In this fight, we are pitching Spider-Man against Wolverine.
In fact, there was a fight between the two in the story High Tide.
It was not a long fight and it ended prematurely, but gives us a taste of what would happen in a prolonged fight.
Wolverine would win the fight with Spiderman. Both Spider-Man and Wolverine are cable hand-to-hand fighters, both have unique powerful weapons. However, in a fight between Wolverine and Spider-Man Wolverine will win, simply because he is more focused. Spiderman would be thinking about why they were fighting while Wolverine would be in berserker mode and just fighting instinctively. That focus would make a crucial difference.
Siderman, the famous comic book character first appeared in the Marvel Comic Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962).
Since then he has appeared in many Marvel Comic Books, movies, TV shows, and video games.
Spiderman is really Peter Parker, s an orphan, who was raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, after his parents Richard and Mary Parker were killed in an air crash.
He gained his spider powers after he was bitten by a radioactive spider.
Peter Parker/Spiderman was the first teenaged superhero.
Before Spiderman, teenagers normally played the sidekick (as in Robin and Superman).
With no mentor to guide him, Spiderman had to learn all by himself.
Through the various comics that have featured Spiderman, we have seen Spiderman grow through various stages:
- Shy, nerdy high school student from New York
- Troubled college student
- Married high school teacher
- Single freelance photographer
Naming the Character As Spiderman
As we can see from above, the character has aged as the story continues.
This was the reason the character was not called Spider-Boy, as was the custom at the time when naming teenage characters.
This would have precluded the character goring-up over the years.
The creator had a clear vision of what he wanted the character to be and he also thought that Spider-Boy would make his character sound inferior to other superheroes.
Spider-Man was originally conceived to cater to the increasing demand for comics by teenagers and for an “ordinary teen” that these readers could identify with.
Another fact that causes some confusion is that the correct name of the character is Spider-Man (with a hyphen).
This was important, according to the creator, because otherwise, the name was too similar to Superman.
Interestingly many people still spell the name as one long word – Spiderman, although this is incorrect.
How it Began
The sorry begins with Peter Parker, as a student at Midtown High School, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.
He has a predisposition to science and is bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibit.
From this bite, he gains the strength and agility of a spider, and the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings.
He supplements these powers by an invention of his own, which gives him the ability to shoot adhesive webbing of his own design through small wrist-mounted barrels.
At first, he takes his powers lightly and exploits them in an effort to achieve fame, but later a thief who he had earlier allowed to escape kills his uncle.
Spiderman tracks down and subdues the killer and that is when he learns:
“… with great power, there must also come great responsibility”
Spiderman extends his activities and we see him struggling to juggle roles as a high school student, his personal life, and his role as a superhero.
In time Peter graduates from high school and attends the fictional Empire State University.
His roommate is Harry Osborn, who has a girlfriend Gwen Stacy.
Harry Osborn had a drug problem which Peter parker tries to help him overcome and in doing so discovers that Harry’s father is actually the Green Goblin, Spider-Man’s arch-enemy.
The story becomes quite complex but ultimately ends in the death of both The Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) and Gwen Stacey.
Harry Osborn inherits the role of Green Goblin from his father and is ultimately killed.
He is revived in another story later on.
Spider-Man goes on to many more adventures as we trace his life in future stories.
We have already discussed Spider-Mans main abilities and superpowers but here is a summary:
- Superhuman strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Coordination
- Superhuman Balance
- Ability to cling on to surfaces
- Rapid healing
- Genius Intellect
- Scientific and engineering skills
- Spidey Sense – Precognition ability
- Wrist Mounted Web shooters
In the early stories, Peter Parker has all the problems of being a teenager and lacks maturity.
Other than that Spider-Man has several weaknesses.
- Water shuts down his web-shooters (a big design flaw which in later stories he resolves)
- Spider-Man is subject of memory loss more than once
- Spidey Sense is easily disrupted by drugs and chemicals
- Anti-Venom can disrupt Spider-Man’s powers
- Human weaknesses, like catching a cold and so on
Wolverine is very old and lived up until 197 due to his mutant powers.
This leads to potential weariness with life.
He has been around since 1892 and has seen a great deal in his life.
This longevity has resulted in him appearing in many stories during the various multiverses.
Wolverine’s power has been used by others during his life, and he has been treated less well than possibly he deserves.
The character Wolverine was launched originally for marketing reasons. They wanted a Canadian superhero to attract more Canadian readers.
Wolverine has no difficulty killing people he has a legitimate fight with, but will generally spare those with whom he has no beef.
Possibly this is an element of his martial arts training.
He is an expert in many styles of martial arts, following his stay in Japan,
Wolverine As Team Member
Unlike some other superheroes, Wolverine frequently works as a member of a team.
Here are some of the teams that have at one stage or another been using Wolverine.
- Canadian Army
- Avengers Unity Squad
- Alpha Flight
- New Avengers
- New Fantastic Four
- Savage Avengers
- Weapon X
Hugh Jackman & The Guinness Book of Records
Wolverine is one of a select few characters that have appeared in every media adaption of the X-Men Franchise.
This covers Film, Television, Computer Games, and Video Games.
The actor Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in the movies and is the holder of the Guinness World Record of the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero.
Wolverine has a combination of mutant and augmented powers.
Together they make him an awesome opponent to face.
Oddly enough the most critical power he has is that of regeneration/healing.
This means that every time an opponent injures him, it very rapidly heals, taking the opponent back to the star.
It is difficult to wear Wolverine down with repeated blows when each one heals again.
The biggest offensive power that Wolverine welds are his massive claws embedded into his body.
These claws are deadly enough at any time, but they were covered in a superhard material that makes them super-strong.
With these claws, he can slash nearly all materials.
Wolverine, same as any other superhero, has weaknesses:
- Wolverine is always getting kidnapped/captured
- His regeneration powers can be switched off
- Attachments to others can make him less liable to fight at 100%
Wolverine Would Wind The Fight With Spiderman
In the storyline of “High Tide” just before the fight between Wolverine and Spider-Man Wolverine had just rescued Spider-Man from East German agents.
During that rescue, Spider-Man had tagged Wolverine so he could be found again.
Despite Wolverine finding the tag, Spider-Man finds him at a restaurant where assassins are moving in on Wolverine and “Charlie,” his companion.
Spider-Man and Wolverine team up to kill the assassins and Charlie escapes.
Just to clarify, Charlie is a super-spy/double agent called Charlemagne, who the Soviets are determined to capture.
After going their separate ways afterward Charlie gets in contact with Wolverine and they arrange to neet at a Soviet cemetery.
Wolverine knows that Charlie believes she is finished and wants Wolverine to kill her before she is captured and tortured.
Just as Wolverine was killing Charlie, Spider-Man shows up and decides to try and stop Wolverine from killing her.
A fight broke out between Wolverine and Spider-Man with neither gaining superiority.
While this was happening Soviet agents arrive in a helicopter and Charlie gets close behind Spider-Man’s back.
Thinking it was the soviets, Spider-Man turns and Punches without looking.
His super-powered punch killed Charlie.
During the fight between Spider-Man and Wolverine, Spider-Man manages to hit Wolverine with a number of strong punches, but he realized that fighting Wolverine was perhaps a bad idea.
Wolverine manages to get Spiderman on the floor and is just about to land a killer blow with his claws when Spider-Man grabs Wolverine by the throat.
However, Wolverine calls Spider-Mans bluff as he knows that Spider-Man will not kill him – And this is Spider-Mans weakness and why in our fight to the death Wolverine would win.
Wolverine is a complex character that is so entwined with many stories.
Even dying does not stop him as he gets resurrected again. I think we will see a lot more Wolverine in the future.