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Real Name: Max Borne

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-9500) human mutate, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Timespinner, teamleader temporal police

Group Membership: Amazing Arachnids (Spider-Man India/Pavitr Prabhakar of Earth-50101, Spider-Man/Takura Yamashiro, Spider-Man/Bruce Banner, Spider-Man/Ben Parker, Spider-Man/Ben Reilly, Spider-Man Noir/Peter Parker of Earth-90124, Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara of Earth-928, Spider-Monkey of Earth-8101, Spider-Punk/Hobie Brown of Earth-138 Spider-UK/Billy Braddock of Earth-833, Spider-Woman of Earth-807128), formerly Spider-Army (Arachnosaur of Earth-99476, Captain Spider/Flash Thompson of Earth-78127, Cosmic Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-13, Old Man Spider/Ezekiel Sims of Earth-4, Prince of Arachne/Peter Parker of Earth-71004, Scarlet Spider/Kaine of Earth-616, Silk/Cindy Moon of Earth-616, SP//dr/Peni Parker of an unidentified reality, Spider-Girl/Betty Brant of Earth-78227, Spider-Girl/Anya Corazon of Earth-616, Spider-Girl/May Parker of Earth-982, Spider-Ham/Peter Porker of Earth-25, Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-616, Spider-Man/Ben Reilly of Earth-94, Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara of Earth-928, Spider-Monkey of Earth-8101, Spider-UK/Billy Braddock of Earth-833, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew of Earth-616, Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy of Earth-65); formerly Superior Spider Army (Assassin Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-8351, Black Widow/Jessica Drew of Earth-1610, Cyborg Spider-Man of Earth-2818, Lady Spider/May Reilly of Earth-803, Six-Armed Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-92100, Spider-Girl/Ashley Barton of Earth-807128, Spider-Punk/Hobie Brown of Earth-138, Spider-Man/Miles Morales of Earth-1610, Spider-Man India/Pavitr Prabhakar of Earth-50101, Spider-Man Noir/Peter Parker of Earth-90124, Superior Spider-Man/Otto Octavius of Earth-616), T.O.T.E.M. (Bobb, unnamed others)

Affiliations: Lar Nyven, Seething Snickters (Albert of Earth-616, Mean of Earth-5311, Weapon X of Earth-295, Wild Thing of Earth-982, Wolverine of Earth-811, Wolverine of Earth-2301, Wolvie of the Mojoverse), Spider-Man of Earth-616 (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Hobgoblin of 2211 (Robin Borne), Inheritors (Jennix, Morlun, Solus, others) Street sleeper (Chameleon of Earth-9500)

Known Relatives: Robin Borne (daughter, deceased)

Aliases: "Dad" (nickname used by Robin Borne)

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the multiverse;
                                  formerly New York City, New York 

First Appearance: Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man I#1 (November, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: As the Spider-Man of 2211, Max Borne wears combat armor with four mechanical arms he can control cybernetically. The extra appendages contain a variety of advanced weaponry including guided webbing and electrowebbing. The armor is outfitted with an internal time traveling machine and a mind wipe device. Borne has limited insight into alternate timelines and futures, using advanced and instant stochastic modeling. The armor has rocket boots that enable flight. It is also water tight and comes with an internal air supply. He can lift about 25 tons.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 180 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Bald


(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9 (fb) - BTS) - Max Borne was born and raised in the 23rd century of Earth-9500, a ruined world left uninhabitable after untold years of conflict. Society had moved underground in large city complexes where people still built lives for themselves. Borne studied temporal mechanics and eventually joined Temporal Oversight Team Eliminating Mistakes (T.O.T.E.M.) as one of their time spinners. Because of his fascination with and genetic connection to Spider-Man, he fashioned his armor to resemble the legendary hero.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#9 (fb) - BTS) - Unbeknownst to Borne, his genetic ties to Peter Parker made him the Spider-Totem of his particular actuality.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9 (fb) - BTS) - Borne married and had a daughter called Robin who he nicknamed 'Hobby' when she was young. Robin grew up to be a professor of quantum physics at Empire State University while Borne himself became leader of T.O.T.E.M., sanctioned to use lethal force to deal with any threats to the timeline.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9 - BTS) - Borne was horrified when T.O.T.E.M.'s transchronal observation technology showed him his daughter would commit crimes against time: she was building a suit that would allow her to jump to parallel worlds. Furthermore, she was destined to commit murder and cause chronal disruption.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9) - With a heavy heart, Borne suited up and went to Empire State University to arrest his own daughter who was with her lover Lar Nyven. At first thinking her father was joking when he announced her crimes and punishment: 30 years locked in a virtual reality zone until the window of temporal opportunity had closed. Nyven tried to stop Borne, allowing Robin time to bolt. However, Borne easily incapacitated her with his guided webbing. He took Robin to the virtual reality prison where she began her sentence.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9 - BTS) - Nyven grew obsessed with freeing his lover and worked for years on a way to hack the virtual reality prison, introducing a nanovirus of his own design into the system to overload and shock the cells. His plan succeeded, however as an unexpected side effect the virus turned Robin's metabolism into overdrive. Now hopped up on adrenaline, she started to exhibit staggering levels of physical ability while growing ever more unhinged and erratic.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9) - Aware of his role in Robin's escape, Lar Nyven was confronted by Borne who was not impressed. Calling Borne a lousy father, their altercation was cut short by the arrival of Robin Borne, decked out in her armor and calling herself Hobgoblin. She tried to hit her father with a retcon bomb which inadvertently struck her lover Lar instead. She then retreated to her base inside a temporal fold that always existed ten seconds into the future.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9 - BTS) - Over time, Borne and T.O.T.E.M. spent much of their resources trying to locate and foil the many crossdimensional schemes of the Hobgoblin.

(Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Borne and his temporal police force became aware of a convoluted plot concocted by Hobgoblin to cause temporal chaos. This time, she swapped Earth-616's Spider-Man with his counterpart from 2099.

(Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man I#1 - BTS) - From their observatory, Borne and the other T.O.T.E.M. forces watched how the two heroes tried to adapt to getting stranded in different time periods, eventually figuring out a connection between an energy experiment at Alchemax in 2099 and Fujikawa Enterprises in the present day. 

(Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man I#1) - Eventually the Hobgoblin yanked both heroes out of the timestream, planning to end their existence using retcon bombs that completely erase a target from existence. When Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 proved no match for the Hobgoblin's mix of magical power and high tech weaponry, Spider-Man 2211 stepped in. Using his guided webbing to redirect the course of the retcon bombs, he caused the explosives to take out the Hobgoblin's machinery generating the temporal flux. Dumbstruck by the borderline incomprehensible series of events, the two Spider-Man asked their 2211 counterpart to explain the purpose of their presence, but he refused calling it "very confidential, plus it involves a lot of math." Spider-Man 2211 then watched the two heroes return to their proper realities.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9) - Learning of Hobgoblin's latest scheme, Max Borne was especially worried when he saw she had abducted Ben Parker of Earth-6078 to the present day of Earth-616 where his presence could cause great trouble. Deciding to take a hands on approach, he had T.O.T.E.M. transport him there.

(Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#10) - Borne arrived on Earth-616 in time to save Spider-Man from Hobgoblin whose superior technology allowed her to take over his armored spider-suit. The Bornes' fight continued under water with Max failing to reason with his deranged child. When Hobgoblin used her flier to seemingly take off, Borne activated his rocket boots and gave chase, unaware she lay in hiding. Trapping her father in a stasis field, she prepped one of her retcon bombs to finish him off. At the last moment, Earth-616's Spider-Man grabbed the explosive with his web and hit her with it. Borne was shocked and horrified to see his daughter vanish from existence, overwrought with the knowledge he would soon forget her. Still reeling, he pushed on and continued with his mission: locating the crossdimensional signal of who he believed was Ben Parker of Earth-6078. However, he was unaware Ben Parker's form had been taken over by the murderous Chameleon of Earth-9500. When Borne approached the old man in an attempt to gently take him back to his home reality, he was fatally shot in the chest by "Ben Parker". 

(Amazing Spider-Man III#9 (fb) - BTS) - To help deal with the growing threat of Morlun and the Inheritors, Max Borne was recruited from an undisclosed point in his own past to join a virtual army of alternate reality Spider-Men and Women on Earth-13.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#9) - Gathered with the other Spider-totems in Earth-13's Central Park, Max Borne watched the arrival of multiple new recruits.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#10) - Max Borne remained in Earth-13's Safe Zone while other teams gathered additional members and faced the murderous Morlun and his Inheritors.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#11) - Borne stood back and did not interfere when Earth-616's Spider-Man and his reality's Superior Spider-Man (secretly Otto Octavius) fought over leadership of the Spider-Army. When Peter Parker proved victorious and sent out multiple members of the army out on missions to alternate worlds, Spider-Man 2211 stayed on Earth-13. Moments after the teams departed, the Safe Zone was attacked by the Inheritors Jennix, Morlun and their father, the immensely powerful Solus. Borne participated in the fight, but did not play a deciding role.

(Deadpool: Too Soon?! I#6) - Deciding to stay in touch after the war against the Inheritors, Max Borne and some of the other alternate reality Spider-Men formed a softball team called the Amazing Arachnids.

(Deadpool: Too Soon?! I#6) - The Amazing Arachnid's game against the Seething Snikters (a team of alt-reality Wolverines) was cut short when Deadpool interrupted the proceedings to warn Spider-Ham an unidentified killer was out to get him. Fed up with Deadpool's interruptions, Spider-Man 2211 joined the others to show the intruder out (see comments).

Comments: Created by Peter David, Rick Leonardi, Al Williamson

Never agree to profile a character solely based on how cool they look... *sighs*

This one was an ordeal, mostly because his creator Peter David seems to derive exquisite pleasure out of making Max Borne's backstory and history as convoluted as possible. 1995's Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man I#1 just might be the most willfully oblique comic  of the era and that was the man's first appearance! It took well over a decade til we got a bit more of this Spidey's backstory in a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man two parter that ended with him dying... Only for him to pop up years later as part of the Spider-Army. No questions asked, no answers given.

Given the fact Max Borne is a time traveler who, through T.O.T.E.M., has a pretty decent view of temporal crisis points, he might have voluntarily joined forces with the other Spiders at an undisclosed moment in his own past. It could also be an heretofore unidentified alternate version of Max Borne. And just how we can explain why Borne would willingly join a softball league full of alternate reality copies cluttering up the timelines he's trying so desperately to protect?

All of these contradictions seem perfectly in character for Max Borne, the time traveler who never seems to see things coming, even when they already happened in the past. If future creators will offer up a definitive explanation for these incongruities, the profile will be updated to reflect that info. Until then...My kingdom for a retcon bomb.

Max Borne received handbook profiles in the Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook (March, 2007), Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC#11 (December, 2009) and appeared in the Spider-Man appendix in the Spider-Geddon Handbook (December, 2018).

Profile by Norvo.

Spider-Man 2211 should not be confused with:

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#10, p19, pan1 (main image)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9, p19, pan2 (unmasked with Timespinners)
Spider-Man 2099 meets Spider-Man I#1 p39, pan5 (first appearance)
Spider-Man 2099 meets Spider-Man I#1 p39, pan8 (guided webbing)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#10 p22, pans1&2 (shot and killed)

Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man I#1 (November, 1995) - Peter David (writer), Rick Leonardi (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Joey Cavalieri (editor)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#9 (August, 2006) - Peter David (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils), Mike Manley (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man I#10 (September, 2006) - Peter David (writer), Mike Wieringo (pencils), Mike Manley (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook (March, 2007) - Mike Fichera, Ronald Byrd, Al Sjoerdsma, Stuart Vandal, Anthony Flamini, Michael Hoskin, Jeff Christiansen, Sean McQuaid, Madison Carter, Eliot Brown (writers), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC#11 (December, 2009) - Jeff Christiansen, Stuart Vandal, Sean McQuaid, Ronald Byrd, Michael Hoskin, Mike Fichera, Mike O'Sullivan, Madison Carter, Eric Moreels, Rob London, David Wiltfong, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Markus Raymond, Chris Biggs, Rich Green, Kevin Garcia, Jeph York, Mark O'English, Chad Anderson, Al Sjoerdsma, Anthony Flamini, Jonathan Couper-Smartt, Bill Lentz, Barry Reese, Eliot Brown, David Sexton (writers), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald, Mark D. Beazley (editors)
Amazing Spider-Man III#9 (December, 2014) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils & inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#10 (January, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#11 (February, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Deadpool: Too Soon?! I#6 (November, 2016) - Joshua Corin (writer) Todd Nauck (pencils), Reilly Brown (inks), Jordan White (editor)
Spider-Geddon Handbook (December, 2018) - Mike O'Sullivan, Anthony Cotilletta, Patrick Duke, Kevin Garcia, Daron Jensen, Rob London, Chris McCarver, Marc Riemer, Jacob Rougemont, Stuart Vandal (writers), Caitlin O'Connell, Kateri Woody, Mark D. Beazley, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)

First Posted: 08/09/2022
Last updated: 08/09/2022

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