends up breaking the door frame as he accidentally forces it open.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Peter possesses the "Gadgeteer" trait, allowing him to develop and create gadgets for as long as he has the time, money, and resources.
- Gamebooks: The story is written like a game of GURPS, allowing readers to choose how the story is going to proceed by writing-in courses of action or selecting from options that the author provides. These can range from Peter's strategy in a crisis to how he spends his downtime.
- Geek Physique: Peter had pencil-thin wrists prior to gaining his powers and he couldn't even do ten push-ups. He also had asthma that prevented him from holding down any part-time job lest he get winded or have trouble breathing. Luckily for him, one radioactive spider bite managed to make both of these ailments magically disappear. Ned is at the opposite end of the spectrum, possessing a heavy-set physique that made him the butt of many jokes.
- Genre Savvy: Peter and Ned are fully aware of numerous superhero tropes from years of reading comic books, binge watching anime, and engaging in all sorts of nerdy activities. Knowing the rigors of superhero life, Peter takes his time to prepare his costume, get acclimated to his abilities, and develop his Web Shooters while Ned works on becoming the "guy in the chair". They both geek out when they manage to invoke one intentionally or unintentionally.Ned: [after Peter explains why he feels like he has to be a superhero] Dude... you just gave a superhero speech!
Peter: [beat as he thinks about this] Oh my God! I did!
- Giver of Lame Names: Peter's first wanted to call his Wall Crawling abilities "Stick'em Powers", but he quickly decided that it was a bad name. His first attempts at coming up with his superhero name included the "Spectacularly Amazing Arachnid-Kid". His names for his prototype web fluid are "Salty Spitoon" and "Weenie Hut Jr.'s".
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Peter's powers corrected his vision, letting him ditch his thick, round glasses for good. He ends up wearing them anyways after the Oscorp incident to avoid turning heads, but he barely manages to not bump into anything and they gave him a splitting headache. He later manages to make himself a set of clear lenses that let him to keep the glasses without issue.
- Happily Adopted: Peter clearly loves his aunt and uncle, growing up to be a bright, kind-hearted teenager despite the ribbing he gets in school for his nerdy interests.
- Healing Factor: Peter possesses a minor healing factor, allowing him to recover from scrapes, bruises, and broken bones much more quickly than a normal person for as long as he has sufficient rest.
- Heroic Build: Peter's spider powers came with an upgrade to his physique, going from pencil-thin wrists to sizable pecs, toned, thick arms, and washboard abs. For a nerdy kid who couldn't even do ten push-ups on his own, he couldn't help but gawk at himself for a few minutes. He even lampshades it, saying that he pulled a full "Charles Atlas" and went from "Mac" to "Man".
- Hero-Worshipper: Peter has looked up to Tony Stark all his life. While he's bummed that he can't go on his field trip, he also Squees when he realizes that his hero is now a superhero.Tony Stark was... well, kind of your hero! He was super smart but also successful and funny and people liked him and girls liked him! At the same time he made amazing advancements in the fields of science and technology that helped people! Sure before there was the whole weapons division at Stark Industries that muddied things up but, well, he was still helping people with his advancements and the technology his company produced. When he closed down the weapons division a couple weeks back it made the entire thing even simpler! The fact that Tony Stark was now a literal super hero? That just made it ten times better! He was like that old WWII Hero, Captain America, but just... science-ier!
- How Do I Shot Web?: Peter struggles to get a handle on his powers when they first manifest, accidentally busting his bedroom door open and sticking himself to the doorknob with his new wall-crawling abilities.
- It Began with a Twist of Fate: Peter's superhero career began after he was bitten by a radioactive spider at Oscorp, which never would have happened if he had gone to Stark Industries as planned.
- Jumped at the Call: When Ned points out that Peter has the opportunity to become one of the first modern day superheroes with his new powers, Peter seizes it and immediately begins designing everything from his costume to his Web Shooters.
- Kid Hero: Peter is just 15 when he begins his superhero career.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After helping an Oscorp guard free himself, Peter decides to run back to his classmates because of the pain and nausea he's feeling after the spider bite.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The "Great Power, Great Responsibility" mechanic incurs penalties should Peter decide to abuse his powers for his own gain. Being a hero means that he can potentially avoid negative outcomes like Uncle Ben's death. On the other hand, acting like the Amazing Spider-Douche can make Peter's life spiral out of control, potentially resulting in Ben's and May's deaths.
- Mythology Gag:
- Peter discovering that he's ripped after waking up drenched in sweat is taken straight from the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man film.
- Peter says Ned can be "the guy in the chair".
- One of Peter's first ideas for his superhero name is the "Spectacularly Amazing Arachnid-Kid", with the last two words being a reference to the alias of Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man show.
- Nerd Action Hero: Peter is a fan of Legos and all things scientific and sci-fi. He binges cartoons and anime with Ned in his free time, citing The Power of Friendship speeches when he runs off to find Ned. Then he gets his spider powers and is suddenly a superhumanly strong, fast, and tough hero.
- Nerd Glasses: Peter had big, round Harry Potter-esque glasses prior to the spider-bite.
- Obfuscating Disability: Downplayed. In order to ensure no one knows how much he's changed, Peter still wears his glasses (now with clear lenses) carries his inhaler and wears baggy clothes.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Downplayed. Peter has a working knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, machinery, and computer operations, but he's far from an expert in any of those fields (i.e. Ned outdoes him in computer wizardry). He also professes his love for engineering and physics more than the other subjects, but he does enjoy tinkering with the chemistry set his mother left for him.
- Painful Transformation: Peter's mutations develop slowly and painfully after the initial spider bite, setting every nerve in his body on fire as he becomes acclimated to his strengthening muscles and bones and vastly improved reflexes. This nearly gets him killed while he's escaping Oscorp, as he falls down the stairs while hunched over in pain. He's only saved by his new reflexes letting him spike the landing like an Olympic gymnast. When he tries to sleep it off, he wakes up even more sore and coated in sweat.
- Parental Substitute: Peter's Aunt May and Uncle Ben have been taking care of him for as long as he can remember after the deaths of his parents. They're nothing but kind and patient with him and love him dearly as the last living reminder of his parents' legacy.
- Pinch Me: After testing out his new powers in his room, Peter pinches himself to make sure he isn't dreaming. After confirming that he isn't (and that it really, really hurt), he's ready to jump for joy.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The guard Peter helps is grateful for saving his life twice, but he insists that Peter leave ASAP. It simply wasn't safe for an asthmatic teenager who looked like complete crap after a spider bite to be in a burning building. Peter doesn't blame him and takes the advice, hightailing it out as fast as he can with all the changes going on in his body.
- Second-Person Narration: The reader is placed into Peter's shoes every step of the way, resulting in this.
- Secret Keeper: The first person Peter trusts with knowledge of his powers is Ned, who is instantly on board with the idea of Peter becoming a superhero.
- Shout Out:
- Even if his social life is a drag, Peter takes some comfort in the fact that he can be "king of the pirates" while streaming anime with Ned.
- While trying to get himself to run from the Vulture, Peter can't bring himself to do it despite his own mental insistence.
- Ned immediately compares Peter's powers to Superman, while Peter makes it his goal to develop his own gadgets to be a budget copy of Batman with spider-powers.
- Peter's prototype names for his web fluid are "Salty Spitoon" and "Weenie Hut Jr.'s".
- While studying his father's chemistry notes, Peter remarks that he'll be the second scienc-y-est superhero around "With this knowledge passed down the Parker line for... a generation".
- Show Within a Show: A non-canon omake in My Huntsman Academia portrays the events of the story as a "Journey" that Izuku is writing on "GalaxySkirmishes".
- Spider-Sense: As the Trope Namer, of course Peter would get this as his first power. It manifests as an irritating buzzing and ringing in his ears that warns him of imminent danger, allowing him to react more quickly to threats that he cannot immediately perceive. It's an uncomfortable sensation described as having his own brain screaming at him while every hair stands on end and every muscle tenses up in preparation to move.zzzzRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING! OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?! EVERY SINGLE HAIR ON YOUR BODY IMMEDIATELY STOOD UP ON END, YOUR NERVES SCREAMING, YOUR MUSCLES TENSING! ALL OF IT HAPPENING AT ONCE AS IT FELT LIKE YOUR BRAIN WAS JUST SCREAMING SOMETHING AT YOU, JUST YELLING AS LOUDLY AT IT COULD AT THE TOP OF ITS LUNGS! "MOVE YOU DUMB ASSHOLE OR YOU'RE GOING TO DIE!" MOVE!
- Status Quo Is God: Subverted. The author has stated that he isn't going to use "Parker luck" as a handwave for keeping Peter in Perpetual Poverty. At the same time, Peter still has to make smart choices if he's going to stay ahead in school and earn cash.
- Super Strength: Peter is excited to discover that he can now easily lift his bed with one hand after the Oscorp incident
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Tony Stark denies being a superhero when pressed on his "bodyguard in a suit" cover story, only for the reporter to point out that he never accused him of being one. It takes about all of five seconds for Tony to spill the beans completely.Reporter: Im sorry Mr. Stark, but do you honestly expect us to believe that was a bodyguard in a suit? That conveniently appeared despite the fact that-
Tony: I know its confusing. It is one thing to question the official story and another to make wild accusations or insinuate that Im, uh, a superhero.
Reporter: I never said you were a superhero.
Tony: You didnt
- They Would Cut You Up: Peter refuses to go to the hospital out of fear of what the doctors would find if they started treating him in his current state, begging Ned to give him a ride home instead.
- Too Clever by Half: Peter tries to pry all of the feathers out of the guard's clothes to free him. Said guard manages to use the one feather Peter pried out to tear up off the parts of his clothes that were Pinned to the Wall. Peter even lampshades it.Wow, Aunt May was right. You were too smart for your own good sometimes.
- Wall Crawl: Peter discovers his ability to cling to things when he can't get the doorknob he just ripped out of its socket off his hand. The hairs responsible for this only grow on his hands and feet, preventing him from just sticking to the wall with any part of his body.
- What Have I Become?:
- While escaping Oscorp, Peter becomes more and more aware of his new abilities and is terrified of what's happening inside of his body.Between how sick and hurt you were feeling and all of this... you... you were starting to feel scared. This wasn't right. This wasn't natural. This was... this was something else. Something had happened to you... Something was still happening to you...
- After testing out his powers in his room, Peter gets excited and is ready to tell Ned all about them. Then it sinks in how fast all of these changes happened and that he's now the textbook definition of a freak of nature.You mutated. Rapidly, powerfully and with seemingly no pattern except that it made you strong. Made you fast... made you able to stick to walls like a spider... And gave you some kind of mental tick that you still didn't entirely understand with that Danger Sense. In short you were the literal dictionary definition of a freak of nature... Hoo boy...
- While escaping Oscorp, Peter becomes more and more aware of his new abilities and is terrified of what's happening inside of his body.
- Working-Class Hero: The Parkers aren't especially well-off and Peter has to make do with whatever hand-me-downs he got from his parents, scrounging up his allowance for parts to keep his decades-old laptop running.