- “You're a lot like your father. You really are, Peter, and that's a good thing, but your father lived by a philosophy-- a principle really. He believed that if you could do good things for other people, you would have a moral obligation to do those things. That's what's at stake here. Not choice. Responsibility.”
- ―Ben Parker[src]
- “Peter, I know things have been difficult lately and I'm sorry about that. I think I know what you're feeling. Ever since you were a little boy, you've been living with so many unresolved things. Well, take it from an old man: those things send us down a road. They make us who we are. And if anyone's destined for greatness, it's you, son. You owe the world your gifts. You just have to figure out how to use them. And know that wherever they take you, we'll always be here. So come on home, Peter. You're my hero. And I love you.”
- ―Ben Parker[src]
After a break into Richard Parker's house, Richard and Mary took Peter away to live with his uncle and aunt as a child at the age of four.
As years passed, Uncle Ben and Peter were working together to fix a broken pipe in the basement. Ben went back upstairs later and Peter found an old, suspicious suitcase. He brought it upstairs to ask about it, and his uncle said the case was his dad's and that he should look inside. Peter went straight to his room and started investigating the suitcase.
Ben came to Peter's room and confronted him about his findings, trying to comfort Peter about his parents. He also revealed the name of his father's co-worker, Curtis Connors. After Ben left, Peter immediately searched the Internet for information about Richard and Connors' work, which lead him to the discovery of his parent's death due to a plane crash. Continuing his search on Connors' alone, Peter was able to locate him at Oscorp Industries famous Oscorp Tower and decided to go there.
After Flash is humiliated by Peter on the basketball court, Uncle Ben had to change work shifts and tells Peter to pick up his aunt from work later that night. Instead, Peter forgets and goes back to Oscorp Tower to help Dr. Connors.
At home, Uncle Ben waits on the porch. Peter wonders why and his uncle tells him he forgot to pick up his aunt from work. Peter states he just forgot, but his uncle ignored this and ordered Peter to apologize to May. Inside, May tells Peter he doesn't need to worry about it, but Ben says that May had to walk home alone in the dark. Eventually, the conversation gets serious and emotional as Peter asks where his father is. Ben thinks this is out of line, but Peter is being serious. With nothing more to say, the teenager storms out of the apartment, shattering the front door's glass with his super strength. Ben tries to stop him, but May reassures him that Peter will be back.
Uncle Ben has been searching for Peter since he left, but he is suddenly shot by the thief, who escapes immediately after. Peter hears the commotion and finds his uncle, lying wounded on the sidewalk. Peter kneels next to his injured uncle and screams for help, but nobody answers.