Considering Spider-Man’s role in Heroes Reborn, it’s important to remember what his life would have been like had he never obtained his powers.

Peter Parker’s life was drastically altered when he became Spider-Man. The upcoming “Heroes Reborn” event offers a look at what Peter’s life would be like if he had never obtained his incredible powers.

Before that next story, the 2004 miniseries, Powerless, by Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson and Michael Gaydos, gave readers another version of a Peter Parker who never got his Spider-Man powers.

For the most part, Peter’s powerless life was relatively the same. Peter’s parents died when he was young, he was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben and was still bitten by a radioactive spider. However, instead of gaining spectacular powers, Peter suffered this bite, which deformed his right arm.

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As a result of his unfortunate circumstances, Peter regularly attended therapy sessions. Much of Peter’s personal life remained the same: Flash Thompson bullied him, Harry Osborn was his best friend, and Gwen Stacy became Peter’s girlfriend. A major difference in Peter’s life was his internship at Stark Industries. Peter maintained his interest in science, which led him to work alongside Doctor Curt Connors on a fiber optic web project. This experiment was vital to Tony Stark’s Iron Man project, the next big thing for the American military.

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Peter’s internship caught the attention of Harry’s father, Norman. Peter was particularly uneasy about Norman, turning down Harry’s offer to introduce the two of them. One day Norman spontaneously appeared at Peter’s house for dinner. Afterward, Norman threatened Peter to retrieve information about the Iron Man project for him.

This type of blackmail dates back to the relationship between Peter and Norman on Earth-616, where Norman has used Peter’s secret identity to threaten him at all times. At first Peter was scared and not sure what to do. After talking to his therapist, Peter decided to fight Osborn.

Peter hacked into Oscorp’s database and deleted all its files. Enraged, Osborn sought revenge against Peter. This version of Norman showed serious signs of mental illness, even talking to himself just as Norman from Earth-616 was talking to his alter ego, the Green Goblin.

This story also reimagined “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” from Amazing Spider-Man #121-122, by Gerry Conway and Gil Kane. In fact, Norman kidnapped Gwen, threatening her life so that Peter would retrieve the Iron Man files for him.

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Peter reluctantly arrived with the files, but Peter’s therapist had called the police, alarming everyone present. As soon as the sirens sounded, Peter threw the files from the ceiling, causing Norman to jump after them and kill himself. Norman almost took Gwen with him, but unlike the Marvel Universe version of this tale, Peter managed to catch Gwen.

Although Peter did not have any power in this universe, he remained a hero. Much of Peter’s heroism was present in the way he faced Norman Osborn. Peter was initially scared, knowing that Osborn was dangerous, but decided to stop running and confront the corrupt businessman. During a discussion with his therapist, Peter even raised the classic idea that “with great power, there must also be great responsibility.” Like his counterpart from Earth-616, Peter decided to fight Osborn at great personal risk, acting for the greater good.

Of course, just like Peter on Earth-616, this Peter almost gave in when someone he loved was in danger. This dilemma between the greater good and Peter’s personal life is a classic Spider-Man staple. It is very promising that as soon as the police were on their way, Peter took the opportunity to do the right thing and dump the Iron Man files. Although Peter can be in conflict at times, he ultimately chooses to do the right thing.

It’s not always an easy path for Peter, even without his powers. When Peter was threatened by Norman in Powerless, felt that he could not share this danger with anyone else. Similarly, Earth-616’s Peter can rarely trust others about his experiences as Spider-Man. Both versions of Peter faced a lonely existence that forced them to act in isolation. Yet even without his powers, Peter knew how to act responsibly.

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