Alistair Smythe was paralyzed in an accident, which his father Spencer blamed himself for.
Spencer struck up a deal with Norman Osborn of Oscorp Industries, who would construct a hoverchair for Alistair to use if Spencer succeeded in destroying Spider-Man, with Norman being blackmailed by the Kingpin into doing so. Spencer constructed a "Spider-Slayer" robot, the "Black Widow", to hunt Spider-Man. However, the Widow unintentionally kidnapped a Flash Thompson impersonating Spider-Man. Spider-Man arrived at Oscorp to save Thompson, which led to a large-scale battle at Oscorp resulting in a fire. Spencer was determined to finish off Spider-Man and insisted on staying in Oscorp while Norman got Alistair to safety. However, Spencer failed and seemingly perished when Oscorp exploded.
Shortly after Alistair lost his father, the Kingpin approached him. While reluctant at first, Alistair accepted the crime lord's offer of providing him with a labatory, which he would use to construct more Spider-Slayer robots to destroy the man he saw responsible for the loss of his father: Spider-Man. Alistair built several robots in his father's honor, although they all failed to eliminate the wall-crawler. Alistair's failure meant that he would have to continue to work for the Kingpin until he succeeded.
When Spider-Man bonded with a symbiote killed the Shocker, who was working for the Kingpin, the crime lord sent the Rhino and Smythe's "Mega-Slayer" robot to destroy Spider-Man. However, Spider-Man killed Rhino, and stuck a spider tracer to the robot which went back to Smythe's base. Spider-Man tracked it, and when he arrived at Smythe's base he confronted him before killing him.
Powers and Abilities
AbilitiesSmythe possesses a good deal of scientific knowledge and is capable of robotic engineering.
Confined to wheelchair/hoverchair.
Spider-Slayer robots, Mega-Slayer
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