With Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving in cinemas worldwide this week, it’s time to think about what we actually know about the red and blue webslinger. Traditionally Marvel’s biggest and most beloved superhero, Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1962 and very quickly took pop culture by storm. Over the decades, he’s joined the Avengers, had multiple love interests, faced dozens of supervillains and survived cancellation, company-wide relaunches and the perils of low comic book sales.
But what might you not know about Peter Parker? Well, thanks to the several movie and TV versions and the general popular image of the character, there are a lot of developments and elements from the comics that you may well not be familiar with.
From the details of his gruesome transformations to the shocking facts of Peter Parker’s true origins, here are 10 things you may never have known about Spider-Man.