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Pavitr Prabhakar
Spider-Man
Cover of Spider-Man: India #1 (2004)
Art by Jeevan J. Kang.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceSpider-Man: India #1 (2004)[1][2]
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoPavitr Prabhakar
SpeciesHuman mutate
Place of originMumbai/Mumbattan, India
Supporting character of
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, durability, and balance
Altered in-story information for adaptations to other media
Partnerships

Spider-Man is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics in collaboration with Gotham Entertainment. Pavitr Prabhakar is an alternate version of Spider-Man who lives in Mumbai, India.[3][4]

In the Marvel Comics universe, Spider-Man lives on Earth-50101. His secret identity is Pavitr Prabhakar, a shy high school student, who lives with his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim in Mumbai. He has many supporting characters in the books such as Meera Jain, Flash Thompson, Nalin Oberoi, and Doctor Octopus. He came to Mumbai from a small village. Although he and his uncle struggled with financial difficulties, his uncle wanted Pavitr to receive a high-quality education at the Heritage International School, one of the top schools in Mumbai.[citation needed]

Pavitr was often bullied and mocked in school due to coming from a small village and wearing a dhoti. A Yogi gives Pavitr the magical powers of a spider, which he uses to fight against Nalin Oberoi, an evil businessman who is searching for a powerful, magical amulet. In his search, Oberoi destroys Pavitr's village, killing everyone. As Spider-Man, Pavitr defeats Oberoi and hands him over to the police.[5]

Pavitr "Pav" Prabhakar / Spider-Man India made his cinematic debut in the 2023 animated feature film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, voiced by Karan Soni in English and Shubman Gill in Hindi and Punjabi, depicted as a member of Miguel O'Hara's Spider-Society.[6] He will reappear in the film's sequel.

Publishing history

Pavitr Prabhakar first appeared in Spider-Man: India #1 (January 2005).[7][8][9][10][11] Marvel created the Indian version in collaboration with Gotham Entertainment Group. Debdatta Das co-created this Indian version.[12]

Fictional character biography

Pavitr Prabhakar, an Indian boy from a remote village, moves to Mumbai with the encouragement of his Aunt Maya and Uncle Bhim after receiving a partial scholarship to go to the Heritage International School, a prestigious academy. At school, he is frequently bullied for his rural background. His uncle encourages him to endure it and stay at the school because he has strong potential. A popular girl at the school, Meera Jain, befriends him after connecting over their shared history of moving to the city from a small village.

Meanwhile, a local crime lord named Nalin Oberoi uses an amulet to perform an ancient ritual in which he is possessed by a demon committed to opening a gate for other demons to invade Earth. While being chased by bullies, Pavitr encounters an ancient yogi who grants him the powers of a spider to fight the evil that threatens the world. Pavitr obtains the iconic Spider-Man costume and tests out his new abilities to create webs and stick to walls. While discovering his powers, Pavitr sees a woman being attacked by several men, but brushes it off, saying that the police would handle it. Unbeknownst to Pavitr, his uncle was in the area and attempts to help the woman, becoming fatally injured in the process. Pavitr hears his uncle cry out and rushes over, but by the time he gets there, it's too late. He finds the men who murdered his uncle, beating them before coming to his senses. Pavitr then understands that with great power comes great responsibility, and swears to use his powers for the good of others.[7]

Nalin Oberoi briefly becomes human again and transforms a mild-mannered doctor into a demon with four magical tentacles (the Indian version of Doctor Octopus) and sends him to kill Spider-Man, as instructed by the demon voices. "Doc Ock" fails, and Spider-Man makes his public debut as a hero. The newspapers, however, label him as a threat.[7]

Oberoi kidnaps Pavitr's aunt, taking her to a refinery outside Mumbai. There he betrays Doctor Octopus, blasting him into the ocean. Spider-Man arrives and fights Oberoi, who has also kidnapped Meera. He drops both Maya and Meera from the top of the refinery. Spider-Man dives for his aunt, but fails to rescue Meera, who is saved by Doctor Octopus. Pavitr reveals his identity to Meera and asks her to take his aunt to safety.[7]

Oberoi gets rid of Doctor Octopus for good and touches Spider-Man with the amulet. A Venom-like creature emerges from the amulet and tries to lure Spider-Man to the dark side. Pavitr remembers his uncle's saying about responsibility and rejects the evil, shattering the link between the demons and Oberoi, and making Oberoi human again. Spider-Man throws the amulet into the ocean and Oberoi is sent to a mental institution.[7]

Peace is eventually restored to Mumbai. Pavitr Prabhakar begins a romance with Meera and is shown celebrating the festival of Diwali with his aunt. The story ends with a quote from the Bhagavad Gita, showing the Venom-Demon still alive.[7]

Spider-Verse

During the Spider-Verse storyline, which featured Spider-Men from various alternate realities, Pavitr Prabhakar fought a mysterious new villain named Karn, whom he mistook for a demon. The Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body) managed to save him and recruited him into his army of Spiders.[13] In the second volume of Spider-Verse set during the Secret Wars event, Pavitr Prabhakar found himself in the domain of the Battleworld called Arachnia, where he teamed up with Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-UK, and Anya Corazon, though none of them remembered their previous encounter during the original Spider-Verse.

Following the conclusion of Secret Wars, the team of six Spiders that formed during the event will rename itself and feature in a new ongoing series called Web Warriors, a name coined by Peter Parker from the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series during the original Spider-Verse.[14]

Spider-Geddon

During the Spider-Geddon storyline, Pavitr has been keeping surveillance on Earth-3145 with the help of Spider-Girl, Spider-Punk, Spider-UK, and Master Weaver. They find out that the Inheritors have become malnourished since they were last seen.[15]

In other media

Film

Video games

Pavitr Prabhakar appears as an unlockable playable character in Spider-Man Unlimited.

Reception

James Whitbrook of io9 placed Pavitr as number fourteen as the greatest alternate take of Spider-Man, explaining that he "shares much in common with the general Spider-Man legacy, but he's probably the best example of a foreign Spider-Man Marvel's ever attempted." Ryan Linch of Screen Rant placed Pavitr as number ten, saying that the character "has some really clever deviations from his American counterparts, but still retains everything that makes Spider-Man great."[17][18]

References

  1. ^ "Spider-Man: India (2004) #1 | Comic Issues | Marvel".
  2. ^ "Spider-Man: India (2004) Issue #1 - Read Spider-Man: India (2004) Issue #1 comic online in high quality".
  3. ^ Jeevan Kang. Spider-Man: India (1 ed.). Marvel Comics. pp. 1, 5.
  4. ^ "Who is Spider-Man India in Across the Spider-Verse? Pavitr Prabhakar explained". WION. Retrieved 2023-06-05.
  5. ^ Spider-Man: India #1, #2, #3 and #4 (1 ed.). New York, USA: Marvel Comics. 2004–2005.
  6. ^ Atal, Raj (2023-05-19). "Who Is Indian Spiderman Pavitr Prabhakar? Comic Origin, Powers & Abilities, And Weakness Explained". Superhero Maniac. Retrieved 2023-06-02.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Spider-Man: India #1-4
  8. ^ "Spider-Man, Swinging Through India". NPR. January 6, 2005
  9. ^ Overdorf, Jason. "A MULTICULTURAL WEB". Newsweek International. July 25, 2004
  10. ^ Sandhu, Sukhdev. "World Wide Web". New York Magazine May 21, 2005
  11. ^ "Spider-Man gets Indian make-over". BBC News. June 24, 2004
  12. ^ "'We had Spider-Man celebrate Diwali, swing from Gateway of India'". Hindustan Times. 2023-05-26. Retrieved 2023-06-06.
  13. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #32
  14. ^ "Spider-Gwen Stars in Web Warriors Launched by Mike Costa and David Baldeon #MarvelOctober (UPDATE)". 29 June 2015.
  15. ^ Spider-Geddon #0. Marvel Comics.
  16. ^ Polo, Susana; Patches, Matt; McWhertor, Michael (2022-12-13). "Every new Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse character, explained". Polygon. Retrieved 2022-12-13.
  17. ^ Whitbrook, James (7 July 2017). "The Greatest Spider-Men of All Time, Ranked". io9. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  18. ^ "11 Best Alternate Versions of Spider-Man". Screen Rant. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2018.