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"You, my friend, are a hero! Don't hide from your power."
―Roger Harrington to Bruce Banner[src]

Roger Harrington is a science teacher at Midtown School of Science and Technology and the coach of the school's Academic Decathlon Team.

Biography

Early Life

Culver University Student

"I was in terrible need. You heard my plea, and you came. To help me."
―Roger Harrington to Bruce Banner[src]

Harrington being given pizza by Bruce Banner

By 2010, Roger Harrington was studying at Culver University, being one of the smartest students in the class. He worked in the computer class by night, and granted Bruce Banner access to the computers in exchange for some pizza.[1]

Married Life

Harrington was once married to a poet named Tabitha. However, it was hard for Harrington to leave some space to his wife, and in spite of the couple trying marriage counseling, they ultimately divorced. Harrington had a hard time dealing with this breakup.[2]

While a teacher, under unknown circumstances, Harrington lost a student during a school trip.[3]

Academic Decathlon Team

Peter Parker's Choice

"Peter, it's nationals. Is there no way you could take one weekend off?"
"I can't go to Washington because if Mr. Stark needs me, then I have to make sure that I'm here."
―Roger Harrington and Peter Parker[src]

On an average school day, Peter Parker came to see Harrington to inform him that he could not join the Midtown School of Science and Technology's Academic Decathlon Team for the national tournament in Washington, D.C., pretending that he should be available for his internship in Stark Industries.[3]

Trip to Washington D.C.

Harrington learns Peter Parker changed his mind

"Taking it all in, Michelle?"
"Oh, yeah, I just... um, I don't really want to celebrate something that was built by slaves."
"Oh, I'm sure the Washington Monument wasn't built by... Okay. Enjoy your book."
―Roger Harrington and Michelle Jones[src]

Peter Parker eventually changed his mind and joined the Academic Decathlon Team right before they left New York. Harrington enthusiastically welcomed him and informed Flash Thompson that he would leave his place to Parker. Harrington then took his team to Washington, D.C. for the national tournament and stayed in a hotel.

Harrington and Michelle Jones discuss history

The next day, after the Decathlon Team won the nationals, Harrington took his students to the Washington Monument in order to celebrate. Before Harrington went inside, he noticed Michelle Jones not going in, and asked why she wasn't going with them. She then replied that she didn't want to go inside a building that slaves had built, in which Harrington noted that she was wrong. However, a guard by the Monument nodded his head in agreement with Jones, causing Harrington to rush inside after realizing he was wrong.

Harrington is heroically saved by Spider-Man

While they were in the elevator lift, there was a mysterious burst of energy which damaged the lift. Harrington tried to have all his students escape the elevator, but the lift ultimately free fell in the shaft with Harrington, Ned Leeds, and Liz Toomes still in it.

Harrington thanks Spider-Man for his actions

However, the fall was averted by Spider-Man, who held the elevator with his Web-Shooters before it started to plummet to the ground. After Spider-Man managed to save the elevator again, Harrington was relieved to know that he was safe as well as the students. Once Spider-Man took Harrington and the other students to safety at the top at the Monument, Harrington belatedly thanked the superhero as he fell in the shaft when his web string broke.[3]

Back to School

"As you know, we made it out alive. And that's the important thing. I couldn't bear to lose a student on a school trip. Not again."
―Roger Harrington[src]

Harrington discusses all of the recent events

Harrington returned his students to Midtown School of Science and Technology. He was then interviewed by some students for Midtown News and declared that he was relieved as he would not bear losing a student on a school trip once again. Harrington also reported Peter Parker's multiple absences during the trip, which led Parker into detention.[3]

New Captain

"I'm gonna have to put this back in the trophy case soon, but just for motivation right now at this practice. I'm a little ahead of the game, but we will need a new team captain next year. So I'm appointing Michelle."
―Roger Harrington[src]

Harrington congratulates his team

With Liz Toomes leaving Midtown School of Science and Technology following her father's arrest, Harrington appointed Michelle Jones as the new captain of the Academic Decathlon Team, and congratulated the team for their victory in the nationals.[3]

Post-Snap

Wife's Deception

"Did I tell you how my wife pretended to blip out? Turns out she ran off with a guy in her hiking group. We had a fake funeral for her and everything... Well, the funeral was real. 'Cause we thought she was really dead."
―Roger Harrington to Peter Parker[src]

In 2018, Harrington survived the Snap. However, even after the Snap was reversed in 2023, Harrington was traumatized and remained in therapy for a while.[4] During this time, Harrington believed that his wife had also disintegrated and held a funeral for her. In actuality, she had used the Snap as an opportunity to run off with another man.[5] In an interview with the The Daily Bugle, Harrington was asked about the Blip before being brought to tears about his wife faking her death.[6]

Europe School Trip

"You said Peter has a perfume allergy?"
"Oh, ah!"
"I can tell you from experience. Perfume allergies are no joke. I can feel hives breaking out already. MJ, stand up. Ned, take MJ's spot. Alright, MJ you take my spot. Peter come with me. Let's get you get out of there."
―Roger Harrington and Ned Leeds[src]

Harrington on the airplane

In 2024, following the end of the school year, Harrington went as a chaperone on a school sponsored trip to Europe. He was accompanied by another teacher and chaperone, Julius Dell, on the trip. On the airplane, Harrington broke up a seating situation involving Peter Parker, Betty Brant, Michelle Jones, Ned Leeds, and Brad Davis. He then took his seat next to Parker and told him about his wife's deception after the Snap, before later taking a nap.

Battle in the Grand Canal

Harrington attempts to take a selfie in Venice

While in Venice, Italy, Harrington and his group stumbled upon their supposed destination to unload their belongings. Much to their dismay, however, the hotel was closed last November. Dell reprimanded Harrington for not checking a website ahead of time, though their conversation would be interrupted by an water illusion rushing towards them, prompting them to flee before lying low in shelter. They would then witness Mysterio successfully defeating the illusion, prompting their group to praise him for his actions.

Bus Ride

Harrington tries to introduce himself

"Peter, plant your fanny in that seat and buckle up, right now!."
"Look at the baby mountain goats!"
"Baby mountain goats? Don't see any mountain goats."
―Roger Harrington and Peter Parker[src]

The next day, Harrington told the students that they were going to Prague. He then tried to introduce himself to Dimitri Smerdyakov, who was going to be their bus driver, but the man didn't say anything.

Harrington tells Peter Parker to sit down

After taking a rest stop to the bathroom, Harrington told Parker to buckle up in his seat, unaware that Parker was trying to stop an accidental drone from hitting the bus. After Parker responded that they were passing baby mountain goats, Harrington and the others gathered to one side of the bus and looked out the window. Much to their disappointment though, they would remark on there being no baby mountain goats.[5]

Trip to the Opera

"Good news, we are going to the opera!"
"Don't look at me."
"What happened to the carnival?"
"Well, this is upgrade living, guys."
―Roger Harrington, Julius Dell, and Michelle Jones[src]

Harrington at the opera house

Upon unknowingly retrieving tickets to the opera from Nick Fury, Harrington enthusiastically announced the change in plans, much to the students' disappointment. When Leeds voiced his approval over this, Harrington thanked him, much to everyone's chagrin.[5]

Battle of London

"You're thinking of Voltron."
―Roger Harrington to Julius Dell[src]

Harrington responding to Brad Davis

With the dangerous turn of events revolving around their group, Harrington and Dell requested everybody to round up their belongings and get ready to return home. When Davis voiced about Parker’s frequent disappearances, Jones replied on asking why he would photograph a half-naked Parker. This caused the students to angrily reprimand him, with Harrington in particular remarking to put Davis’ stories behind.

Harrington witnesses Mysterio's illusions

Unfortunately for them, Harrington and the students were attacked by Mysterio's illusions on the Tower Bridge. Harrington then noticed that the driver had abandoned them on the bus and reported on the situation. Upon a tidal wave approaching them, they were forced out of the bus and ran to find shelter away from the incident.[5]

Return to New York

Harrington and his students then took a plane back to the United States of America landing at Newark airport and then safely returned to New York City.[5]

Personality

A former student of the Culver University, Roger Harrington is a serious, friendly, and reliable teacher who strongly supports his Academic Decathlon Team. He knew which elements of the team were the best and did not hesitate to replace Flash Thompson with Peter Parker once the latter joined back the team. Harrington cares about the well-being of his students, and tried to make sure every one of them was safe when they were endangered in the Washington Monument before he could exit the elevator himself. Back to New York, Harrington expressed considerable relief upon knowing all the students had been unharmed during the accident.

Like many teachers of the Midtown School of Science and Technology, Harrington loves his students as if they were his family. When many of his students temporarily perished due to Thanos' Snap, Harrington went to therapy to deal with his trauma, demonstrating how much he cares for them. However, along with most of his colleagues, Harrington doesn't tolerate perversion or voyeurism among his pupils: when Brad Davis was revealed by Michelle Jones to have photographed Peter Parker half-naked with a woman, Harrington was greatly disgusted, believing Davis to be a voyeur and immediately reprimanding him for his actions.

During the trip to Europe, Harrington was seen to be a hilariously incompetent and clumsy field trip chaperone. This is demonstrated when he dropped his camera into a canal in Venice, while his lack of the foresight to do research for the field trip ahead of time resulted in landing his class in a dilapidated motel and being astonished that a museum he wanted to visit was shut down, something his colleague Julius Dell criticized to him. He also never seemed to question the oddity of his class's "travel company" upgrades and detours throughout their trip, such as the abrupt presence of Mysterio and "Night Monkey."

Despite his likable attitude, however, Harrington seems to have problems when forming relationships or pursuing romance. He has married twice, but both marriages ended up sourly. His first wife left him as Harrington had problems with leaving some space to her and his second wife took advantage of the Infinity War's outcome to fake her death and flee with another man, while Harrington believed her to have been snapped. This last abandonment was enough for Harrington to break down in tears when commenting about it, possibly demonstrating that he really loved his second wife.

Facilities

"My kingdom is yours."
―Roger Harrington to Bruce Banner[src]

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

References

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