Peter Parker was about four when his parents were killed in a plane crash. As a result, he was raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. In school, Peter was aloof from his classmates, and appeared as a weak and nerdish outsider. During a school outing, Peter visited a science demonstration of radiation technology. During the demonstration, a radioactive spider crept into a beam of radiation, generated by the experiment. It dropped down and nipped the hand of the unsuspecting Peter. The boy felt ill and left the science demonstration to go home. Walking along the street, he was nearly run over by a speeding car, but found he was able to leap more than a hundred feet and cling to the side of a building in order to escape. As the days passed, he discovered his enhanced strength, agility, and the amazing powers of a spider. His new abilities had been amplified by the spider's passage through the beam of radiation. The result was superhuman reflexes, the spider-like abilities to cling to surfaces, an increased mental alertness, an ability to sense danger, and the most important power of all, the ability to spin and shoot web strands to great distances which then functioned like powerful vines. These enabled Peter to travel rapidly across large distances and heights. Where Superman was able to fly, and even to leave the atmosphere of the earth, Spider-Man was restricted to traveling through city environments, albeit rapidly and at great heights. The opportunistic and inventive teenager tried to earn some money as a wrestler, in which he disguised himself with a mask and suit, the costume gradually evolving into the Spider-Man uniform. One evening, after a fight, he went back to his change room and crossed paths with a burglar. Peter chose not interfere, believing that it was not his responsibility. Days later, Peter returned home from school and discovered that his Uncle Ben had been murdered by a burglar. He tracked the criminal and captured him, only then recognizing the man as the same burglar he had ignored days earlier in the change room. This left Parker feeling guilty and vaulted him into the world of fighting crime. He swore to fight evil from that day on.
It was Stan Lee's creativeness that also invented the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. Spider-Man has appeared in almost every conceivable media format including a Nintendo Video game in 2000. The 2002 release of the first Spider-Man movie, starring Tobey Maguire as the protagonist, Willem Dafoe as his arch-enemy, and Kirsten Dunst as the love of his life, girl-next-door "Mary Jane Watson". Directed by Sam Raimi, the first movie was a commercial success and an artistic achievement, that has already led sequels and remakes.