Spider Powers are special abilities, beyond what normal humans possess, that are usually somewhat related to Spiders. They are used by many characters in the Marvel universe.


Spider Powers have been a part of the Marvel universe since 1962, when Spider-Man first debuted. The most common include Wall-crawling, enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, durability, stamina, healing and agility, as well as an early warning system officially dubbed the "Spider-Sense" power by Peter Parker.

How to obtain

  • Peter retelling his origin of being bit in ASM #1
  • Ultimate Peter Parker being bitten by the OZ enhanced spider
  • OZ enhanced spider biting Miles Morales
  • Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002 film) about to get bitten by spider
  • Spider bite in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
  • Peter Parker reacting to the Radioactive Spider bite in the 1967 TV series
  • Peter Parker reacting to the Radioactive Spider bite in the 1994 TV series
  • Peter about to get bit by a genetically altered spider in The Spectacular Spider-Man
  • Peter getting biten by radioactive spider (flashback)
  • Peter in the 2012 USM cartoon series being bit
There are many ways to get Spider Powers in the Marvel universe:
  • Radioactive Spider Bite: This seems to be the most common way. Most versions of Peter Parker that are based of the mainstream version have been bitten by a Radioactive Spider to gain their Spider Powers.
    • Spider God: As seen in an alternate version of Peter Parker's dream, after being bit by a spider, he KO'd, and dreamed a "spider god" was talking to him, and gave him the powers of a spider, and Peter became "The Spider-Man". It is unknown if the spider was radioactive, or if the Spider God gave Peter his powers in his reality.
  • Enhanced Spider Bite: This is a rare, less common way to gain Spider Powers. Peter Parker and Miles Morales of Earth-1610, the Ultimate reality have been bitten by a Spider that have been enhanced by the OZ formula to give them their powers. Miles was bitten by a different spider which gave him the same, yet extra powers such as invisibility, a Venom Strike at the expenses of a weaker Spider-Sense.
  • Gene Splicing: This is how Miguel O'Hara and most alternate versions of him got their powers. This involves the fusing and splicing of Spider DNA with human DNA often resulting in Spider Powers, except for the lack of a actual Spider-Sense. Instead, Miguel has "Accelerated Vision" which allows him to see farther, and better then a normal human. He also has fangs which contain a paralyzing, non-toxic venom to attack people with.

Wall-Crawling/Adhesive Stick

  • Earth-616 Peter Parker crawling on a building
  • 616 Edward Brock as Venom crawling a wall
  • Toxin on a wall in Toxin Vol 1 #3
  • 616 Scream balancing on the edge of a building using only her feet
  • 616 Carnage crawling in Superior Carnage
  • Earth-1610, Ultimate Spider-Man wall crawling
  • Miguel O'Hara planted on a wall via his wall crawling ability
  • Mayday Parker scaling a wall using her foot
  • Peter Parker wall crawling for the first time in Spider-Man (2002 film)
  • Spider-Man from the 2002 film crawling on a wall
  • Peter keeping balance with his feet with the Symbiote Suit on
  • Eddie as Venom crawling on a wall in Spider-Man 3 (2007 film)
  • Peter Parker wall crawling for the first time in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
  • Spider-Man hanging on to a moving truck in ASM2 (2014 film)
  • Peter Parker wall crawling in the 1967 Spider-Man TV series
  • Spider-Man from the 1967 cartoon balancing on a flagpole
  • Peter Parker wall crawling in the 1994 Spider-Man TV series
  • Spider-Man 1994 hanging upside down
  • Spider-Man from the Spider-Man Unlimited cartoon crawling
  • MTV Spider-Man crawling up a building
  • Peter wall crawling up the side of the building (a homage towards Amazing Fantasy#15)
  • Peter, as Spider-Man running on a wall using his feet only
  • Venom in 2008's SSM standing on a wall
  • Peter crawling up falling lunch tables in USM 2012 series
Almost all Spider Powered individuals have the ability to crawl on surfaces similar to the way a Spider does. This power also helps the user with their sense of balance since they can plant themselves on one surface and stay there.

All symbiotes grant this ability.

Original Form

Spider-Man had the first variation of wall-crawling. It's still a mystery to him as to exactly how it works, but Peter guesses that he can mentally make his molecules bond to any surface. At one time, the super villain, Electro guessed the power was related to static electricity, and momentarily stymied Spider-Man by using his own electrical power to momentarily cancel it out. At first when Peter gains his spider powers, he sticks to a wall without even knowing he was capable of that. Very early in the comic book years of Spider-Man, Peter can only stick with his hands and feet. Later on, it is seen that he can stick to surfaces using his back.

The bond is unbreakable, and can be used by any part of the body, including his feet, and allows him to do things, like catching a ball with one fingertip. The suit designed by Spider-Man is thin enough so that he can still stick to surfaces.

Other Ways


Only seen in the Spider-Man (2002 film) that after being bitten, Peter's skin grows sharp, "barbed" like scopulae hairs that allow him to cling to surfaces.


  • An extremely slippery and or wet surface can nullify the wall crawling ability.
    • A crumbling surface or a surface that cannot support someone's weight using the wall-crawling ability can nullify the power.
  • Some enemies are strong enough to rip someone with the wall crawling ability right off a surface.
  • Some enemies have lubricants that can nullify the wall-crawling ability.

Additional enhancements

  • Spider-Man demonstrating his Spider Strength
  • Spider-Man using all of his strength
  • Peter recovering
  • Beating Daredevil using his spider sense
  • Enhanced balance power in action
  • Using his agility to move very fast and outwit the Hulk
  • Using agility and the spider sense to outwit the entire Fantastic Four
  • Spider-Man's jumping agility in action
  • Ben Reilly's amazing agility
  • Spider-Man hitting the Hulk
  • Spider-Man kicking Thanos in the face
  • Carnage using his strength to pull Venom and Eddie away
  • Flash Thompson as Venom explaining the many powers he has gained
  • Balance in a high above flag pole at the end of Spider-Man (2002 film)
  • Trying to stop a train with his strength.
  • Balance on the side of a train in 2004's Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man using his strength to stop a car from falling in ASM 2012 film
  • Spider-Man stopping an entire bus in ASM 2 (2014 film)
  • Enhanced balanced on a flag pole in The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 video game
  • Balancing on a moving car with ease in TASM 2012 video game
  • Spider-Man walking on a bus in ASM 2 video game
  • peter using his enhanced-strength to crush the pipe
  • Enhanced Strength: Most Individuals who obtain Spider Powers have increased strength. This is caused by the cross in DNA that grants them the proportional strength of a Spider. Spider-Man can lift around ten tons, but others can vary based on their own body mass and the type of Spider that bit them, or gave them powers through other means. Peter Parker does not use all of his superhuman strength, but it is shown that he has enough power to knock out a T-Rex.
  • Enhanced Speed: Spiders, being very fast and agile creatures, give one with spider powers enhanced speed and agility. It is unknown just how fast a person with enhanced spider speed can travel, but it is seen that they outrun a speeding car.
  • Enhanced Reflexes and Agility: Along with a spider sense for most people with spider powers, the basic reflexes and agility of a person is far enhanced that beyond a normal human's.
  • Enhanced Balance: People who have spider powers have an enhanced sense of balance or equilibrium to stand perfectly still on almost any surface, also in help with the wall crawling ability. Peter shown to balance on a thin wire with one finger, balance on a moving car, stand and walk or run on walls or bend into certain positions that would normally hurt an average non-powered human.
  • Enhanced Healing Factor: Spider power enhanced an average humans healing factor, much higher then regular humans.


  • First appearance of the spider sense in ASM #1
  • Peter's spider sense going off
  • Using the spider sense to find a person
  • "My spider sense's are starting to tingle." 1967 TV series
  • 1988 series, his eye pieces glow white
  • Spider sense going off in Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin on Sega CD
  • Spider Sense in 1994 TV series
  • "Spider sense is going crazy!"
  • Spider sense going off via red and blue flashing background in Spider-Man: Unlimited
  • Spider-Man sensing a person behind him in 2000 video game
  • Spider sense going off in a cut scene of a Spider-Man video game
  • Peter sensing the Green Goblin coming from far away
  • Peter sensing the Goblin Glider behind him
  • Sensing one of Shocker's blast in Spider-Man 2002 video game
  • Peter sensing a car is behind him in Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man sensing danger in the 2005 Ultimate Spider-Man video game
  • Spider sense going off in MTV's Spider-Man
  • The spider sense warning Peter in 2008's Spectacular Spider-Man
  • Spider sense going off so hard and fast it is causing minor pain
  • Spider-Man sensing gun fire in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Peter sensing danger from far away in ASM 2 (2014 film)
  • Pinning down Daredevil with help of the spider sense power
  • Moving around Hulk
  • Going around Red Hulk
Several Spider Powered individuals have a "Spider-sense" which is an extra sensory ability that warns them of impending danger. Although it is still mostly a mystery, it has proven quite effective. It works as a tingling/buzzing in the back of the skull when danger is near.

By that tingling's intensity, the severity of the threat can be judged. For instance, a happenstance passing of a potential enemy who is not interacting with the possessor of the power would trigger a slight alert to encourage some caution. By contrast, the presence of an immediate deadly threat, such a sniper taking aim at the person, the sensation can become severe, sometimes to the point of becoming painful, and can reflexively prompt evasive action in response.

It does not identify the nature of the danger, but will indicate what direction the individual needs to move in order to avoid it. It has been known to warn of nearly all forms of danger, from bullets and lasers to tainted meat. The spider sense power can also locate someone dangerous as Peter once did as Spider-Man to find the Vulture, or when enemies are closing in, or where they are going to jump next. Most spider-heroes integrate their fighting styles with their spider-sense, making them extremely difficult to hit with ranged attacks while enabling them to remain mobile and able to choose their next actions and even carry on conversations without fear of being distracted.

This sense is also used in less dramatic situations for other reasons to ensure the persons' safety. For instance, the sense allows safe web-swinging by encouraging consistent hitting safe anchor points for weblines to prevent falls. In addition, the sense also considers serious invasions of the person's privacy as a threat, which enables the possessor to avoid being shadowed or observed changing costumes, thus preserving one's secret identity with considerable ease. Even a completely peaceful situation can set it off, such as playing poker, which makes bluffing the person impossible, and Peter Parker has been informally banned from such games with other superheroes.

In a technological aspect, Peter Parker eventually learned that he could attune his spider-tracer tracking devices to his sense and thus usually forego his receiving unit in most situations.

It is shown to be stronger and more effective then Daredevil's radar sense, and can be used to outwit the entire Fantastic Four, Daredevil, the Hulk and some Avengers.


Although in the comics a sound is never made, in the television series and in film, a sound or animation is shown around Peter Parker's head.



In the Spider-Man trilogy by Sam Raimi, this version of Peter Parker's spider sense is so powerful, he often can tell what is going to happen, before it happens. He can also determine the whereabouts of anything and anyone in a room from a fly, to a spitball the second Peter enters a room. In Spider-Man 3, the infamous noise that is made is not made at all.

In The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film), no noise is made but Peter uses the power to dodge gunfire from the police after doing "80 percent of your job!".

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 film), Peter's Spider-Sense seems much stronger since he could tell the danger of Electro before he started trouble, miles away from him. A slight sound similar to the sound from MTV Spider-Man is heard.

In Avengers: Infinity War, no noise is made, but while Peter is on a bus, his hair stands up straight. There was a space ship outside.

Other powers

  • Kaine using the "Mark of Kaine" on Carnage
  • The cover of ASM #527, Peter coming out of Hibernation sleepGo to Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 1) 527
  • Miguel O'Hara's fangs
  • Miles Morales using the Venom Strike
  • Miles Morales using the Venom Strike
  • The Venom Strike activating when 1610 Peter touches Miles
  • Miles Morales using the Venom Strike on Ultimate Peter
  • Miles Morales using the Venom Strike on Earth-616 Peter
  • Kaine's organic webs in action
  • Kaine controlling many spiders in Scarlet Spider (Volume 2) #1Go to Scarlet Spider (Volume 2) 1
  • Miles Morales using his camo power
  • Miles Morales staying still with his camo power
  • Kaine's stringers out against Agent Venom
  • Kaine using his stingers to slice Carnage
  • Kaine using his stingers to slice Wolverine's heart in two
  • Kaine's stingers up close

Mark of Kaine

Dubbed the "Mark of Kaine", a power first used by Peter Parker's clone, Kaine Parker, is a power used where the user enhanced the fingers and entire hand to burn scars or rip off someone's skin. This is seen used mostly by Kaine.


Peter Parker had once developed retractable, razor-sharp stingers that were located within his arms below his wrists. They release and are coated in a polyamine venom, which when shot, caused minor paralysis. Kaine Parker currently has stingers.

Night Vision

After the Spider-Man: The Other storyline, Peter Parker developed the ability to see in the dark much better then an average human. This may or may not be apart of Spider Powers.

Hibernation Healing

Used only once as a part of Peter's enhanced powers, Peter Parker was able to recover from a fatal beating by webbing himself up in his own cocoon, and hibernating inside of it to heal completely by shedding his skin.

Five Senses Boost

As a result of Spider powers, anyone that has them has their five human senses boosted that beyond of a normal human.


During the Spider-Man: The Other Storyline, Peter grew a full mouth of razor sharp fangs that he used to bite Morlun.

Miguel O'Hara also has fangs as a result of his spider DNA splicing, and his are also venomous.

Venom Blast

Currently this is a ability that only Jessica Drew and Miles Morales possess, the ability to generate bursts of bioelectric energy through their fingertips that can stun anyone they hit.

Organic Webs

In the "Avengers: Disassembled" crossover storyline, Peter underwent a transformation that allowed his body to produce webs from his forearms and shoot them as he pleases.

Peter had grown spinnerets in his forearms that terminate in small pores at the junction of his wrists. By pressing down with his middle fingers to his palm, he causes the pores to open and the spinnerets to eject the organic fluid with a force greater than that of his original web-shooters.

The effectiveness and amount of organic webbing is depends on a person's health and nutrition.  However, it is seen one time that at full power, the webbing had enough power to wrap and completely cover one of Iron Man's armors. The organic webbing takes a week to dissolve, instead of an hour. Kaine Parker, is also seen to have his ability.

All symbiotes seem to grant this ability, no matter what color the webs are.

Control of Spiders

Similar to how Henry Pym's Ant-Man identity had him controlling and speaking to ants through his helmet, Kaine has the power to communicate with spiders and control them.


As only seen with Miles Morales, this ability allows Miles to blend in with his surroundings and become almost invisible.


  • "Curing" Peter Eddie is doing as Anti-Venom
  • Trying to get away from Eddie's "curing".
  • Spider-Man seeing that Venom isn't triggering his SS
At first, there were to direct weakness to Spider Powers, however over the years, weaknesses have been discovered.
  • Spider-Sense Disruption: The spider sense power can lose it's function if it is disrupted by special drugs or chemicals. Also, if the spider sense has not registered something that is clearly dangerous, the user will not be warned. Such things as all and any of Peter Parker's clones, the Venom symbiote and all of its offspring has as Carnage, Toxin and so on.
  • Anti-Venom: Due to Eddie Brock not being able to rid the poison that is the radiation in Peter's blood that give him his powers, whenever Peter got close to Anti-Venom, his spider powers would weaken. This probably goes for anyone who get close to Anti-Venom if Eddie tried the same thing.
  • Ethyl Chloride: All people with spider powers are weak to the chemical known as Ethyl Chloride. This chemical is often used by Spider-Slayers.

Notable people who have spider powers

Mainstream universe

Notable Symbiotes that give, enhance or have Spider Powers


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    Kaine dodging gunfire without the use of a Spider-Sense

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