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"But I have a responsibility to protect the world from what I've created and to protect him from what I know Osborn is capable of. People will say I'm a monster... for what I've done. And maybe they're right. I always thought that I'd have more... time. I'm sorry."
―Richard Parker[src]

Dr. Richard Laurence Parker is a scientist, the husband of Mary Parker and the father of Peter Parker. Seeking to help humanity through his knowledge of science, Parker worked alongside Curt Connors on Project: Double Zero with the endorsement of Oscorp Industries. Their endeavors eventually proved successful when Richard bred a new species of genetically-enhanced spiders, the Araneus Oscorpeus, that could self-heal through use of his own DNA; but Richard discovered that the CEO of Oscorp, Norman Osborn intended to sell his research for usage as bioweapons.

Knowing his responsibility to destroy what he had created; he erased all his research and data from Oscorp's files, although he failed to kill all the spiders. After handing over the care of their son to the latter's aunt and uncle, Richard escaped with Mary Parker, intending to travel off the grid. When Richard and Mary were soon found by Oscorp, they were ultimately killed in the plane crash, but not before uploading his confession to the Roosevelt Station so that; the world could know the truth.

Biography[]

Oscorp Industries Scientist[]

Double Zero Project[]

"Peter, I don't know. For so long, I would play it over and over and over in my head. What had I missed? What had I missed? He was just this normal, unassuming guy. He wore the same ratty lab coat for 20 years. He took the D train to work every 7 morning, came home at 6 every night."
―May Parker[src]

Richard Parker met and married Mary Parker, whom they later had a son named Peter.

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Parker working with Norman Osborn

Richard would take a D train at every 7 morning to work and came home every 6 night[2]. He was a brilliant scientist who worked together with his friend and colleague, Dr. Curtis Connors, a fellow scientist with a missing right arm. Together, they worked hard to pursue the development of Cross-Species Genetics, a radical scientific study that was scoffed off by most of the scientific community, who deemed it impossible and mocked Parker and Connors as mad scientists. But the biggest breakthrough in their research happened when Parker successfully created the Araneus Oscorpeus, a breed of genetically modified spiders, opening up new possibilities for their research and receiving enthusiastic funding from Oscorp.

It was revealed that during Richard Parker's employment under Oscorp, the immoral leaders of Oscorp planned on weaponizing his research for foreign countries. Parker discovered this and relocated his research materials and equipment into an abandoned subway station, where he would hide from Oscorp and operate in secret. But on the night when their house was ransacked and they were forced to abandon their son to his brother's care, Richard and his wife Mary attempted to leave the country.[3]

Plane Crash[]

"Abandoning" Peter[]

"A few days after the funeral, two government men came to see us. They said the genetics research, that your father was doing with Norman Osborn was very valuable, and that people would pay alot for it. And that's why he ran off with it. They said he was a traitor. I couldn't believe it, Peter. They told us he betrayed his best friend, all of us.... for the money."
"I don't..... Oh I don't get it. No, I don't, this doesn't make sense."
"Yes, I know. I know. I didn't believe it either. I didn't believe it."
"It doesn't make any sense."
May Parker and Peter Parker[src]

One night at home, during a game of hide and seek, Richard's son, Peter found his office ransacked. He called for his father; who ran in and started acting nervous. He and his wife, Mary took Peter to Richard's brother's house and left him there. This was the last time Richard and Mary ever saw their son[3]. As Mary and Richard left on a business plane, he recorded a file testimony and remotely uploaded it to his lab in the subway station, hoping that proof of his story continued to exist.[2]

Leaving the USA[]

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Parker in a plane

On their way out of the country, an assassin was sent after Richard by Norman, during the confrontation, both Richard and his wife, Mary are wounded by the assassin, and the pilot was killed as well.

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Parker being attack by Gustav Fiers

Richard managed to successfully send the co-pilot flying out of the plane by shooting one of it's windows; resulting in the plane's emergency exit door being ripped off and sending the man falling to his possible death, but it also resulted; in one of its engines being destroyed. He managed to finish uploading his video testimony to his lab in Roosevelt. Richard discovered that Mary had died from her bullet wound; much to his sadness before the plane crashed and ultimately "killed" him.[2]

In Hiding[]

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Reunited with his son[]

Richard Parker reveals that he is alive to Peter

Richard reconciles with his son after 12 years, who is having problems after losing his girlfriend, Gwendolyne Stacy.

After spending months mourning the death of Gwen Stacy, Richard's son Peter visited her grave, only to find Richard there. Richard explains what happened to him and Mary, and tells Peter she died due to the plane crash. Richard tells Peter that if he lose hope, Gwen died for nothing. He adds that it was not his destiny to save people, it was Peter's. He then tells Peter that with great power comes great responsibility (implying he might know Peter's identity). Shortly after, Richard continued hiding, where only Peter knew he was still alive.[2]

Legacy[]

"Then it was over. He was gone. Took his research with him. And I knew without him, I..... I was angry."
Curt Connors to Peter Parker[src]

Years later, Richard's work and absence would still linger with those who were associated with him. Oscorp still possessed or bred more of, the genetically modified spiders created by him, which fatefully would bite Richard's son Peter and transform him into a human with abilities of a spider. Peter; who has become a socially awkward and isolated teenager, still questioned the reason for his father's absence and sought out his colleague, Dr. Connors, for answers. And Dr. Connors, who still dreamed of restoring his lost right arm through Crossed-Species Genetics, never did know why Richard disappeared along with his research.

Birth of Lizard[]

Peter helped Dr. Connors by providing his father's Decay Rate Algorithm, one of the very few pieces of Richard's research left behind, and together, they succeeded the process of transferring the lizard's ability of limb-regrowth to another species, but they did not perfect the process. The dangers of their research became a reality when Dr. Connors hastily tested the formula on himself. As a result, Connors would not only periodically regrow his long-desired right arm but also transform into a ferocious humanoid lizard. As the influence of the lizard continued to deteriorate Connors' sanity, compelling him to create a "world without weakness" by turning all of humanity into lizard people like himself, it fell to Richard's son Peter, now the superhero Spider-Man, to stop Connors, using the spider powers granted to him by the spiders born from Richard's legacy.[3]

Peter learns the Truth[]

Peter also learns that his father fled because he had a duty to protect the world from what Oscorp planned to do with his research. Upon hearing his father's last words, Peter finally found closure to the loss of his parents, and Richard's hopes that his story and final words would not disappear and are realized when they reached his son.[2]

Personality[]

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Powers and Abilities[]

"They called us mad scientists. And then your father bred the spiders and everything changed. The results were beyond encouraging. They were spectacular. We were gonna change the lives of millions. Including my own."
Curt Connors[src]
  • Expert Scientist: Richard is an excellent scientist; as he is an expert in the fields of genetics and biochemistry.

Trivia[]

  • In a deleted scene, it was revealed that Richard had survived the plane crash, but he went into hiding; in order to protect his son, Peter Parker from Norman Osborn. But this scene was cut for unknown reasons and is therefore non-canon.

Behind the Scenes[]

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