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Comic Book Questions Answered – Who Still Knows Spider-Man’s Secret Identity?

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Comic Book Questions Answered – Who Still Knows Spider-Man’s Secret Identity?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Today’s question comes from Lynn J. and, to an extent, Charlie E., as the main question is an old Lynn question about who currently knows Spider-Man’s secret identity, while Charlie wrote more recently specifically asking about Deadpool’s knowledge of Spider-Man’s identity. So let’s get on with it – who currently knows Spider-Man’s secret identity?

In Civil War #2 by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines, Spider-Man reveals his secret identity to the world…

He soon regrets this and in the ensuing chaos, his beloved Aunt May is almost killed because he dodged a sniper’s bullet meant for him (sent by the Kingpin, who, now knowing who Spider-Man was, wanted revenge on him).

Spider-Man turned to Doctor Strange, Mister Fantastic and Iron Man to make the world forget his identity, and they worked out a scientific and magical spell that did so. In Amazing Spider-Man #641 by Joe Quesada and Paolo Rivera, we see the spell in action (this is a flashback – the spell went into action as of Amazing Spider-Man #546), as Peter decides to bring Mary Jane into the spell, as well, to make HER not forget his identity, as well…

This move backfires when Mary Jane finds out and thinks about it and decides that, honestly, she would have preferred NOT remembering his identity, since there is so much stress on her being a part of this life. This leads to their break-up.

Okay, so Spider-Man and Mary Jane open up as the only people who know Spider-Man’s secret identity post-Amazing Spider-Man #546.

The deal with the spell is that if Spider-Man reveals his identity to someone, they’ll remember it, but they won’t be able to figure it out themselves without him revealing it.

In Amazing Spider-Man #591, by Dan Slott, Barry Kitson and Jesse Delperdang, the spell is first sort of revealed, and Spider-Man reveals his identity to the Fantastic Four…

In New Avengers #51, Spider-Man reveals his identity to his New Avengers teammates, so Clint Barton, Mockingbird, Iron Fist, Spider-Woman, Carol Danvers, Wolverine, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Bucky Barnes and then Doctor Strange all learned his secret identity…

Peter’s clone, Kaine, knows his identity since he’s, you know, his clone (and thus, is “unmasked”) and as a result of Kaine being “unmasked” to them, Kraven’s family perhaps knows Spider-Man’s secret identity, as well (Dan Slott says that he doesn’t think they do know, so we should likely defer to him on this, seeing as how he writes Amazing Spider-Man, after all)…

(Spider-Girl, Madame Web and the current Madame Web, Julia Carpenter, all learn his secret identity at that time, as well)

That’s the same reason the Jackal learned Spider-Man’s identities. He had all of these clones of Spider-Man that are also clones of Peter Parker, so that worked as “unmasking” Spider-Man for him…

Since Peter is walking around without his mask around Steve Rogers in Avenging Spider-Man #5, let’s assume Steve knows, as well…

Things changed in Amazing Spider-Man #688 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. Go to the next page to find out how!

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