Parker Industries

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Parker Industries
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Superior Spider-Man #20
Created by Dan Slott
Christos Gage
Humberto Ramos
In-story information
Type of business Conglomerate
Base(s) Hudson River, New York
Owner(s) Peter Parker
Employee(s) Clayton Cole
Sajani Jaffrey
Living Brain
Anna Maria Marconi
Dr. Elias Wirthman

Parker Industries, Inc. (also known as Parker Tech) is a fictional multibillion-dollar conglomerate appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The company, a multi-national defense tech contractor, was founded and headed by Peter Parker, the namesake for the corporation, who was secretly the superhero alter-ego Spider Man.

Publication history[edit]

It first appeared in The Superior Spider-Man #20 and was created by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Humberto Ramos.

Fictional history[edit]

After being fired from Horizon Labs, Otto Octavius (who at the time was inhabiting Peter Parker's body) decided to create his own company: Parker Industries.[1] Parker Industries first replaced Aunt May's hip so that she now walks without a limp. With the help of Dr. Elias Wirtham, Otto made artificial legs for Flash Thompson to replace the ones he lost when he was fighting in the Iraqi War.[2] Sajani Jaffrey and Wraith were able to use an antidote to the Goblin Formula to regress Monster back to Carlie Cooper.[3] Sometime after Parker Industries's formation, Otto Octavius killed himself by erasing his memory so that Peter's mind could take over his body again.

In the aftermath of the fight against the Goblin Nation, Peter himself took up the reins to manage the company and publicly announced that he was no longer "working with Spider-Man".[4]

Peter soon announced that the company would be putting its cybernetics project on hold in order to focus on the capture, curing and depowering of Electro, and to develop a new super-villain prison.[5]

While searching to get energy readings from Electro’s last known location Peter and some employees arrived at the spot which was on fire. After Peter as Spider-Man saved everyone inside with the help of fireman Ollie Olivera, Black Cat stole one of their devices, found Electro with it, and persuaded him to help her get Spider-Man.[6] J. Jonah Jameson's father, J. Jonah Jameson, Sr. became the biggest investor to Parker Industries.[7] Parker Industries was successful in curing Electro after successfully trapping him.[8]

When he was released from prison, Clayton Cole briefly was in the services of Doctor Minerva during her fight with Spider-Man. When Kamala Khan was seen carrying an Inhuman baby that she has rescued from Doctor Minerva, Clayton turned against Doctor Minerva and helped Kamala Khan. Upon being recognized by Spider-Man, Clayton was offered a job at Parker Industries, which he accepted.[9]

Parker Industries competed against Alchemax to determine who will get the contract for the new super-villain prison. Alchemax members Mark Raxton and Tiberius Stone hired Ghost to sabotage Parker Industries.[10] After Spider-Man's fight with Ghost, the Parker Industries building collapses.[11]

As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel branding, it is shown that Parker Industries has gained some new employees, established Parker Tower in Shanghai, China, a branch of its company in London, Horizon University in San Francisco, and the Uncle Ben Foundation. Peter has re-established Spider-Man's ties to the company, presenting Spider-Man as their 'symbol' in the same manner as Iron Man's official relationship to Stark Industries. Parker Industries' Webware product becomes a target of the Zodiac's Pisces Sect.[12]

Parker Industries later set up its temporary headquarters in the renovated Baxter Building where Clayton Cole and Molly are working, which caused Human Torch to retaliate. After the fight between Spider-Man and Human Torch has ended, Spider-Man told Human Torch that the Baxter Building is the temporary headquarters even after having to outbid Alchemax, Hammer Industries, and Roxxon Energy Corporation. He also stated that he will return the ownership to the Fantastic Four when they are back together. Human Torch is glad that it is with family. During this time, it is revealed that Harry Osborn is also working for Parker Industries' New York office while using his mother's maiden name of Lyman.[13]

Parker Industries worker Lian Tang is secretly in league with Scorpio where she provided him with security codes in exchange for medicine to give to her mother who was sick with cancer. When Scorpio threatened to have her disposed of as a loose end, she offered to kill Spider-Man for him in exchange for the medication for her mother.[14]

It has since been revealed that the Zodiac have actually completely infiltrated Parker Industries, using its resources and funding to support their own agenda as one of their members is a CEO of one of the company's branches. However, Spider-Man refuses to back down, proclaiming his vow of great power and great responsibility to confirm that he will destroy his own company to defeat Zodiac if that is what it will take.[15]

Eric Lansing, an experimentalist working for Horizon Labs, was hired by Parker Industries executive Jackson M. Wells and was tasked to create a chemical substance to use against supervillains. Eric was secretly allied with several supervillains plotting against the company at the time. He did manage to create a substance, but conspired with his criminal friends against the company, using the chemical substances he created, a dangerous acid reminiscent to Sulphuric acid. His superiors found out Lansing's conspiracy and contacted the DSS. Soon after, Lansing and his companions were arrested by DSS agents and all were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Meanwhile, scientists at the company took the chemical substance and named it "Henpine".

Peter Parker later plans to have Parker Industries get familiar with New U Enterprises' "New U" system, a program where replacement organs are cloned for those suffering from serious injuries.[16]

Mega Tony, a part-time alchemist who had been working with various mercenaries like those from the M.O.D.O.K. Organization, was having trouble finding work. After a brief stay in Arcade's Dungeon Murderworld, Gwenpool came up with a better idea than him trying to tag along on dangerous missions. A short time later, on her suggestion, he took his tech to Parker Industries and showed it to Peter Parker himself, who was very impressed with the revolutionary concepts. Tony says it's just stuff he uses to fight battles and Parker begins to reminisce about when he was a teenager and used to come up with impossible inventions on the fly, barely stopping before telling Tony why he would have been doing that. Tony is immediately hired and goes to tell Gwen how good his interview went. All she asks in return is that he one day introduces her to Peter Parker, leaving Tony very impressed with how much she must love science.[17]

During the Secret Empire storyline, Otto Octavius in the form of Superior Octopus approached Peter Parker in order to get him to pass ownership of Parker Industries back to him. When Peter Parker refused the offer, Superior Octopus had the Hydra Agents blow up the London branch of Parker Industries.[18] As Peter flees to the Hong Kong branch of Parker Industries, Octavius attempts to implement various security protocols he had added to all Parker Industries tech that allows him to retake control of anything developed by the company,[19] but Peter turns the tables on Octavius by ordering his employees to literally destroy the company in order to hurt Hydra, thwarting Octavius's attempt to shut down his new high-tech suit with an EMP by reverting to his traditional costume and turning the EMP trick against Octavius so that his own tentacles attack him. Octavius is forced to flee the battle. Peter's decision to destroy the company yielded mixed reactions, though some of his employees (and Aunt May) applauded Peter for refusing to give into Hydra.[20]

Staff members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Peter Parker - The "founder" and CEO of Parker Industries.
  • Anna Maria Marconi - A graduate of Empire State University who became a researcher at Parker Industries.
  • Dr. Elias Wirthman - A physician who is associated with Parker Industries.
  • Dr. Yao Wu - The head of Parker Industries' bio-tech division.
  • Harry Lyman - The head of Parker Industries' New York office.
  • Jackson M. Wells - A millionaire investor and board member of Parker Industries.
  • Molly - Employee at the Baxter Building with Clayton Cole.
  • Hobie Brown - Head of Security. He poses as Spider-Man when Peter Parker has to be seen at public events.
  • Lian Tang - A designer at the Shanghai branch of Parker Industries. She co-designed the latest Spider-Mobile with Peter Parker. Lian is secretly a spy working for Scorpio.
  • Living Brain - A robot that Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body) confiscated from the Sinister Six and modified to be his assistant. After regaining his body, Peter Parker kept Living Brain as his assistant. Now Living Brain contains a copy of the consciousness of Doctor Octopus.
  • Miguel O'Hara - Head of Research and Development for the New York Office.
  • Min Wei - Peter Parker's personal secretary.
  • Phillip Chang - He was in charge of Parker Industries' renewable energy research.
  • Roberta Mendez - A time-displaced Captain America from the 2099 variation of Earth-23291.
  • Andrew Davis - A private investigator for the company, responsible for finding out that Eric Lansing was illegally conspiring.

Former[edit]

  • "Peter Parker" (Otto Octavius) - The founder and acting CEO of Parker Industries; died when he erased his mind so that Peter Parker's consciousness could take over his body once again.
  • Clayton Cole - A former criminal named Clash who joins Parker Industries as a scientist at its New York Branch.
  • Sajani Jaffrey - A former Horizon Lab worker and the Head of Research and Development at Parker Industries' European Branch. Sajani was known for creating the artificial metal Reverbium (a form of Vibranium). She was fired when Doctor Octopus' conscious framed her by using her nanotech to hack into London's CCTV system.
  • Eric Lansing - A former experimentalist who was employed by the company to engineer a chemical substance to subdue criminals. He was eventually caught conspiring against the company with several terrorist criminals and arrested by the Diplomatic Security Service.
  • Vernon Jacobs - A former investor who turned out to be Scorpio and was responsible for the Zodiac sects that attacked Parker Industries.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Parker Industries appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Nightmare on Christmas." In Spider-Man's dreams, Nightmare in the form of Spider-Man's bad conscious shows Spider-Man what the world would be like if Peter Parker stopped being Spider-Man. It showed that Peter Parker later started Parker Industries at the same time when Green Goblin in his new identity of Goblin King took over the world and killed every superhero that faced him.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #22
  2. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #23
  3. ^ The Superior Spider-Man Annual #2
  4. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #1
  5. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #2
  6. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #3
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #5
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #6
  9. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #8
  10. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #16
  11. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #18
  12. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #1
  13. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #3
  14. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #7
  15. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #10
  16. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #16
  17. ^ The Unbelievable Gwenpool Vol. 1 #13
  18. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #29
  19. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #30
  20. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #31

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