Farley Stillwell

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Dr. Farley Stillwell
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Amazing Spider-Man #20 (1965)
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Species Human
Abilities Scientific genius

Farley Stillwell is a fictional scientist appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Farley Stillwell first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #20 and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Fictional character biography[edit]

When J. Jonah Jameson first hired Peter Parker, he was amazed at how he managed to obtain the pictures. He hired private investigator Mac Gargan to look into this. When J. Jonah Jameson saw an article about inducing animal mutations into humans, he visited the scientist that established this experiment: Dr. Farley Stillwell. Jameson first thought Stillwell was a crack-pot, but later saw him as an opportunity to take down Spider-Man. When he first went to see Dr. Stillwell in his lab, Jameson had him experiment on Gargan. Farley gave Gargan a high-tech scorpion-suit, and the Scorpion was born.[1]

Shortly after the experiment, Farley ran some tests and found that his experiment wasn't a true success. He discovered that Scorpion would lose his sanity as he got stronger. Creating an antidote, Stillwell headed to where Spider-Man was fighting the Scorpion. Upon learning the side effects of the formula from Stillwell, Scorpion didn't want to lose his powers and climbed up a building. Stillwell went up after him and lost his grip. As he fell, Dr. Stillwell threw the serum at Gargan in a vain attempt to cure him. He missed and fell to his death.[1]


It was later revealed that he had a brother named Harlan Stillwell who used the experiment to create the Human Fly after being held at gunpoint by Richard Deacon. After Richard became the Human Fly, he shot Harlan.[2]

The Stillwell brothers' technology would also later be used to give superpowers to the Answer,[3] and the fourth Vulture.[4]

A similar Secret Wars incarnation of Shannon Stillwell was later appeared in All-New, All Different Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man (2015-2016). When Harry Osborn was captured by the Regent and manage to escape the Empire Unlimited imprisonment thanks to Clayton's soundwave technology implanted on Parker Industries' webware watch, he is able call Spider-Man his current location and freeing other imprisoned super-humans Regent captured, thus ending the Empire Unlimited's reign.

Other versions[edit]

House of M[edit]

In a flashback, Dr. Farley Stillwell was among the scientists who experimented on Luke Cage.[5]

Secret Wars[edit]

A Dr. Shannon Stillwell appears in The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows miniseries as part of the Secret Wars storyline. She is the second-in-command of Regent with no mentioning of her being related to Farley Stillwell. Residing in the Battleworld domain of the Regency, Dr. Stillwell assists Regent with capturing superhumans so he can steal their powers for use against God Emperor Doom.[6] During S.H.I.E.L.D.'s raid on Empire Unlimited, Shannon Stillwell fought Annie Parker and was defeated by her.[7]

In other media[edit]


  • Dr. Farley Stillwell appeared in the 1960s Spider-Man episode "Never Step on a Scorpion", voiced by Tom Harvey.[8]
  • Dr. Farley Stillwell appeared in the 1990s Spider-Man episode "Sting of the Scorpion", voiced by Michael Rye.[9] J. Jonah Jameson hired him to turn Mac Gargan into the Scorpion. When Scorpion wanted Farley to restore him later on, Farley ended up knocked out and hospitalized. In a flashback in "Make a Wish," Farley was the scientist that led the experiment involving neogenics, an accident during this enabled Peter Parker to become Spider-Man. In "The Final Nightmare," Farley was abducted from the hospital by the Scorpion who took him to the laboratory where Spider-Man, Dr. Curt Connors, and Vulture were. While a fight ensued between Spider-Man, Vulture, and Scorpion, Stillwell planned to destroy the Neogenic Recombinator. His motivations were to make sure that monsters like the Scorpion were never created again. Dr. Curt Connors tried to intervene saying that it would help cure him. When Farley asks him what it would cure him of, Curt turned into the Lizard and attacked. Spider-Man took down Lizard as Farley overloaded the Recombinator's transfomer causing it to explode. Farley later explains to Curt that neogenics is too dangerous and states that its secrets will stay with him forever. He then vows to disappear, never to be seen again.

Video games[edit]

  • In the video game adaption to Spider-Man 3, a female Dr. Stillwell (voiced by Nika Futterman) is based on Dr. Farley Stillwell. In the game, she is head of MechaBioCon and uses the Scorpion as a subject for military cybernetics and mind control. She first uses him to break the Rhino out of a prison truck. After Spider-Man defeats the Scorpion at a construction zone and frees him from Stillwell's control, he vows revenge and asks Spidey to help. After Spider-Man and Scorpion defeat the Rhino at MechaBioCon, Scorpion goes after Stillwell, who later pulls a gun on him. Scorpion smacks the gun away and is about to kill her, when she reveal there is no surgery to return Gargan back to normal, but Spider-Man and Dr. Jessica Andrews (an employee who has feelings for Gargan) plead Scorpion not to kill her. Scorpion listens and escapes out the window, and Stillwell is webbed up by Spider-Man and later arrested.


  1. ^ a b Amazing Spider-Man #20
  2. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 #10
  3. ^ Danny Fingeroth (w), Scott McDaniel (p), Brad Vancata (i), Dave Sampson (col), Diana Albers (let), Rob Tokar (ed). "Deadly Reunion" The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1 (September 1993), United States: Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Mark Waid and Tom Peyer (w), Paul Azaceta and Javier Rodriguez (p), Paul Azaceta and Javier Rodriguez (i), Andres Mossa (col), Joe Caramagna (let), Tom Brennan, Tom Brevoort, and Stephen Wacker (ed). The Amazing Spider-Man #624 (10 March 2010), United States: Marvel Comics
  5. ^ House of M: Avengers #1
  6. ^ Dan Slott (w), Adam Kubert (p), John Dell, Mark Morales, and Andrew Hennessey (i), Justin Ponsor (col), Joe Caramagna (let), Nick Lowe and Devin Lewis (ed). The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (5 August 2015), United States: Marvel Comics
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5
  8. ^ Tom Harvey, voicechasers.com, retrieved 23 Jan 2010
  9. ^ Dr. Farley Stillwell, IMDb, retrieved 17 Jan 2010

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