Spider-Man Just Got a Major New Power Upgrade

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #306 by Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert, Juan Frigeri, Jason Keith, Andrew Crossley and VC's Travis Lanham, on sale now.

Spider-Man has been around for over 50 years, and in that time different creators have found interesting ways to add new skill sets to his repertoire. Of course, Spider-Man's powers are already impressive, after a fluke lab accident and bite from a radioactive spider left him with the ability to stick to walls, agility and proportional strength of a spider.

Over the years, some other powers granted to Spider-Man are four extra arms (giving the impression of a human spider), organic web shooters to replace his homemade mechanical devices, and the ability to heal his body after sustaining life-threatening injuries during the events of the 2005 story arc, "The Other." We can also count the times Spider-Man's handy spider-sense has malfunctioned or stopped working, leaving the wall-crawler exposed to surprise attacks.

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Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #306 adds a new wrinkle to this power trend by enhancing Peter with otherworldly abilities. Not only do they increase his already established powerset, but they also allow Spidey to take a trip down memory lane to experience every moment from his past.

Welcome Our Alien Overlords

The Vedomi, an alien race that goes from planet-to-planet rescuing artificial intelligence before annihilating the lifeforms remaining, were summoned by the Tinkerer back in Spectacular Spider-Man #300. In order to stop them, Spider-Man, his sister Teresa Parker and J. Jonah Jameson traveled to an alternate past to retrieve a device that would help them defeat the invaders. Coined the "Spiderpoint" universe, this was a world where Peter hung up his Spidey suit, Gwen Stacy (Peter's wife) was a member of the Resistance, Harry Osborn became President, Norman rehabilitated his image and turned his goblin serum into a health supplement, and Jonah retired from the Daily Bugle.

After our heroes returned to the present-day, they were greeted by a massive Vedomi ship hovering over New York City. One of the Vedomi's targets was H.E.R.B.I.E., the Fantastic Four's robotic friend and ally. Even though there are thousands of New York City residents to save, Spider-Man still watches out for the little guy and rescues H.E.R.B.I.E. from being abducted. A run-in with Daredevil leads Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends to the sub-basement of the Baxter Building, which the last remaining heroes have turned into their headquarters while they work to stop the Vedomi.

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