Marvel Characters Who Have Absolutely Humiliated Spider-Man

Everyone in this universe loves Marvel’s Web-Slinging superhero, Spider-Man, except their writers. With that being said, for the people who love Spider-Man, a big part of their appreciation for the character comes from the fact that he is not an average superhero. While other superheroes like Batman and Superman have it much easier than Peter Parker, as they generally don’t face many real-world problems and also get things done in super-speedy fashion, Spider-Man does not always succeed despite all his good intentions. He faces plenty of negatives as well as positives in both his civilian and heroic lives. This depth of character makes everyone warm up to him much more than we do with other perfect superheroes who are generally lacking the personality.

Although he hasn’t often been in the limelight, Spider-Man is viewed as one of the most formidable heroes out there today. Leading a double life can take its toll occasionally and the consequences of Spidey often getting distracted by his personal life have cost him more than a few confrontations with villains. Some argue that they are rather humbling lessons that any hero must deal with regularly. Whereas others don’t see the funny side of it. But he eventually makes light of them rather than letting it get him down as The Avengers might do when they accidentally cause a bit of collateral damage. So here are the 4 humiliating instances where Spider-Man got his moment to de-shine in the comic world –

Deadpool Tricked Him

The Spectacular Spider-Man #24
The Spectacular Spider-Man #24

There are few villains less threatening than Hypno-Hustler. First appearing in The Spectacular Spider-Man #24 by Frank Springer and Bill Mantlo, Hypno-Hustler can control minds through hypnotic beats. Similarly, Deadpool is also unable to mind his own business, so shouldn’t he be glad that nobody can control him? And yet in Avenging Spider-Man #12 (2012) by Kevin Shinick and Aaron Kuder, the Hustler tries to manipulate Deadpool into helping break him out of prison. They somehow managed to trick and convince Spider-Man that he is living in a dream while beating up the prison guards in reality.

The Punisher Used Spider-Man

The Punisher #2
The Punisher #2

Spider-man and the Punisher have a long-standing conflict. Their fighting styles are completely different, but they both maintain their own code of honor and follow it to the best of their abilities to protect others. Spider-man tends to maintain his side of the street when it comes down to fighting crime while the Punisher prefers dealing with enemies in his unique way; shooting them dead. In The Punisher #2, Frank Castle acts as though he doesn’t respect Peter Parker as a hero and continues to treat him poorly throughout that particular series still thinking Spidey can “take it.”

The Naked Avenger

New Avengers #3
New Avengers #3

If you have any sort of condition that requires you to wear something most people probably don’t, now is not the time to go announcing it. Spider-Man’s first mission with the Avengers in New Avengers #3 was a huge embarrassment thanks to a wardrobe malfunction that’s the sort of thing even he would have expected no fan (or superhero) would want to be seen in – especially considering his secret identity. However, it seems as though “with great power comes no underwear.” In that mission, the Avengers and Spider-Man were chasing Sauron, also known as Karl Lykos.

Doc Ock Unmasked Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man #12
Amazing Spider-Man #12

Even heroes get sick every now and then. Unfortunately, when this happens villains aren’t likely to be sympathetic to your situation as portrayed in Amazing Spider-Man #12 by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. Peter Parker had a cold while on the trail of Doctor Octopus who was kidnapping Betty Brant during that period. However, the combination of his fading health and the pressures are thrown onto him resulted in a loss of focus, which ultimately led to his defeat by Doc Ock. His failure was even more damaging because he lost Betty’s trust as well which meant J Jonah Jameson would lose confidence in Spidey’s abilities to protect her leading them both into an emotional state of doubt about Peter’s true identity or intentions. Ultimately, it wasn’t really Doc Ock that defeated Spider-Man, it was just a 24-hour virus anyway.

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