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"Bye, Peter. Whatever's going on with you, I hope you figure it out."
―Liz Toomes to Peter Parker[src]

Elizabeth "Liz" Toomes is the daughter of Adrian Toomes and Doris Toomes. Toomes formerly attended Midtown School of Science and Technology and was captain of its academic decathlon team. When Toomes found out about her father's illegal alien weapons trading business, she and her mother moved to Oregon after his imprisonment.

Biography

Battle of New York Clean Up

"When I was a kid, I used to draw cowboys and Indians."
"Um actually, it's Native American but whatever."
"Yeah. Tell you what, though. It ain't bad, is it?"
"No, yeah. Kid's got a future."
"Yeah, well... we'll see, I guess."
Adrian Toomes and Phineas Mason[src]

Toomes' drawing of the Battle of New York

In 2012, after New York City was saved from the Chitauri Invasion due to the actions of the Avengers, Liz Toomes drew a picture of Thor, Hawkeye, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America and Iron Man, revering them as heroes, and gave it to her father, Adrian Toomes. Toomes brought the drawing with him to work and showed it to his friend, Phineas Mason, as they cleaned battle debris at Grand Central Station. Toomes remarked that he drew "cowboys and Indians" as a child as opposed to Liz's drawings of the world's new superheroes. Mason acknowledged Liz's artistic ability and stated she had a future ahead of her, to which Toomes glanced up at Stark Tower and declared, "We'll see".[1]

Senior Student

Toomes attended Midtown School of Science and Technology and was a member of its academic decathlon team, becoming captain by her senior year.[1]

Homecoming Preparations

Toomes setting up a flier for homecoming

"Liz, hey!"
"Hi!"
"That looks so good!"
―A Midtown student and Liz Toomes[src]

In the weeks leading up to the Homecoming dance, Toomes was doing setup work for the event at Midtown School of Science and Technology with her best friend, Betty Brant, being head of the Homecoming project planning committee. As the two hung up a flier in the cafeteria, Toomes was greeted by some classmates, who complimented her artwork. Peter Parker and Ned Leeds eyed Toomes from afar, admiring her dress.[1]

Studying for Decathlon

Toomes quizzing the Decathlon team

"Let's move to the next question. What is the heaviest naturally-occurring element?"
"Hydrogen's the lightest. That's not the question. Okay. Yeah."
"Uranium."
"That is correct. Thank you, Abraham. Please open your books to page 10."
―Liz Toomes, Charles Murphy, and Abe Brown[src]

That afternoon, Toomes quizzed the Academic Decathlon team during practice for the upcoming Nationals. Peter Parker announced that he could not make it to the competition because he needed to be in New York in case Tony Stark needed him for his "Stark Internship". Toomes was disappointed at Parker leaving a week before Nationals since he was their strongest teammate in physics and reluctantly asked for Flash Thompson to step in.[1]

Toomes tries to convince Peter Parker

After practice while the Decathlon team ate in the cafeteria, Toomes tried to change Parker's mind about quitting. However, he was resolute in his decision, causing some members to throw food at Parker in annoyance as he left. In private, Toomes then admitted to Parker that she also struggled to balance all of her priorities as a sophomore, but insisted that the team needed him. She encouraged Parker to at least come with them to go sightseeing in Washington, D.C., but he still declined and Toomes walked off, upset.[2]

Gym Class

Toomes talking to her friends about Spider-Man

"Did you guys see that bank security cam on YouTube? He fought off four guys."
"Oh, my God, she's crushing on Spider-Man."
"No way."
"Kind of?"
―Liz Toomes, Betty Brant, and Seymour O'Reilly[src]

The next day in gym class, Toomes and her friends discussed the Avengers. While her friends focused on the more high-profile heroes, Toomes was personally awed by Spider-Man, describing his attempt to foil the Robbery of the Queens Community Bank and even admitting her romantic interest in him. Ned Leeds then impulsively declared that Peter Parker knew Spider-Man and that they were friends. Unwilling to believe Leeds, Flash Thompson challenged Parker and Leeds to show up at Toomes' party that night and to bring Spider-Man. Toomes replied that she did not mind if Parker came but was aware that he might not be able to since he was usually preoccupied.[1]

House Party

Toomes welcoming Peter Parker and Ned Leeds

"I'm so happy you guys came. There's pizza and drinks. Help yourself."
"What a great party."
"Thanks."
―Liz Toomes and Peter Parker[src]

Later that night, Toomes hosted the party at her house, with many of her classmates showing up. When Ned Leeds and Peter Parker arrived, Toomes was surprised and delighted, as she was not expecting them to come at all. Much to her disappointment though, Parker left the party soon after, initially to change into his Spider-Man outfit, but winding up investigating an arms deal by her father's subordinates.[1]

Trip to D.C.

Toomes seeing Peter Parker rejoin the Decathlon

"Wow, you really... this is really important to you."
"Yeah, it's our future. I'm not gonna screw it up."
Peter Parker and Liz Toomes[src]

Toomes and the Academic Decathlon team prepared to travel to Washington, D.C. for Nationals when they were unexpectedly met by Peter Parker, who claimed he wanted to rejoin them. On the bus, Toomes held a practice session. When Parker answered a question correctly, she told him it was good to have him back.

Toomes talking to Peter Parker about herself

That night, Toomes led her teammates in sneaking down to the pool after they took a box of candies from the hotel's minibar, hoping a rebellious group activity the day before Nationals would boost morale. On the way, Toomes bumped into Parker, whom she eagerly invited to join them, assuring him that he needed to relax before the competition. Expressing how important the future of the Academic Decathlon team was to her, she gave Parker a candy bar and urged him to come. At the pool, Toomes and her teammates enjoyed themselves, but Parker didn't show up.

Toomes talking to Peter Parker on Ned Leeds's phone

The next day after they won the competition, Toomes and the Decathlon team toured the Washington Monument. When they were about to go through security, Toomes noticed Ned Leeds talking to Parker on his phone and interrupted. She expressed concern over Parker's absence during the Decathlon, wondering what was going on with him. As Parker frantically asked her to put Leeds back on the phone, Toomes approached the line and left the phone on the CT scanner, causing the call to be disconnected.

Toomes being saved by Spider-Man

The team rode the elevator up the Washington Monument and listened to the tour guide describe the building's construction. Suddenly, a Chitauri Energy Core in Leeds' backpack detonated, trapping them inside. Toomes advised everyone to stay calm as the security personnel worked to rescue them. The cables eventually snapped and the elevator began plummeting with Toomes, Leeds, and Mr. Roger Harrington still inside. Spider-Man then arrived and secured the elevator, pulling it to safety. However, Toomes nearly fell to her death when the elevator detached from the webs but was caught by Spider-Man with his own web, and brought into the room.

After this distressing incident, the group returned to Midtown, where Toomes reunited with her mother.[1]

Asked to the Dance

Toomes talking to Peter Parker in the hallway

"I like you."
"I know."
"You do?"
"You're terrible at keeping secrets."
"You'd be surprised."
Peter Parker and Liz Toomes[src]

After Peter Parker was reprimanded by Tony Stark for destroying the Staten Island Ferry, he returned to a normal life and bumped into Toomes later on. In this meeting, Parker confessed his crush on her to which she responded that she knew and reciprocated his feelings. Parker, emboldened by this turn of events, asked Toomes to the dance, which she accepted.[1]

Homecoming Dance

Toomes listens to Peter Parker about leaving

"I gotta go. I'm... I'm sorry. You don't deserve this."
Peter Parker to Liz Toomes[src]

When Parker arrived at her house he was unnerved to discover that the Vulture was Toomes' father. When dropping the two off at the dance, he tells Toomes to go in first, so he could give Parker "the Dad Talk". While Toomes was dancing with her friends, Parker, who was conflicted, ultimately chose to leave Toomes in order to prevent the Vulture from hijacking and raiding the Stark Supply Plane headed to the New Avengers Facility. Toomes was left at the dance, hurt and in disbelief.[1]

Moving to Oregon

Toomes hugs Betty Brant goodbye

"Liz, look, I’m so sorry."
"You say that a lot. What are you sorry for this time? The dance? That, um... was a pretty crappy thing to do."
Peter Parker and Liz Toomes[src]

Following Adrian Toomes' arrest for his crimes as the Vulture, Toomes returned to Midtown School of Science and Technology one last time to pack up her personal school supplies with her mother. On her way out, she said goodbye to Betty Brant, sharing a hug with her best friend, before running into Peter Parker.

Toomes biding farewell to Peter Parker

He apologized to Toomes and she tearfully asked what Parker was apologizing for this time, before stating it was "pretty crappy" how he stood her up at Homecoming. Toomes then informed Parker that she is moving to Oregon because her father didn't want her or her mother to be in New York City for the trial, to which Parker offered his sympathies. Before leaving Midtown, Toomes bid farewell to Parker, wishing him luck in figuring out the complications in his life.[1]

During Adrian's incarceration, Toomes and her mother went to visit him in prison.[3]

Personality

"And besides... um, a rebellious group activity the day before competition is good for morale."
"Hm?"
"Um, well, I read that in a TED Talk, so, I—I heard it in a TED Talk. And I read a coaching book."
―Liz Toomes and Peter Parker[src]

Liz is a smart girl, as shown as she was a member of the decathlon team before moving to Oregon. She appears to be a very friendly and caring individual, with her being considered a popular girl at Midtown.

Abilities

  • Gifted Intellect: Toomes appears to be a very intelligent girl, as she was one of the top students and former captain of the Academic Decathlon team at Midtown School of Science and Technology. Toomes proved to be a capable leader and planner, as she extensively researched how to coach the team. Under her direction, they achieved victory at at least one state championship. Toomes was also very observant, able to deduce that something was going on with Peter Parker, and that he had romantic feelings for her, although she stated that he was "terrible at keeping secrets".

Facilities

  • Midtown School of Science and Technology: Midtown School of Science of Technology was the high school Toomes attended. She was the captain of the academic decathlon team and head of the homecoming committee, being one of the most popular students there. Liz was forced to transfer out of Midtown in the fall of her senior year so she could move to Oregon after her father's arrest.
  • Toomes Residence: The Toomes Residence was the house of Toomes and her parents, Adrian and Doris Toomes. She had thrown a house party here in the beginning of her senior year, in which Spider-Man was supposed to come. Toomes was later picked up by Peter Parker from home for the school dance. After her father's arrest, Toomes and her mother moved out of the house.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Liz Allan was the girlfriend of Flash Thompson, initially ridiculing and detesting Peter Parker, but she later on warmed up to and developed a crush on him. Liz would eventually marry Peter's best friend, Harry Osborn, and had a child with him. After the Brand New Day reboot, she went on to become the CEO of Alchemax and an ally of the Goblin King.
  • In the comics, Adrian Toomes had a daughter named Valeria Toomes, who broke ties with her father's criminal heritage and became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..
  • This is the fourth incarnation of Liz Allan to be related to a super-villain. In the comics, Liz was the stepsister of one of Spider-Man's enemies, Molten Man, while the two were biological siblings in the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man. In the Ultimate Marvel imprint, Liz Allan was the daughter of an X-Men villain named Blob.

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