After swapping his mind with that of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus finally defeated his greatest nemesis while Peter was stuck in Octavius' dying body. However during his last moments, Peter used their shared memories to show Otto the reason he became Spider-Man, the people he's lost and that with great power comes great responsibility. Octavius realized what it means to be a hero and vowed to continue being a heroic Spider-Man... but a more Superior Spider-Man.
Otto Octavius was raised in an oppressive household, with an overprotective mother, and a harsh, abusive father. His mother encouraged the young Otto, already a good student, to push himself in school, in the hopes that he would have a better life than his factory worker father. Otto was awarded a scholarship for university, shortly before his father died in a workplace accident. Becoming obsessed with schoolwork after his father's death, Otto applied himself even harder to his studies in science. He graduated and got work with an engineering firm, soon becoming a respected nuclear physicist and research consultant, as well as working as an inventor and lecturer. He soon developed a remarkable invention- a chest harness that connected the wearer to four mechanical arms. This invention earned him a new nickname: Doctor Octopus. Around this time, he became involved with a fellow researcher, Mary Alice Anders, to whom he eventually proposed marriage. However, the happy couple was broken up by Otto's mother, who disapproved of the young bride-to-be. Otto broke off the engagement at his mother's behest, but she died soon after in the middle of an argument with her son. Having lost all of his social ties, Otto became more withdrawn and sullen, and grew obsessively dedicated to his work while simultaneously throwing professional and operational caution to the wind.
This recklessness with his personal safety lead directly to an accident that would change his life forever. A radiation leak in the lab caused an explosion, which fused the harness and limbs onto his body. The radiation simultaneously caused mutations in his brain, allowing him to have direct control over the arms through telepathy. Driven insane by the accident and the damage it had caused to his body and mind, Doctor Octopus became dedicated to a life of crime.
Doctor Octopus was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He first appeared in "Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus" in The Amazing Spider-Man #3 in July 1963.
When first introduced, his powers, including the telepathic control, were explained as a direct result of the accident that fused the harness to his body in the first place. Later stories hinted that he may have possessed low-level telepathy from a young age, which was in turn implied to have caused a brain aneurysm in his father.
He briefly abandoned the Doctor Octopus identity, creating the identity of the "Master Planner," a criminal mastermind, to orchestrate his plots. However, he eventually resumed the Doctor Octopus identity.
Major Story Arcs
Doctor Octopus is the impetus for the formation of the original Sinister Six, which occurs following a series of defeats at the hands of Spider-Man. He gathers five other villains who have faced, and been defeated by, Spider-Man. Though he tells the other villains that together they will be able to defeat Spider-Man, he secretly plans to wait until all the other villains have tried and failed to kill their foe, at which point he will step in and defeated the greatly weakened hero. He kidnaps Betty Brant and May Parker to bait Spider-Man into the fights and when, as predicted, his teammates fail, he steps in and battles Spider-Man in a large fishbowl-like tank, planning to drown the hero. He is ultimately defeated.
Doctor Octopus becomes embroiled in a gang war against Hammerhead following the retirement of the Kingpin. The two wage an extremely destructive war throughout the streets of New York City in dual, competing bids to gain control over the vast criminal empire left behind. Spider-Man ultimately defeats both men, and Octavius is sent to prison.
Octavius attempts to marry May Parker, in the hopes of acquiring a Canadian nuclear power plant that she has inherited. The marriage ceremony is interrupted by Hammerhead, and the two men begin a fight that soon includes Spider-Man. The battle ultimately results in the explosion of the power plant, and the death of Hammerhead. Octavius manages to escape the island unharmed, but finds himself homeless, and haunted by the spirit of Hammerhead. He soon restores his enemy to life, simply to be rid of him.
Doctor Octopus is among the villains transported to Battleworld by the Beyonder. There, he and his fellow villains are forced to battle a team of heroes who have been similarly transported to the planet without explanation. While on the planet, he rebels against the machinations of Doctor Doom, along with the other villains, and engages in skirmishes with the heroes. Ultimately, he is returned to Earth along with the other combatants.
The New Sinister Six
Doctor Octopus kept on his crime spree after his return to earth. At some time he became extremely afraid of Spider-man and everything that had something to do with spiders. He tried to keep up his criminal activities but almost paralyzed whenever Spider-man would intervene. At one point it even became so bad that the arms started to control Otto himself. Luckily, he managed to get back in control and he eventually overcame his fears for Spider-man. It was at this time that Otto started a new incarnation of the Sinister Six in hopes of making Spider-man's life a living hell. He was partly responsible for a great deal of grieve given to Spider-man over the years. He however was always defeated by Spider-man again.
Doctor Octopus saves Spider-Man, who has been poisoned by the Vulture. He does this, not out of a sense of altruism, but because he believes he is the only person who should be allowed to defeat his hated enemy. While attending to the injured Spider-Man, he learns the hero's secret identity. Following this discovery, he allows himself to be captured by police, expecting to be rescued by Stunner, who has been incapacitated and thus rendered unable to help him. Shortly after this he is murdered by Kaine. Resurrected some time later through the assistance of The Hand, he is revealed to have no memory of Spider-Man's true identity, as this discovery was not recorded on the computer chip that was used to reconstruct his memories.
Return to Life
Doctor Octopus had much trouble with returning to life and getting back his memories, most of all, he had to accept these memories. He was helped out by the female Doctor Octopus, whom was a huge admirer of him and had taken in his place when he had died. He finally managed to make amends with his past life and vowed to become a superior scientist and 'evil' genius once more.
After Spider-Man reveals his secret identity live on air, Doctor Octopus goes on a rampage through the streets of New York, humiliated at having been defeated so often by a teenager and angered by the fact that he had unmasked Spider-Man once previously, but shrugged Parker off as a mere impostor due to his poor performance. He is subdued by Spider-Man and sent to Baron Zemo's prison; he later joins the gang of ex-supervillains engaged in hunting down non-compliant superheroes.
Doctor Octopus, now in telepathic control of four additional cybernetic limbs and several "Octobots," learns that his years of fighting have irreparably damaged his body, leaving him with only months to live. Using the Octobots, he takes control of all the technology of New York City, hoping to transform the city into a utopia that is totally controlled by him. He is defeated by Spider-Man and several others, but escapes justice.
Origin of the Species
Doctor Octopus assembles a large supervillain team, and directs them to retrieve a number of items for him. Meanwhile, he targets the infant son of Menace, whose blood is composed entirely of Goblin serum, which he believes can be used to cure his failing body. Following the loss of the baby, he assembles a new Sinister Six, which fights alongside him against the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. The heroes manage to defeat Octavius' plans to explode an army base. Later, he kidnaps Tony Stark, with whom he had worked many years previously, before either had become involved in supervillainy or superheroics. He forces Stark to help him fix his broken body, and threatens to detonate a nuclear bomb should Stark fail. When Stark suggests seeking outside help, Octavius reveals that he expects Stark to fail, and hopes to use the explosion of the bomb, now set to go off in six minutes, to prove once and for all that he, Octavius, is the more intelligent of the two.
Ends of the Earth
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Doc Ock's octobots have taken over the Apogee 1 Space Station and Spider-Man and the Human Torch have head out to investigate it. They find John Jameson holding out against the rest of the crew who have been taken over and controlled by the octobots. As Spider-Man and Johnny defeat the octobots, Doctor Octopus attempts to destroy their shuttle on re-entry but fails. He turns to the Sinister Six an begins his final plan.
From his secret underwater headquarters Doc Ock raises his Octahedral and activates his "choir invisible". With his health deteriorating and death coming soon he uses the octo-satellites to scorch the earth by harnessing the greenhouse effect. He announces his plans to the world but offers to reverse the effects of Global Warming in exchange of their compliance. Doc Ock sends the Sinister Six to various locations to steal specific items, each being a means to take out the Avengers. He appeals before the UN where Chameleon is posing as Al Gore. When Spider-Man warns them and outs Chameleon Doc Ock threatens to use his Octavian Lens once more.
When Doc Ock and the Sinister Six meet up to pick up Chameleon, it is revealed the Avengers tailed him. The Sinister Six take on the Avengers who are defeated one by one thanks to the Doc Ock's plans. Spider-Man is left to Doc Ock but manages to escape thanks to a distraction by Silver Sable. He returns again to his secret base and announces his demands to the world. Clean records for the Sinister Six, 2 billion in each of their accounts, and an academy built in his name & honor. He reveals he has factories around the world waiting to implement his plan upon the worlds compliance.
The remaining Sinister Six begin to question furthering their plan when Doc Ock threatens them to carry out their mission. Doc Ock broadcasts a message to the "Dark Corners", a group of various villains including Crossbones and Titanium Man, to carry out his plans upon his death. Unfortunately Titanium Man is a national hero in Russia and he alerts Spider-Man of the message. As Spider-Man continues to interfere with Doc Ock's plans he fires his Octavian Lens upon half the world, incinerating Symkaria and many more.
The incineration of Symkaria was revealed to be an act by Mysterio who is currently operating a Doc Ock battle suit and fighting Spider-Man. When Dock Ock realizes this he scolds Mysterio who turns to Spider-Man's side and reveals the location of Doc's secret base in Guatemala. When Spider-Man, Silver Sable and Black Widow arrive they are met by the Avengers under control by the octo-bots. Spider-Man finally makes it to Doc Ock who reveals his plans true intentions. Octavius had planned to kill just enough of the population so that those remaining would rebuild in his image and never forget him. Doc Ock is forced to use all eight of his suit's arms to restrain Spider-Man which causes him to eject from his suit to reach the lens control panel. Spider-Man breaks free and smashes the controls stopping Doc's plans once and for all.
Using a modified Octobot, Octavius successfully transfers his consciousnesses into Spider-man. Leaving him with Peter's memories and body and Peter Parker in Doctor Octopus's dying one. Leaving Peter for dead, Otto begins to take on Spider-Man's life as his own. Peter eventually took control of the golden Octobot and had the Scorpion, Hydro-Man and the Trapster free Peter from the Raft. It was then that Peter tried to redo the body switch with Ock, but he had taken precautions to keep that from happening, but Peter instead had Otto relive all of Peter's moments showing Dr. Octopus how much had wasted his life. As a result of Peter's personality engrafted on his own, Dr. Octopus decided to continue on as Spider-man and make up for his past mistakes as the Superior Spider-man.
After his victory over Spider-Man Otto breaks into one of his own laboratories in order to create the new equipment he wishes to use for being Spider-Man. As he breaks in he sets off the laboratories defence systems and Otto is forced to fight off his own creations while a video of himself mocks him in the process. Vowing that Doctor Octopus's days of losing are over Otto dons his newly finished Spider-Man suit.
The Superior Spider-Man
During a fight with the new Sinister Six, Otto manages to tag Boomerang with spider-tracers before they can escape. He then heads off to a date with Mary Jane, all the while using his spider-tracers to keep tabs on the villains. During his date, Otto discovers where the Sinister Six will pull off their next heist, managing to beat them their and lay traps. Ultimately defeating them he attempts to kill Boomerang, but he is stopped by Peter Parker's conscience which still exists within his brain, unbeknownst to Otto.
During his second day as Spider-Man, Otto is greeted by reporters and the Mayor, J. Jonah Jameson who is nice to Spider-Man for the first time. This angers Peter's conscience due to the grief he received while he was Spider-Man. Posing as Peter, Otto continues to woo Mary Jane, but keeps being interrupted by emergencies across the city. After becoming frustrated over this, Otto creates Spider-Bots (based on his previous Octobots) to serve as his eyes and ears across New York.
With more time to spare, Otto and MJ continue to date, however Otto cannot understand why she has not given in to his charm. He then discovers he can access any of Peter's memories, deciding to relive moments where he and Mary Jane were together.
While working at Horizon, a Spider-Bot alerts that MJ is being attacked by a group of Vultures. Otto manages to save MJ, but realizes that he cannot be with Mary Jane and be Spider-Man, leading him to break up with her. Peter then states that Otto has done something that he himself could never do to keep her safe.
Mayor Jameson calls Spider-Man to Police HQ via a new Spider-Signal, which Otto deactivates immediately so his enemies won't know where he is. He is tasked by the Police Chief and the Mayor to find and take down Adrian Toomes after reports of various crimes related to him. With the help of a very suspicious Carlie, Otto tracks down the Vulture and attempts to reason with him due to their standing friendship. The Vulture only seeing Spider-Man however, sends his minions to attack. Otto discovers that these minions are just children, enraging him due to his own abusive childhood.
During a sky battle between the two, Toomes begins to gain the upper hand. Otto quickly reactivates the Spider-Signal which blinds the Vulture, leading him to fall from the sky and crash directly into the signal itself. Carlie witnesses what happens and Otto attempts to explain how Peter would, but unknown to him he has only raised her suspicions.
Powers and Abilities
As Doctor Octopus:
Doctor Octopus has a genius-level intellect related to the field of atomic physics and radiation. He holds a PhD in nuclear science, and is skilled as an inventor and an engineer. He is an excellent tactician, as well as being a charismatic leader. He is able to effectively segment his attention in such a way as to engage multiple people in battle while simultaneously performing some other, more delicate task.
He has telepathic control over four prehensile, electronic arms that are attached to his torso. Even when the harness is detached from his torso, he maintains a level of telepathic control over the arms, even over great distances. The arms, which have pincers at the end, can extend to 24 feet at the maximum, and are capable of superhuman strength and enhanced reaction time. He can use them to lift a maximum of three tonnes per arm, though at least one arm must support his body, and he can use them similarly to legs, to lift his body and move rapidly over a variety of terrains, and also to scale walls. He wears an armoured body suit because, while capable of dishing out an enhanced beating, his body is that of a regular human, and has become increasingly worn down by the constant fighting and injuries he has sustained. This suit adds an additional four cybernetic arms. His telepathic control also extends over an army of octobots, small, eight-limbed robots.
Due to him having Spider-man's body Otto has access to all of Peter Parker's abilities and standard gear however has yet to show knowledge of the Way Of Spider fighting style. He also has some new technology integrated into his suit such as claws that can inject nanite spider-tracers allowing him to follow and hear anyone who's is injected with them and a computer intergrated into the lenses that have allowed him multiple forms of vision (nightvision, heat etc..) as well as showing him data on the opponets he facs such as powers etc... Superior Spider-man also has 4 mehincal appendages that can erupt and retract from the suit akin to the arms he had as Doctor Octopus. These arms have shown considerable amounts of strength being able to lift and throw cars with ease. Otto also uses these arms to impale his opponents. Due to the amount of money he amassed as a villain Otto has also built his own base of operations with large amounts of tech including giant spider-like robots as well as an army of mecernaries under his command. The amount of new gear he has and what it is actually used for has yet to be fully revealed.
House of M
Doctor Octopus is a researcher working for the government, involved in the field of stem cell research.
Baron Octavius is an Italian baron living in France. Suffering from the bubonic plague, he attempts to cure himself with a potion created using octopi. This fails, and mutates him into a monster. He is able to retain a human form through the use of a potion created from the blood of Hal McCoy by Henri le Pym. However, this potion grows increasingly less effective, and he sets his sights on acquiring the blood of Peter Parquagh, which he believes could be used as a permanent cure for his condition.
An undead Doctor Octopus is among the zombie supervillains who attempt to eat Galactus. He was later destroyed.
Doctor Octopus attacks the Daily Bugle, killing Joseph "Robbie" Robertson. This attack lead directly to the creation of the Human Fly suit, intended to create a government-controlled superhero. He hires a number of mercenaries to steal the suit, but they fail, resulting in the creation of The Buzz. He is later diagnosed with cancer, and is soon after captured by The Buzz and Spider-Girl. He falls into a coma due to the cancer, and is not expected to reawaken.
Doctor Octopus is a crippled scientist working on Ellis Island, officially working with primates and investigating evolution. He has a wheelchair that is equipped with six robotic tentacles. He is later shown to be performing secretive experiments on African Americans. He is revealed to be a Nazi sympathizer, working towards the ultimate goal of turning all minorities into mindless slaves.
Otto Octavius is a meek minion who is mystically transformed into a version of Doctor Octopus by Nalin Oberoi. Oberoi later kills Octavius while he is attempting to aid Spider-Man.
An older Doctor Octopus saves Spider-Man from the Sinister Six. He is revealed via a taped monologue to have been dead for months, and kept moving by his tentacles, which are animated by a program left behind by him that was designed to seek Spider-Man out in the hopes of restarting the age of heroes.
Ultimate Doctor Octopus is younger and more fit than his main universe counterpart. He wears sunglasses to disguise the wounds around his eyes that were created by the explosion that gave him his powers. They also protect his eyes, which are extremely sensitive to light, also a consequence of the accident. Instead of the pincers on the end of the main universe's, Ultimate Doctor Octopus' tentacles are topped with nanobots, meaning they can transform into a variety of weapons at will. He has a telepathic connection with his tentacles, and also a largely unexplored ability to manipulate metals. He worked for OsCorp, and was involved in corporate espionage on behalf of Justin Hammer. After being involved in a laboratory accident that results in his metal tentacles being fused to his body, he sought revenge against Hammer, but is defeated and captured by Spider-Man, who turns him over to SHIELD custody. While in SHIELD custody, he forms the Ultimate Six, with whom he battles the Ultimates on the lawn of the White House. He is defeated by Wasp, and returned to SHIELD custody. He is separated from his robotic arms, and held in custody until he discovers the rights to his image have been sold, whereupon he summons the limbs and goes on a rampage. He is defeated and again returned to SHIELD, where his arms are melted by Nick Fury.
During the Ultimate Clone Saga, he was the impetus for the creation of the myriad clones, all of which were created while he was working for the FBI/ CIA as part of a plan to create super soldiers. He creates new arms out of metal scraps, and briefly battles Spider-Man before being defeated. During the Death of Spider-Man arc, Doctor Octopus was broken out of the Triskelion alongside other Ultimate Six members. Norman Osborn attempts to incite them to kill Spider-Man. Doctor Octopus tries to leave the group, intending to return to being a normal scientist. He claims to be satisfied by having had a hand in creating Spider-Man. Enraged, Norman Osborn beats him to death.
In Other Media
Doctor Octopus appears in the episodes "The Power of Doctor Octopus" and "The Terrible Triumph of Doctor Octopus." He is played by Vernon Chapman.
He appears in the episode "Bubble, Bubble, Boil and Trouble". He is played by Stanley Jones.
The Incredible Hulk
He appears in The Incredible Hulk series, in the episode "Tomb of the Unknown Hulk". He is played by Michael Bell.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
He appears in the episode "Spider-Man Meets the Girl of Tomorrow". Michael Bell reprises his role.
He first appears in the fifth episode of season 1 "Doctor Octopus: Armed and Dangerous". He appears as a recurring villain in the 1990s Spider-Man series, featuring in a number of episodes. He was also revealed to have been a mentor for Peter Parker when the boy was attending a science camp as a child. He is played by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
He makes a brief cameo appearance in this series.
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Doctor Octopus features as a major recurring villain throughout the series. Originally a meek scientist working in OsCorp's labs, a lab accident fuses robotic tentacles to his back and drives him dangerously insane. During some of his many appearances, he forms the Sinister Six and also uses the Master Planner identity to orchestrate various plots. He is played by Peter MacNicol.
Doctor Octopus appears in the series as a recurring foe. He is voiced by Tom Kenny.
Doctor Octopus features as the main villain in the second installment of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie trilogy. He appears as a sympathetic character, driven insane by the lab accident and subsequent death of his wife, Rosalie. He turns to crime at the behest of his semi-sentient tentacles, which encourage him to commit crimes to acquire funds for his experiments. He is defeated following a fight with Spider-Man, wherein he accidentally stabs a machine, causing it to overload. The machine begins to spiral out of control, and Doctor Octopus destroys its support beams, dragging it down to the bottom of the river and rescuing the city at the cost of his own life. He is played by Alfred Molina.
Doctor Octopus appears in this game.
Spider-Man: the Video Game
Doctor Octopus appears among a number of villains.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Doctor Octopus appears as a boss.
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six
Doctor Octopus appears as the final boss.
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
Doctor Octopus is a boss.
In the game based on the animated television series, Doctor Octopus makes an appearance as the first boss.
Spider-Man: Lethal Foes
Doctor Octopus appears as a boss.
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. reprises his role, appearing on a team with Carnage, who later turns Doctor Octopus into a symbiote-based monster, Monster Ock, who is voice by Marcus Shirock.
Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six
Doctor Octopus appears as a boss.
Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro
Doctor Octopus makes an appearance at the end of the game.
Predictably, Doctor Octopus appears in the adaptation of the movie of the same name, again played by Alfred Molina.
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
Doctor Octopus is both a boss and a playable character in this game. He and a number of other villains are abducted and mind controlled. When freed, he fights alongside Spider-Man, seeking revenge against the people who mind controlled him.
Super Hero Squad Online
Doctor Octopus makes an appearance in two missions.
Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions
Although not Otto Octavius, this 2099 female character has taken the alias and mantle of her idol as the Dr. Octopus of her time. She is voiced by Tara Strong. As head scientist for Alchemax's Shadow Division Dr. Serena Patel is responsible for conducting horrific experiments and creating highly advanced, dangerous weaponry, all of which she sees as nothing more than scientific endeavours. Upon learning of Spider-man's conquest against Alchemax she fears the worst for her twisted ambitions, and as a preemptive measure takes to manufacturing a battlesuit similar to that of her idol, and present time counterpart, Otto Octavius. Believing the Heroic Age Spider-man was killed by Octavius she sets in motions plans to defeat Spider-man 2099, which involves manipulating the simple-minded Scorpion a.k.a Kron Stone, and the creation of the unidentified Hobgoblin. Having discovered a fragment from the tablet of Order and Chaos her sanity is pushed over the edge, evidenced by the creation of a condensed matter reactor and development of megalomaniacal aspirations, such as world domination. The first encounter between her and Spider-man results in him initiating a self-destruct sequence for her base of operations. Both escape unscathed and engage each other once again at the, previously built, condensed matter reactor. To avert the destruction of this weapon she unleashes creatures fitted with her tentacle technology, as Spider-man attempts to bring down four reactor power core. She is, however, unsuccessful and defeated by Spider-man 2099, while he reclaims the tablet fragment.
Spider-man: Edge of Time
A consequence of Walter Sloan's (company 'founder') machinations mean that Alchemax was formed in the seventies, far earlier than it had previously been established. Doctor Octopus, voiced by Dave B. Mitchell, due to the altered timeline, appears as a citizen that had never taken up criminal activities. He is, instead, an employed scientist for Alchemax who retains his four mechanical tentacles but utilizes them for his research rather than villainous purposes. His primary appearance is only brief, albeit an integral piece of the storyline towards the climax though. While he and Sloan use a mind-controlled Anti-Venom to subdue and kill the original Spider-man, they are foiled at the last second by the intervention of Spider-man 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) and all three are pushed into the temporal gateway, resulting in their merger and the formation of a creature that comes to be known as Atrocity, which closely resembles an enlarged Anti-Venom with tentacles. The two Spidermen soon discover the identity of this beast and realise they must reverse this process by separating them using the temporal gateway. While Spider-man battles the Atrocity, Spider-man 2099 faces off against the Alchemax CEO which, coincidentally, is revealed to be a corrupt, future incarnation of Peter Parker. As the Atrocity's tentacles are systematically removed and tossed into the portal, they arrive as aid for Miguel O'Hara when they momentarily disable Alchemax's CEO.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
In this game, Doctor Octopus is a recurring boss. In "Tentacular", he is an epic boss, who will only appear until all deploys are done and all threats are neutralized. In the Spider-Man premium stage, "Cephalocarrier", he is a final boss.
In the Marvel themed MMO game, Doctor Octopus appears a boss fight villain in the Club District of Hells Kitchen.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012-Video Game)
Upon viewing Scorpion's character bio in the extras menu, Doctor Octopus is said to be the one responsible for the creation of Scorpion. It is also stated that he used a "black goo" to create it. Apparently a reference to the Venom symbiote.