Roger Harrington is a science teacher at Midtown School of Science and Technology and the head of the school's Academic Decathlon Team.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Academic Decathlon Team
- 1.3 Post-Snap
- 2 Personality
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Behind the Scenes
- 7 References
- 8 External Links
Culver University Student
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.
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.
While a teacher, under unknown circumstances, Harrington lost a student during a school trip.
Academic Decathlon Team
Peter Parker's Choice
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.
Trip to Washington D.C.
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.
In order to celebrate the Decathlon Team's victory in the nationals, albeit without Parker who had departed the night before the tournament, Harrington took his students to the top of the Washington Monument. While they were in the lift, there was a mysterious burst of energy which damaged the elevator. Harrington tried to have all his students escape the elevator, but the cabin ultimately free fell in the shaft with Harrington, Ned Leeds and Liz Toomes still in it.
The fall was averted by Spider-Man, who hold 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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Europe School Trip
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trip to the Opera
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.
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. 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.
Return to New York
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.
- Culver University: To be added
- Midtown School of Science and Technology: Harrington worked at Midtown School of Science and Technology as a science teacher.
- In the comics, Roger Harrington was the principal of Midtown High School long after Peter Parker had graduated. He hires Peter to teach there, as well as Flash Thompson to coach. He was later killed by the Chameleon of an alternative future and briefly replaced.
Behind the Scenes
- Martin Starr's role in The Incredible Hulk was credited as "Computer Nerd" while the official novelization named him "Amadeus Cho." On May 15, 2019, during an AMA on Reddit, Kevin Feige confirmed that Martin Starr's character in The Incredible Hulk was the same character as the one he portrayed in Spider-Man: Homecoming.