While he might be one of Marvel’s most popular characters, Spider-Man may also be one of the least liked characters, at least within the Marvel Universe. Growing up as a nerdy outcast, Peter Parker became a different person when he put on the Spider-Man costume, and had his face hidden behind the mask. No longer a quiet wallflower, he turned into a cocky motormouth who hurled more insults at his enemies than punches. Villains weren’t going to like Spidey anyway, but his tendency to run his mouth and make constant jokes has often put him at odds with other heroes.
Now, hate is a strong word, but that’s just how annoying Spider-Man can be. It’s hilarious to read, but for the characters in the scene, it must be excruciating. Now, this isn’t to say that any of these heroes want to see anything bad happen to Spidey, and whenever they need to, they’re always ready to team up with him or get his back. It’s just that once the fight is over, they’re not looking for any reasons to keep hanging out with the wall crawler. They might respect him, but they can’t stand him. Here are 15 heroes who hate Spider-Man!
15. ROCKET RACOON
Gaining spider powers hasn’t led to all that many outer space adventures for Peter Parker, so he hasn’t had that many opportunities to meet Rocket Raccoon. In fact, in the example this entry is based on, Peter never met Rocket. That didn’t stop him from making a really bad impression, however.
In Guardians of the Galaxy (2016) by Brian Bendis and Kevin Maguire, Spider-Man is kidnapped by the Skrulls in an attempt to lure out Agent Venom and gain control of his symbiote. Being fiercely loyal to Spider-Man, Thompson forces the Guardians to help rescue him, despite knowing that the Skrulls set a trap. Something about this mission really ticked off Rocket, because the next time he finds himself on Earth, he specifically calls out Spider-Man as one of the reasons why he hates the place.
14. RED HULK
General Ross was never an overly friendly guy, and as the Red Hulk, that didn’t change. He and Spider-Man briefly served on the Avengers together, and they teamed up to help the Moloids free themselves from the brutal race of Molans during the opening story arch of Avenging Spider-Man (2011) by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira. During this adventure, however, it was clear that Red Hulk really didn’t like Spider-Man that much.
First, he got stuck giving Spider-Man a “ride” from an Avengers mission back to NYC on his back, during which he manhandled the wall crawler and then insulted him about his fighting abilities. Then, when confronted by the Molans, the two spend the entire time arguing about whether or not things need to be smashed (guess which side Red Hulk was on).
When the New Avengers first formed, Luke Cage was surprised to find out that despite having similar names and powers, Spider-Man and Spider-Woman don’t really have any sort of connection. While the two have been able to serve on the same team together many times, it’s clear that Spider-Woman doesn’t appreciate Pete’s sense of humor.
There are plenty of examples of Jessica being annoyed by Pete, like in New Avengers #61 (2010) by Brian Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Daniel Acuna. Taking place at the start of the Siege storyline, the two Spider-heroes are watching the Dark Avengers from a distance and trying to have a conversation. Spider-Woman is obviously irritated by Pete, especially when he brings up the Skrull invasion, and she’s concerned that Peter is hitting on her and is not happy about it.
Even though they don’t even exist in the same universe, Batman still can’t stand Spider-Man. They first met in Spider-Man and Batman (1995) by J.M. DeMatteis and Mark Bagley, when a doctor tried to reform both Carnage and the Joker by implanting chips in their brains. Carnage’s symbiote deactivated his own chip, and then freed the Joker as well.
Of course, Batman saw this coming and was ready for Carnage when he made his move. When Spider-Man also showed up to help, Batman flatly denied him. While the caped crusader eventually agreed to team up with Spider-Man by the end of the crossover, he had reverted to not wanting the wall-crawler’s help in the sequel, Batman and Spider-Man: New Age Dawning (1997) by J.M. DeMatteis and Graham Nolan. Even after teaming up, Batman was clearly not thrilled with Spidey’s sense of humor.
11. LUKE CAGE
While Otto Octavius was in control of Spider-Man’s body (during the events of Superior Spider-Man), he tried to force Luke Cage and his new team of Mighty Avengers to work for him. Since Cage didn’t like Spidey bringing an army to his front door to try and “enlist” him, this resulted in a public fight between the two heroes.
It wasn’t until Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 (2014) by Al Ewing and Luke Ross that Spider-Man tried to clear things up with Luke. Unfortunately, this was during the events of AXIS, and Cage refused to forgive Spidey. Granted, he was under the Scarlet Witch’s spell at the time, but he may have also been holding some aggression over the fact that his wife, Jessica Jones, had a crush on Peter Parker in high school.
10. ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA
The Ultimate Marvel Universe’s Captain America always seemed a bit harsher than the mainstream version. One of the clearest examples of this was his treatment of Peter Parker. This version of Spider-Man had caught the attention of Nick Fury early on in his career, and SHIELD had finally decided that it was time for Peter to start training with some of the more experienced heroes, despite Rogers’ protests.
When he finally set up a training session with Peter in Ultimate Spider-Man 156 (2011) by Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley, Rogers had the teenager meet him at a cemetery and lectured him about how bad decisions in a fight can result in death. Considering Spider-Man was then almost immediately shot while protecting Captain America and then died as a result of that wound, maybe Cap should’ve focused more on fight training.
9. ULTIMATE DAREDEVIL
In the mainstream Marvel Universe, Spider-Man and Daredevil are friends. Sure, they’ve had their occasional arguments, but those usually coincide with their personal lives falling apart or being mind controlled or something along those lines. When it came time to explore the relationship between Daredevil and Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe, however, Brian Bendis decided to switch things up.
To be fair, the events of Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special (2002) by Brian Bendis and almost a different artist on every other page, were kind of retconned out of existence (it’s confusing, which is part of the reason why the Ultimate Universe fell apart). Still, there’s an encounter between Spidey and Daredevil that makes it clear that Daredevil doesn’t think Spidey should be a hero. The two would later team up, but Ultimate Daredevil still came across like a jerk the entire time.
Despite both characters having close relationships with Daredevil, Spider-Man and Elektra don’t actually interact that often. It makes sense, he’s a NY photographer/teacher/superhero and she’s a ninja assassin/resurrected Hand warrior/S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison. Based on their meeting in Savage Wolverine #6 (2013) by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira, Elektra isn’t Spidey’s biggest fan.
When Elektra arrives at Avengers Tower to recruit Wolverine to help fight the Hand and a group known as the Arbiters, she interrupts a conversation between Spidey and Wolverine. Logan takes advantage of the opportunity to walk away from Spidey so he can get ready, leaving the wall crawler alone with Elektra. Spidey desperately tries to make conversation while Elektra stares blankly at him. She never acknowledges anything Spider-Man says, and doesn’t say a word until Wolverine returns.
It took Spider-Man a surprisingly long time to actually join the Avengers. He served as a backup member before eventually joining the New Avengers in 2004. He did, however, come close to joining the team all the back in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3 (1966) by Stan Lee, John Romita and Don Heck. Unfortunately, things didn’t go well, and Spidey really seemed to tick off Hawkeye in the process.
The Avengers decided to offer Spidey a spot in the roster, but they weren’t sure how to test him. Spider-Man got a little insulted at the idea of needing to be tested, which Hawkeye then took as an insult to the team. For some odd reason, Spidey thought that this might be the test, to see how he’d react, so he attacked Hawkeye. Pretty obviously, Hawkeye was just genuinely mad and getting attacked didn’t help the situation any.
Like many heroes, Spider-Man has a complicated relationship with Wolverine. While Wolverine begrudgingly respects Spider-Man, he also isn’t amused by the wall-crawler’s antics. The two have teamed up plenty of times, but it seems like Logan usually have to be dragged along or Spider-Man is just following him around.
Of course, there was one incident with Spider-Man’s Aunt May that Logan may have found unforgivable. Almost immediately after moving into Avengers Towers when the New Avengers formed, Logan found out that May Parker doesn’t take rudeness lightly in Amazing Spider-Man #520 (2005) by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato Jr when he tried smoking a cigar during breakfast. May pulled the cigar out of his mouth and dropped it in his coffee, and amazingly, Logan didn’t slice her face off. Even though Peter wasn’t involved, he’s still responsible for putting May and Logan in the same room.
5. STORM’S X-MEN
Interestingly, when Wolverine died, he chose Spider-Man to be his successor as a teacher at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. The wall-crawler becoming a teacher at the mutant school was the basis for the series Spider-Man and the X-Men (2015) by Elliot Kalan. Surprisingly, when Spider-Man first arrived on campus, he was met with a fairly cold reception from Storm, who was leading the X-Men at the time.
The strange thing was that by this point, the X-Men had teamed up with Spider-Man plenty of times. It seemed really strange for them to distrust the wall crawler so much. Rachel Grey continuously tried to probe Spider-Man’s mind without his consent to see if he was up to no good. Not surprisingly, Spidey’s wasn’t granted tenure as a teacher and his career ended pretty quickly.
During the events of Avengers: X-Sanction #4 (2012) by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, Cyclops teamed up with Spider-Man and Wolverine to help free the rest of the Avengers from Cable. During the fight, however, Spidey was dodging some laser blasts and this resulted in Cyclops getting winged. He reacted by taking a full powered shot with his eye-beams directly at Spidey, a move that’s powerful enough to take down concrete walls.
Cyclops and Spidey were never friends, but this move was huge overkill. It’s not surprising, however, because Spider-Man has fought with the X-Men about as many times as he’s teamed up with them. Add in the fact that Cyclops isn’t known for having a great sense of humor, and it’s clear to see why he got so easily frustrated with the wall crawler.
Based on the Sam Alexander version, the Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) version of Nova is much cockier than his comic book counterpart. That’s not to say that the 616 version of Sam doesn’t have a bit of an ego, especially when he’s around other young heroes, it’s just that the cartoon version has turned things up to ten. Considering the fact that Spider-Man is his main rival for leading the team of S.H.I.E.L.D. trainees, they often clash.
Nova’s main issue with Spider-Man is that before the web-slinger showed up, he was the definitive leader. Once Fury brought Spider-Man into the mix, Nova felt the need to constantly put his team member down and take any opportunity to show him up. This usually just leads to constant bickering, as these versions of Nova and Spider-Man are both pretty immature.
2. IRON MAN
For a brief period of time, Peter Parker and Tony Stark were very close, with Tony becoming a bit of a mentor to Peter. Unfortunately, the events of Civil War” (2006) ended with the two on opposite sides of the war, and Peter feeling betrayed by Tony. Since then, their relationship slowly seemed to be getting better, but the events of Amazing Spider-Man #13 (2016) by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli make it clear that there is still some residual anger.
To be clear, the fight started because Tony Stark was making fun of Peter Parker to Spider-Man, not knowing that they were the same person. Still, Tony clearly has issues with Parker, and considering that this led to a fight with Spider-Man, he’s probably not putting either name at the top of his Christmas card list.
Here’s the thing about Spider-Man: he can be annoying and his sense of humor isn’t for everybody, but he’s still one of the Earth’s best heroes. He’s helped save the world plenty of times. So, when the Avengers tried to reassemble to deal with a crisis in Avengers #1 (1998) by Kurt Busiek and George Perez, and Spidey apologetically bowed out because he was dealing with other crises at the time, that should have been fine.
That wasn’t good enough for Swordsman, however, who publically berated the hero for not helping out. That’s right, Swordsman yelled at Spider-Man. Luckily, Cap was there to calm things down, and Sandman stood up for the wall-crawler. Still, it seemed a little ridiculous for Swordsman to even speak up. Spider-Man is an A-list hero and this Swordsman wasn’t even the most famous Swordsman.
Hopefully, Spider-Man won’t tick off Tony Stark too much in Spider-Man:Homecoming, which will be released to theaters on July 7th, 2017.