Spider-Man: Why Peter Parker Started Teaching With the X-Men Spider-Man is not a mutant, but he briefly taught classes for the X-Men"s "Special Class" after Wolverine"s death.


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Spider-Man, although possessing many spectacular powers, is not a mutant. Peter Parker gained his powers by accident, rather than through genetics. Additionally, although he"s teamed up with the X-Men on several occasions, Spider-Man has no connection to the team.

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Despite lacking a mutant background, Peter taught some of the X-Men"s students for a brief period in 2014, primarily in Elliot Kalan and Marco Failla"s Spider-Man and the X-Men series.

When Wolverine died, he left behind his school, the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. This institution for young mutants was headed by Storm, along with Beast, Iceman, Rachel Grey and other X-Men. To everyone"s shock, Spider-Man arrived at the Jean Grey School, claiming that Logan asked him to teach the "Special Class." This list of students included Rockslide, Hellion, Glob Herman, Shark-Girl, Eye Boy, Ernst and No-Girl.


All of these rambunctious young students proved more than a challenge for the web-head. While this job appeared harmless and altruistic, Wolverine had an ulterior motive for making Spider-Man a teacher. Indeed, Logan knew that one of these students was a mole, working for one of the X-Men"s many enemies. Peter was sent in as an unbiased party to discover who the traitor was.

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While Spidey tried to uncover the class mole, he and the Special Class embarked on many exciting field trips. Immediately, the students encountered Sauron and Stegron inside the Museum of Natural History. Following a wild encounter with these prehistoric foes, the class was kidnapped by the Chameleon, who delivered them to Mojo. In the Mojoverse, Spider-Man and his students were brainwashed and turned into the hosts of a late-night talk show, before teaming with the X-Babies to defeat their evil network executive.


The web-slinger"s class also participated in a science fair against Beast"s students and battled a symbiote-enhanced Deathbird along with her Brood army. Between classes, Peter took his students out on patrol where they fought a new Sinister Six. After all of these outlandish exploits, the mole was finally revealed. Ernst was working for Mister Sinister in the hopes that Sinister would make No-Girl a new body.

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In spite of this betrayal, the team pulled together to stop Sinister. Afterwards, Spidey"s class even defended Ernst, who only acted out of friendship. This solidarity indicates the profound impact that Peter had on his students. Shark-Girl learned how to manipulate foes to her advantage, Rockslide used his head more, Herman became more heroic, Hellion learned how to lead and Eye Boy developed stronger powers. Most importantly, the Special Class was taught a lesson in responsibility for mutants and humans. All of these lessons sunk in because Spider-Man believed in his students.


As of now, the Special Class lives on Krakoa with the rest of mutantkind. While not all of these students are the same, they"re still learning and growing. Perhaps at this stage, these young mutants still need a teacher. Although Krakoa is a mutant-only nation, Cyclops" recent activity indicates that they"re branching out to the rest of the world. It"s always possible that Scott could reach out to Peter, asking him to pass on his "great power, great responsibility" motivation to Krakoa"s younger mutants.



Spider-Man"s thoughts on Krakoa are generally unknown as of this moment. The wall-crawler has teamed-up with Wolverine during events such as "Absolute Carnage" and "Empyre," yet their interactions haven"t even hinted at the relationship between Spider-Man and the rest of mutantkind.


Of course, Spider-Man wasn"t very well-liked by The Jean Grey School"s staff, and that was before Krakoa. Considering the current turbulence in mutant-human relations, it"s unlikely that Krakoa would want Spider-Man on their island at all.

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Currently, Spider-Man"s relationship with mutantkind is unclear, but it doesn"t seem that he"ll be teaching for Krakoa anytime soon.

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